Wildekrans Country House

Filed in Eastern Cape, Reviews by on May 16, 2016

The historic Wildekrans Country House © Tessa Buhrmann

We spent the weekend at the wonderful Wildekrans Country House, a historic homestead dating back to 1811 that is situated in the little village of Houw Hoek. This wonderful ‘home’ – you’re made to feel very much at home – is owned by Barry Gould and Alison Green.


Wildekrans Country House © Tessa Buhrmann

Our room, furnished with antiques and contemporary South African art, overlooked the rambling garden and had expansive views of the Groenland Mountain. With so much to do in the Elgin Valley, we had little opportunity to enjoy our spacious room and lounge area to the full.


Our bedroom… and loved the touches of lavender everywhere


House meets garden…

Heading out for an early morning hike along a short section of the Green Mountain Trail we had our first opportunity to spot some the intriguing art that lives comfortably in the garden.


Wildekrans garden art…


…and more art in the garden

It is a place where life becomes art and art mirrors life, a place where sculptural forms become functional and where every surface is a potential canvas and every material a possible medium… even the mountains are an art-form as the fynbos changes with the seasons as different species come in to flower.


Some of the flowering fynbos seen on our walk


Learning about fynbos from our young local guide

After a wonderful hike in the Green Mountain we were certainly ready the hearty breakfast that was awaiting us on our return.


Creativity is everywhere…


Breakfast at Wildekrans Country House

Click HERE for some suggestions of how to experience #ElginMagic in the Elgin Valley


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