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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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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 Food & Feast, Reasons to stay a week! | 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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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 Interiors | 0 comments

Interior photos

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

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Feathers at Fairview (by Elize Meiring – Manager)

Posted by on Jan 30, 2014 in Garden, Reasons to stay a week! | 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 about my B&B life, Food & Feast, Garden | 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 about my B&B life, Food & Feast | 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 Golf in the Garden Route, Reasons to stay a week! | 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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when Winnie and Robert came to stay…

Posted by on Dec 11, 2013 in about 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 about 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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