Francois talks about their trip to SPIER

Spier is one of South Africa’s oldest wine farms dating back to 1692, this farm is rich in history and remains a special place to anyone who visits. Located about 40km from Cape Town, you’ll find this historic farm on the outskirts of Stellenbosch.

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Klein Collection (‘K.C’): What made you decide to stay at SPIER?

Francois: SPIER is ideal for us as we have kids (two boys aged 6 and 8). The large natural open spaces, great facilities and scenic surroundings.

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Klein Collection (‘K.C’): What was your first impression of SPIER on arrival?

Francois: It’s actually very close to Cape Town! SPIER is located in the wine capital of South Africa and has a farm feel to it. On arrival we were greeted with warm friendly smiles from the staff which is always the best way to start a stay.

Klein Collection (‘K.C’): What was the service like?

Francois: The staff at SPIER were very friendly and attentive to all our needs. They are particularly good with children (e.g. entertaining the kids while the parents take a deserving break).

Klein Collection (‘K.C’): Is it child friendly?

Francois: Yes, SPIER accommodates families with children of all ages, with a variety of activities and facilities to keep kids occupied. The food for the children was also good and I loved the fact that there was a grape juice tasting on offer when we as adults did the wine tasting. On the morning of our check out from the SPIER hotel, our youngest son immediately asked: “When can be come here again?”2015-06-20 15.01.49 2015-06-20 11.58.15-1
Klein Collection (‘K.C’): 
What activities are offered at SPIER?

Francois: Activities offered onsite at Spier are as follows:

  • Segway tours: Take a tour of the vineyard on your very own Segway PT – a two-wheeled, self-balancing electric vehicle.
  • Wine tasting and chocolate pairing (highly recommended)
  • Eagle encounter (very educational and was great for our kids)
  • Local art being on display throughout SPIER (insprirational)
  • A spa (beauty treatments and massages)
  • Food (wonderful selection of restaurants, deli and picnic baskets)

 

Klein Collection (‘K.C’): What was the food like?

Francois: Food quality at SPIER is top class and they make a conscious effort to cater for the children’s tastes as well. EIGHT Restaurant prides itself in the fact that most of the ingredients in the meals served, are locally produced on the SPIER farm.

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Klein Collection (‘K.C’): What was the highlight of your stay at SPIER?

Francois: The overall openness and spaces to walk and cycle, value for money and how our children enjoyed every bit of our stay.2015-06-19 16.42.37

Klein Collection (‘K.C’): What should potential visitors take note of

Francois: Be ready to want to make SPIER a regular place to visit (at least once a year for 2 nights).

Klein Collection (‘K.C’): Who is SPIER ideal for (i.e. The type of client you would sell this product to)?

Francois: Anyone really – but SPIER is great for small or large groups and people with kids.

 

Point out of 5
Service  5
Location  5
Food  5
Facilities  5
Décor  5
Attention to detail  5
Value for money  5

 

Should SPIER sound like music to your ears, contact Klein Collection at info@kleincollection.com to book your stay.

Welcome to Schoone Oordt Country House

Schoone Oordt Country House is a charming country hotel in Swellendam South Africa, possibly the best of Swellendam accommodation, with 10 luxury bedrooms set in lush gardens, an intimate Conservatory restaurant, a sparkling saltwater pool and a passion for people, family, food, wine and the environment.

Francois talks about their trip to Schoone Oordt Country House.

KC:  How far is Schoone Oordt Country House from Cape Town?

Francois:  After about 2 and a half hours’ drive from Cape Town you will discover Swellendam (one of South Africa’s hidden treasures) with Schoone Oordt Country House being one of the gems within this beautiful village.

Schoone Oordt Country House

KC:  What made you decide to stay at Schoone Oordt Country House?

Francois:  About 3 years ago we drove through Swellendam for a quick lunch and I saw this beautiful Victorian building as we were looking for a place to eat. I immediately asked my wife to settle the kids somewhere suitable – as I wanted to go and see if this striking building could be a boutique hotel… and it was!

Since then I have wanted to experience this charming establishment firsthand.

KC:  What was your first impression of Schoone Oordt Country House on arrival?

Francois:  Attention to detail and authenticity – old world charm, handmade furniture, antiques, wooden floors, rich textures and friendly warm smiles greeting us as we arrived.

KC:  What was the service like?

