I'm scoring this wonderful oasis a 5, only because the Trip Advisor scale doesn't provide for a 6.
This little jewel is something truly exceptional. I booked because the photos looked great, which they do, but the truth is they don't come close to conveying what this precious place is all about. The house is, of course, absolutely stunning, because Neil has impeccable taste with which he's melded together the varied and beautiful contents of this house in a magical arrangement that will have you wishing you could bottle up whatever is that gift he's got.
But there's far more to the pure pleasure of this experience than that which meets the eye. Neil's lived and breathed the art of hospitality his whole life, and a visit to this Private Villa allows you to drink at that fountain for a while. And you can tell straight away that the whole team believes in the magic of what they're making - and best of all they quite clearly loved us loving the experience too.
Make sure you eat there when you stay. Again you'll be amazed. In fact we were constantly amazed and delighted at a whole lot of things for three full days. This place is truly special, but that's not by chance. The magic exists because of the people in it; working very hard, with great pride, at things they're very very good at doing.
- 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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