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“Do we have BEFORE photos?!”

‘That looks great! You know what we should do?…we should post before and after pics on our blog!’

‘Do we have ‘BEFORE’ photos?!’

While updating our details on some time ago they asked when the last time was we upgraded our guesthouses. The answer was, ‘a couple of weeks ago’. But it struck me then as a strange question. We’re always busy upgrading. Most of the time its smaller things like placing frosting on some of the windows, or replacing curtains with blinds. But we’re constantly saying things like, ‘As soon as we have enough money in our fund we have to … ‘ And the list is ever growing. Its more dreaming out loud than actual hard planning. So it was about a year ago we decided to upgrade the front garden of Helens Cottage…and forgot to take ‘before’ photos.

DeKeurboom garden layout plan.

With the looming drought we decided to go for a artificial lawn, and indigenous plants. Having a green garden at the cost of high water usage was no longer an option and artificial lawns in an area that would not have much foot-traffic was a no-brainer. Thus followed the long arguments of how we would renovate the garden. Both Linda and myself loved the idea of re-creating this little space, but seeing as I was going to be the person doing the actual work, my voice carried a little more weight. Se settled on a slightly ambitious, but simple brick path running down the centre, with a reclaimed fountain, tree and bird bath planted at intervals. Easy! Now al we had to do, was do it. Armed with Gift, my friendly side kick and gardener, inspired and inexperienced we set out to make it happen!

Step one,

Remove about 50 wheelbarrows worth of garden rocks. Step one was about as much fun as you’d expect, but with that done…

Step two,

POWERTOOLS! Much more fun! (For us at least, the neighbours not so much)
Gift and myself rented a compactor and set to work flattening and levelling the soil in the garden.

Step three,

We started laying the little pathway. As it turns out creating a curved little path (as per our sketch) would be a real struggle, so we opted for a little less ambitious straight path.

Dekeurboom Garden renovation.

Step four,

Cementing the path, and building the two flowerbeds.

Step five,

We had to raise the level of the ground in the two areas next to the path. So wheelbarrow (again) and compactor (also again).

Leveling the areas next to the path and laying down a ground-sheet.

Step six,

Cut the ground sheets and artificial lawn to size and shape, then hammer them in place using giant nails.

Step seven,

Paint the fountain.
We gave the fountain a dark brown undercoat, painted it liberally with wood glue, and applied the turquoise paint on the wet (bear with us) wood glue. This causes the top coat to crack and look aged when drying. We stole this idea here:

Step eight,

Plant the Clivias and cover the soil with tree bark to help save on water evaporation.

Step nine,

Contact the estate agents and ask them if they have any photos of the garden before we went to work on it…SUCCESS!

All in all the entire process took Gift and myself about three days with regular breaks for rain.

Final before and after.

Easter at De Keurboom Guesthouses.

Easter at De Keurboom Guesthouse

With Summer almost behind us, and Autumn on our doorstep it’s time to start planning your Easter break-away. Let’s make it easy for you, here’s some ideas to consider, should you book your weekend at De Keurboom Guesthouse;

After a long and tiering road trip, your comfortable, clean and cosy De Keurboom cottage will be ready for you, unpack, unwind and get into that holiday mood while you sit under the shaded pergola sipping your favourite sundowner. Boasting an indoor- and outdoor braai, your long weekend kicks off. After a good nights’ rest, your Easter activities awaits you, here are some suggestions;

Easter at The V&A Waterfront:

Highlights for kids include a petting zoo, egg decorating workshops, interactive dance and music sessions at the amphitheatre, an appearance by the Easter Bunny, while the adults enjoy a fashion show. The Comedy Club at The Pumphouse will be hosting some great shows throughout the weekend.

City Bowl Night Market:

On the Thursday before Good Friday, the City Bowl Market on Hope Street will be open late as part of the First Thursday initiative, starting at 16h30 – 20h30. Browse the stalls and enjoy a craft beer, gourmet food and plenty other goodies. Entry free.

First Fridays at Triggerfish

Triggerfish Brewing is a Somerset West based craft brewery focusing on brewing a wide range of exceptional craft beer. Every first of the month at Triggerfish is game night and we want you to join in on Cards, Jenga, Beer Pong, Bocce, Chess, Uno, Backgammon and Darts! Bring your friends, family, a special someone and enjoy a fun-filled evening at Triggerfish.