Francois:  Very attentive and friendly. We were fortunate to meet the owners (Alison and Richard Walker) with their lovely children. They made us feel right at home and it really felt like we were old friends getting together.

Schoone Oordt Country House

KC:  Is it child friendly?

Francois:  Yes, with Schoone Oordt’s owners having 4 kids themselves – everything has been tested as child friendly and our kids were very welcome. They even arranged a babysitter for all the guests’ kids while we were having dinner.

KC:  What activities are offered at Schoone Oordt Country House?

Francois:  The Conservatory Restaurant is onsite and known as one of the top culinary experiences in the area. There are also many activities that can be arranged from the Schoone Oordt concierge service – from wine tours, horse riding, excursions to the De Hoop reserve and more – or just take a stroll down Swellendams main road with antique shops, coffee shops and other treats.

KC:  What was the food like?

Schoone Oordt Country House

Francois:  We were privileged to have been invited by Alison and Richard to a traditional braai and spent hours along the long dinner table in the Conservatory Restaurant sharing stories and laughter with the other Schoone Oordt guests. The food was great.

Breakfast was also fantastic and Schoone Oordt’s eggs benedict with salmon has my vote any day!

KC:  What was the highlight of your stay at Schoone Oordt Country House?

Francois:  The leisurely, traditional braai in the Conservatory Restaurant with interesting people and no time restrictions.

KC:  What should potential visitors take note of?

Francois:  Driving from Cape Town can become a long trip – so make it a journey and plan a stopover somewhere in the middle (Gabrielskloof Wine Estate (in Bot River) is always a winner for us). I would also recommend that you stay at least 2 nights at Schoone Oordt to allow you to experience what this special boutique and surrounds have to offer.

KC:  Who is Schoone Oordt Country House ideal for (i.e. The type of client you would sell this product to)?

Francois:  Young and old enjoying boutique-style service with an appreciation for architecture and interior.

In short: if you have style, you will love it.

Point out of 5
Service  5
Food  5
Location  5
Facilities  5
Décor  5
Attention to detail  5
Value for money  5

Should Schoone Oordt Country House sound like music to your ears, contact Klein Collection at info@kleincollection.com to book your stay.

Welcome to the Luxurious 5-Star Hout Bay Manor

The 5-star Hout Bay Manor located in the picturesque fishing village of Hout Bay, is renowned as one of Cape Town’s most graceful landmarks and was reopened on 26 October 2007 after an extensive 18 month refurbishment. A listed historical building, built in 1871, it has been gracefully restored to its former elegance.

Francois talks about their trip to the Luxurious 5-Star Hout Bay Manor.

Hout Bay Manor

KC:  How far is Hout Bay Manor from Cape Town?

Francois:  Hout Bay Manor is located in ‘the Republic’ as the locals refer to this fishing village and about a 30 minute scenic drive from Cape Town and also very close to the world renowned Chapman’s Peak.

KC:  What made you decide to stay at Hout Bay Manor?

Francois: Hout Bay Manor is one of those very special places that we stumbled upon three and a half years ago soon after we started Klein Collection – and the discovery of this boutique assisted us in refining our offering to our clients. I wanted to see if the standards are as high as it used to be…

KC:  What was your first impression of  Hout Bay Manor on arrival?

Francois:  Old Cape Dutch charm, spacious surroundings with warm welcoming smiles.

KC:  What was the service like?

Francois:  Hout Bay Manor’s style is very personal and attentive – it’s as though you are visiting a wealthy friend’s home in Hout Bay: “Make yourself at home and please ask if you need anything – we are glad that you are with us.”

Hout Bay Manor

KC:  Is it child friendly?

Francois:  Yes, Hout Bay Manor is child friendly.  Our two boys liked their private room which had a connecting door to our suite.

KC:  What activities are offered at Hout Bay Manor?

Francois:  Hout Bay Manor offers a wide range of services and activities to their guests – from a bespoke spa, incredible wine selection in the manor’s private cellar, one of Cape Town’s top restaurants (Pure) on site and a concierge service really ensures that all Hout Bay Manor guests’ unique interests and tastes are catered for.

Hout Bay Manor

KC:  What was the food like?

Francois:  Our dinner at PURE was very busy with the two boys, and although the food was great I could not help but be envious to see the couples around us enjoying a private dinner – while we were trying to convince James and Francois Jnr that vegetables are their friends…

Next time we will arrange a babysitter and be one of the couples having a romantic dinner.

KC:  What was the highlight of your stay at  Hout Bay Manor?

