June 25, 2014
The Quirkiest Out of Town Stay at Old Mac Daddy
Leani is a jack of all trades, master of some.
Interested in anything and everything from test cricket to playing the guitar and harmonica (at the same time), nature conservation and Vietnamese cooking, she tries to learn as much as possible about everything under the sun.
Being a journalism graduate and lover of life, she gets a kick from going on mini-adventures and creatively unlocking and packaging them with words and photos. And what better way to showcase the magic of the Mother City?
Her happy place is brewing a cup of coffee on a gas stove, stuck on a mountain somewhere with her husband and friends after a hike… and then spotting a Verreaux eagle, of course.
Been there, done that, right? Well, that’s just the refreshing thing about Cape Town. It continues to have unusual, unexpected but wonderfully creative surprises around every corner.
And literally around the corner from the Mother City, an hour’s drive on the N2 highway lays probably the quirkiest accommodation available for a weekend break-away: retro airstream trailers at Old Mac Daddy.
As you turn off the main way and drive in on the quiet country roads, you cruise deeper into the Elgin valley with a unique scene playing out in front of you: apple trees, vineyards and green forests. And up on the hill, twelve silver Airstream trailers peeking through the trees, overlooking the beautiful valley. Within 60 minutes, you have been transported from the hustle and bustle of a world city to a fairytale scene within the peace and quiet of nature.
Now you’re thinking – what’s so cool about staying a caravan right? Don’t think back to the days when you went camping with your parents in their Jurgens Penta. Think: original individually designed interior, comfortable built-in shower or bath and loo, living area, small kitchen area (with stove, microwave, kettle and wash basin) and your own look-out deck to soak up the views.
And if the bright and unusual caravans' interior get a bit too much for your senses, the designer farm lodge with its cosy restaurant, Brinny Breeezes, is also part of the package, which boasts a minimal Scandinavian open design to let you breathe and relax. You can even chill out on the coach with a game of scrabble, grabbing one of the books from the shelf or put on the kids’ favourite television show whilst you enjoy your food.
A wholesome buffet breakfast is included in your stay and Brinny Breezes also offer wonderful wood-oven thin crust pizzas as well as a great bistro-style menu with hearty country dishes. If in stock, do try the short rib pie with creamy mash and vegetables accompanied by the South Hill Cabernet Sauvignon (from the wine farm just across the road).
Let's end with some alliterations shall we, as Old Mac Daddy is indeed quite a quaint, quirky, quality and quiet breakaway. For something different, get in your car (or rent one if you're visiting), get a takeaway coffee and hit the road for an experience that will leave you both nostalgic and hip at the same time.