What one can only describe as beautiful – a nature lovers’ dream… fishing, hiking, horse riding and swimming in natural river pools – bliss!
R3,880 – R7,600 per night (inclusive of VAT)
• 2 Double Bedrooms with en suite bathrooms and outdoor showers
• 1 smaller Twin Bedroom with en suite shower room
• Chef at an extra charge
• Swimming Pool
• TV, DSTV and DVD player
• Underfloor heating in main bedrooms and bathrooms
• State of the art kitchen – equipped with Le Creuset pots and pans, Miele Fridge and Wine Fridge
• Gaggenau Coffee Machine and coffee beans
• Weber barbeque
• Outside Showers
• Spa Treatments (extra)
• Wine Tasting (extra)
• Horse Riding (extra)
• Fishing (extra)
• Birding Watching (extra)
• 1.5 hours’ drive from Cape Town
• Wellington 30km
• Tulbagh 25 mins
• Ceres 25 mins
Set on a 2,500 hectare private nature reserve is situated in the historic and picturesque mountain pass of Bainskloof lies the gorgeous Cape Floral House - a luxurious retreat for up to six people.
Cape Floral House has a state of the art, French, oak panelled kitchen (fully equipped to cool your wine and perk you up with espressos and cappuccinos), a cosy living area with high beamed ceilings and a massive fireplace, as well as a gorgeous sheltered courtyard for alfresco dining. The light, airy, open-plan set up is perfect for socialising.
There are two spacious main bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and outdoor showers. The bedrooms and bathrooms have under floor heating and are candle lit to induce a more relaxed mood. A third bedroom sleeps a further two people with its own en-suite shower room.
Guests can experience total silence except for the frogs and the crickets. Amenities include a swimming pool with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, hiking trails (one with a waterfall shower and traces of khoi san art), secluded river pools for summer swimming and bicycles for exploring the 2500 hectare estate.
The formal gardens are planted with indigenous fynbos species, many of which are endemic to this area. Or, if you are more of a relaxation fiend, curl up with one of the house library’s many novels or cookbooks!
The house is one kilometre off the twisting and vertiginous Bain’s Kloof pass (R301) built by the Scottish engineer Andrew Geddes Bain and completed in 1853. It is part of the estate and nature reserve, home to over 800 different plant species, 200 bird species and some 50 mammal species including the Mountain Leopard, the Chacma Baboon and the Cape Grysbok antelope. Three indigenous fish species swim in its two rivers. On clear nights, star- gazing is a must and you may be lucky to catch the shooting stars.