Easter Picnic and Sunday Lunch at Hazendal Wine Estate:

Set amongst picturesque oak trees, rolling green lawns, tranquil lake and vineyard scenery this pretty estate is ideal for picnics. Grab a picnic basket for 2 (includes snacks plus wine) or savour a Sunday buffet lunch. Booking essential. Hazendal is a mere 5km from De Keurboom Guesthouse.

Why spend Easter in Cape Town?

The weather is still warm but pleasant, we have an abundance of beaches, natural attractions, a constant holiday atmosphere and a huge range of things to do, and if you decide to make Cape Town your Easter destination, De Keurboom Guesthouse should be your number 1 consideration for accommodation.

Hospitality Awards that Give You Trusted Ratings on South African Accommodation

The internet has exploded, over the past few years, with a n assortment of travel review and booking sites. Many of them have been around since even before the days of online reviews being everywhere and have adapted with the internet; while others have grown with it, using the web’s power of social conversation to generate endless listings of hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs that are either rated by users, or the establishments themselves. While these sites function primarily as booking and advertising platforms, they do make decisions easier to make for the travellers that use them by offering awards to those locations that go the extra mile.

So, to help you make a  more informed decision the next time you are looking to travel, here are some of the best travel-review sites that deal with South African accommodation.

Afristay, as its name would imply, concerns itself with advertising and ranking South African hotels, guesthouses, lodges and B&B’s. This platform uses a collection of user-reviews to rank the businesses that are already listed on their site. While they only concentrate on local getaways, they are still a fairly large organisation with scores of listings and a large enough user-base to make their reviews thorough and trustworthy.

If you have never heard of then you need to get out of the house a little more, which is the exact point of travelling, I suppose…

Anyway, deals with accommodation all over the globe, has forged a number of international partnerships and is available in over 229 countries and in 43 languages, with their HQ in Amsterdam. With stats like these, it’s no wonder this website completely dominates the travel-booking-and-review market. is another, specifically South African travel site that showcases, books and reviews a number of locations and their accommodation businesses. They base their rankings on the number and quality of user-reviews, and give exceptionally detailed information about each of its listings.

Trip Adviser has been around for almost as long as people have been travelling for… okay not really but they are possibly the most established travel guide on the planet. They were founded in 2000 and quickly gained worldwide coverage while the world was still trying to figure out how to use the internet, publishing prints of hotel and restaurant reviews, as well as detailed travel guides. They moved from their fairly seamlessly into digital media, but still maintained a sense of journalistic integrity not seen in many of their competitors.

Visit a Multi-Award Winning Guesthouse: De Keurboom

De Keurboom Guesthouse offers a unique holiday experience for all types of people. We have also been awarded excellence by each of the abovementioned institutions. If you would like to find out more about our guesthouse, feel free to contact us or visit our website for further details.


Why visit a Guest House

Many families and friends are constantly seeking a break from their busy lives and may need some time to escape from the stresses of working hard with no fun. The primary issues people face before going away is deciding where to stay and which beautiful city or country to explore.

There are tons of options available such as hotels, guest houses, lodges, B&B’s, timeshare, etc. And this might make things a little hectic when trying to choose the right place for your needs. An awesome option that is often overlooked is that of a Guest House. Guest houses have been around for many centuries and they were mainly used as overnight places for people to stay while passing through from one city to the next.

A lot has evolved in regards to guesthouses over the years and more and more people are starting notice the advantages of staying at a guesthouse for a weekend getaway. The first major advantage of guesthouses is that they are normally cheaper than hotels and in many ways, are definitely better. The service you can get at a guesthouse can exceed that of hotels by far because it can have a more personal experience. In massive hotels, you are just another guest but at guesthouses, you are much more. The experience including you and the staff and owners is much more personal and you find yourself making new friends.

Guesthouses can be just as fancy, if not more fancy than hotels. The chalets are more often than not, larger than hotel rooms, giving you more freedom and you won’t have to worry about using your shin’s to find tables in the dark, there will be more than enough space to navigate around them.


