15 October 2017

Mont Marie Restaurant - Breakfast with view

On the last day of our weekend in Stellenbosch in August 2017 my sister wanted to treat us for a breakfast.  But we had a slow start and getting everybody ready took a while.

Stellenbosch


We drove to Mont Marie Restaurant and although we did not have a reservation we got a table outside next to the kids play area. It was a lovely sunny day with blue skies and a great day to be outside.  And we weren’t the only people who thought so…the restaurant was busy with lots of kids paying outside and even more adults enjoying a drink or meal at the tables.

Stellenbosch


The restaurant has a beautiful view of the mountains (Even after studying for 4 years n Stellenbosch I still cannot remember the names of the mountains around the town) and a dam.

The play area for the kids is not very big but there are various things for kids to do.  There are swings, a sandpit with lots of tractors and other toys to play in the sand, interesting jungle gyms and a slide. There is also some lawn to run on and some small tables and chairs for kids to eat.  (When we visited these were a few of the broken ropes on some swings and one of the jungle gyms.)

Stellenbosch


JW enjoyed the jungle gyms and slides.  It rained a little bit the previous night and JW and some girls plays in the sandpit making mud with the water they found in a bucket. The play area has a fence around it and gates to keep kids save.  I was a bit worried that JW will try to climb over the fence to get to the dam.

The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Between the 4 of us we ordered 4 different breakfasts and all of them were great.  The coffee was also delicious.

Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch


USEFUL INFORMATION:
MONT MARIE RESTAURANT
Address:                      Blaauklippen Road, Stellenbosch
Tel no:                         +27 79 687 2112
E-mail:                          info@montmarie.co.za
Website:                      www.montmarie.co.za
Trading Hours:            Mondays, Tuesday               Closed                        
Wednesday                            08:30 -15:00
Thursday                                08:30 -15:00 & 18:30 -21:00
Friday                                      08:30 -15:00 & 18:30 -21:00
Saturday                                 08:30 -15:00 & 18:30 -21:00
Sunday                                   08:30 -15:00
                                   

(Not a sponsored post)

29 September 2017

Eaglevlei Play Park

In August 2017 we went to Stellenbosch for a weekend for a friend’s birthday and to visit my sister.  On a rainy Saturday my sister wanted to treat my 3-year old son JW with a fun outing.  We found a few options from our Google search and decided to try Eaglevlei. 
Stellenbosch

According to the Eaglevlei website they have One of the largest indoor play park areas for children in the Western Cape” and it is definitely the biggest play area I have seen.  The play area is divided in two sections.....One is for toddlers from 1 to 3 year and the other for children from 3 to 12 years old.  JW was lucky that he could play in both areas. 

The toddler area is very nice.  There is a huge pool with balls and JW spent a lot of time here diving into the balls.  He also liked hanging on the swinging balls.
Stellenbosch
Stellenbosch

The other area has a huge jungle gym with three levels. There are different obstacles to climb, lots of slides and tunnels.  Then JW discovered an area with wind blowing from pipes and is you put a ball above the wind it floats.  He spent a lot of time here playing and learning (the ball does not float is he covers the pipe with his hand).
Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch

It was very busy and I did not feel comfortable to leave JW alone in this big play area and go to the restaurant.  There is no control over who can take kids out of the play area and kids may also leave on their own.  I felt better while I could see where JW was playing.  Maybe is he was a bit older I would leave him to play while we eat in the restaurant.

After a while JW and I joined my mom and husband in the restaurant for a nice lunch.  After lunch we went back to the play park and JW played for another 30 minutes before we went home.

We all enjoyed the outing and will definitely visit again.

Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch


USEFUL INFORMATION:
EAGLEVLEI PLAYPARK
Address:                      Eaglevlei Wine Farm on the R101 Klapmuts, Stellenbosch
Tel no:                         +27 21 884 4713
Website:                      http://eaglevlei.com/playpark/
Entrance Fee:             0 - 3 years       R50  
                                    4 – 12 years    R80
Trading Hours:            Tuesday to Thursday           09:00 – 17:00
                                    Fridays                                   09:00 – 19:00
                                    Saturdays                              08:00 – 19:00
                                    Sundays                                 08:00 – 17:00
                       

(Not a sponsored post)

15 September 2017

6th Avenue Self Catering Apartment


Soon after we got married, mu husband and I decided we want to buy our own home.  We started to look around and then heard of a house on sale.  At first we were not sure but then decided to make a offer.  It was a bit more than we planned to pay but the house was bigger and the view amazing.

In February 2013 we moved in to our new home.  Adjoined to the house was a 2 bedroom apartment.  The previous owner used it when his family came to visit.  After we settled in the house we decided to rent out the apartment for extra income.  With the help of my father-in-law we made some changes and updates to the apartment and in April 2014 our first (and only) tenants moved in. 


At this time I was about 4 month pregnant with our son and we found out my husband had cancer.  It was a rough couple of months but at least we were happy with the tenants.  This did not last very long.  One of the tenants was in a accident and she could not work for a long time and then they stopped paying the rent.

We did not know what to do.  We had sympathy with them because after his diagnose my husband could also not work and money was tight.  Eventually after months of giving them chance to pay we asked them to move out in January 2015.

The next 18 months we could no decide what to do with the apartment.  We were scared to get new tenants and loose money again.  There was a bed and we used it when family visited but we did not have enough furniture in the apartment to use it for anything else.  


Eventually we made the decision to rent the apartment out for holiday accommodation.  We had to spend some money to furnish the apartment and then started the process listing the apartment on Airbnb.  I had no idea what I was doing but in November 2016 our apartment was listed and we received our first bookings.

Before each new arrival I was nervous.  Would they be happy with the apartment?  Would they look after the furniture etc that we had to buy or borrow (and could not afford to replace if broken/stolen)?  Would they be noisy or irritate us?

In the end we had great guest from December to March.  We had guest from South Africa, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, RĂ©union Island and more.  They took good care of our apartment and enjoyed there stay in Mossel Bay.

During the winter months we did not receive a lot of bookings and decided to also add out apartment t a few other booking sites and do some online marketing.  We are very happy with our decision and hope to have many more guests in the future.






6th Avenue Self Catering Apartment is a 2 bedroom apartment
adjoining our home in Mossel Bay, South Africa. 

The apartment has beautiful views of the ocean and Mossel Bay.
  It is about 1 kilometer from Santos Beach and 1 kilometer
 from the Dias Museum Complex, shops and restaurants.

We offer accommodation for maximum 4 people in 2 bedrooms
 (1 double and 2 single beds).  The apartment has a small
 living area and open plan kitchen.  The kitchen includes a 
small stove and oven, microwave oven and basic cooking
utensils.  The living area has a television but no satellite TV
 is available at the moment.

Free parking is available for 1 vehicle on the site behind a closed gate.

If you would like to book our apartment you can use the followings sites 
or send a e-mail to lugerda@gmail.com.


01 September 2017

Oud en Jonk Restaurant at George Nursery


It is the first day of Spring and the sun is shining in Mossel Bay.  The weather makes me want to go outside.  This weekend I am going to spend some time in the garden an maybe visit a nursery for some new plants.


During the July school holiday my husband went hunting and I went to visit my parents in George with our son, JW.

It was one of the coldest weekends of the winter but the sun was shining and we decided to go have lunch and shop for plants at the George Nursery, just outside of George.  It was a while since our last visit to the nursery and we weren’t sure if the restaurant was still there but we decided to take a chance.
 
Still a bit of snow on the Outeniqua Mountain
When we arrived at about 10:00 on Monday morning we first went to the Oud en Jonk Restaurant and we were the only customers.  There is a lovely lawn with a jungle gym, slides and trampolines for kids.  JW was running around to play before we even decided on a table. Some of the jungle gyms need a bit of attention (broken ropes and rusted slide) but overall it is a very nice play area. JW loved the old tractor he could climb on and "drive". (And he tried to pull every leaver it had)




There is tables inside, outside on a deck and outside on the grass next to the play area.  We decide to sit outside in the sun where we can keep an eye on JW.  (JW was chasing some ducks around the grass and into the dam and we had to stop him otherwise he would have ended in the water with them. One of the staff came to close the gate to the dam soon after that).

