This last week-end I was invited to stay at the Thatch House in Hermanus which is a luxurious villa with mountain views on the one side and the lagoon views on the other. It reminded me of a movie – I’m just not sure which one exactly, but basically it was like taking a break from my normal life and stepping into another world. The house sleeps up to 21 people with 4 family suites and 2 double rooms and is only available to rent in totality. So you have to take it all. It comes either as a self catering property, or you can make use of their built-in amazing chef as we did. You can find out more about eating at the Thatch House and chef Terry here.
The House is HUGE and the perfect place to rent if you are looking for exclusivity and want to get away with friends or family for a private retreat. This sets it apart from other luxury hotels which somehow feel very formal no matter how boutiquey. You really feel like you are away in an actual home and can pad around in PJ’s and slippers all the time if you like. There is a pool in the front and the back, a gym, a jacuzzi, trampolines, a putting green, a tree house and a tennis court, so paradise for kids (and adult kids) who I’m sure they would get lost running around the garden which slope down to the lagoon. They have a boat for cruises or waterskiing and kayaks to paddle in, so for the sporting types this is the ultimate.
It was the first time I had been on the Hermanus lagoon and the tranquility, views and bird life is incredible. Ducks plane sailing all over the place. Of course if you ever wanted to leave the tranquility of this holiday haven, there is an abundance of things to do in the area. Restaurants, wine farms and the pretty little towns of Hermanus and Stanford to explore.
We stopped at Creation on the way home to experience their tapas and wine pairing and this is highly recommended. This wine farm was created from scratch on 45o million year old soil high up on the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge. Cooler temperatures and great terroir (as well as obviously very skilled wine making) result in superb wines that are full-bodied and complex. I have enjoyed them many times before but its always a pleasure to drink them in their home. The tapas menu is innovative and interesting and designed to pair perfectly with thier wines. We did the 8 tapas and wine tasting menu and were spoiled with a few extra samples. They even have a kiddies tasting menu, so its a great place to stop when next you are in the area.
~Disclaimer ~ I was invited to stay at the Thatch House and to lunch at Creation.