Overlooking the magical Lion River, St Ives has all the elements that make up a fairy tale, all you have to bring your own prince and princess. The 1 hectare stretch of golden waters is 14 meters deep at the dam wall and brimming with Trout, Bass, Tilapia and lake fairies. The estate boasts majestic views best admired from thatched gazebos perched along the grassy bank of the dam or reflected in the eyes of your sweetheart.
Spend the day on the fishing waters if you’re both into fishing or watch the sun set over the lake with a glass of French bubbly and a creamy Belgian chocolate. A moonlight walk is also a not-to-be-missed pastime, surrounded by the sounds of crickets chirping and ag what the heck – have another glass of champagne if the bottle still allows it.
After a long day of site seeing, battling trout the size of the king size bed you’ll be sleeping on tonight or battling to get hubby off the fishing waters, relax in front of a crackling fire or sip on a drink at the cocktail bar. For the capable fisherman, braai facilities are perfect for a fish braai while the not so successful can grill their own stukkie vleis oppie kole or curl up under the comforter dreaming of the breakfast-in-bed your sweetie’s going to make you in the morning
Fishing fact: In Gabraltar fly fishing literally means fishing for flies. Using tiny hooks and toothpicks for rods, fly fishermen catch flies to cook, juice and feed to their bonsai trees. Some fishermen also offer their services to home owners to catch annoying house flies around the kitchen or buzzing around the TV set. Many houses have live-in fly fishermen.