Our beloved establishment turns 21 this year – a glorious achievement for the owners and everybody involved in the day to day running of the guesthouse. It is interesting to notice that, as in life everything here is also happening in 7-year cycles and about 5 months ago, the new manageress Yolanda Engelbrecht and her team took over – ready to take River Lodge Vredendal to a whole new level.
With a new start, comes fresh enthusiasm and an abundance of new ideas and we are super excited about the stunning plans in the pipeline for renovations of the chalets and changes to the existing buildings. The changes started with moving the dining room back to the main house and giving it a complete make-over in modern, trendy colours. The new-look dining room was an instant hit with our large number of regular and also with first-time guests. We find that guests enjoy standing on the dining room stoep before breakfast, with a cup of our delicious coffee, talking to fellow guests and just enjoying the view and the fresh morning breeze.
Looking back over these few months it is gratifying to see how the garden reacted to the extra love and care. A new borehole surprised us with very strong water, which immediately brought relief to the drought-stricken garden. In a bold move, all the roses were replanted and to our immense relief, all the bushes are now covered with blooms.
But there is one thing that gets better with time and which no amount of renovations can improve upon and that is the unique atmosphere we are blessed with here at River Lodge – as one guest put it: “I loved the serene disposition.”
The huge garden with the myriad of bird species invites a person to sit back, kick off their shoes and to forget about the cares of everyday life.
But don’t take my word for it – I might be biased because I’m experiencing this every single day. Pick up the phone and book your room and come and experience this tranquillity for yourself.
I promise you won’t be disappointed!