Guesthouses can be a great way to unwind and release stress because hotels tend to be much busier and you actually don’t end up relaxing the way you would have love too. Noisy kids are simply a no-no when it comes to your relaxation.

For an unforgettable experience, visit De Keurboom Guesthouse today and become part of our family.

Weekend Adventures for Young & Old.

  1. Visit the Toy & Miniature Museum.

The Toy Museum in Stellenbosch is a world of enchantment you must not miss.
The museum houses a collection of 1:12 scale miniatures, room boxes, antique dolls, dinky cars, cuddly toys and an extremely detailed and lifelike miniature of South Africa ‘s famous Blue train – the only one of its kind in Africa!


When:  Monday (09:00 – 16:30) to Saturday (09:00 – 14:00)
Public Holidays: 09:00 – 14:00)
Where: 25 Market Street, Stellenbosch (Behind Visitors’ Bureau)
Price:   R5 (children) R15 (adults)


  1. Story Time at the Book Lounge.

Every Saturday at 11am is Storytime! The recommended age guideline is 3-8 years old, but all are welcome and Storytime is always free of charge. There is no need to RSVP and hot beverages, juice, and sweet treats will be on sale.  A few stories in a specific theme are read to our little guests and then we do a craft. Please join us!


When:  Saturdays at 11:00
Where: 71 Roeland Street, Cnr Buitenkant & Roeland Street, Cape Town
Price:   Free!


  1. A day on Intaka Island.

Intaka Island, an award-winning 16 hectare wetlands and bird sanctuary, is home to 177 species of indigenous fynbos plants and 120 bird species. Intaka – which means ‘bird’ in Xhosa – is a unique example of nature conservation and urban development co-existing in harmony. Apart from its environmental significance, the area offers a place of solace to take a stroll, relax, and get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.


When:  Daily 7:30 – 17:30
Where: Intaka Island, Century City, Cape Town
Price:   R20 (adults) R12 (children)


  1. A tour of Newlands Brewery

‘It’s always gone against our grain to use anything but the finest 100% pure natural Newlands spring water in every one of our legendary beers. And it always will. Of course history is written on the pages of legend, like the traditions of our legendary beers. The taste of tradition, our beer is the toast of legends and, at the end of the day, more refreshing than pure mountain water.’




When:  Tuesday to Thursday 10:00, 12:00 & 14:00
Wednesday 18:00, Friday 10:00, 12:00, 14:00 & 16:00
Saturday 10:00 & 12:00
Where: Newlands Brewery
Price:   R100 (adults) R60 (pensioners & students)


  1. The Rainbow Puppet Theatre in Constantia.

The use of puppets in performance and storytelling reportedly dates back to 3000 BC and, perhaps as a testament to its value, is still a popular and thriving form of entertainment today.  Keeping this ancient method of performance alive in South Africa is the Rainbow Puppet Theatre.


When:  Saturdays 10:00 & 11:15
Where: Constantia Waldorf School
Price:   R25

  1. World of Adventure at ROOT44 Market.

Grab the whole family and head down to this fun-filled play zone on the R44 in Stellenbosch. Jam-packed with exciting activities and games that will keep little ones (and their parents) entertained for hours, World of Adventure is the perfect all-weather play zone designed to bring the entire bunch together with both indoor and outdoor jungle gyms, a mini golf course (mums and dads are invited to play too), a peddle cart track, a 30m double slip and slide, as well as a splash park.


When:  Saturday & Sunday 9:00 – 17:00
Where: Root 44 Market
Price:   Ages 1 and 2 years – R35 per child

Ages 3-12 – R95 per child

Adult Entrance – R20 per adult

Mini Golf Only – R35 per person

under 12 months are free

Experiencing Cape Town in the Winter

Every year winter rolls around and we have a few months of cold fronts and early sunsets, and probably a few less braais than we would like to have. But that’s okay because we give up a few of our summer favourites for a few great winter creature comforts, such as warm hoodies, an excuse to drink more coffee, slippers become socially acceptable footwear and more potjies. It is also low season for some amazing holiday destinations, especially if you can avoid the school holiday price hikes. Winter isn’t as bad as we think it is, especially on a global scale, we have it pretty okay, no one has to find their cars in the snow.

