“ Country lodge in the Cango Valley, South Africa. „
One of the favourite places I stayed during my trip to South Africa's Western Cape is De Poort Country Lodge, just outside Oudtshoorn, on the Mountain Route. You would need your own transport to get here, as it is about 15km from town, but it is a well appointed country lodge with lots of charm. While remote, it is set amongst some beautiful countryside. There is also a pool here, but the weather was not on our side.
When we arrived we were met by the owners' daughter Leonrita (her parents are Leon and Rita) who took us through some basic house rules. Some rooms are outside the main house with their own entrance, but mine was inside the house and up some stairs. I had a twin room to myself, with a small heater (it was winter), wardrobe with extra towels, and case rack. The bathroom had a good sized shower, toilet and sink. My toilet had an eco-flush and I had a problem with it at first, it kept re-filling (which didn't seem particularly economical or ecological) but Leonrita soon sorted it for me. The room style was very 'African lodge' with a wooden roof and beams, and wooden headboards and furniture. Décor was kept simple and tasteful, yet modern. I understand there are more facilities such as tea and coffee making equipment in the outer rooms.
Upstairs in the main house is an honesty bar where you help yourself to drinks and list what you had in order to settle up later. This is also wooden and African Lodge style - with animal skins draped across the bannister and casual, comfy chairs and tables. The communal dining room is simple, with one large table, and a number of smaller ones and a view into the family kitchen.
As a party of ten they catered for us on the first night. This isn't always the case and is something you may have to arrange. I am not sure exactly what I paid for dinner and drinks but it seemed very reasonable. As a starter I had a lovely vegetable soup and I could pick up the seasonal butternut squash. Main course was a filo parcel with stir fry veg (meat eaters had ostrich) and dessert was a fruit pudding and custard. I thought the standard of food was very good and well presented. Breakfast was self service of hot and cold foods - cereals, toast, sausages, fruit salad, porridge etc.
I really liked this lodge - I loved the décor (admittedly not to keen on the animal skins) which really suited the lodge and was consistent and well thought out. The food and welcome were warm. I had two great nights sleep in the comfy beds and I was cosy, in spite of the winter weather and think this four star lodge would be a welcome retreat for anyone in the area with access to their own vehicle