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Relax and recharge at The Guardian guest house in Hemel-en-Aarde

Nestled in the beautiful and (aptly named) Hemel-en-Aarde (Heaven and Earth) Valley, The Guardian Guest House and Cottage is the perfect self-catering spot when looking for some serious R&R.
Relax and recharge at The Guardian guest house in Hemel-en-Aarde
Relax and recharge at The Guardian guest house in Hemel-en-Aarde

Owned by couple Dereck and Sharon Wilson, this family-run accommodation offers both an apartment and free-standing cottage on a 25-acre private estate; both options offering the most breathtaking views of the valley and dramatic Babylonstoren Mountain range.

Relax and recharge at The Guardian guest house in Hemel-en-Aarde
Relax and recharge at The Guardian guest house in Hemel-en-Aarde

The cottage is a mix of eclectic lux d├ęcor and sleeps up to four in two en-suite upstairs bedrooms. Downstairs, a well-equipped kitchen and a spacious dining and living area, plus a generous patio and braai area make the cottage feel like a luxurious home away from home.

Relax and recharge at The Guardian guest house in Hemel-en-Aarde
Relax and recharge at The Guardian guest house in Hemel-en-Aarde

Gracious hosts and takeaway treats

Hosts Dereck and Sharon were beyond hospitable and went above and beyond when it came to making us feel at home; a chilled bottle of Creation Pinot Noir (from neighbouring wine farm), detailed advice on hiking trails, a homemade cake plus take-home gifts, made this stay especially memorable.

In fact, Sharon sells great gifting items such as handmade leather-wine carriers, candles, linen aprons, natural diffusers, bath salts, fynbos body lotion, shower products, bath salts, creams and more (most utilized in the accommodation) in a pop-up shop on the premises.

The Guardian offers an ideal spot to base oneself when exploring the impressive wine farms situated in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley; just perfect when you need a closely situated comfy bed to crash in post wine tasting. A ton of hiking and mountain biking trails are also on offer and easily accessible via the estate.

Relax and recharge at The Guardian guest house in Hemel-en-Aarde

For more info or to make a booking go to www.theguardianhermanus.co.za.

*Ruth Cooper was a guest of The Guardian

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