Welcome to The Wild Almond Collection, McGregor

This delightful collection of 2 stylish,self catering cottages,called Wild Almond are situated side by side but separated and very private in two very different styles of Karoo gardens in the quaint village of McGregor,only 2 hours from Cape Town.

The 1st cottage is named “THE ANNEX” 

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The 2nd  is “THE COTTAGE”Cottage Garden_edited

But first let’s acquaint ourselves with the little gem of a village called McGregor, situated in the shadow of the magnificent Riviersondereinde  Mountains. Time has stood still here and the pace is delightfully slow and relaxed. We are in the midst of wine and fruit farms and are on the winding “Road to Nowhere” so called because, once upon a time there was going to be a link with Greyton on the other side of the mountains…..it never happened and the road stops suddenly under the shadow of “Die Galg” a craggy peak approximately 10kms outside of McGregor, well worth a visit. In winter we are often surrounded by snow capped peaks and then its time to snuggle down in front of one of our roaring fires with a glass of McGregor’s  best in hand.September is the month of flowers, with fields around McGregor carpeted with a magical display of dazzling colours,it will take your breath away.

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Peaceful McGregor… on the road to nowhere…..rush hour is an unknown here

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Sleepy Voortrekker Street

A warm welcome to Wild Almond, Mcgregor, in the beautiful Valley of Wine and Roses. As you slowly drive down Voortrekker street – our main village road in McGregor – you will immediately notice how this charming little farming village moves at a much slower pace. Locals tend to walk and talk in the middle of the road until they pick up that you are behind them, at which point they smile and give way. Locals and visitors are enjoying tasty treats at the Courtyard Cafe all freshly prepared by Meg and her team…..yum!

Time Out

You have arrived for your well-deserved and much-anticipated break.

 
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Slowly turn right into pretty Tindall Street and make your way down towards the bottom of l until you reach the old Blue Gum trees… You have arrived at secluded Wild Almond.
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Wild Almond…….The Annex and The Cottage,side by side

 

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The entrance to the lovely and very private……. “THE ANNEX”

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Down a cobbled passage way,a private and secret door awaits to welcome  you into  “THE ANNEX”

A graveled,private Mediterranean garden outside “THE ANNEX” with aspiring Frantoia Olive trees and Karoo succulents as well as fragrant Rosemary make an ideal companion for that relaxing Weber braai

The vine covered verandah….in summer of course,encourages lazy days

 

This is the spacious lounge in “THE ANNEX” with wood burning stove for those colder Karoo nights is a great space to settle down with a good book and glass of McGregors best

 

The dining area in the “ANNEX” has a lovely old and very venerable Cape dining table that I restored many years ago is the ideal setting for a romantic dinner for two or a fun filled evening with friends tucking some of the Karoo’s best vittles.

And so to bed in the main bedroom in “THE ANNEX” which has a wonderfully comfortable queen size bed with an en suite bathroom 

 

A reproduction Victorian slipper bath,shower  makes for a relaxing end to a fun filled day at “THE ANNEX”

The second smaller bedroom,in “THE ANNEX” also has a queen size bed with 200 thread  count pure cotton sheeting is designed with relaxation in mind

The en suite bathroom has a spacious shower and soft fluffy towels

 

The vine covered verandah at “THE ANNEX” is lovely for an al fresco breakfast or lounging in the hot summer sun

The kitchen at “THE ANNEX” is very well equipped with a Bosch Fridge/Freezer and an Elba gas hob and Bosch electric oven and a microwave 

 

RATES FOR “THE ANNEX”

The rate is calculated on a per person,per night basis

R445 Per person per night sharing

Example….2 guests sharing is R900 per night and R1800 for 2 nights

Example…..4 guests sharing is R1800 per night and R3600 for 2 nights

Minimum stay is 2 nights

Unfortunately……..No children under 16 or pets as it is a grown ups type of place,hope you understand

To book,please go to the bottom of this page and email me the reservation dates required and I will respond within an hour up until 8pm and from 8am in the morning

I accept payments via EFT,Snapscan,PayPal and through prior arrangement,I have a Yoco credit card facility at the cottage

To secure your reservation,I require a 50% deposit of total, upfront and the balance is due at least 7 days prior to arrival.I supply an invoice with all the relevant payment details etc 

And now for “THE COTTAGE” which is adjacent to “The Annex

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As you walk through the front door of “THE COTTAGE”, feel the peace and tranquility immediately take over. The pitched roof – with its traditionally exposed rough hewn poplar beams covered with thatch and “palmiet” reed – immediately transports you into a gentler time. Cool in summer and warm in winter……..In winter there is a cast iron log fire which is ideal for appreciating with a glass of McGregors best in hand….red of course

Dining and Kitchen in “THE COTTAGE”… Special Space!

