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Garden Route

Mo & Rose at Soekerhof

Earthy, simple, calm. 10km from the town, at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains. Mo And Rose At Soekershof comprises a guesthouse and wine bistro set in a much loved garden, drenched in succulents. The owners are rightly proud of this, it was created in the 1950s but eventually lay neglected. Now it’s been restored to its former glory. Mo And Rose makes a good base, you can easily reach about 48 wineries on just a short drive.

Back in the day Robertson was famous for its luxurious, extravagant and frankly rather delectable ostrich feathers. You see, between the 1880s and the First World War they were the height of fashion across the world. Their value per pound almost equal to that of diamonds. Which made them the currency you wanted in your pocket for sure. A single plume was a bounty, enough to buy you a ticket from Cape Town to London. But then there was war, the elite turned their back and in a flash ostrich amour was over. Oh the shame. From glittering fashionista to feather duster. It wasn't great for the local farmers either. Until they turned their attention to their vines... and boy was that a good call. The Robertson Wine Valley now makes up a section of the longest wine route in the world, Route 62. And Mo And Rose At Soekershof is right there, in Klaasvoogds West.

You can either stay in a room in the former farmhouse or a 'maisonette' in the cottage.

There are 6 rooms in the former farmhouse. All en-suite with private patio and decorated in a modern, contemporary style. Four Garden rooms with king sized beds and two Pool rooms. Pretty self explanatory, with the Garden rooms you get a good view of the... wait for it.... garden - and the Langeberg Mountains thrown in for good measure. With the Pool rooms you get a private pool as well as a splendid view. Garden Room 4 has underfloor heating in the bathroom as does Pool Room 5. The latter also has twin beds. Garden Room 1 only has a shower.

The cottage is a funky affair. Two split level rooms, like little maisonettes. They have a staircase leading up to an open plan bedroom. Seriously, don't contemplate these if you're a bit doddery or you know you get too hyper and silly after a night out. These need to be navigated with serenity.

Facilities

Wine bistro with selection of boutique wines; private garden; air conditioning; A la carte breakfast; tea and coffee facilities; minibar; i-Pod docking station; DSTV and DVD player; wireless internet access; daily service

Activities

Firstly, explore their garden. It began in the 1950s when avid plant collector, Marthinus Malherbe amassed an array of cactus seeds from the Americas. They were planted and nurtured and created a unique garden in South Africa for that time.

You can walk through the garden or wander around the Klaasvoogds neighbourhood. If you want a workout, aim for the top of the Langeberg mountains in the Montagu Nature Reserve.

Or you could hire a bike and go mountain biking. There's a variety of routes depending on ability or eagerness...

Feeling lazy? Then cruise down the river and admire the view.

Loads of golf too. 4 courses nearby.

For climbers Montagu is a 30 minutes drive. It's the most developed rock sport climbing area in the Western Cape - with more than 300 routes of all ranges of difficulty. Montagu has become one of the ten climbing 'hot spots' worldwide.

For horse riders or enthusiasts The Robertson Riding School offers riding lessons for all ages. You can ride through the vineyard and along the banks of the Breede River. Apparently wine tours on horseback can be booked. This seems both insane and excellent.

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