PLACE OF PEACE: A real haven in the trees

BY AMBER HARINGTON - JULY 29, 2014

On planning a recent trip to Cape Town, my boyfriend and I were looking for a relaxing stopover to break our long drive – ideally an overnight stay in the Plettenberg Bay area.

After browsing the net for good and affordable accommodation, I was intrigued by Treehaven Self Catering Guest House. The images showed the buildings nestled among indigenous trees on a steep slope overlooking the Piesang Valley, the setting looked perfect.

Upon arrival, on a Friday evening, we were warmly welcomed by our hosts Carol and Feo Sachs and shown to our accommodation, a fully-equipped self-catering unit with big windows and glass sliding doors that led onto a private deck with magnificent views of the valley.

Engulfed by nature and the sounds of birds chirping in the trees, it felt as if we were far from town and yet we were only a few minutes away from the main street and the many attractions that Plettenberg Bay has to offer.

Treehaven was designed by Feo who is a retired architect. The units have open plan living areas and en-suite bedrooms. Whether one is looking for a holiday with a group of friends or family or just for a quiet weekend away, there is space for everyone and every need.

The private decks of the different units also have braai facilities for those perfect evenings under the stars.

In contrast to the open plan and minimalist layout of the units, the gardens have been keptindigenous and somewhat wild, complementing Treehaven’s design and style. I found that the rustic garden paths that lead to the different units at Treehaven are not for the physically challenged, however they will not disappoint the adventurous and those who are at one with nature.

The paths wound through luscious gardens with some parts cobbled and others with wooden steps. Colourful garden lights lined the pathways at night so that we could find our way and provided surreal shades to the surrounding plants.

After a good night’s sleep on the most comfortable king sized bed I have ever slept in, I woke up to birdsong and the fabulous view of the valley highlighted by the rising sun.

The filter coffee supplied by the guesthouse was the perfect wakeup call. As I sat taking in the view and listening to the birds, I felt completely peaceful, relaxed and re-energized for the rest of our journey to the Mother City.

Treehaven was the perfect stopover. I also noted that it would be a great place to settle for a holiday on the Garden Route as it is close enough to enjoy all the activities that are offered in Plettenberg Bay and the surrounding areas. Plett is only a 2 hour drive from PE and Treehaven an ideal weekend getaway destination.

Treehaven is also pet friendly, so travelling canines need not be left at home and they can enjoy the fabulous gardens and the beaches nearby.

To book your stay, call 044 533 1989 or email: [email protected] or visit: www.treehavenholidays.co.za