MOUNTAIN FLOWER: Great view, excellent food and awesome hospitality

BY GRAEME LUND - AUGUST 11, 2014

We’ve past mid-winter and the days, thankfully, are getting longer. Summer is not too far off and, as I sit in my cold office, popping vitamins and blowing my nose, I can’t wait to feel the warm beach sand between my toes. I’ve been thinking long and hard about where I would like to spend my first summer weekend and the picturesque Garden Route town of Wilderness, with its endless beach and beautiful lagoon, seems like a good idea.

I also know exactly where I will stay - Mont Fleur, a charming guest house situated on the slopes of the mountains above Wilderness, with a sweeping view of the lagoon and beach. I was there last summer and loved the food, hospitality and spacious room.

The owners, Lou and Denise Hureston, are well-travelled Americans and I couldn’t help but ask why they settled in the Wilderness. I happened to ask the question while standing on the veranda and Lou simply smiled and pointed at the view.

With a 4-Star grading, Mont Fleur is instantly recognisable with its summer, welcoming Caribbean blue and white paint scheme, complimented by leafy green gardens and deep blue swimming pool. Once inside, you immediately feel the homely atmosphere of this guesthouse – with its deep couches and travel guides, big beds in large rooms and a dining area with neatly set tables.

Mont Fleur has two bedrooms that are big enough to accommodate travelling families as well as two cottages. The rooms are very comfortable with percale linen on the beds and bathrooms that are airy and spotlessly clean.

Lou and Denise clearly enjoy their trade as they are only too keen to assist, give advice and engage in friendly conversation. At breakfast they work as a great team; with Denise cooking - and boy can she cook - and Lou waiting tables.

It is also possible to book dinner reservations at Mont Fleur, an option that comes highly recommended.

Mont Fleur is within walking distance of all the main attractions as well as the village. There’s plenty to do in this area and if sitting on a sun-drenched beach loses its appeal after a few hours, then hike, walk, bird watch or shop. I like to end my day with a refreshing dip in the pool and sip a sundowner on the veranda. I can’t think of a better place to do this than at Mont Fleur.

To book your next getaway, contact Mont Fleur on 044 877 0750 or visit their website, www.montfleur-wilderness.co.za.