Rooted in slow living

Affi Plaas, Redelinghuys

Forget the creaking floorboards and rationed hot water in villages of old. Staying in a typical West Coast dorpie has never been so tempting as at Affi Plaas in Redelinghuys. The delight of diving into a breakfast of impossibly good stuff is only trumped by the oasis setting. Stand by for a taste of The Good Life and greedy gulps of fresh air.

If you’re in the mood for lazing, kick back at the poolside or barbecue pit. But if you’re antsy for adventure, lace up your boots for a hike on trails snaking alongside ancient rock formations. Or slip on your cleats for a mean MTB ride. Water-pursuits such as canoeing, swimming and fishing also abound.

End the day with a slap-up dinner, lovingly prepared by Jan White. He believes, “The joy is in cooking for others”.

When it’s time to retire for the day, your choices are one of four sparkling, cosily furnished double ensuite rooms or a cottage for four.

At Affi Plaas, the allure is not only winsome hosts Jan and Nolene, but it’s also about tuning into the soothing rhythm of village life.

1 Minnaar Street, ph 076 6866017. Rates: R550 – R850 pn B&B, but for 13/14 May R480 pn B&B for visitors to the Hannetjie de Clercq/Van Wessels exhibition.