Driving back to Cape Town from Hermanus earlier last month, I came across the Houw Hoek Inn completely by accident. My bladder was on the verge of bursting, and there was no petrol station in sight. I noticed the hotel from the road, and made a slight detour because I couldn't hold it in anymore (Blush!)
I was pleasantly surprised by its beauty and location. This is one of SA's oldest hotels and is situated in the heart of the Kogelberg Biosphere Nature Reserve. They are positioned between mountains, oak trees and meandering streams, and has a little lake filled with waterlilies on their premises.
After relieving my bladder, I was starving so I decided to have a quick bite to eat, and then explore the grounds. Considering the age of the hotel, it was pretty modern, expect for the really interesting "king" like toilet in the reception room.
This was the reason I was here after all, and as luck might have it I got a really amusing one!
The surrounding area is inspirational. Kogelberg was South Africa’s first registered biosphere reserve and it encompasses the entire coastal area from Gordon’s Bay to the Bot River vlei, and inland to Grabouw and the Groenland Mountain.
Here are a few more images of my visit: