Unforgettable Wilderness accommodation – a cut above the rest.
Wilderness accommodation does not get any better than Serendipity luxury lakeside Guest House and Restaurant.
Guests may choose between single beds or king size beds in luxurious top quality en-suite air-conditioned bedrooms with under-floor heating and ceiling fans, personal safety deposit box and multi-national and multi-tool power strips and plugs Serendipity offers ‘Free-to-guest’ flat-screen digital television (DSTv)with a bouquet of 40 television channels with an array of movies, news, sport and general interest channels.
The Guest Lounge, double volume with a huge fire place; and library is inviting, furnished with soft fabrics. Free Wi-Fi in all areas. Laundry service is available to guests staying for 3 or more days.
A mosaic of ecosystems, it encompasses the world renowned Outeniqua Afromontane forests, the Cape Fold Mountains and Wilderness wetlands and waterbird conservancy with a variety of mountain catchment, Southern Cape indigenous forest and associated Fynbos areas. These areas resemble a montage of landscapes and seascapes, from ocean to mountain areas, and are renowned for its diverse natural and cultural heritage resources.
Serendipity is cradled by the protected evergreen Outeniqua forests and the water bird sanctuary in the heart of the Garden Route which is situated on the banks of the Touw River and borders on to the Wilderness National Park.
The Guest House was built in 1998 with great attention to detail, behind security gates to ensure privacy to our guests. Secure basement parking is provided for house-guests. Serendipity is ensconced in a garden designed and developed by a professional landscape architect, planted with mature indigenous trees and shrubs and collectable forest lilies.
The guest rooms are overlooking the Touw River, which borders the property. Your accommodation gives you free usage of our canoes to explore the river and the Wilderness National Park.
Where else can you dine in arguably the best restaurant in the Western Cape Garden Route and then wander upstairs to snuggle into a bed beneath goose-down duvets?
This is a place whose name is breathed in quiet reverence all along the coast. Other Wilderness guesthouses flatly refuse to cater. “What’s the point?” the say with community pride. Brushed up crisply for dinner, I stepped down from underfloor-heated tiles onto the deck to watch geese flighting across a sunset lagoon. Then it was an easy meander down to the guest lounge for a aperitif, where Rudolf, husband to executive-chef Lizelle (her culinary accolades, which hang in the loo, are very impressive and encouraging), gave a sensuous description of a South African-inspired menu combined with European haute cuisine. Agonising I finally plumped for snoek mouse and loin of springbok, variously interspersed by an amuse-bouche of kudu carpaccio and delicious butternut soup.
The intimate restaurant discreetly backs onto a fireplace flanked by sheer windows looking onto the water. Following a 3-course, crumpet-driven, meticulously-prepared breakfast (even the perfectly ripe strawberries are first brushed in a light almond syrup) in ebullient sunshine I found myself discussing semantics and deep-sea angling with owners Elsabe and Phillip, who share their vast knowledge in planning day-trips to most interesting and beautiful historical, ecological and geological features of Garden Route and Outeniqua Mountains and indigenous forests and its bird-life.
Today’s business and leisure travelers expect amenities such as Free-to-guest Wi-Fi, high-speed Internet access. And Serendipity is taking the creature comfort and lifestyle of our guests seriously and has now upgraded installed state-of-the-art Wi-Fi.