Rooms: 8 individually themed rooms, varying sizes/styles. Most with showers, some with baths, all delightful in their own way.
Prices: B&B R600 - R1,200 pppn sharing.
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Meals: Full breakfast included. Evening meals available on prior request (must be requested on booking).
Directions: On entering Hopefield from the coast, turn right just before the bridge over the river on to Garden Street. Couvaloup is on the left. Full directions provided on booking.
In the sleepy West Coast village of Hopefield, between Paternoster and Darling, Laurent has lovingly injected his own designer brand of eclectic, sophisticated, French 'boho' serenity into a two-hundred-year-old historic Cape Dutch home on the river. The original inhabitants could scarcely have imagined the bright colours, glass walls and retro furnishings, and yet they sit extremely comfortably (as did I) alongside original fireplaces, wooden floors and claw-foot bathtubs. It is as though they, and Laurent, had always been there. Couvaloup, meaning 'wolf den', was the name of the French village where Laurent spent his childhood summers with his grandparents. Fond memories of the original Couvaloup have been poured with affection into creating a holiday retreat that feels like home. Breakfasts (and dinners by prior request) come straight from the garden or from local artisans. Simple, French country-style cooking is prepared on the giant Aga in the kitchen by Laurent and his assistant Precious, who lives up to that name in every possible way. Laurent himself (as well as King Louis the chihuahua and Serge the great dane, to name a couple of Laurent's fur babies) is as warm and charming as the summers here are sizzling... But don't worry... there is a large, very inviting swimming pool in the garden in which to cool off.