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South African Garden And Home, October 1998. (Text and photographs by Alex Cremer)

Posted by on Mar 29, 2014 in Accolades | 1 comment

South African Garden And Home, October 1998. (Text and photographs by Alex Cremer)

I recently found the old Garden And Home Magazine (October 1998) with the article of our house – talk about blast from the past: Romancing an era – a long neglected historic George House gets a make-over… Because it was partly hidden behind high boundary walls, the true beauty of Fairview only became obvious once I drove through the new gates. Then the regal proportions and straight-lined design of the double storey dwelling, built around 1865, could be properly viewed. To me, the old place had a rather Georgian flavour that...

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Interior photos

Posted by on Feb 1, 2014 in Photo Albums | 0 comments

Interior photos

Renovation, redecorating,repairing, replacing – these are the rhythms of living in a heritage property… 2937 on...

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Feathers at Fairview (by Elize Meiring – Manager)

Posted by on Jan 30, 2014 in Attractions we recommend: reasons to stay a week!, Garden | 0 comments

Feathers at Fairview (by Elize Meiring – Manager)

    Fairview Historic Homestead, situated on a large, almost 3800m²  property,   lends itself to an ideal bird watching opportunity.   The extensive garden, surrounding the homestead, plays host to a diverse array of endemic birds as well as migrants from the northern hemisphere.African Hoopoe, Hadeda Ibis,  Red Eyed Dove, Fork Tailed Drongo, Cape Wagtail, Malachite Sunbird, Cape White Eye, House Sparrow, Cape Sparrow, Red-winged Starling, to mention but a few.   (These are ones that I, as a novice have seen!)  The following is just an...

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Broad Beans and Green Beans

Posted by on Jan 7, 2014 in Food & Feast, Garden, my B&B life | 0 comments

Broad Beans and Green Beans

We have just harvested the first beans of the season. I just have to share  our daughter’s memories of harvesting beans with you: Long before I knew I would make a career of my passion for food, my childhood summers were marked by warm evenings congregated around the kitchen table, top- and tailing beans. In winter, my brothers and I were asked to squeezed one liter of orange juice per day as part of our daily chores and together with the bean harvest, these were the rhythms that marked the seasons of my childhood.As long as I can...

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How important is it to you that a Bed & Breakfast offers an evening meal?

Posted by on Jan 1, 2014 in Food & Feast, my B&B life | 1 comment

How important is it to you that a Bed & Breakfast offers an evening meal?

  If you have the time I would really appreciate a comment in answer to the question: How important is it to you that a Bed & Breakfast offers an evening meal?  At the moment it is a service we offer, but we do not really promote it. Would you: 1) Not care? 2) Not care as long as there were other places to eat nearby? 3) Be inclined not to stay there unless they did? We’re really keen on hearing what you think – just comment on this post, choosing one of the options and any further thoughts you may have. I do find that it...

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Golf courses in and around George

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

Golf courses in and around George

George Golf Club (5 km from Fairview Homestead) Long narrow fairways and easy rough.  George Golf Course is rated in the top 20 in South Africa and due to our excellent weather conditions, this stunning park-lands course is playable year round. Bookings are essential.  Wednesday and Saturday afternoons are reserved for competitions.                                                                                                                                                                                                      Telephone:   ...

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the make-over of Shanty 21

Posted by on Dec 27, 2013 in History, my B&B life | 2 comments

the make-over of Shanty 21

When our children were still in school they formed a band and,  as you know, a band needs to practice. When you grow up in a house that is your home as well as a guest house that proves to be a problem. Our children’s solution was to claim a small store room below the swimming pool as their little music den. They called it Shanty 21. I asked Alex: ‘why 21?’ and he answered: ‘ every abode needs a number…’ I suppose when you are 16 years old 21 sounds like a grand number to be. Shanty was kitted out with...

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when Winnie and Robert came to stay…

Posted by on Dec 11, 2013 in my B&B life | 0 comments

when Winnie and Robert came to stay…

Certainly one of the joys of running a guesthouse, is that you never know quite who will walk through the door… One of my favorite stories is of when I had Robert Redford and Winnie Mandela staying over – well, maybe not quite: I received a call from a gentleman in San Francisco with a voice a smooth as Robert Redford’s (I love Robert Redford…) He told me that he had just e-mailed me a request for accommodation, but that he was phoning to make sure that I would not have a problem with his partner being black....

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5 rules for a tidy linen cupboard

Posted by on Dec 7, 2013 in my B&B life | 1 comment

5 rules for a tidy linen cupboard

  About a year ago my daughter introduced me to the joys of Pinterest. What an amazing way to organize your thoughts, plans and to get inspiration. (For inspiration  you may look at my pinterest board  http://www.pinterest.com/phildab/linnekas-laundry-room/ ) And my other favourite: Houz As a guest house owner the linen cupboard can be both a frustration and a joy – depending on how the Fairview Homestead linen cupboard users  use or abuse it. Now I am not naturally the tidiest person on earth (my husband and daughter are…) I...

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about house rules and Dachshunds

Posted by on Nov 25, 2013 in my B&B life | 0 comments

about house rules and Dachshunds

One of the sites we market on, just asked to give the ‘house rules’ Which had me thinking… In the end this is what I gave them:  Fairview Homestead is a 7 bedroom guest house in B&B style – that means we, the owners, live on the premises. Our guest rooms are private, but we have a communal lounge/breakfast area for the guests. The only rules I can think of are : no non-paying guests in the bedrooms for longer than 10 minutes ; no cigarette buds in the garden, no unsupervised children in the swimming pool, be nice...

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