We had spent sometime with friends at their timeshare in Champagne valley and wanting to extend our stay to include the weekend we discovered Thyme Out. Hard to find but what a find. Nicky sent us the 'pin' to get there but I suggest follow her very precise instructions rather because using the 'pin' as we overshot the turnoff. But it was really worth it. Don't be put off by Booking.com's comment that bedding and towels are charged extra - not so, as Nicky confirmed. We stayed in one of their self catering units [the one on the left hand corner of the beautiful stone farmstead]. Obviously no expense has been spared to make their guests experience every comfort they could desire. From the Egyptian cotton bedding, the white fluffy towels [at no extra charge!] to the Wedgewood Nougat on the pillow. I was fascinated by the towel rails that were made of pipes and the stainless steel cutlery especially blackened, rather unique. Nicky was away for the weekend but her mum Ingrid took wonderful care of us. I must add that at the last moment we booked our friends in as well because they were due to head to their granddaughter's birthday in Gauteng but with the threat of the Level 4 lockdown decided to return to Durban. Nicky made a plan by accommodating them in the main house and they had their meals with us. A word to the wise make sure you come well stocked with everything you may need as there is no corner store to visit for extras! Although Nottingham road is not too far, once you are there and unpacked you really don't want to go anywhere else. What we loved was the chilled ambience of the whole place with the beautiful manicured emerald green lawns [even in winter!] the extensive rose gardens and the great herb garden. Just lounge on the lawns with a good book or watch the herd of cows grazing in the meadow next door, take in your daily dose of Vitamin D and chill. Or as my golfing mate did, takeout your club and a few balls and practice your chipping on the extensive lawns. We prepared most of our evening meals on the Weber braai but there was a two plate gas hob and micro wave for breakfasts. Yes the wifi is a bit spotty at times but we found that an advantage to escape the our frantic world we are used to. We only wished we could have stayed for longer but we will be back. P.S. We had a little scare as we were leaving when my wife thought her wedding and eternity rings had gone missing. One always tends to think the worst. Well Ingrid donned her Sherlock Holmes gear 'because that doesn't happen at Thyme Out' and did everything possible to find them. Gladly they were found under the seat of our suv on our return home. But both her and Nicky's caring and follow up calls were really impressive - thank you ladies!…
Everything about our stay was just perfect. What a beautiful location, modern facilities, pleasing decor and warm hosts! Definitely coming back here... Also the ideal venue for a memorable and intimate wedding.
We stayed at Thyme Out for one night in September after going to the Hilton Art Festival. It was a bit of a challenge finding the place as it was off road and it was so misty that day due to a cold front coming. We could hardly see what was in front of us as we drove. But the place itself was beautiful. The unit was very clean and tastefully done and it had everything we needed. We really loved the heater as we were able to set it at the perfect temperature and we had a very restful and quiet night. It is a great place to stay for a holiday but we were in Hilton more for a business trip so it being so off road was the only downside for us. Otherwise, it is a really lovely place.
We spent a very, very comfortable 2 nights in 1 of the delightfully decorated self catering units attached to the magnificent Manor house. Although attached one still feels very separate. Our welcome was warm and friendly and Nicky has thought of everything to make your stay a real treat. Beautiful views in this little piece of heaven just add to the ambiance.
One night is far too short for a visit to this wonderful little hideaway. Attached to a larger manor, it has all the conveniences of a hotel and even more so. We stayed in one of the self catering 2 sleepers. The small details had me bowled over; rose gold touches, beautiful crockery, a warm gas heater, electric blankets, heavy, fluffy towels and a divine bedroom tucked away in the ceiling. Bring your own supplies if you don't fancy driving some way on dirt roads to nearby restaurants and shops. Braai stand is supplied. Contact the owner before hand to get a location pin that will make finding this little treat, easier. A combination of modern interiors combined with the old fashioned charm of the Midlands. I cannot wait to go back!
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