Rooms: 5: 2 self-catering studios, 1 self-catering family unit and 2 B&B double rooms. All with en-suite shower and own separate entrances.
Prices: R680 per unit (except family bungalow ”Vivaldi” R900) for accommodation only.
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Meals: Full breakfast-brunch available at R98 pp. Gourmet dinners on request (48 hrs notice) at R39 including all wine & drinks.
Directions: In Upington take Schroeder Street towards Olifantshoek N14, under railway bridge. Past old Gordonia Hospital. Turn right towards Engen garage and left towards Keidebees. From Bi Lo (left) drive straight until first STOP sign. Continue 200m and turn right into Fisant Street. Down to A La Fugue Guesthouse, Jangroentjiedr 40.
Chaud, hot, heiss! Upington was knocking on almost 40ºC when I visited, so Jacqueline definitely had the right idea, meeting me at the car in a pink swimming costume and sarong. Positively melting after hours on the road I was invited to flump myself down on a plant-shaded pillow by the pool and was fed a glass of iced tea. What initially struck me about A la Fugue, as I was led along a rose-lined and plant-dotted path, was the tropical garden, absolutely dazzling in the intense sunshine. Named after great composers, each of La Fugue’s bungalows has their own unique identity. Rossini and Rusticana, two quaint wooden chalets, seem to originate from the Swiss element of your host, while studio bungalow Mozart and family unit Vivaldi perhaps embody the classic French side. The two B&B rooms in the house (Chopin and Bach), soothing in golds and creams, are found along a short landing where Jacqueline’s stunning model daughter beams warmly from the wall. Jacqui's gourmet dinners and breakfasts, touched with a little foreign pizazz, are served outside on one of the bright mosaic tables (your hostess has a distinct flair for mosaics and you will find examples in many unexpected places). It’s a good thing that each room has its own outdoor seating area as with such a garden you won’t want to sit inside. Personally I would rarely be found far from the thatched African-themed poolside lapa and loungers. Jacqueline is fluent in French, English and German. Pet friendly.