ABOUT PERFECT HIDEAWAYS
Perfect Hideaways has a portfolio of farms, villas, houses, cottages and boutique hotels – each unique, each with huge character and each handpicked because of their individual beauty, quirks and charm. Perfect Hideaways wants to take you to a place that appeals to your every sense… transport you to a world away from the one you know… and match you to your ideal getaway.
The Perfect Hideaways team travels far and wide to find extraordinary holiday and weekend escapes for fellow escapists. Neverending country vistas, rugged coastlines, pristine beaches and mountain views. These are part and parcel of life in South Africa and what better way to experience them by getting away for two or perhaps ten nights to a beautifully designed, comfortable and inviting space?
The Perfect Hideaways team spends a large part of the year scouting new locations and out-of-the-box havens they know their clients will love. Places where lying in a hammock all day is encouraged, where the kids can run barefoot and free from early till sunset, where nights are about stargazing and the days for as doing as little or as much as you like. All in achingly beautiful surrounds.
Now with over 200 extraordinary holiday escapes on their books, Perfect Hideaways has honed their recipe for success. They love unusual destinations, places like the quaint properties they represent in the tucked away village of Churchhaven or the exclusive stone built house hidden in a kloof in the Karoo – each chosen for their design, location and thoughtfully appointed interiors with all the luxury details to ensure guests’ comfort at every turn. Most importantly the spaces created have a sense of soul –that special something that ensures you’ll want to come back again and again.
Owners David and Helen Untiedt started Perfect Hideaways eleven years ago and in this time have visited hundreds of properties all over the Western Cape and surrounds to see whether they have that X factor. They love combining easy living with luxe details and their attention to creating places where guests want for nothing is part of their success.
You can be guaranteed that every single property in their repertoire is extraordinary. Visit Waterfall Farm, a working farm with a sprawling farmhouse and accompanying stone cottage and spend your days lolling about in mountain stream fed rock pools. Or book a holiday at the Beach house in Brittania Bay, drinking in the brilliant ocean views from the sheltered stoep. There are city properties, seaside spaces, country idylls and river view escapes waiting to be enjoyed and appreciated. And each of them has the Perfect Hideaways stamp of approval.
Recently the Perfect Hideaways team has expanded their repertoire to include getaways in Botswana and France –and there are still more to come, ensuring that their clients are spoilt for choice with a delicious smörgasbord of superb holiday offerings.
In the style of a classic Cary Grant and Grace Kelly movie Helen and David Untiedt met and fell in love in Monte Carlo… she a travelling English rose and he a young man from Johannesburg, hell bent on leaving the big city behind and sailing off in search of adventure. And what a place to begin a life together amid the glitz and glamour of the yachting fraternity, the gamblers and the glitterati.
Opulent Monte Carlo can overwhelm with its grand architecture, flashy hotels, fast cars, expensive boutiques and Monégasque (a mix of French and Italian) culture, food and language. But luckily having day jobs (as well as down-to-earth personalities) meant that instead of getting lost in the racy materialism of the international jetset, they were able to step in and out of the madness whilst still observing all!
From the South of France they travelled, mostly working on chartered yachts between Europe and the USA… spending time in the Spanish Balearic Islands, sailing through The Caribbean, taking on New England in a sportscar, crossing California and Nevada, exploring New Orleans and even dropping into Venezuela.
On their travels they witnessed the highs and lows that come with being on the road (and sea). They know that it takes a little time to appreciate a truly special holiday moment isn’t necessarily defined upon opening the doors to a luxury suite… but can be found eating roast goat cooked outside a beach shack with a rag-tag bunch of locals.
Which brings us to Cape Town where Helen and David have been living for 20 years raising their four children. Largely chosen for its beauty and because it’s one of those unique places on the planet that encompasses an incredible and interesting diversity in culture, language, food and style: a land that at one time is wholly African but also borrows much from foreign shores, making it a great place to start a business centred around dream locations.
by Robyn Hodgson