A Ceres get­away ‘with heart’

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - TRAVEL 2010 -

FAIR Trade in Tourism South Africa (FTTSA) wel­comes Fair­field Moun­tain Cot­tages to its Western Cape port­fo­lio. Sit­u­ated on a work­ing fruit farm in the Ceres val­ley, this is a place where guests can re­con­nect with the nat­u­ral world while up­lift­ing the lo­cal com­mu­nity and pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment.

A favourite pas­time for Fair­field owner Lizanne Mal­herbe is a late af­ter­noon walk among the or­chards or a bath in Fair­field’s so­lar-pow­ered moun­tain bath.

Fair­field launched a knit­ting and cro­chet­ing project for women liv­ing on the farm, buy­ing back the patch­work cush­ions, cloths and more cre­ated by the crafters – the best of which are of­fered for sale to guests. Staff also use re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als to cre­ate con­tain­ers and pack­ets for seedlings as well as sweet pack­ets – also made avail­able for sale to guests.

Fair­field’s an­nual plan in­cludes cut­ting down pine and black wat­tle trees on site. In ad­di­tion, there i s s yst ematic ed­u­ca­tion on t he en­vi­ron­ment and con­ser­va­tion for staff and their fam­i­lies, as well as for guests.

Fair­field im­ple­mented its The Fu­ture For­est @ Fair­field con­cept; the ob­jec­tive is to plant 100 in­dige­nous trees around the cot­tages over the next five years. Trees and money are do­nated by guests and Fair­field is track­ing the growth yearly.

For more in­for­ma­tion about F a i r f i e l d Mou n t a i n C o t t a g e s , e-mail fair­field@cereson­line.co.za or see www.fair­field­cot­tages.co.za

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