De Keurboom Guesthouse

“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 Booking.com 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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_wH-xpfCM0

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.

5 Good reasons to visit De Keurboom Guesthouse in Autumn

Annual South African Cheese Festival:

Takes place at Sandringham near Stellenbosch, with the spotlight on cheese and good wine. Where else would such a perfect combination be more suitable than in the Cape Winelands? Although cheese is the main focus of this festival, music, food demonstrations, a kiddie’s corner and various different ways of cheese art is on display. This is a family fun-filled experience, a definite item for your bucket list. Book at De Keurboom to visit this festival, only 20km away.

Suidoosterfees:

This annual festival takes place end April beginning May at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town and pays tribute to the Mother City’s diverse lifestyle and cultures. It is a 5-day festival and is home to some of the most popular South African household names in the theatre business. If theatre is your passion this is the time to pay a visit to De Keurboom Guesthouse, we’re a mere 30 minutes’ drive from The Artscape theatre.

Cableway Kidz Season:

Starts in May and runs through to 30th September.  During this period two children ride free with an adult who has purchased a return ticket. Children enjoy a day of fun, food and breath-taking views from the top of one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. As part of Kidz Season all children receive a treasure hunt map as well as a sweet treat when they hand in their voucher at the Café on top of the mountain. A 30 minutes’ drive will take you from De Keurboom Guesthouse to the Table Mountain ticket office.

Riebeek Valley Olive Festival:

Take a ride through the beautiful landscapes of the Cape Winelands to the quaint little village of Riebeeck Kasteel to visit the famous Olive Festival. Get a taste of your favourite olive goodies, jams, pickles, preserves, tapenades, extra-virgin olive oil and delicious olive breads. Take a walk through the olive-groves and relax with a craft-beer  and some live music. If you feel like breaking away from the city, this ride is a mere hour away from De Keurboom Guesthouse.

Stellenbosch Oyster and Bubbly Festival:

If you’re more of an Oyster connoisseur this is the festival not to be missed. Loads of bubbly and fresh oysters straight off the fire. For those who don’t fancy slurping an oyster there’s live entertainment to accompany the wide selection of bubbly. If you’re a lover of this delicatessen, book at De Keurboom Guesthouse, the drive to Stellenbosch will take you no longer than 15 minutes, and will take you through a breath-taking route of vineyards and mountain views.

Fully booked for The Two Oceans Marathon

Runners on the Two Oceans Marathon rounding Capmans Peak.
Two Oceans Marathon

This epic event takes place during Easter Weekend in Cape Town and had De Keurboom Guesthouse jam-packed with runners!

While visiting they extended their stay and made the most of visiting some of the major attractions in the Cape Town Big 7 – from the beautiful beaches, the epic Table Mountain, Cape Point, Robben Island Museum and the V & A Waterfront.

Already visited all of the above?
Fall in love with some of the neighbourhoods outside of the city.

Durbanville is known for its wine valley and mountain bike tracks, and only 8 kilometers from De Keurboom Guesthouse. Khayelitsha offer interesting art and culture tours, Lourensford wine farm near Somerset West plays host to a popular family-friendly market every weekend, and only 25km from De Keurboom Guesthouse.  Zevenwacht Wine Estate offers wine tasting and picnics in the garden, and is only 4 km from De Keurboom Guesthouse, literally on our doorstep.

After sunset, come for a movie experience at one of the many different open air locations. Catch a movie under the stars with the The Galileo Open Air Cinema at:
Central Park in Century City. (15 km from De Keurboom Guesthouse)
Vergenoegd Wine Estate. (30km from De Keurboom)
Kelvin Grove. (40km away)

More of an art person? Kick back and relax on the lawns of the Green Point Cricket Grounds. Enjoying a fantastic line-up of local musicians and gourmet food from the many stalls.

Already thinking about entering for next year’s 2 Oceans Marathon? Book early at De Keurboom, you will enjoy excellent accommodation at affordable tariffs.

