Written by Paul Duncan and Helen Untiedt. This is the second volume of PERFECT HIDEAWAYS IN SOUTH AFRICA. It’s a book about holiday homes that inspire their users because they’re unexpected and remarkable. It features a range of them that, by virtue of the peculiarities of their locations, offer varieties of different experiences. No book like this would be complete without the requisite stone-built Great Karoo farmstead. In fact it features three of them – two near the Sneeuberg and another near Middelburg. There are straw-built cottages in Calitzdorp in the Klein Karoo, and there’s a sandstone Victorian mansion in the Free State which provides all the romance you’d ever need in a skillfully restored country house. The historic Eastern Cape town of Graaff-Reinet gets a look in, as does a farm among the wheat fields and olive groves around Piketberg. And a book on South African holiday homes has to feature seaside homes. From a contemporary, architect-designed house in Plettenberg Bay to a hi-tech ‘tree house’ and a simple fisherman’s shack, both at Scarborough, you’ll find places that invite you to do nothing at all but sit and gaze into the stupendous view. You could be a million miles from anywhere. Clifton, Langebaan, Simonstown, Vermaaklikheid and Dwarskersbos are also visited, and there are houses in Hout Bay and KwaZulu-Natal’s Dargle Valley. The latest addition to Babylonstoren near Franschhoek is here too, featured because, invested with the passion and personality of its owner, it’s the most unexpected of all.
Every house in this book is available to rent from the Perfect Hideaways portfolio.