Getaway (South Africa) - - THE FINAL CUT -

• Bril­liant stock, across all price points. I have never vis­ited an area where so many es­tab­lish­ments are rated on Book­ing.com as su­perb (9 to 9.4) and ex­cep­tional (9.5 and up). • Cos­mopoli­tan hosts – Nor­we­gian, English, French, Swiss and well-trav­elled South Africans – who have fur­nished their cot­tages and guest houses with real flair, are deeply hos­pitable and love their vil­lage pas­sion­ately. • His­toric cot­tages and homes aplenty, many of them self-cater­ing and ex­cep­tion­ally well equipped. But also the most per­fect B&B, a fab­u­lous guest house and a nos­tal­gia-in­duc­ing ho­tel. • Great ur­ban-ru­ral con­trast: you can stay in a cot­tage on a dirt track in what feels like farm­lands (I even saw a por­cu­pine one night!) yet be walk­ing dis­tance from the high street with its restau­rants and chi-chi the­atre/movie house, The Show­room. • A very high stan­dard of lux­ury – most Prince Al­bert of­fer­ings have a fire­place and a pool. • A bril­liant tourism web­site that not only lists what’s on daily and ev­ery es­tab­lish­ment in the vil­lage, but shows you at a glance who still has avail­abil­ity and al­lows you to book your ac­com­mo­da­tion, of­ten dis­counted by five per cent. paon­line.biz/book­ing

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