De Hoop Nature Reserve
21.03.2017 - 25.03.2017 85 °F
A Special Treat
I don't think any of us knew what we were in for when we picked this lovely place and I think I can speak for all four of us when I say we thought it was magical.
Leaving Stellenbosch is always challenging because it has so much to offer and the long bumpy ride to get to the Ocean house made me wonder as I have mentioned the wisdom of my decision.
Now that we have moved on, the memories of the Ocean House stay with me and I suspect will linger until I return. Besides the location and the natural beauty of the property surrounding and the inside of the house, the entire staff from A to Z were simply fantastic. The fine art of hospitality done to perfection. The team is led by Calvin and Chere' and they are supported by Vusi,
and Chef Jose'.
Each one of these beautiful people add something unique to the Ocean House experience, sometimes it is conversation or and appreciated effort, like the day Elvis spent several hours building the fire that heated the hot tub for us. I have never experience this kind of hospitality and gentle service bestowed upon us by this team. Chere' and Calvin make it clear that the home was our to enjoy as if it were our own.
Besides being the hosts, they were equally comfortable when we asked them to join us for dinner, they did not seem like 'the managers,' they seemed more like friends we had not seen in years and it was clearly time to catch up. They were honest, down to earth and a joy to spend time with. Whether it was at the bush braai, the picnic on the beach or at dinner, we talked about life, family, music and our personal stories. What a unique environment.
The house itself was designed with comfort, simple beauty and the joining of nature and living space to create an environment that is easy to enjoy.
The hikes, short game drives, bush braai's, sundowners, stargazing, book reading in the window boxes and wood fired hot tub are just some of the delightful activities we enjoyed. I wish I had stayed another day.
I loved sitting upstairs in the bar in the early morning with the big floor to ceiling windows open and listening to the birds while I drank my coffee. The sea air and the music provided by Mother Nature was a great tranquilizer. Places like this bring me peace, tranquility and joy.
I hope to make it back some day.
Disclaimer: I am in no way connected to the Morukuru Family properties, booking agents or people who work there, just a happy guest!