A “What If” Woman’s Day

By Marica

Next week Tuesday is Woman’s Day. Rose asked me if I had any special plans and I replied with my customary “Not really”. Now in my household public holidays come and go – my time is usually usurped by doing chores I couldn’t get around to doing the week before. Rose commented on the fact that she wished we could celebrate Woman’s Day over a period of two days, as that would afford her the opportunity of jumping in the car and heading inland for a much-needed break.

We then started playing the “what if” game – IF we had the time and the bucks where would we want to wake up the morning of the 9th

The beautifully restored little farm cottage. Image via Witklip Guest House

My choice was clear – I had come across a beautiful little rustic cottage on a guest farm in Moorreesburg earlier in the year whilst planning an Easter vacation getaway. Due to its popularity, the cottage was already booked for that specific holiday and we had to make other accommodation arrangements. I however, promised myself that I would, when the opportunity presents itself in the future, book the cottage for a quiet country escape.

The gorgeous cosy kitchen. That fireplace is begging for some home-made "potbrood". Image via Witklip Guest House

Now what makes this particular cottage so special? Where to start…

Witklip Guest Farm is located in the beautiful Swartland region and is just one hour’s drive from Cape Town. It is grain and canola country which along with the surrounding mountains make for a stunning backdrop to your tranquil country retreat.

"Dibs" on this bedroom. Love the crochet throw! Image via Witklip Guest Farm

“Die Withuis”, as the cottage is called, is beautifully decorated in what can be described as a rustic shabby chic meets minimalist country style. The cottage has all the amenities you would expect from a modern self-catering unit, without losing its traditional farmhouse charm – most of the lighting is provided by paraffin lamps and candles.

The bentwood chairs are so fitting to the space. Image via Witklip Guest House

The house even has its own organic vegetable garden which guests can pick from during their stay! (Yeah you heard right) You can now probably understand why I am smitten with this place – seriously, I wish I could move in there permanently!

Perfectly cosy! Image via Witklip Guest Farm

Rose’s Choice: a Pamper-filled day at The Twelve Apostles Hotel

This is what Rose had to say about her chosen “What If” location:

One of Twelve Apostles' breathtaking luxury suites. Wow! Image via Twelve Apostles Hotel

“There is nothing more refreshing than escaping the everyday hustle and bustle of the city. Hence my choice of the Twelve Apostles Hotel for my day of R & R. In terms of its location – it has the amazing mountain right behind it (for a walk) and stands on the edge of the ocean (you literally cross the road). It is out of the city precinct as such, with far less traffic to be found.

Another beautiful suite. Image via Twelve Apostles Hotel

There is a complete “Country Getaway” ambience about its setting. You can sit on the balcony, sip your drink and stare out at the vast ocean or eat in the finely decorated restaurant.

The presidential suite dining area. Image via Twelve Apostles Hotel

The decor is always a critical factor for me, and this hotel has in recent years had its upgrade, which leaves me as a guest, just revelling in that deluxe feeling of being totally spoilt.

The gorgeous restaurant - looks like it has a little Moroccan flavour! Image via Twelve Apostles Hotel

The spoil continues on – the hotel has a gorgeous and well known Spa. I could ramble on and on about this, but I think you get the picture. It has and continues to be one of my favourite city hotels (with the illusion of being in the country).”

Oe, I wish I was that lady right now! Imagine getting a massage in THAT setting! Image via Twelve Apostles Hotel

Sigh, if only…

And that is where Rose and I would want to wake up Woman’s Day morning. What are your plans for Woman’s Day? If you have anything special planned do share it with us (hopefully not laundry and vacuuming). However, if like us, you are spending Woman’s Day at home, tell us all about your dream “What If” spot!

Have a pamper-filled Woman’s Day ladies! (P.S. Gents, you still have a week to plan something special for the lady in your life…jump)

Witklip Guest Farm: Website

Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa: Website

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Posted on August 4, 2011, in Decor, Design, Interior Design and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I will have both thank you.

  2. howtoclimbamountain

    If I were able to afford Twelve Apostles…I would totally love to visit. Make it a fun long-weekend with girlfriends. BUT, if I were looking for a break…I would book Witklip for a week! I have also fallen in love with it!! If I were to save up on mula and holidays…I think I’d set my heart on the country cottage…and if it weren’t available, a boathouse near Wildernis will do just wonderfully…

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