***Winner announced! Congratulations to Carren Gail Duffy who won this fabulous prize.
Floating above the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley on a 10-hectare estate, The Guardian Hermanus is one of those idyllic sojourns that makes you feel like you are a million miles from civilisation.
Surrounded by sweeping lawns, the towering Babylonstoren Mountains and rolling hills, the property boasts two fully equipped self-catering residences (one cottage and one apartment) with all the requisite creature comforts) and a 16-metre rim-flow pool at the main house, meaning that you won’t want to leave.
Owners Derek and Sharon Wilson are hands-on hosts, and their passion is evident around every corner (Sharon’s secret-recipe orange cake, best enjoyed on your view-drenched deck after a walk or ride in the valley, was one of the sweet spots of our stay.)
Inside, two en-suite bedrooms with extra-length king-size beds (and the very best Mungo linen) sleep four adults comfortably, while an open-plan lounge with a slow-combustion fireplace, fully equipped kitchen and dining area – not to mention complimentary wifi for remote workers – ensure your stay is as fuss-free as possible.
Outside, a wrap-around verandah with couches, an undercover braai, and a beautiful private garden with a rim-flow swimming pool make it an ideal summer escape.
The expansive estate is home to a network of scenic farm and fynbos walks; there’s also the option of swimming in the nearby Onrus River, hiking and mountain-biking on the surrounding trails, or simply birdwatching from the comfort of your shaded stoep.
Oenophiles and foodies will be in seventh heaven, with the array of wine farms and restaurants in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, while whale-watching, beach excursions and sundowners on the rocks in Hermanus (merely 15 minutes away) are quintessential summer activities.
If this sounds like your kind of break, enter our giveaway below and you and three (very) lucky plus ones could win a two-night midweek stay in the north-facing cottage.
How to win your heavenly break
Enter your email address in the competition widget, and you could be the lucky recipient of this awesome prize. (You’ll also be subscribing to our free weekly newsletter.)
The winner’s name will be drawn on 6 January 2022, and the prize is redeemable from 7 January 2022 until 7 January 2023 (subject to availability, excluding school holidays and peak months). The total prize is valued at R7 100, and includes a two-night midweek stay for four in the north-facing cottage.
This competition and its prizes are being offered by The Guardian Hermanus, which is solely responsible for ensuring that the winner receives his/her prize. The Inside Guide shall not be liable to entrants of this competition for any prizes, loss or damage whatsoever and howsoever arising from the running, or otherwise, of this competition. The winners will be notified by email and should reply within 24 hours. Once we have received your email, we will put you in touch with the organisers to arrange your prize. Please note prizes are nontransferrable. Ts & Cs apply.
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