WATCH: I spent two nights in a cocoon in the Hemel-and-Aarde valley
Creation wine estate is situated at the foothills of the towering Babylonstoren Mountains in the Hemel-and-Aarde valley in Hermanus.
Like the name suggests, the farm embraced the new. And it has birthed something rather spectacular. In-line with its prestigious wines, it has erected a luxe self-catering ‘cocoon’ for two, known as Voormanshuis.
I call it a ‘cocoon’ because I felt protected and comforted within its walls. Over the course of a 2-night stay, it enveloped me. Physically, it kept me safe and sheltered from the howling wind and the scattered showers; but it also allowed me to breathe, to just be. No overthinking, no distractions, just views, wine and cosiness of a fireplace.
It almost has a semblance to a ‘last person on earth’ scenario, a bunker which shelters you from the outside – yet you still have a secret peephole from which you can observe the world going by. Only in this case, your peephole is a giant window that looks out onto the Creation estate.
Natural light fills the classically-decorated bathroom as grand windows offer you incredible views of the vineyards.
This new haven has been built from sustainably-sourced eucalyptus timber and is run entirely on solar. Complete with a light switch for the Pierneef artwork hanging on the wall, the other walls are also dressed beautifully in Marjorie Wallace, Jan Vermeiren and Christo Coetzee - with Strijdom van der Merwe providing the ‘Stairway to Heaven’ installation, outside the house.
Truly, this is a stay like no other. Unique in look, feel and experience.
The price breakdown:
1 April to 31 August 2019
R3000.00 per night, minimum stay two nights
1 September to 15 December 2019
R3250.00 per night, minimum stay two nights
16 December 2019 to 15 January 2020
R3500.00 per night, minimum stay four nights
16 January to 31 March 2020
R3500.00 per night, minimum stay two nights