This weekend we spent enjoying the beauty of nature at the self-catering Duminy Cottage at Mosaic Private Sanctuary on the Hermanus Lagoon and just 2 hours from Cape Town. It was one of the windiest weekends for a long while but even so we still had an amazing time in this beautiful part of the Overberg.
Our home for the weekend was a comfortable “cottage”, with space to sleep 9, with stunning views over the lagoon to the Klein Rivier mountains… even while indoors, sheltering from the wild wind, you could enjoy the views due to the huge windows in the open plan living area.
But we didn’t want to stay indoors all weekend when there was so much to see and experience, and fortunately we were surprised to discover, upon opening the doors on the first day, that the wind was in fact a hot “berg” wind which meant although we weren’t able to enjoy all the activities on offer, such as a boat trip on the lagoon or a paddle on the kayaks, we could head out on the quad bikes for an adventure around the estate!
Before donning our helmets though we wandered down through the milkwood grove to the edge of the lagoon to explore and climb and run (and practice our flying – see the pic below!). Then we headed back up to the 1892 Spookhuis to have a brief history lesson and tour of the grand old building – once a delapidated ruin for decades, now restored and renovated to reveal it’s true beauty!
After an exhilarating morning spent zooming around the farm on the quad bikes (my first time!) we headed back for some down time in our cottage – reading and relaxing while soaking up the peace. We had planned a beach trip for the afternoon but sand plus wind plus 2 kids doesn’t make for a fun time so we had to cancel that. Instead we were invited to the Spookhuis for a very civilized British high tea!
After all the indulgence and numerous pots of tea next to the roaring fire it was time for a brisk walk in the bracing wind! While my husband went off for a run with my son, my daughter and I buttoned up warmly and then headed off to explore a new direction along the lagoon before the storm rolled in. The vast grey clouds, towering mountains and first drops of drizzle while we ran across the mole hills and through the knee (or neck) high grass made for a magical moment… and memory!
And then it was time for the biggest, hottest, longest bath you can imagine – always one of my favourite things to do in a new bathroom – and this one was a great spot to indulge as it came with gorgeous RainAfrica natural bath products and Mungo linen towels (plus it had a great outdoor shower!)
Mosaic was a wonderful place to get away from our usual crazy, busy, noisy life – besides the wind, the noisiest thing we experienced for the 2 days was waking up to the sound of a unique bird call on our patio…. and our ride on the quad-bikes of course! A great place to get away from it all with a few of your friends – or just your own family.
Sometimes in the crazy pace of life on the weekends we can forget to spend time with our close family members so scheduling off a weekend to do NOTHING with just them is really great and something I can highly recommend. The tranquility and peace you experience when you change the pace of life and really slow down, even for a weekend, is so worth tapping into every now and again.
We had such a great time at Mosaic, albeit a bit too short, and will definitely be keen to visit again soon so hopefully next time we can report back on a few more of the activities on offer!
Mosaic Private Sanctuary have 4 self-catering cottages which are serviced daily, Duminy Cottage where we stayed is the largest and sleeps 9, while the other cottages sleep from 3 – 8.
To find out more visit: www.mosaicsouthafrica.com/self-catering-cottages/
Tel: +27 28 313 2814
Web: www.mosaicsouthafrica.comImages: Kathryn Rossiter