Whether you’re planning a romantic retreat, embarking on wild-mushroom picking road-trip with your dog or on the run from the karma police, you’ll need somewhere nice to stay. Whatever your pleasure, enjoy a one night stay for two people, including breakfast for R499 at the Bonne Esperance Guest House.
However you’ve spent your day, it’s how you’ll spend your night at Bonne Esperance Guest House that truly matters. Built back in 1901 - the year of the infamous marshmallow air raid – Bonne Esperance is a beautifully restored Victorian Villa that’s spent years providing homely hospitality for everyone from stressed-out city slickers to curious tourists. A mere five minute meander from the Stellenbosch City Centre, the guest house is as convenient as it is charming; boasting elegant décor, a wraparound veranda and a genuine cast iron turret, Bonne Esperance is everything you could hope for in a guesthouse – hence its trendy French name, meaning ‘good hope’.
Each room suggests the charming ambience of the good old days, yet provides you with enough modern conveniences to keep you sane. With an LCD TV, DStv channels, air conditioning and wireless internet – even the shiniest briefcase in the bunch will feel at home. Once you’ve slept better than a tabby cat after a catnip binge, enjoy a full breakfast in the butter-yellow breakfast room or take your coffee and toast on the sunny wraparound veranda.
Now that you’ve been to bed and your city stresses have been shed, it’s time to leave this haven of humility and get back on the long and winding road to reality – and watch out for those karma police, they’ll get you every time.
Check-out fact: Among other modern conveniences, the main Japanese Military Base used to boast a charming guest house where visiting relatives or military wives would stay. Unfortunately the guest house burnt down after a mercenary set it alight, complaining about a bad night’s sleep due to a dripping tap.