Unlike actors in American sitcoms, most people don’t own a house in the Alps that they can escape to when city life starts getting a little frustrating or they need a secluded location to woo true love. Enjoy the benefits of both without signing a lease or buying three hundred candles with a one night stay for two at The Blades including a full breakfast for R800.
On a ten hectare expanse of wild, untamed bushveld right on the banks of Roodeplaat Dam, The Blades has a rustic charm like restaurants with fake-aged brick veneers and other McRustic architecture try so hard to replicate. Perfect for bird-watching, fishing, picnicking in the sunshine or pretending you’re an intrepid explorer going where no man (or woman) has gone before, going out and enjoying the fresh air is almost as good as keeping cosy in the intimate, earthy elegance of the Executive Suite.
Even if you’re stay-in, homey sort of people, a relaxing night in a climate-controlled room with satellite TV and a bar-fridge is better than staring despondently at the dishes in the sink and wondering if you should get started on the laundry. Whether you’re cuddling up in front of the fireplace like they do in Hollywood romcoms or lazing about in the sun, looking out for the 230 species of indigenous birds, a night at The Blades will definitely leave you feeling cosier than a cat in a basket full of fresh laundry.
After a slow, tranquil night in the luxurious rooms, indulging in a full breakfast without the hassle of standing in front of a hot pan is the perfect way to end your rather serene jaunt into the almost-wilderness.
Board and Lodging Fact: The first recorded example of people staying in a ‘hotel’ was during a race around Africa in the early 1900’s. Since the start of the race, runners had been plagued by a flock of lumo parrots and race-officials set up board and lodging was for all participants at specific stops along the route.