TWEE WATERS GASTEPLAAS: Peace and tranquillity in the heart of the Gamtoos
After a fully jam-packed Christmas Holiday, my family and I really needed to escape to a place of complete peacefulness - somewhere where we could unwind and reconnect. I also looked forward to finishing an interesting book that I was reading.
Since I have always wanted to experience the Baviaanskloof, we were soon on our way to Twee Waters Gasteplaas, situated on a working citrus farm in the Kwagga region, just off Route 331 and 12km outside Patensie in the Gamtoos Valley.
Our drive towards the Baviaans was breath-taking with rolling hills popping out of nowhere while the majestic Cockscomb Mountains rose out of the plains in the distance.
After passing Patensie’s citrus orchards and lush green grassy fields, we finally arrived at our weekend sanctuary.
The first thing I noticed as we climbed Twee Waters Gasteplaas’ stairs was the venue’s spacious undercover ‘stoep’ area which also served as a braai, outdoor lounge and dining area. There was also a comfy couch which is where I was to catch up with my reading! Also evident was a large cemented outside area adjacent to the house which is ideal for kids on bikes, roller blades, skateboards or even a game of basket ball or tennis.
Entering the air-conditioned guesthouse was a welcome relief from the searing summer sun outside. I found our lodgings very comfortable with three beautifully furnished bedrooms and two bathrooms. The main bedroom boasted was en-suite and had a king–size bed.
The Main bedroom had air-conditioning and all were supplied with clean, crisp white linen. I was tempted to take an afternoon nap but decided to unpack before making my way back to the living room.
The lounge area was also spacious and cosy. It was fitted with a fireplace for those cold winter days as well as three very comfortable soft chairs. There was also a double sleeper couch in the lounge area for extra guests. Other facilities included full DSTV access which my teenage daughter quickly discovered. Opposite the lounge area were two sliding doors that led out onto a large dining-room table and entertainment area.
Twee Waters Gasteplaas offers self-catering accommodation and I found their open-plan kitchen as good as the rest of the house. It was modern and fully-equipped with a microwave, double oven and hob, kettle, toaster, fridge and all that one would need to whip up a tasty meal including cutlery and crockery.
Our hosts had obviously gone to great lengths to make us feel at home. There was coffee, tea, sugar and home-made rusks laid out for us. On the counter was a stunning arrangement of freshly-picked flowers while every bedroom had a small arrangement of roses.
After enjoying a long awaited ice-cold drink out on the stoep, we armed ourselves with hats and sunscreen before heading out to explore our beautiful surroundings.
The outing was every bit fun. We enjoyed the spectacular views of the area as well as nature’s uninterrupted sounds and smells. Besides an abundance of birdlife, we also spotted many wild Proteas among the fynbos. Rather tired and the shadows lengthening, we returned to the guesthouse where we spent the rest of the afternoon sprawled out on the stoep-couch spotted earlier.
I could finally catch up on my book while enjoying the country air. Before long, I found myself drifting off to a place of absolute serenity.
With the sun behind the mountains, we lit a braai. Danika and Hardu Scheepers, owners of Twee Waters Gasteplaas, later joined us with their three young children. They had popped in to see if we were comfortable. Over a glass of Amarula, our hospitable hosts told us how they had transformed this stunning guesthouse in only six months. They also mentioned that they had recently hosted Hardu’s 40th Birthday gathering on the premises which proved its self ideal for functions!
Our scrumptious braai over, we sat outside and took in the fresh mountain air while chatting under a clear Karoo sky which was studded with over a million twinkling stars above us, before we called it a night. It had been a peaceful and relaxing day together.
With the sound of birds tweeting signalled the start of a new day the following morning. I rose earlier than everyone else and I poured myself a cup of coffee before quietly ambling out on to the stoep. The sun had just come up making the still damp hills glisten like gold. Sadly, we also had to leave for the city that morning.
I can highly recommend spending a few days at Twee Waters Gasteplaas whether as a group, family or couple. It is the place to be if you would like to unwind and take in some truly amazing scenery and fresh country air. The farmhouse is also situated just 30 minutes from Jeffrey’s Bay’s exciting activities.
To book your stay, call Danika on 072 6047015 or visit our website www.tweewaters.co.za today.
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