Get Wonderfully Lost

November18th

The Tarragon

     

Views of Hout Bay and the sunrise from The Tarragon. Cape Town, South Africa

Our stay at The Tarragon was, simply, perfect. Nestled in the gated community, Tarragona, against the base of Table Mountain in Hout Bay, The Tarragon is ideally located for those wanting to explore the Cape Peninsula. The grounds are immaculate, equipped with a pool, large braai, picnic areas, and pond that are often visited by the regional birds of Cape Town. While we did not have the opportunity to use the pool as spring was just beginning and the weather was a bit cold, we did enjoy the gorgeous sunrises, sunsets, and city views from the backyard. At night, we were able to enjoy the starlight from our patio.

Interior of Saffron Cottage at The Tarragon. Hout Bay, Cape Town, South Africa

We stayed in Saffron cottage, one of five cottages on The Tarragon property. We had a spacious living room and bedroom, clean bathroom with slate shower and flooring, and a separate, fully-equipped kitchen in our cottage. We were also greeted with a complimentary bottle of Champagne and roses on the outdoor patio and in the living room as this was a very special stay for us.

The Tarragon was our first experience with self-catering, and we loved it! After arriving into Cape Town on a Sunday afternoon, we headed to the local grocery store to buy some of our favorites. Having a space that we could call home where we could relax, cook our favorite meals and snacks, and have our morning coffee really made our stay much more enjoyable.

Beautiful gardens and outdoor amenities at The Tarragon. Hout Bay, Cape Town, South Africa

What really made our stay at The Tarragon special were its owners, Mark and Julia Fleming. Both went out of their way to make us feel welcome, provide direction or ideas on where to go, or just chat about life. They were frequently at the property and by the end of our stay, it felt like we were neighbors.

   

De Kraal Country Lodge

   

Oak Tree Suite in De Kraal Country Lodge. Stellenbosch, South Africa

De Kraal Country Lodge is situated in the heart of the Cape Winelands, between Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, providing easy access to either wine route. Operated on a bed-and-breakfast basis, we stayed in the Oak Tree Room, which had an open-plan kitchen equipped with the necessities, bedroom, and bathroom. The breakfast in the morning was a fantastic, tasty combination of European buffet (cold cuts, cheeses, fruits, vegetables, and juices) and made-to-order eggs, sausages, and bacon.

Gardens of De Kraal Country Lodge. Stellenbosch, South Africa

The grounds of De Kraal are beautiful and truly make this establishment unique: the landscaping has the perfect combination between manicured and a little wild to reflect its African heritage. On several tiers, guests will find a tennis court, pool with lounge chairs and a thatched roof patio, a trickling creek, several ponds – one equipped with a kayak – bird-watching hut, circling trails with hundreds of varieties of flowers, a bar and outdoor braai and picnic area, and winding trails. Last but not least, beautiful views of the surrounding mountains are everywhere – pay special attention as those mountains turn pink during the springtime sunset!

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