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Staunchly standing at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains, within the Leeurivier Valley of Swellendam, God’s Window discreetly reveals itself with dignity. In honour of the curvaceous hills in front of it, this property refrains from making any spectacle, or from being too loud. Just like a true gentleman, it gently tilts its cap to the powers unfolding around it, and lets the nature do the talking.
Set on over a hundred hectares of fynbos farm and forest land, where voluptuous valleys meet the majestic mountains, this hideaway hums to the hymns of the Marloth Nature Reserve. As you drive the dirt road, passing the neighbouring berry farms and their thatched cottages, a great sense of serenity and solitude engulfs you – regardless of how many people are in the car. It’s clear from the moment you arrive, that the destination you have reached is already making it hard for you to leave.
Built just over ten years ago, by South African architect Georg van Gass, God’s Window emerges from the emerald green rolling lawn, and pans out over one expansive level of glass, stone, cement, brick, and more glass. Firmness, commodity and light resonate inside and out, as the outside comes back in. The slanted roof raises its brows to the soaring Misty Peak of The Cape Fold Mountains, 1700 metres above the glistening gold and green Leucadendron, below. The bespoke pieces of furniture, all individually sourced or custom-made, fill the space with the signature palate of green, gold, mahogany, mustard and maroon. Minimalism is the message in this pavilion style farmhouse. There’s nothing here to distract from that view. It’s all about keeping the conversation flowing with the nature surrounding it. The massive open fireplace says it’s fine to stay on the sofa, or to sit at the long, 12-seater dining table for as long as you like. Little, quiet nooks beside books, and more windows, with more views from spacious daybeds, lure you in and let you rest. You’ll need it after all of the trails you’ve been hiking. Rock-hopping the enchanting, fairy forest walks, amongst the tree ferns, wild olives and yellowwoods. Misty morning swims in the waterfalls, dams and river rock pools. Mountain biking the dirt-road loops with the odd Blue Crane, Secretary Bird, Fish Eagle, or African Spoonbill – the birdlife is nothing short of breathtaking. Even just a few laps in the 15-metre solar-heated swimming pool will justify all the feasting and quaffing, the lazing and the lounging, that’s just as mandatory.
As the night draws in and the leopards begin to bark, there are deep bathtubs to sink into, bunkbeds to climb upon, or king beds to be swallowed in. There is neither need nor want for more. Exactly what the owner’s of God’s Window sought when searching for such a property; a place to retreat to, that gives you everything, without ever having to leave.
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Reviewed by Colleen Ogilvie
Based on 5 reviews
Guest reviews are written by our customers after their stay at God's Window.
We had a wonderful time in that magic spot. It was a slice of country life for us; set in an unbeatable landscape, breath taking views and has a sense of effortless luxury that comes with such generous spaciousness indoors and, the vastness of the gardens/grounds- a rarity these days. Outdoorsy activities and birding all on offer made for a wonderful family weekend escape for all ages and personalities. The building itself is architecturally brilliant; solid, beautiful interiors, fully equipped kitchen to let loose ones culinary skills (no need to eat out) and, the floor layouts allow for privacy while optimizing the views. The staff were great, slipped in, swiftly sorted out everything and left it all sparkly. The fires were a hit, lit by day and into the evenings to create a warm ambiance. We all absolutely loved it and have already highly recommended it to others.
We all loved God’s Window in spite of awful weather. Great bedrooms and bathrooms, but the highlight was the kitchen and entertainment area. It was lovely for the eight of us to lounge around, in our own space or to gather together around the table for a meal. Awesome setting and we would love to return in the summer to take advantage of the hiking and pools.
What an absolutely amazing stay we had! Could have not asked for a better product. Love the idea of no TV and limited wifi.
We loved the place, out of this world! All what you need for comfort and more
We all loved staying at God’s Window. The architecture is modern, yet the interiors are comfortable and nostalgic. Everyone has their own space, yet you all get together in the most amazing entertaining area. You cannot help yourself, you find yourself looking at the mountain constantly, it is totally mesmerizing! The kids felt free, they fed the cows, ran on the lawn, and played games. They had an absolutely fun time. Thank you God’s Window and PH team!
Off-peak - mid week special - R5 000 per night from Sunday night to Thursday night
Off-peak weekends - R8 500 per night for Friday and Saturday night
Peak - 1 Dec 2020 to 15 Jan 2021 - R14 000 per night