Klein Paradijs Country House


Rooms: 5: 2 twins and 3 doubles all with en-suite bathrooms: 1 with bath and shower, 4 with showers.

Prices: R500 - R1,250 pp sharing. Special prices for longer stays.
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Meals: Full breakfast included. Light meals and dinner by arrangement. The restaurant is fully licensed.

Directions: From Hermanus take the R43 through Stanford and Gansbaai. Go left at Pearly Beach crossing, then 1st left again. The house is on the right. GPS coordinates S 34º 39’ 23.5” E 19º 32’ 05.7”

GPS: S 34°39'23,5" E 19°32'05,7"

Susanne and Michael Fuchs
Pearly Beach, Gansbaai, Overberg, Western Cape

Tel: (0)28-381-9760
Cell: (0)82-866-7274
Fax: (0)28-381-9803
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It’s easy to dawdle over breakfast at Klein Paradijs. Munching crunchy home-made muesli (being Swiss, the Fuchs roll a mean honeyed oat) I was joined by an army of flapping, feathery friends who’ve made this expansive, colourful garden - a 140-hectare private nature reserve - their hunting ground. Susanne’s chart shows 96 spottable species, but I was only quick enough to tag Cape weavers, pin-tailed whydahs and southern boubous. I’d certainly hang out here if I had wings: Klein Paradijs’s ancient milkwoods are festooned with bird-feeders. Not that you need wings to enjoy this decadent pastoral paradise. For starters, there are the bedrooms. Sloping, thatched ceilings of local reed and dark wood beams smell terrific and tuck you into rustic luxury; wrought-iron beds with duvets and pillows covered in white cotton percale are the definition of sturdy, homely elegance; soft lighting, weighty curtains and heated mattress pads ensure rooms are never anything but blissfully toasty in winter. I prised myself away from a picturesque window, strolled past the doughnut pool with it’s grassy island centre, peeked into the earthy double guest lounge neatly stocked with antiques, nature books, African artefacts and sleepy Rhodesian Ridgebacks, and contemplated rowing the dam before dinner. It’s not just birds who get a good feeding here: Michael is a trained chef so don’t fill up on breakfast - save room for one of his impressive dinner menus. Country living has seldom been so delicious.

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Klein Paradijs Country House