1st of May, Workers Day 2020

Never had a public holiday such a strange ring to it. It will forever be remembered for a long weekend that had us all locked-up in our own four walls, instead of heading for a much-needed weekend in the hills, or home as John Muir calls it:

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilised people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity”

Let’s hope it will not be for much longer, that the powers that be will realise, that socialising and quality time out in nature, supported by healthy diets and a lack of digital connectivity are indeed what the doctors should have ordered long time ago.

Now when the real Freedom Day finally arrives, we like to send you off into the right direction with our (re-)treat:

Simonskloof Mountain Retreat has been around since 1999. At 21 years it’s now a “legal adult”, what better time to grow up and have some changes made?

An 18-hole golf course, a 4×4 trail, jacuzzis at each cottage, complementary Wi-Fi and room service 24/7…?!

Nope! We stay true to our original aims of “Down to Earth” back to basic, nature rules and adventure is meant to be our life. Our brand new www.simonskloof.com has it all, neatly listed with the latest photos and still the same cool rates!


Gerlinde of Virtual Web Assist was our friendly partner in crime, putting our ideas into digital action, while Ninon and I scrubbed away at Faraway cottage, tiled its shower floor, repainted the interior, filled the cracks of Eric’s Kitchen, turned it’s stoep from “Spanish” yellow into a hip lavender and gave the garage a fresh smooth look… all while being under forced hibernation. Some good things do come from captivity… 😉

In support of J. Muir’s notion (and my personal sanity) we’ve done some exploring hikes, dogs and all, within 5km from the cottages and our home all on Simonskloof’s land. These “hikes” are perfect pre-breakfast sunrise scrambles to unnamed peaks all in the 1000m range, with views and approaches that will get your heart rate up and remind you again of matters most in life.

We are excited to welcoming you back to our little heaven… very soon!