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.
The cottage is a mix of eclectic lux décor 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.
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.
For more info or to make a booking go to www.theguardianhermanus.co.za.
*Ruth Cooper was a guest of The Guardian