My mom and I had the privilege of staying at the hotel for three nights. Soon after arriving, we made our way to the pool area and enjoyed a peaceful hour listening to a hovering turtle dove, whilst slowly sipping gin and tonic. As we chatted snacks arrived, and in the glow of a setting sun, we felt alive at this ‘hotel away from home’. With free internet access, bicycles to hire and a staff who seemed genuinely happy to see you in the morning, the hotel began to feel like a luxurious home: one which you never wanted to leave. Art painted by locals hung on the walls, depicting country scenes. And in a cabinet near the entrance, jams and olive oil (both made from local produce) were displayed, on sale. The hotel seemed to be a happy microcosm of the Tulbagh community, and staying there therefore, made you feel like part of the community itself (even if just for while).