In my recent review of Private Villa, De Kelders, I ended with these portent words:
“Private Villa is not a once-only place – very definitely, “We’ll be back!”
Little did we know or realise that we would be back - within a matter of weeks!
Our Paris-based son had been so impressed, not only with the beautiful coastline of Gansbaai De Kelders but also with the unique qualities of our accommodation, that when it came to celebrating his Mumsies 80th birthday in December, he immediately set about organising the party at Private Villa.
It so happened that the venue is neatly placed midway between Cape Town and Swellendam and, on the day, a score of special guests from these centres graced the beautifully decorated banquet table. Our host Niël Stemmet had just published his book on South African traditional dishes ‘Sout en Peper’ and was able to explain that every item on the extensive menu had been taken from the book for this auspicious occasion.
It was a feast to remember - rounded off perfectly with a charming duet with Michele on the flute and David on the piano. Guests set off home with stars in their eyes and love and music in their hearts.
Thank you Niël, David and Michele for such a memorable birthday celebration which our ‘Mumsie’ will never forget.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 2014/2015/2016 TRIPADVISOR NO 1 in the Gansbaai and Overberg for speciality accommodation. The house is neither a B&B or a guest house. It is a villa and a haven for the discerning traveller, who understands quality, stillness and privacy. Acclaimed by ELLE Decoration, House&Leisure, Conde Nast House&Garden and Gourmet, the villa offers the luxury of privacy. Three large bedrooms only, a 150m lounge with library of magazines, books, music and films. Large fireplace for the winter nights. Large garden with secluded, private, heated salt water pool. The 80m open terrace with beautiful views of the village and Walker Bay is secluded and offers the perfect hideaway for reading. The ocean is 200 steps away. Our breakfasts are special and our pre-booked home cooked regional dinners are legendary. The owner is an author of cook books. The house in not branded, hence the name private house and can be rented for exclusive use. ... more less
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