I think is is safe to say that Jacques and I have embraced and celebrated our engagement to the fullest. From the day we announced our commitment we’ve enjoyed an intimate day toasting each other and our love at a tranquil day spa, We’ve had close family gatherings, been showered with gifts, champagne and cake. We’ve thrown a great get together for friends and family on the pool bar roof top of the Southern Sun Hotel in Hyde Park and last weekend we completed it all with a 2 night stay at the magical Castle in Clarens, thanks to my mom – This was her engagement gift to us.
3 stories of medievil Castle based on the book Rupanzel. Equiped with a fireplace, a sunset balcony and a romantic room tucked in the highest tower overlooking the valley in which Clarens quitely sits. Jacques and I headed for the mountains, for two never to forget nights.
We enjoyed the absolute serenity and silence the Castle had to offer. With no TV we had hours of conversation over many glasses of wine and champagne. I was cooked and cared for and returned the love by treating us to full body massages and a shopping spree that could have seen us purchase most of Clarens. We took a drive out to Surrender Hill, in hopes of visiting the Fertility Caves – For those that need a quick explanation – These caves have served as a spiritual gathering place for over 800 years to various tribes and religions in and around South Africa. Unfortunately we were unable to enter.
We spent an afternoon beer and cider tasting, a great way to set the tone for a rather eventful evening where we had the bright idea to create a pizza oven out of a built-in-braai, Needless to say – it worked.
The reason my mom chose this location as an engagement gift, needs no further explanation other than I am a fairytale and fantasy fanatic. I grew up skipping and singing my way around the garden. Living in imaginary castles falling in love with make believe Princes. In my world, as I hope in all little ladies worlds, I was a princess and this weekend it all felt insanely real.
Mom, Thank you for this magical memory. We loved every minute of the intimate time we had to reflect on this beautiful journey we have taken together. To the rest of my readers, I highly recommend the Castle in Clarens, whether it be a fun filled family stay, a romantic getaway or a group of girlfriends. It’s plain and simply gorgeous.