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Dog-friendly homes, digital detoxes and road tripping with friends I’ve known for longer than I haven’t are three of my absolute best.  So as my daughter, said friends and I set off to review a new dog-friendly hideaway on a nature reserve near Struisbaai I was in fine fettle.

We arrived to find the most gloriously simple home in a sublime setting.  Wings is situated in Andrewsfield Private Nature Reserve, around a 20 minute drive from Struisbaai.   The living space has floor to ceiling glass on three sides and looks out over fynbos to the sea beyond.  There is no other house in sight.   All the rooms have huge windows so the entire home is flooded with natural light.  The backdrops are white, the soft furnishings mute, neutral shades and the overall feel rather rustic yet comfy and totally charming.  There’s a table out front for enjoying sundowners with that view, and another in the courtyard for days when the sea breeze blows.

This home is the artist owner’s retreat…and, without wishing to sound too much of a tree-hugger, the home holds a palpable sense of her joy in abandoning all the doing our complex world demands and, for a while, simply being.

Our kids found simply being, with, horror of horrors, no WiFi, a little more challenging.  This lead to a morning playing board games together with much laughter along the way.  The sea looked tantalisingly close so later we set out for a quick pre-lunch walk to the beach.  Around 45 minutes later we finally reached it after some quite hectic bundu bashing through the fynbos.  The kids were ravenous, so rookie-error number two, we decided to wander along the beach for lunch in Struisbaai.  Almost two hours later we arrived, and, not for the first time, thanked Saint Patrick for a dog-friendly Irish pub still serving food!  The super-friendly manager of Wings called as we were finishing up and offered us a lift home, much to the kid’s relief.

Wings is off-grid with solar power and a back-up generator.  We chose to leave this off and enjoy the more fitting ambience of a roaring fire and candlelight.  After a couple of glasses of the good red we were ready for bed, which I was happy to discover were super comfortable with lovely linens and soft, downy duvets.

This is a place to reconnect with loved ones and catch up on life’s simple pleasures – walking, reading, cooking or indulging in a guilt-free afternoon nap.  We returned to the city feeling deeply rested and ready to face the world.

What we love!

  • The uninterrupted views
  • Having a huge stretch of beach to ourselves
  • The utter tranquility of life in a Nature Reserve
  • Struisbaai is a short drive away and has a few seafood restaurants and some famous stingrays to watch from the jetty
  • The kids discovering that life without screens can be fun!

What you need to know…

  • You need a 4 x 4 to get to the house – the last 20 minutes into the reserve are on pretty rough, sand tracks
  • The house runs on solar power and smoothly clicks over to a generator when the solar runs out. The generator is too far away to be very audible
  • Whilst dogs are welcome please be aware that ticks and snakes are common, especially in summer

Reviewed by Amanda Perkins

Facilities

  • 1 x Bedroom (king)
  • 1 x Bedroom (twin singles)
  • 2 x Bedrooms (king), en-suite
  • Alarm system
  • BBQ (Built in)
  • Dishwasher
  • Fireplace (wood)
  • Freezer (Gas)
  • Fridge (gas)
  • No TV
  • No Wi-fi
  • Oven (Gas)
  • Serviced weekly
  • Stove (Gas)

Pets

Pets allowed at own risk due to snakes

Check-in time

10h00

Check-out time

14h00

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Struisbaai

Dog-friendly homes, digital detoxes and road tripping with friends I’ve known for longer than I haven’t are three of my absolute best.  So as my daughter, said friends and I set off to review a new dog-friendly hideaway on a nature reserve near Struisbaai I was in fine fettle. We arrived to find the most

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