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On your left is the dining/ kitchen space in “THE COTTAGE”. An old Cape Stinkwood dining table, fringed by French and American Golden Oak colonial chairs rests under an old brass candelabra. A glass of decent red and a delicious meal cooked by the Master Chef  of the house, finishes it off.
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Of interest is this vintage Stinkwood donkey yoke which I have converted into a really nice “Batterie de Cuisine” for the pots. The butchers hooks were made by “Blacksmith Martin” of Montague.

…AND SO TO BED i

Main Bed Full bedThe main bedroom “THE COTTAGE” has a wonderfully comfortable Queen Size Bed with pure cotton sheeting,non allergenic pillows and duvet inner.The bedroom looks out over the  gorgeous garden.The en suite bathroom,has a shower and loo.

…with an en-suite bathroom in “THE COTTAGE”

…And so to bedroom number two in “THE COTTAGE”

Bedroom 2A super comfy double bed in “THE COTTAGE”,topped with a pretty Art Nouveau bedhead,made up with pure cotton sheeting,non allergenic pillows and duvet inner makes for a blissful,restful night

…A separate bathroom for the second bedroom in “THE COTTAGE”

Let’s stroll outside onto the stoep of “THE COTTAGE” and then into the Karoo garden

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The spacious, shady stoep a “THE COTTAGE” is great for relaxing on after a hard day of wine tasting at our fabulous wine estates. Loungers, Weylands wicker chairs and our trusty Weylands outdoor table, along with a portable drinks trolley and a Weber braai, make for a gorgeous descent into a beautiful sunset-kissed evening.
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Stretch out on the built-in sofa bench with your latest Allende literary work of art a “THE COTTAGE”.
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View from the garden, looking at the stoep and the main bedroom on the right at “THE COTTAGE”.
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Peekaboo through the Mission Olive Tree and spot the cooling farm-style plunge pool at “THE COTTAGE”

Lets go and explore the village and the surrounding Breede River Valley ……..Wine, wine and yet more wine!

The amazing Lords Wines Team led by Jacie Oosthuisen,founder of the winery.Outstanding quality wines with awards galore.One of my favourite wineries in the Cape.Situated just below the magnificent Riviersonereinde Mountains,high up above McGregor makes it the ideal terroir to nurture Pinot Noir and other delicious varietals….a must visit

How Bazaar you might say… Step on in and browse or enjoy some of the best coffee in the village

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“51” is the new cafe entrant to the food scene in McGregor with delicious breakfasts and lunches and themed suppers on Monday evenings only hosted by Phillip and Gerard your super friendly owners

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Tebaldis at Temenos is a special place of peace,beautiful gardens and fab food.Michael and Billy will lead you through the fabulous menu to discover really creatively prepared gourmet dishes.Watch the Peacocks parading through Billy’s beautiful gardens as you sip sundowners on their patio.

Bemind Wines, on the corner of Tindall and Voortrekker, is five minutes’ walk from here. For something very special…

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Ilse Schutte is the proud owner and winemaker of her very own Bemind Wines. Her distinctive handmade wines shine in McGregor. About two years ago she decided to have a baby and still make wine. She had previously been the winemaker at a prestigious local wine estate and has won many prestigious awards for the estate. Her MCC bubblies are superb, her Shiraz sublime. All her fruit is basket-pressed the old fashioned way and matured in French Oak. Go on, wander up there and have a taste.Oh yes….and on Monday evenings she does traditional vetkoeke washed down by her delicious wine

Tanagra, just out of town, distills some of the finest Grappa and Eau de Vie in South Africa

Robert and Annette arrived from Germany a number of years ago, visited McGregor and stayed. Auf Wiedersehen Deutschland, Hello McGregor. thank goodness they stayed. You have to to do a tasting of their fabulous aperitifs, all produced from local wines and fruits, and of course their award-winning  Grappa (oops, not allowed to call it Grappa… it has to be called Marc in South Africa).

Lords Winery… situated at the base of the Riviersondereinde Mountain Range… on the “Road To Nowhere”

Lords is owned and farmed by Jacie Oosterhuizen who is a die-hard cricket fan, and just happens to produce award-winning Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, not to mention his famous, multi award-winning MCC. To sit on his veranda,sharing one of his tasty cheeseboards or his famous toasted T20 double cheese sarmie and view the magnificent mountains and sip a bottle of his award winning bubbly is one of life’s superlative pleasures.

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McGregor Winery lies on the Southern end of the Robertson Wine Valley, nestled between the picturesque hills of the Riviersonderend mountains, just outside of the charming and special village after which it is named. The winery was established in 1948, and is owned by the 33 farmers who produce around 14 000 tons of wine grapes annually. The sun soaked soils result in flavourful grapes, which in turn make delicious wines. Our winemaking team proudly produces around 10 million liters of quality wines for both the local and international bulk and bottled markets. The relaxed pace of life and serenity of the village are reflected in the style of wines we produce. The Winery continually strives to deliver high standards of product and service excellence that meet the expectations of our customers, and that build their brand and it’s reputation. Visit McGregor once, and you will want to return again and again.