Francois:  Interior design – from the hand painted walls, traditional art pieces and proud traditional Cape Dutch historical buildings, coupled with true 5 star boutique hospitality. Also to know that the standards that I expect from Hout Bay manor are still as high as they have always been.

Hout Bay Manor

KC:  What should potential visitors take note of?

Francois:  Take the time to visit the Hout Bay market on a Friday evening – really a memorable experience (awesome food and stalls with many different items to buy).

KC:  For whom is Hout Bay Manor ideal (i.e. The type of client to whom you would sell this product)?

Francois:  Travelers wanting to experience a 5 star boutique hotel service and setting – while being surrounded by traditional South African interior and architecture.

Point out of 5
Service  5
Location  5
Food  5
Facilities  5
Décor  5
Attention to detail  5
Value for money  5

Should Hout Bay Manor sound like music to your ears, contact Klein Collection at info@kleincollection.com to book your stay.

Tintswalo Atlantic

Francois talks about his and his wife’s trip to Tintswalo Atlantic.

This magnificent lodge is situated in one of the most stunning locations in Southern Africa! Positioned at the base of Chapman’s Peak, Tintswalo Atlantic overlooks the quaint fishing village of Hout Bay, Cape Town.

Klein Collection: How far is Tintswalo Atlantic from Cape Town?

Francois: About 25 km from Cape Town city centre with a beautiful scenic drive along the Atlantic seaboard, located at the start of the world renowned Chapmans Peak pass (just on the other side of Hout Bay).

Klein Collection: What made you decide to stay at Tintswalo Atlantic?

Francois: I have heard so many good things about Tinswalo and wanted to see and experience it myself.

Klein Collection: What was your first impression of Tintswalo Atlantic on arrival?

Francois: How is it possible that that there could be a boutique hotel so close to the ocean within a nature reserve? Its setting is absolutely amazing – probably one of the best in the world.

Klein Collection: What was the service like?

Francois: Personalised service has been redefined. We were welcomed by all Tintswalo staff on arrival. The staff have perfected the art to make things happen without you being aware that it has been done.

Klein Collection:  Is it child friendly?

Francois: Tintswalo Atlantic allows children older than twelve years of age.

Klein Collection: What activities are offered at Tintswalo Atlantic?

Francois: First and foremost to relax, allow yourself to take in the ocean’s rhythm, and then absorb the beautiful views from your suites’ private deck. Enjoying the culinary experience was also a highlight (dinner is a must).  Spa treatments are offered, but you can also enjoy plenty of other surrounding excursions (kayaking, wine tours, whale watching, etc.).

Klein Collection: What was the food like?

Francois: Really out of this world. The afternoon tea, dinner and breakfast. In all we had about seven courses and a chef making dishes according to our wishes.

Klein Collection: What was the highlight of your stay at Tintswalo Atlantic?

Francois: Everything! Really.

Klein Collection: What should potential visitors take note of?

Francois: Be prepared to be blown away. Try to check in as early as possible – allowing you to spend as much time at Tintswalo Atlantic as possible.

Klein Collection: Who is Tintswalo Atlantic ideal for?

Francois: The discerning traveller for whom only the best will do. Privacy, nature and food are key factors.

Point out of 5
Service  5
Location  5
Food  5
Facilities  5
Décor  5
Attention to detail  5
Value for money  5

Should Tintswalo Atlantic sound like music to your ears, contact Klein Collection at info@kleincollection.com to book your stay.

Cellars-Hohenort Hotel

Francois talks about his family’s recent trip to CELLARS-HOHENORT.

The owner-managed Cellars-Hohenort, with its panoramic mountain and garden views, is a must for those looking to add a health dose of peace and tranquility to their lives. The Cellars-Hohenort rests on the breathtaking slopes of Table Mountain. Located in Constantia, Cape Town, it shares its home with some of South Africa’s most historically significant wine estates.

Klein Collection: How far is CELLARS HOHENORT from Cape Town?

Francois: About 25 km from Cape Town city centre, located in the Constantia Valley.

Klein Collection: What made you decide to stay at CELLARS HOHENORT?

Francois: I had a meeting in the area and impulsively decided that Carien should join me for an evening at this well respected establishment (after dropping the kids at their grandparents … of course).

Klein Collection: What was your first impression of CELLARS HOHENORT on arrival?

Francois: Proper old world charm and extremely friendly staff.

