Sheba's 'Secret Garden' is a classic Cape Dutch farmhouse, 4 acres rising from the highlands shaded with trees and leaves. A retreat nestled in the idyllic suburbs of Karen, with childhood memories in every path from home to the forest and back. Here we danced, flirted, and cavorted with "Sheba" our still, a glorious German engineered queen. A delicate drop here, a deft touch there, we divined the most desirous of subtle spirits. A proudly "African Dry Gin”, a subtle elixir with the tiniest hint of Chaos... You'll see why a person would want to live there forever, whilst life whirrs by as quiet as the lightest breeze… the purest, warmest comforting breeze.
The ancestral ritual of communal fireplace and dining – the essence of sharing… we are social animals, and part of what makes things vivid and real to us is our capacity to share: the joy is dissecting your day, raking over the delicious details and unwrapping the delights over and again, over the fundamentally communal experience of breaking bread. It’s also part of absorbing and storing memories – the re-telling and re-living makes it more vivid, and sets the place of the experience in our minds. The evening is for digesting and processing the day.
"An oasis of calm in a fairy-tale setting. A fantastic recharge of batteries and a reminder of why Africa is so special"
Tom & Faith Martin
"Dear Alex, we awoke this morning in a cocoon of a room floating on a cloud of bliss. Thank you for a sanctuary – exactly the tonic required!"
Saba Douglas-Hamilton, BBC presenter, Big Cat Diary
"Africa! Miles and Miles of Bloody Africa! How wonderful to be here, surrounded by life rejuvenating itself perpetually. Hopefully we will be able to teach the world how delicate this balance is and preserve it for as long as possible..Thank you for your wonderful hospitality. All our love"