Had a memorable stay at Hildesheim Guest House

Hildesheim Guest House

Should you find yourself travelling through the Garden Route, I encourage you to take the turn off just 10km before Wilderness and explore the quaint town of Hoekwil. Here my husband and I found the picturesque country escape that is Hildesheim Guest House.

Set amongst the farming community, I found the Hildesheim Guest House to be a peaceful and tranquil place to relax and put your head down for a night or two.

First impressions were of a long, neat driveway, opening up to the main house and two self-catering cottages and bed and breakfast accommodation all nestled amongst the property’s beautiful gardens and the Outeniqua Mountain range in the background.

On arrival, we were received by owner, Tony, who informed us of the safe and secure undercover parking before escorting us to our garden suite. Hildesheim offers comfortable bed and breakfast and self-catering accommodation.

The Hildesheim Guest House caters to your needs

Hildesheim Guest House
Peaceful rooms

Our suite was open plan, tastefully-furnished and offered all the amenities you would need for a comfortable stay, including a very comfortable King-size bed with the finest percale linen, his and hers bath robes and complimentary slippers.

The bathroom with a comfortable shower was neat with crisp white, fluffy bath sheets and complementary toiletries. There is also a small, but comfortable lounge with fridge and coffee and tea-making facilities as well as complementary freshly-baked rusks.

After settling in, we enjoyed a good chat with Tony, who told us the history of the guesthouse. Hildesheim was once the site for the town’s doctor. As it would be, the room we were staying in was the original surgery.

Each cottage has its own private deck overlooking the gardens and the Outeniqua Mountain range. We spent the afternoon with drink in hand, simply taking in the magnificent scenery.

Enjoy a meal under the sun

Hildesheim Guest House garden
Frolic in the fields

The next morning, we were treated to a hearty breakfast of sausage, bacon, eggs, bake beans, grilled tomatoes and toast served by Tony himself. Juice, tea and coffee were also available. However, the homemade marmalade and strawberry jam made by Vanessa, Tony’s wife, stole the show.

With stomachs full and a list of ‘things to do’ suggested by Tony, we set off down the 7 Passes road for a day-trip to Knysna. However, we were very much looking forward to getting back for sundowners.

For a peaceful country escape, I would highly recommend Hildesheim Guest House and look forward to our next visit.

For more information, visit www.hildesheim.co.za or call 044 850 1115 or email info@hildesheim.co.za.

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