In 2010, when the South African World Cup had just begun, I had had the pleasure of staying with John & Janet in their lovely Porcupine Ridge guesthouse. During my 2011/2012 South Africa trip, together with my German friend Kai, I returned.
Both British, they are products of their culture, with humour, warmth and convention as their forte. Should distance between them and their guests be required, they can keep it, although, if an unconventional bunch like this Dutchman with his German friend come along, they open up easily and they turn into the most pleasant & spontaneous people one could imagine. Wish all the guesthouses on our 2011/2012 South Africa trip had such excellent hosts!
The Porcupine Ridge Guesthouse itself is a gem. At least four well appointed rooms, 'fluffy' again, impeccably clean and with a very well stocked (and not at all overpriced) fridge. Sabie, the village of the Porcupine Ridge Guesthouse, is on 900-1000 m altitude at the transition from lowveld/bushveld to highveld. There is a lot of banana and tree growing in the immediate surroundings, and the famous Panorama route with all its stunning natural beauty starts here. The village has the shops it requires and some nice restaurants, of which the Wild Fig Tree can be recommended in particular.
The Guesthouse has a beautiful lush garden surrounding, to be enjoyed by wandering around to their own on-site waterfall or from the available terraces. The Guesthouse pets, two well-trained golden retriever dogs and the siamese cat, may accompany you when exploring the garden.
Porcupine Ridge is not only the name of this excellent Guesthouse, it also is a famous South African winemaker from the (Western Cape) Franschhoek area. If at all there is a link between the two, they share their unique quality, as well as their porcupine logo.
No wonder that the wine we took on the last dinner of our South African trip was a Porcupine Ridge blend, in honour of ... And given we took a Porcupine Ridge Shiraz with us, it might be the first wine to drink back home as well. Again, in honour of ...
Thanks, Janet & John, for having us (so to speak). Highly recommended!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A beautiful four star country house, tucked away in the mountains at the heart of the scenic Panorama Route, yet only 5 minutes from Sabie village and 40 minutes from Kruger National Park. The friendly ambiance invites you to relax and unwind, surrounded by rambling gardens and glorious mountain scenery. Porcupine Ridge has five luxuriously appointed en-suite bedrooms, a cosy guest lounge, free WiFi and plenty of free safe parking. A delicious English breakfast is served in the dining room or on the large covered view verandas. Hiking, birding and waterfall on the Estate. ... more less
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