After a fire devastated the restaurant and reception areas at De Hoop collection in August 2014, the team, headed by the Stephens family, set about on a rebuilding and renovation expedition (read: almighty quest!) which has seen not only the damaged site, but other underutilized structures earmarked for repurposing.
Four new suites will rise form the ashes of the old farmhouse as the Cloete Suites – named after the Cloete family which once lived on the now nature reserve. The two-bedroomed ensuite cottages, complete with a thatched roof in keeping with the building’s heritage, will boast views of Eland herds, bontebok or Cape Mountain Zebra, depending on which of the wild game decide to wander past the window. On the other side of the cottages, the magnificent Fig Tree in the Opstal Courtyard will provide a picture perfect backdrop. The Cloete Cottage close by is another bedroom and bathroom en-suite cottage. Other than the outside façade keeping in tune with the traditional style of the building, a glimpse into the past will be visible in each bedroom where samples of the old walls are on show.
A derelict building at De Mond, once a research center, ten minutes from De Hoop’s main Opstal area, will also receive a facelift (a full body one at that!) when it is transformed into a four-bedroomed cottage in early 2017. The draw card, apart from the generous sleeping accommodations (ideal for families, groups and intergenerational travellers) will be stunning views over the vlei.
Another vlei-side building to receive the breath of life for 2017 will be an unused storeroom close to De Hoop’s new pool, which is in need of a new name! ENTER HERE TO SUBMIT A SUGGESTION AND STAND A CHANCE TO WIN! A 2-NIGHT STAY FOR TWO! This intimate two-sleeper with bathroom ensuite will provide guests with easy access to not only a refreshing dip, but also views of the wetland.
The rebuilds have remained true to site’s heritage and roots, a sensitive project that the team has handled with care – and planning –
“The restoration of the Cloete Suites at De Hoop is the culmination of a 10 year restoration project of the buildings in De Hoop so that they may be utilized in a sustainable way and saved from becoming derelict for the enjoyment of future generations. Heritage architects advised on the restoration of the Cloete Suites using traditional building methods, including roughly hewn poplar roofing structures and beams, spansriet ceilings with brandlap, poplar flooring and restoration rock patios, which had been hidden under mortar. All non-historical add-ons were removed to restore buildings to their former glory!”
William Stephens – De Hoop Collection
The new suites and cottage will add to De Hoop Collection’s comprehensive accommodation offering. From couples looking for a romantic getaway, to friends and families looking to escape the city bustle for a retreat, there’s room, and then some, at De Hoop!