Cape Town

Cape Town is a great city hub full of restaurants, wine farms, nature reserves, rich history and fun activities for everyone in the family. It is a vibrant city with unique locations and local experiences. Some of the best local artists, nature reserves and flavours live all around the Cape. Your visit can include learning experiences, as well as things that some people only get to do once in their life time. There is definitely no shortage of things to do. Of course, if you are feeling brave, you are more than welcome to catch a few waves while you’re out there!

Winter Activities

There are a large number of things to do in winter, such as go whale watching, this is an amazing experience that you should try not miss out on. If that is not your thing, there are game parks for you to go see the Big Five, and an aquarium full of ocean life. Of course there is brandy and wine tasting, or visiting one of countless local restaurants to enjoy famous Snoek, and local flavours. There are so many historical points such as Robben Island, Simon’s Town and more. There is a moonlight paddle, or an olive oil tasting. Cape Town is definitely not shy of fun and new things to do this winter!

De Keurboom Guesthouse

If you have decided to spend this winter with hot adventure, be sure to stay in a beautiful self-catering guest house with De Keurboom Guesthouse. They offer safe and secure cottages that make you feel right at home. That is the perfect place to rest your feet after a day of fun and adventure, or some peace and relaxation.

The Importance of Taking a Vacation for, De-stressing, Recovery & Reflecting

De Keurboom - Vacation by the beach

Every vacation planning & destination should be mind-blowing and you should love every single moment that you spend there with your family, friends or partner. The pinnacle of the holiday should be memorable and exciting at the same time. Any planned vacation destination should bring you joy, laughter as well as relaxation of the mind. The atmosphere should be exquisite, the food should be amazing and the overall guest house should be beautiful.

Vacations could possibly be one of the best ways to relieve stress and it can help you to increase productivity and performance on the job or even at home with your family and help you make a few life decisions that can be beneficiary. If your family or friends are planning on going on a restful vacation and a restorative one, then taking a break can give you a valuable time away from the all-day grind and it will give you time to recoup and to avoid burnout.

Not all holiday getaways are stress relieving and some may leave you exhausted because of all the planned activities that you will most certainly take part in. Only you as a person will know the type of holiday that will give you the feeling that you truly need which is relaxation, de-stressing and reflecting. Here are a few factors that tend to contribute to a quiet and restful time away:


  • You can get free time for yourself and work on your relationship with love ones.
  • The location might be warmer and sunnier or the new sights might help.
  • You can get good sleep, with no work on the brain.
  • You can make new acquaintances or even find a new love
  • You can get some fresh air away from stress and exercise during the vacation to reflect since this is a good way for that.

If you get the chance and resources to go on a well-deserved holiday then make time in your busy schedule to take a break from your busy life and get to recover from all the hustle and bustle, and stressful events in your life. A vacation will help your well-being.

For a well-deserved vacation, visit De Keurboom Guest House today and get some time to yourself or bring the family along, with loads of activities in the area to choose from and the beach a drive away. Get in touch with us today!

Benefits of choosing a Guesthouse over a Hotel


Benefits of choosing a Guesthouse over a Hotelc
Benefits of choosing a Guesthouse over a Hotel


Are you in need of a long holiday? Are you looking for a beautiful place to visit? If you are planning a trip to a metro city like Cape Town then staying in any hotel in such a city can most definitely be costly for many of you. But, one good option for stay is a guest house. No matter, if it is a guest house in Johannesburg, Durban or a guesthouse in Cape Town, a guest house will normally have some great benefits overs a hotel. Below listed are some of the amazing be advantages which can make your stay amazing at a guest house when compared to a hotel.

  • Guest Houses Reasonably Priced – when put into contrast most guest house prices to that of a hotel, you will in most cases notice guest houses are significantly cheaper especially in well-known travel destinations. This however, does not mean you will be experiencing lower standard in any aspect.
  • Personalized Service Delivery – An awesome benefit of staying at a guest house is that the service is often more personalized and focused than in a hotel. With fewer guests normally staying at a guest house, it often means the level of service received by guests will be more attentive and caring. Thus ensuring the guests get the attention and treatment they truly deserve.
  • Perfect For Business Meetings – When you are visiting a city for business related purposes a guest house can be the perfect environment for business meetings, especially when you are on a budget, with the extra privacy and personalized service available hosting your meetings at the guest house could be the added icing on the cake.
  • Faster Check In And Check Outs – With fewer rooms and fewer guests to cater for staying at guest houses it provides a tranquil, relaxing environment to quickly and easily check in and check out.