We ordered coffee and had very tasty tramazzini’s with chips and the prices were reasonable.  After we finished our meal we went next door t the nursery and bought some plants.  The last time we visited we were disappointed with the options available but this time we were happy.  There are lots of plants to choose from and the prices were great.




We visited again about a month later and enjoyed it again.  They also have a Sunday lunch that sound delicious and we want to try it out some time.




USEFUL INFORMATION:
OUD EN JONK RESTAURANT AT GEORGE NURSERY
Address:                       R102 Airport road, George
Tel no:                           082 826 4717
Website:                        https://www.facebook.com/oudenjonk/
Entrance Fee:               None
Trading Hours:              09:00 - 16:00 daily (Sunday until 15:00)

(Not a sponsored post)

18 August 2017

Kidz at Mount View


I was a bit skeptic when my mother suggested we go to this play area at the old George Tourism Resort but I was wrong.  Kidz at Mount View is a wonderful place for a family with young children to spend a few hours while eating some food.

There is a toddler play area for kids between 1 and 3 years.  This area includes a slide, lots of balls, cars, dolls and other toys for toddlers.  My almost 3-year old son JW loved the doll house with its basin and windows with shutters.  He also loved jumping in the pool of balls.
Toddler play area


Next to the toddler area is a big indoor jungle gym for kids from 3 to 9 years old.  This is a lovely jungle gym with 3 levels to climb and explore.  There are slides, swings, a tunnel, monkey bars and many other things to enjoy. JW loved the slide into a pool of balls and climbing through the tunnel. 
Indoor play area with 3 levels



As a parent I loved that it is a save place I can take my son to play.  When you enter each child gets a card with the time that you entered.  Only after you receive your card can you enter the play area through a gate.  To exit you must wait for a staff member to open the gate to the reception.  Then you give back your card and they calculate the time you played and then pay.

There is a staff member in each play area to supervise and help the kids play.  My mom tried to explain to my son how monkey bars work from outside the play area.  The lady looking after the kids heard us and climbed to the top to help JW swing on the monkey bars.  She is very good with the kids.

For parents there are tables next to the play area.  And next door is The Coffee Pot, a coffee shop that also serves drinks, breakfasts, quiches, sandwiches, pancakes, salads, kiddies’ food and light lunches. 

The cost is also very reasonable.  It costs R30 for your child to play for 90 minutes.  Then it is an additional R 15 for every 30 minutes after that.  Both occasions we visited we went over the 90 minutes.  The prices of the food at The Coffee Pot are also good.  They have a bottomless coffee for R 30 that was great while spending almost 2-hours watching JW play. 

Outside there is also an animal farm with bunnies, goats, parrots, ducks and ponies.  Both out visits were in the winter on cold and/or rainy days ant we did not spend a lot of time here.  But on a sunny day is would be nice to walk around and see the animals.  There is also lots of grass for a bit of running.

We had a great time at both of our visits.  JW enjoyed playing and my mom and I had some nice food while chatting. We will return and I would recommend it to other parents with small children. (But while I think a 8/9-year old would enjoy the play area they may be a little too big for the facilities)

USEFUL INFORMATION:
KIDS AT MOUNT VIEW
Address:                       1 York Street | Mount View Resort & Lifestyle Village Garden Route
Tel no:                           +27 44 873 2957
Website:                        http://kidzatmountview.co.za/  
Entrance Fee:               R30 for 90 minutes and R15 every 30 minutes after that
Trading Hours:              Tuesdays - Fridays: 09:00 - 17:00
                                     Saturdays: 09:00 - 16:00
                                     Sundays & Mondays Closed

 (Not a sponsored post)

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