A right-royal treat

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    A Namaqua West Coast experience fit for a king awaits you at Bakinumpelis. Palatial by Nuwerus standards, the former school hostel has been lovingly restored and converted into a four-bedroomed, air-conditioned guesthouse by Jan and Maretha Fourie.

    All sorts of body-pampering goodies are to be found in the ensuite bathrooms, while the in-house salon offers several perk-me-up indulgences such as massages or manicures.

    Although Maretha doesn’t have a formal lunch or dinner menu, she happily whizzes up dishes according to guest preferences: from seafood meals to vegetarian options. Talk about the regal treatment! She’s particularly proud of her home-baked bread, rolls and roosterkoek served directly from the oven, steaming hot with real butter, home-cooked jams and cheese.

    For travellers seeking an indigenous gastronomic experience, do try the Namaqualand bunny chow: tin-baked bread stuffed with lamb curry. Meals are served either on the expansive stoep or in the large diningroom featuring chandeliers from three-metre high ceilings. And on the second and last Sunday of every month, Bakinumpelis hosts a grand buffet, which usually turns into a jolly community get-together.

    Should you prefer a braai in the private courtyard, the Fouries will happily oblige with side dishes. They’re even prepared to do your braaiing to order while you relax with a cold one!

    Rates are R650 pn, including a delicious breakfast. To book, contact Maretha on 082 4528648 or bakinumpelis@gmail.com.