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Living in a listed building

Posted by on Jun 12, 2014 in History, my B&B life | 0 comments

Living in a listed building

We bought Fairview in 1994 and took up the challenge to restore this historic George landmark. People often express their surprise that we had the property listed immediately after we bought it. There is a general misconception that when you buy a heritage property (listed or unlisted) you will not be allowed to alter your home or to add modern conveniences. The challenge in restoring and maintaining any old building remains staying true to the authenticity of the structure. This means: 1. Do your research before you start as this will help...

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Room 4 after the 2013 renovation

Posted by on May 31, 2014 in Interiors | 0 comments

Room 4 after the 2013 renovation

At the end of 2013 plans were approved for a new courtyard staircase. This meant that the old Room 3, which consisted of two interlinked rooms that were once the bedrooms of our two sons, could now be divided into two separate rooms, each with its own outside entrance and own bathroom. Of the two new rooms  Room 4 is the smaller at 17,6 m² and we prefer to offer it for single occupancy. I found this lovely antique bed in a second hand store in Market Street. I just love the fact that the brass knobs shows a bit of character with the dents....

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Fairview Garden

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Garden | 0 comments

Fairview Garden

At Fairview the food is home-made and often home-grown, sourced from our own garden and we keep our own chickens for the freshest of eggs.  In recognition of our responsibility to the environment we also use ‘green’ products for housekeeping, laundry and cleaning. Desmond has a ‘wormery’ and three compost heaps. And Juno does her best to keep us in supply of dog poo to throw down  the mole holes as a way of trying to convince them to move to the neighbors for less smelly passageways. Our garden is definitely our...

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Golf in the Garden Route (by Maria Rein from Switzerland)

Posted by on May 27, 2014 in Attractions we recommend: reasons to stay a week!, Golf in the Garden Route | 0 comments

Golf in the Garden Route (by Maria Rein from Switzerland)

George is a great place to stay if you want to golf in the Garden Route. The distances between Mosselbay and Knysna allow even early t-times (and Philda and her staff will serve breakfast at 7 am if wanted). I will not add any  remarks and comments on the golf courses as such -  I found all courses amazing, in very good conditions and I always met great people, but some small hints which might be helpful.        If you need equipment I would recommend the “The Golfers Club”, 43 York Street, George. Good selection of clubs and whatever tools...

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knitting is the new yoga,but actually the inspirational topic for this blog post is—toilets!

Posted by on May 16, 2014 in my B&B life | 2 comments

knitting is the new yoga,but actually the inspirational topic for this blog post is—toilets!

Knitting is the new yoga,but actually the inspirational topic for this blog post is—an issue with toilet seats! I doubt there is anyone out there who is not yet aware that I can now claim the title GRANDMOTHER. It is with the greatest of self-discipline that I do not insist that every guest look at photos on my mobile phone before they are allowed to enjoy breakfast. I became a champion knitter overnight – a few nights ago I woke up with tennis elbow pain and suddenly realised: I just finished my 6th jersey for 2 month old Luella...

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The Golf Passport

Posted by on May 1, 2014 in Attractions we recommend: reasons to stay a week!, Golf in the Garden Route | 0 comments

The Golf Passport

Golf in the Garden Route The Golf Passport is an intriguing way of getting your golfing fix through pre-paid packages that offer a good variety of courses and great green fees. Play Fancourt, George, Kingswood, Ou Baai, Pezula, Simola, Pinnicle Point- ask for a quote.   George is the hub of golf in the Garden Route with many of South Africa’s top courses within a 60km radius. Bookings are always advisable. Rates mentioned are subject to change – verify on reservation. If you are planning on playing a few courses it will be worth your...

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Boplaas Wines – wine tasting in the Klein Karoo

Posted by on Apr 23, 2014 in Attractions we recommend: reasons to stay a week! | 0 comments

Boplaas Wines – wine tasting in the Klein Karoo

Last weekend Desmond and I visited the Boplaas cellar in Calitzdorp. (If a trip to Calitzdorp sounds too far afield, they also have an outlet at Little Brak.) Let me tell you : winter has arrived in the Garden Route and so it was time to stock up. Their Cape Tawny reserve is the best  in front of the Fairview Homestead fireplace on a cold winter’s day. We were quite surprised to see the wide choice coming out of their cellar – apart from the award winning Cape Port, Muskadels and Brandy that they are known for, they also produce ...

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April and start of a change of season in the Fairview garden (by Desmond)

Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 in Garden | 0 comments

April and start of a change of season in the Fairview garden (by Desmond)

Apart from the last ten days of sudden summer weather we are really aware of a change of season in George. We quite enjoy the early morning and evening chill in the air. Both Philda and I make a point of driving down Third Street to enjoy the Autumn show of browning leaves presented us  by the lane of Liquid Amber trees. Shorter days are unfortunately part of the package and early morning gardening before work is of the past. This is generally a quiet time for gardeners and we get a well deserved rest. There are still roses to be tended to ...

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Canadian Buttermilk Pancakes (Guest blogger is our daughter Nelleke Elston)

Posted by on Apr 9, 2014 in Breakfast, Food & Feast | 0 comments

Canadian Buttermilk Pancakes (Guest blogger is our daughter Nelleke Elston)

Does the world really need another pancake recipe, is a good question to ask at this stage… I thought I’d share my story of how I became known as the ‘pancake-asaurus’ in our family. Yes, that was one of those little family words that we took the liberty of making up based on the amount of fluffy Canadian pancakes I could pack away, leaving my bigger brothers in the dust at age three. As I’ve mentioned on my blog before, my childhood was filled with vibrant adventures with my family that took us from living in a...

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Restaurant recommendations in George

Posted by on Apr 5, 2014 in Attractions we recommend: reasons to stay a week!, Food & Feast | 1 comment

Restaurant recommendations in George

There is no discount when it comes to paying the bill after a bad meal accompanied by terrible service, which is why you may as well take a recommendation and go to one of the few restaurants that I recommend because of consistent good food and good service. And the key word is CONSISTENT. With a host of  restaurants  in both nearby Wilderness and George, you’ll be spoilt for choice! But short and sweet:  my very shortlist of all time favourite restaurants in George. (Elize and I will make reservations for our guests on request.) 1 ....

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