Why Guesthouses are better than hotels

Visiting a brand new country? Or province? Maybe even city?

There are so many things that need to be decided when travelling, and many of those factors determine whether you’ll enjoy your visit as well as get the true feel of the area you’re visiting.

As much as you’d try to argue it, your accommodation is the most important part of your visit. So now you’re asking, hotel or guesthouse?

Guesthouse! Obviously, we’d say that, but with an extremely great reason. Actually, four great reasons for you to stay at a guesthouse!

Cost Efficient

Because most guesthouses are self-catering accommodations, what you have to pay to stay there is drastically much less than what you’d pay per night at a hotel.

Relaxed environment

Guesthouses are much more relaxed than hotels, but this is open for debate. You might not be getting a pool on the roof, and you definitely won’t be getting the city feel that comes along with staying in a hotel. But you are guaranteed a relaxed home space, that’s close to the city as well as an opportunity to stay amongst the locals. This exposes you to learning what the area you’re staying in is about and the culture, as well as the type of people staying in that area.

Work and Leisure

Guesthouses are fit for both work and leisure. Each guesthouse is fully furnished; depending on the one you choose, has sufficient facilities for you and your family to have fun, or for you to get all your work done. Guesthouses are also secure and safe for you if you’re there alone as well as if you’re on a family vacation. So you don’t have to worry about your car or any of your valuables as well as your own safety and your family’s safety.

Home away from home

Enjoy the pleasures of a hotel while feeling at home. If you choose well, the guesthouse you stay in will have the best facilities at your fingertips. Guesthouses offer credit cards: visa or master; fax sending and receiving; secure parking; laundry service; infant cot; airport transfers (by prior arrangement); breakfast and supper available (by prior arrangement) and free Wi-Fi; mini library.

De Keurboom Guesthouse

If you want to experience the best stay at a guesthouse then the De Keurboom Guesthouse is the best place to book.

Touring Cape Town

Cape Town is one of South Africa’s most beautiful cities. It also blossoms with tourist attractions and culture, art and so much more.

However, it can be overwhelming with all there is to see, so we’ve put together a list of the top 5 things to see when visiting Cape Town

Kuilsriver Golf course

The Kuilsriver Golf course is an amazing place to unwind and enjoy a game of golf. The Golf Course offers a full 18 holes, an annual league, functions, conferences and event facilities, Sunday roast menu, pro shop, a bar area, boardroom, half-way house, and a Sanlam cancer challenge.

Zevenwacht Wine Estate

With fine dining and award-winning South African made wine, you can never go wrong! This Wine Estate is perfect for that romantic date you’ve been dreaming about. Visiting the estate also gives you an opportunity to learn how older South Africans have made wine and how they now incorporate newer technologies into wine making to get the best taste.

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront

Situated at Cape Town’s harbour and back dropped by the amazing scenery of Table Mountain, The V& A Waterfront is the best place to spend your day with the family and end it under the stars at any one of the best South African Family Franchises.  Peak season is the best time to visit Victoria & Alfred Waterfront because of the different street showcases of South African tribes dancing and singing. An enjoyable experience indeed!

Table Mountain National Park

Table Mountain is Cape Town’s most iconic attraction. If you enjoy hiking, nature, or purely enjoying the natural beauty that Cape Town has to offer, then Table Mountain is exactly the place to be.

District Six Museum

District Six was a vibrant centre where coloured and black people lived together as a community, close to the city and port in Cape Town. Later, because of apartheid they were forcibly removed. The District Six Museum is now a great cultural landmark and a reminder of how South Africa has and is still growing and becoming better.

De Keurboom Guesthouse

De Keurboom Guesthouse is a beautiful guesthouse that is not far from all the beautiful places that you should visit when you are in Cape Town. For a wonderful experience contact us for more information on how we can make your stay pleasant whist in Cape Town.