Rooms: 6: 3 king with bath and shower; 1 king with shower; 1 queen with bath and shower; 1 queen with shower.
Prices: R450 - R650 pp sharing. Singles R700 - R900.
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Meals: Full breakfast included. Local restaurants nearby as well as take-away service.
Directions: Once on Beach Rd, take 3rd turning to L just before shops. This is Schultz Rd, becomes Sheerness Rd. 200m down on L as road dips & bends to R, No. 2B. See website for detailed directions. GPS: S 32 58.941' E 27 55.656'.
Sue seems to be hiding more than just loeries in her backyard! You would never have guessed that there could be such a garden in the middle of East London. For behind the urban façade lies a densely-forested river valley. The garden plunges down to the Nahoon River and steep paths pick their way down through jungly vegetation full of trees that come straight from Tolkien… dragon trees, num-nums, river euphorbia, sneezewood and quar to name but a few. Guests sleep in, around, and above the branches in six stylish and very different suites. You could opt for a traditional thatched rondavel, the Safari Room, the Colonial Room which is rustic and cosy with a brass bed and antique-style bath, or the sumptuous new French Room. As an accomplished artist Sue’s taken charge of the interior design, and it shows - each room sings with story. Mine, the French Room, was a romantic delight replete with 'Palace of Versailles' feature wall, original French armoire and other antique pieces. I had a bird’s-eye view through the treetops without moving from my deliciously comfortable bed. Breakfast is served on a wooden deck attached to the main house, where bougainvillea spills over the balcony. A friendly guest reversed my car out of the drive way with practised ease, his mastery proof of many previous stays. Having been welcomed, fed, watered and generally swept up by the Loerie Hide family, I understood why so many of Sue’s guests stay nowhere else.