Klein Collection: What was the service like?

Francois: Warm, friendly and efficient. Liz McGrath standards.

Klein Collection: Is it child friendly?

Francois: Yes, but only partially. Children must be 8 years old or older. However, if you’re looking for a family holiday, we have other establishments that are probably better suited for this.

Klein Collection: What activities are offered at CELLARS HOHENORT?

Francois: Culinary experiences at the Green House or at the Conservatory restaurant, the Fresh Wellness Spa and the unique traditional Cape Malay high tea.

Klein Collection: What was the food like?

Francois: We did not have dinner at the Green House, but I have heard that it is really worth every cent. Our breakfast and dinner at the hotel’s restaurant was really very good – especially the omelette!

Klein Collection: What was the highlight of your stay at CELLARS HOHENORT?

Francois: Warm friendly service, beautiful lounge area and fireplace and large scenic grounds.

Klein Collection: What should potential visitors take note of?

Francois: Make sure you have the directions – it can be tricky to find the hotel if you do not know where you are going.

Klein Collection: Who is CELLARS HOHENORT ideal for?

Francois: Discerning guests appreciating old world architecture with modern luxury combined.

Point out of 5  
Service  5
Location  5
Food  5
Facilities  5
Décor  5
Bedrooms  3
Attention to detail  5
Value for money  4

Should CELLARS HOHENORT sound like music to your ears, contact Klein Collection at info@kleincollection.com to book your stay.

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

Francois talks about his family trip to Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

This is a destination not to be missed. The sheer expanse and beauty of the Sanbona gives one a sense of humbleness, a temporary release from the daily stresses of everyday living. Sanbona allows one to be at peace, to curl up with a book, seek solitude and do serious introspection.

At 54,000 hectares, Sanbona is one of the largest privately owned game reserves in South Africa.
 Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is only a 3 hour drive from Cape Town on the Route 62 and the ideal relaxation retreat with its two therapy rooms, steam room and a sauna. Winter evenings at Sanbona are awe-inspiring with the most amazing stargazing night skies around. Sanbona boasts
 54 000 hectares of undulating mountains and plains, indigenous flora and fauna, rock formations and rock art.

Klein Collection: How far is Sanbona from Cape Town?

Francois: About 250 km – but allow at least 3,5 hours to drive as there is a gravel road in the reserve that takes 50 minutes to get to the lodge

Francois and his family at Sanbona Wildlife ReserveKlein Collection: Why did you go to Sanbona? 
Francois: We decided quite impulsively to go to Sanbona with our kids (James and Francois Jr). Primary objective was to get away for two days, be spoilt in luxury and experience nature and privacy.

Klein Collection: What was your first impression of Sanbona on arrival?
Francois: Luxurious exclusive reserve and happy to have found it without getting lost!

Klein Collection: What was the service like?
Francois: Excellent service and attention to detail

Klein Collection: Is it child friendly?
Francois: Yes. Children policy on game drives allow allows children of 4 years and older.

Klein Collection: What activities are offered at Sanbona?
Francois: All-inclusive package meant amazing food and drinks at no additional cost. Very informative game drives (twice a day). The Sanbona reserve is 55 000 hectares large and has amazing wild life. We saw the big 5, game, bird life and open nature.
Sanbona’s Gondwana Lodge is very kid friendly and has a separate playroom for the children. The lodge’s menue also cater well for the children’s food preferences.

Klein Collection: What was the food like?
Francois: The culinary experience at Sanbona is really top end and it is one of the aspects of Sanbona that stood out for me.

Klein Collection: What was the highlight of your stay at Sanbona?
Francois: Seeing a hippo, a few lions, Cheetahs, and other animals at close range with our children – especially their reaction and the stories afterwards.

Klein Collection: What should potential visitors take note of?
Francois: Driving distance and to allow enough travel time to get to the lodge. I would definitely stay there for at least two nights – allow you to take it all in, relax as well as participate in game drives as well.

Should Sanbona tickle your fancy, contact Klein Collection at info@kleincollection.com to book your stay.

The Alphen Boutique Hotel – historic and hip

Join Kim and Francois as they pay a visit to The Alphen Boutique Hotel in Constantia, Cape Town’s upmarket suburb. The Alphen has recently been renovated by renowned architect, Stefan Antoni. The bold new interiors infuse new life into the hotel’s 300 years of history. One thing is certain – you’ll either love it or hate it. Watch the video below and share your thoughts with us.

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