It’s slightly terrifying how fast this year is going, isn’t it?
And also how it’s becoming increasingly difficult to connect and enjoy quality time with the people who matter most. Unless you actually pin down a date, time and venue for getting together, it’s definitely not going to happen spontaneously. (I’m sure the world was different at some point not too very long ago.)
So, when my mom recently managed to round us all up for a quick two-night break at Duinepos Eco Cottages in the West Coast National Park, it felt like nothing short of a miracle!
Unfortunately, I couldn’t escape work entirely and had to set up office at the Geelbek Restaurant for an hour or two to send a couple of emails and attend to a Skype call (work remotely they said, it will be fun they said). This just helped me relish the sweet time I did get to spend with five of my dearests even more.
While it was cold and rainy for the duration of our stay, the weather didn’t deter us from exploring. On the first afternoon, my mom, dad and I took a brisk walk to the Geelbek bird hide and the next two days saw us setting out on languid game drives with Imar, Tamara and Lillibug.
We spent the rest of the time indulging in the cosiness of our cottage, enjoying coffee, drinks and meals in front of the indoor fireplace/braai, having heart-to-heart conversations and dipping into our books, newspapers and magazines.
Even though the Duinepos Eco Cottages are located in the West Coast National Park, they are owned and run by a small group of women from the local community. The attention to detail and quality of everything from linen and towels to kitchen utensils and crockery is absolutely top-notch. (Fellow coffee lovers, you will be happy to know that, yes, there is a plunger!)
The property is home to 11 self-catering cottages, each sleeping 4 – 6 people. With their flat roofs, perky chimneys and red/yellow paint jobs, they remind me a bit of Mexican adobe-style homes. The cottages are dotted attractively among the West Coast fynbos, offering a measure of privacy. Each also has its own outside braai place and small walled garden courtyard.
For those who want to socialise, there is a communal boma, swimming pool and small play area for kids. It would, in fact, make the perfect venue for a weekend get together with a big group of friends or extended family.
I found Duinepos to be a super special little place and can’t wait to go back there soon again – hopefully for a bit longer this time!
With the cold weather, I didn’t take my camera out much, but did manage to snap a few shots: