A mere 90 minutes from Cape Town – and equally reachable from almost any Boland or West Coast town – the De Hoop self-catering farm cottages near Tulbagh offer the best of several worlds.
Not forgetting the rich, centuries-old history of Het Land van Waveren with its majestic mountains and fertile soil, the cottages combine a nostalgic and down-to-earth Cape country feel with every modern convenience the weekend traveller would need.
Whether it’s an intimate mini-break for two in a small, private cottage you’re after, a convenient base for an adventure-packed weekend with your young children, or a central place for the extended family to hang out on a blissful wedding weekend – De Hoop caters for you with four cottages in different configurations, all fully equipped and bathed in tranquility.
De Hoop offers so much more than carefree, convenient accommodation. Think of exploring the place where the European settlers of the Cape Colony of yesteryear gave some of their first steps inland. Where wine has been produced for more than a hundred years. Where South Africa’s biggest known earthquake – registering 6.4 on the Richter scale in 1969 – is still commemorated annually by survivors and where 32 of the carefully restored buildings in Church Street now form the country’s biggest concentration of National Monuments – all in one street.
Tantalise your taste-buds with anything from locally produced estate wines, olives and cheese to Belgian chocolates and pickles, take a class at a local cooking school or simply dine at one of the valley’s fine restaurants after seeing a national production in the quaint setting of a local theatre. A daytrip can be jam-packed with hiking in the Matroosberg Nature Reserve, picking your own cherries (if the season is right, of course) and taking and adventurous zip slide ride for a unique view of the nearby Ceres valley. Travel in the opposite direction, towards the Riebeek Valley, and an exploration of the Smuts Museum or a funky community market awaits you.
The possibilities are endless. Be ready to explore them from the cozy comfort of De Hoop – and to be delighted.
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