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In 1995 we moved from Namibia to a town called George on the Garden Route in South Africa – we found this wonderful property, first registered in 1861. The place was very neglected, but I undertook to start a guest house, so that the house could at least pay for its own upkeep after the restoration. That is the start of my life as a guest house owner and this is the story of a house and garden,lovingly restored and shared with our guests, with family and friends…

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August 2015 : winter garden

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015 in Garden | 2 comments

Last week local photographer, Cathe Pienaar took these lovely photos of our winter garden. We are so privileged in George that it is green even in mid winter. And then of course the winter bulbs, Arum Lilies,Irises and camellias are out in full bloom. Share...

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A camino weekend/workshop will be held at Kapteinskloof, Kamanassie district Oudtshoorn on the 16,17,18 October 2015.

Posted by on Aug 16, 2015 in To hike the Camino de Santiago | 0 comments

A camino weekend/workshop will be held at Kapteinskloof, Kamanassie district Oudtshoorn on the 16,17,18 October 2015.

The September weekend/workshop is now fully booked and there is therefore a second weekend set aside: Venue: KAPTEINSKLOOF, a farm belonging to Hazel Jonker, who has many camino’s under the belt and an avid supporter of the confraternity. Accommodation at R100 pp for the weekend is available in a restored farm house. Sleeping arrangements are shared. There is a choice of a 20km or 10 km walk through pristine karoo scrub. A simple evening meal will be supplied the first evening on a donation basis. For the rest each participant to supply their...

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Paul Ash plays lord of the manor in a rambling Cape-Georgian mansion

Posted by on Aug 2, 2015 in Accolades | 0 comments

Paul Ash plays lord of the manor in a rambling Cape-Georgian mansion

This article by Paul Ash  appeared in the travel section of the Cape Times : ”I’m tired of boxy hotels, and I’ve had enough of drek little B&Bs owned by poxy, unhelpful pinch-faced landlords and stuffed with décor from hell. There, I’ve said it. Running a B&B should require a license, where applicants are subjected to the same vigorous scrutiny as those who wish to own automatic weapons. Sadly, that is not the case, which means I spend an inordinate amount of time sifting through the dross. George, as you may...

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featured on Nightjar Travel Blog

Posted by on Aug 2, 2015 in about my B&B life, Accolades | 0 comments

featured on Nightjar Travel Blog

Some text obviously came from our website, but whoever wrote this definitely had to have stayed here – I wonder who? Built in 1861, Fairview Historic Homestead has been sympathetically restored to its original Cape Georgian splendour, and invites guests to experience elegant accommodation in the heart of the Garden Route. On arrival, the gardens make a spectacular first impression and are undoubtedly the showpiece of the property. Lovingly curated into a fairy-tale expanse of arches, flowerbeds, flowing lawns, water features and clipped...

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Golf in the Garden Route – an update (Maria Rein from Switzerland)

Posted by on May 31, 2015 in Golf in the Garden Route, Reasons to stay a week! | 0 comments

Golf in the Garden Route – an update (Maria Rein from Switzerland)

APRIL 2015: I came back after one year, and the Fairview Homestead is my home in George. Thanks to the outstanding hospitality. Philda and Desmond always give me the feeling to be (a little bit) part of the family.  Here are some update and more links you might find useful if you are a passionate golfer -        The “Best of Golf” guys have moved their business quite recently to the Cape Town area, no location at the Garden Route any more. -        In March 2015 I had the opportunity to join a golf tournament: The 6th annual ultimate garden...

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engagement photo shoot in our garden

Posted by on May 9, 2015 in Garden | 0 comments

Cathe Pienaar took these beautiful engagement photos in our garden last week – you have to agree with me that this  young photographer’s photos are  just beautiful: Share...

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Pickling Peppadews

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in Food & Feast, Garden | 0 comments

Pickling Peppadews

      The peppadews growing at Fairview self-seeds and we find ourselves in constant supply of these deliciously piquant little peppers. The green shaped ones will all turn red at some stage – I quite like the look of a combination of green and red in one jar. I use it in omelets, pasta dishes, in salad and stuffed with creme cheese it makes a lovely snack served with ice cold beer. When we lived in Shoal Lake in Canada, I had an Ukranian neighbour (Baba Stech) who taught me a thing or two about pickling, but a word of...

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a trip through Baviaanskloof

Posted by on Apr 8, 2015 in about my B&B life, Trips and Travel in South Africa | 0 comments

a trip through Baviaanskloof

Over Easter weekend 2015 we made use of the service of Locum Solutions (Sandra and Mullin de Placido tel 082 6999 271) to run our guest house and we joined Jannie and Thea Malherbe on a trip through the Baviaanskloof. The Malherbes own Futro Paints and have been our painters of choice for the last 20 years. Over the years we have developed a lovely friendship – cemented by the men’s love of fishing. We entered Baviaanskloof from Willomore; after a quick stop for coffee and cake at Sophie’s Choice. We stayed two nights at...

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networking over a cup of coffee

Posted by on Apr 1, 2015 in about my B&B life | 0 comments

networking over a cup of coffee

I organise networking get togethers on behalf of the local Outeniqua Tourism Association – for our March 2015 get together a few of my B&B friends accompanied me on a visit to the local coffee roasters who supply me with freshly ground coffee on a weekly basis. Root Coffee is a Micro Roastery in the heart of the Garden Route, run by husband and wife team Andre & Tanya Prins. They share a passion for great coffee, and have made it their goal to always supply the FRESHEST coffee, clearly stating the roasting date on the packs....

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