Owners Elmarie and Theuns de Bruin spent more than three years lovingly restoring the old farmhouse at African Vineyard to create the beautiful retreat that it is today.
Elmarie, a tourism specialist, and Theuns, a former Kalahari farmer, wanted to create a tranquil home-from-home for visitors to this special part of the world.
Says Elmarie: “The name African Vineyard is a reflection of where we live – in Africa surrounded by vineyards, with all the rooms having either wine or cultivar names, like the Sultana which are some of the oldest vines in the area.”
The handcrafted, wooden furniture in the bedrooms is the handiwork work of Theuns, while Elmarie’s attentive touch and flair can be seen in the fine percale linen, delicious cuisine and warm hospitality that characterises this guesthouse.
Theuns is also a keen landscape photographer and able to advise guests on the many unique locations in the area. Both are nature lovers, and the garden has been laid out in such a way as to attract as much of the rich birdlife of the area as possible.
Says Elmarie: “A nice addition is the extended garden that goes down to a little stream where you can braai, have a picnic or just listen to the sounds of the birds and island living. Also, visitors should not miss out on our food and wine pairing that we do with the local wines and our slow food.”