“Way too much awesome views” Group of 10 Bavarians invade Oceans Echo in January 2014. Everbody was absolutely stoked about the house,the views and the hospitality.
Yvette took care of everything;
-the well balanced breakfast, fine-tuned to the local beer and wine products
-the lovely hikes
-my perfect arranged cosy and very funny wedding
Anyhow, we had a very hard time going back to normal life.
“Architectural marvel in the heart of the Garden Route” We chose Ballot's Heights for our Honeymoon - What a perfect choice! Getting there is quite an experience, as the road goes up and down over the 'heights'. You have to keep a serious eye on the road, since there is a magnificent view around every corner. Sally went out of her way to accomodate us from the moment we got there - service like that we have never experienced! Felt like you were a long lost relative welcomed into their slice of paradise.
The house faces a particularly beautiful rocky beach, with the crashing of the waves so close you don't even need a radio...we listened to the sound of the ocean for 7 days. Glass sliding doors let the whole view in, you cannot stop staring at it. The wooden multilevel house is a holiday home out of your dreams. Big living room with couches and day beds, dining table, double volume ceilings, open plan kitchen (fully stocked, by the way, you will not want for anything!). Also features a fireplace that will be the perfect companion to a bottle of Cape wine on one of those windy days! You could easily just spend the day going from the kitchen to the couch and back again.
The bedrooms are exquisite, with the master bedroom being the crowning achievement. Full sea-facing sliding doors to let the sea sounds lull you to sleep. The white bathroom has a bath and shower that also feature a full view of the nature reserve and the sea.
Then when you eventually tear yourself away from the house you get to experience the nature reserve. Immersed in fynbos, there are numerous hiking trails which we explored every day. You can choose your level of exertion, since many of the trails link up and take you all over the beautiful reserve. You can choose to go down to the sea, scrambling over the rocks, or just do an easy loop on top - just to get your appetite going for dinner. But if you decide to go down to the many rocky spots, you are in for a treat! We spent one afternoon reading and taking photos, totally secluded and totally breathtaking!
The reserve is located literally next to victoria bay, as well as the garden route mall - and a few minutes up the hill from Wilderness, so there is more than enough to do if you feel the need to go for a drive.
The owners live next door so if there is anything you need, they are literally a few feet away. We would definitely recommend this rental to anyone looking for nature, breathing space, an awesome view (features a great wooden deck as well) and disconnecting from everything! We are already planning our return trip for 2013!
“As good as it gets!” Dear Denise, Peter and Tinashe
Many thanks for a splendid weekend away. The pictures don't actually do the Beach House justice as the peace,charm and tranquility is not possible to record! Definite rejuvenation therapy for our tired and stressed out bodies. The early morning beach walks, invigorating sea foam scrubs and late outdoor entertaining was most memorable.Special thanks to Peter and Tinashe for going out of their way to assist with anything we needed at any time of the day, was the small things that count!
We can't wait to return with our friends , closer to the beach we could not have been and I can still hear slight echoes of crashing waves taking me back to paradise all over again!