Lekkerwijn

Selected by The Greenwood Guide to South Africa, 2nd edition

Text written by Simon Greenwood

Lekkerwijn (pronounced Lekkervain) is a 1790s Cape Dutch homestead, with a grand Edwardian extension designed by Sir Herbert Baker. You would probably have to pay to look round if Wendy didnt live there. It positively creeks with family history. You can tell when one family have lived in a grand house for generations – all the furniture, fittings and decoration look so at home. This is not some country house hotel, nor some converted annexe.

You share the house fully with Wendy whose family have lived here since the late 19th century – unless of course you would prefer the privacy of the wagon house cottage. My strongest impressions are of the central courtyard with its gallery and cloister, the yellowwood floors and beams and the towering palms planted by Wendys grandfather, the informal taste of the nursery bedroom, a wonderful breakfast… and Wendy herself, who is full of character and so caring of her guests. You can self-cater in the wagon house cottage and plans for carriage rides are in the offing. Closed occasionally during June and July.