While sitting around a crackling campfire, roasting marshmallows and telling cheesy ghost stories no one actually believes might sound like a fun way to spend a night away from home, it comes with a lot of downsides; sleeping on the ground, trying to cook food on a heated rock and finding pine needles in places there shouldn’t be pine needles. Get all the rustic charm of a night in the country without the downsides and pay R580 for a one night stay for two people, including breakfast at Linwood Guest Farm.
Of all the hotels that add boutique to the name of their hotel, giving themselves a reason to squeeze the obligatory striped couch, bed and bar fridge into a room roughly the size of a broom-cupboard, Linwood Guest Farm is probably the best example of what a real boutique hotel should be. Nestled amongst the rustic splendour of Linwood Farm outside of Clarens, the family-owned lodging accommodates slightly more than a handful of guests, ensuring personalised service and the special type of friendly atmosphere that comes with it.
It’s not just the tranquil and picturesque surroundings that make Linwood such a perfect escape from the hullaballoo of city life and Christmas shopping. Cosy rooms provide the perfect backdrop for a chilled evening in front of the fireplace or snuggling up and watching a cheesy rom-com on the DSTV enabled television or wrapping gifts away from prying eyes. For the history-buffs, the entire area is famous for some prehistorically note-worthy discoveries.
With interiors that echo of antique old-world charm set against modern conveniences, Linwood has more country charm than a cowboy in an Armani suit, providing the ultimate in countryside chic. Whether you just need a night away from tinsel and ornament-wielding flatmates and your boss’s e-mails about delayed Christmas bonuses, or a private night with the significant other, there’s no better place to get away to. Of course, a night at a hotel isn’t just for people who call each other sugarmuffin and snoochypoo. Sometimes, it can be perfect for a buddy-bonding session; sitting around the hotel in your pyjamas, sipping coffee in an electric-blanket heated bed. Whatever the case, leave the cellphones on silent and relax.
When you finally manage to win the battle with your sleepy-self and drag yourself out of bed, indulge in a delicious breakfast to get you ready for the day ahead.
Boutique Fact: The world’s smallest hotel was built inside a hangar on the Fort Worth airstrip. Featuring ten rooms, a restaurant and a garden full of synthetic shrubbery, the hotel Lakovjeran won the 2009 hotel award for Most Economical Use of Space.