Every January i swear i am going to sit down with the calendar and book some weekends away and well, i don’t always get to it.
But if i did manage to get my A into G – i’d definitely book a weekend at the De Hoop Collection again, we loved it!
We went down for a wintry weekend last year, just The Captain and the girls and a friend and we chilled and chilled some more. De Hoop consists of 12 sorts of accommodation – from the beautifully revamped and decorated stone Melkkamer cottages like the one we stayed in close to the vlei, to the Melkkamer Manor House which sleeps eight and comes with a private chef (it would be fabulous for a birthday weekend away and the Melkkamer cottages (where we stayed) are close by so you could up your guest count by abother 12). I would love to stay at Koppie Alleen which is on the dunes and must be one of the most romantic escapes ever (it’s being renovated now but i reckon it’s definitely worth booking now for when it is up and running again). There are also camping facilities and rondawels – basically, a place to put your head no matter the size of your wallet.
De Hoop is an enormous tract of land on the Southern Cape coast (34 000 hectares) and if you’re an outdoors bunny you’ll love it – from walks and day hikes to mountain biking and pottering about in rock pools, there is so much to do. We saw what must have been thousands of flamingoes on the vlei and of course it’s the best place in the Cape to watch whales – you literally sit on the dunes and watch scores of them frolicking in the water – it’s quite a sight! Rates start at R295 per person at the campsite and they go up to R1300 per person at Die Opstal Manor House (butler and chef included) and for the quality of accomodation and facilities, it’s really well priced. Our cottage had no electricity and it was a treat to sit under the stars and chat by candlelight – it was self-catering but a boat can come and fetch you to take you Die Opstal where the Fig Tree Restaurant serves up tasty food from early in the morning until late.
De Hoop is situated close to Bredasdorp – a 2.5 hour drive from Cape Town.
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