For more information about our beautiful guest house in Kuils River, Cape Town, visit our website now and make your holiday one to remember! De Keurboom

April in the Cape

April is just around the corner and there are a few things that you could get up to while you visit. If visiting Cape Town is on your agenda, then what a great time to find yourself attending some amazing events and places while you stay and enjoy the beauty that the western coast of South Africa has to offer, as well as some wonderful places to visit in land. April also so happens to be the last month of the best time to visit the Cape before the windy and rainy months start.

April Events

Did you know the best time for hiking in Cape Town is in April? There a number of things happening in April such as the CT whiskey live celebration, the WWE will be back and that is something the whole family can enjoy. There are a wide range of musicals, plays, and concerts that are catering to many different tastes, styles and genres. There will be comedy and outdoor movie screenings. Families with younger children are not to miss Peppa Pig live. Or you could happily attend the Pizza and Wine Festival. This only scratches the surface of different things to do!

Other Things To Do In The Cape

If any of these events do not tickly your fancy there are still a variety of other things to do that are quick drives between each other. For instance, there are numerous amounts of wine farms and vineyards that offer wine tasting and tours. There are plenty of exciting things to do like visiting Table Mountain, the V&A Waterfront, Robben Island, The Castle of Good Hope, and so many wonderful places to eat! The possibilities are endless!

De Keurboom

De Keurboom Guesthouse is a self-catering guesthouse in Kuils River about half an hour outside of Cape Town and perfectly situated near many amazing wine farms and vineyards. Enjoy a great getaway while experiencing homey comforts, the visit their website to make a booking that is perfectly suited to your family size and needs, today!

Things to do while you stay at De Keurboom Guesthouse

So you love the look of the De Keurboom Guesthouse and Kuils River, but you want to go do bunch of different activities. Well that’s awesome! There are a few things that you can do while you stay at our guesthouse. The main Cape Town area is about an hour away, but if you wish to keep it local, there still are a few places to visit. While there are many great things to see and do in Cape Town, such as table Mountain, or Reuben Riffel’s restaurant in Franschoek, or the V&A Waterfront. There are beautiful and relaxing activities to do closer to home.


Everyone loves to eat, and while you may enjoy creating your own gourmet meals, we also know that you’re also on a break and on those nights or afternoons where you just do not feel like cooking, there are plenty of restaurants, bars and pubs around that you could try. There is Soneike Sushi and Chinese Restaurant, Atlantic Fish, Veggie Shack, Barbaroozos, The Hungry Lion, Henri’s restaurant and Wine Bar or Annies Ladies Bar. There are also many well know franchises around in case that’s what you’re craving.

Wine Estates

The Western Cape is so well known for its beautiful wine estates and nature reserves. Luckily for us, there are a few great wine estates that are a short car drive away. Jordan Wine Estate is a quick 20 minute drive, while J.C Le Roux’s wine estate is a quick 25 minute drive from our guesthouse. While you travel to these beautiful wine farms, you will also enjoy some breath taking scenery. Another nearby wine estate is Kliene Zalze Wine Estate. And another wine estate is the Waterford Wine estate.

Everything Else

Besides wine estates and great restaurants to enjoy, there are a few other things that might just tickle your fancy. Stellenbosch is not too far away, and if golf is your thing, the Stellenbosch Golf Course is a quick 25 minute drive. There is strawberry picking at the Polkadrive Strawberry Picking Stellenbosch. You could enjoy a beautifully scenic day in the Durbanville Rose Garden. Or you could spend some time at Cheetah Outreach in Firgrove.

De Keurboom Experience

There are so many things to do while staying at De Keurboom Guesthouse; so many that we cannot actually name it all. You just need to know that there so many wine farms, nature reserves and so many plant, animal and insect sanctuaries, that you will experience a whole new side to nature and see the beautiful hidden gems that South Africa and the Western Cape have to offer.