McGregor Village…

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Beware of the Agapanthus… just love this sign

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Pintos Butchery in Robertson is famous for it superb quality meats, braai-ready specialties and its all-girl team, headed up by Heidi

The McGregor Saturday Morning Market

Saturday is market time and the dogs have it. humans have it too with freshly baked breads and pastries and olive oil. Farmer Judy,who always arrives late has crisp, crunchy vegetables – all organically cultivated – and free range eggs. Best get there early as it only lasts for an hour or so. for delicious ready-made meals and other tasty produce… it’s a must-visit.

FROM JUNE THROUGH SEPTEMBER THERE IS A GOOD CHANCE THAT MCGREGOR AND WILD ALMOND WILL BE RINGED BY SNOWY PEAKS

Snow-capped peaks around McGregor. Quick! Bring out the mulled wine and bubbling Coq au Vin! The various species of Protea will also be out in glorious bloom on the nearby Rivierssondereinde Mountain Range. It only takes about ten minutes to drive up to them. On the way back, stop in at Lords Winery for some scrumptious Shiraz.

The end of the “Road to Nowhere”, wow, what a view!

If you would like to visit McGregor and stay at Wild Almond, please complete the contact form below and we will get back to you,normally within an hour (08h00 -22h00)…..unless it’s McGregor “nap time” of course

RATES FOR “THE COTTAGE”

The rate is calculated on a per person,per night basis

R385 Per person per night sharing for “THE COTTAGE”

Example….2 guests sharing is R770 per night and R1540 for 2 nights

Example…..4 guests sharing is R1540 per night and R3080 for 2 nights

Minimum stay is 2 nights at “THE COTTAGE”

Children up to 12 years are half price and thereafter full rate

To book “THE COTTAGE”, please go to the bottom of this page and email me the reservation dates required for “THE COTTAGE” and I will respond within an hour up until 8pm and from 8am in the morning

I accept payments via EFT,Snapscan,PayPal and through prior arrangement,I have a Yoco credit card facility at the cottage

To secure your reservation,I require a 50% deposit of total, upfront and the balance is due at least 7 days prior to arrival.I supply an invoice with all the relevant payment details etc 

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Me

Believe it or not,Dennis is rated a Super Host on AirBnB,looking at him snoozing on Wild Almonds verandah ,you would never guess it….it’s true however

Dennis is a Superhost………Superhosts are experienced, highly rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests

I am a retired retail marketing exec and live in the gorgeous village of McGregor. Mo,my lovely wife and partner is a retired fashion exec who is passionate about creating all things good to feast upon.We love welcoming our guests and friends to Wild Almond and sharing our experiences of life in McGregor and Wild Almond.

A Few Examples of Our Guest Reviews ………………

Hein’s Review
Jul 5 – Jul 11, 2020
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Overall rating

5 Star
 
I had the most wonderful stay in this beautiful cottage that has everything and more! It’s within easy walking distance to the village and if you want to rest well, enjoy the sun on the patio and the fire in the evening, this is the place to stay! I could have easily moved in!
 
……..Dennis and Mo, Thank you for the most wonderful stay in your beautiful cottage. It’s truly beautiful, comfortable and very cozy and I could have easily moved in to stay permanently! Best regards, Hein
 
Neasa’s Review
Mar 13 – Mar 15, 2020
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Overall rating

5 Star
 
Dennis’s place is absolutely gorgeous and picture perfect. We loved the garden views and my husband and I both felt so comfortable and relaxed. The cottage on the inside had such a great feel, we would highly recommend the place.
 
Thank you Dennis for being a great host. My husband and I enjoyed our stay at your place. It was beautiful and so relaxing. Recharged our batteries 🙂
 
 
16 July 2019………Tim and Janelle from Tanzania and Kenya
 
Morning Dennis,

 

At the end of our trip, after two more B&Bs after yours, Janelle and I agreed we liked Wild Almond the most by far. 
 
We’ll be back soon, and will tell all our McGregor-bound friends about your lovely, cosy place.
 
Thanks again for a great stay
 
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Exceptionally lovely cottage Wild Almond Cottage is everything it should be: a perfect period cottage in keeping with its surroundings, with an interior revealing a deft artistic hand in its decorations and furnishings. There is no air conditioning but our lazy day under the stoop was breezy and there is a refreshing splash pool. An excellent dinner at Karoux, 5 minutes walk away was a treat. Thank you Dennis!
Susan Brown 2017/03/14
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Very pleasant weekend in McGregor The accommodation was so very encompassing. The detail was impressive, paintings, utensils, bedding, books, cleanliness, peaceful, ambiance, plung pool and free wifi. Communication with the owner was excellent and informative. Nothing to. be improved upon. Book it now!
Hazel Jeannes 2018/06/06
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Wild Almond Cottage McGregor What an amazing gem. Gorgeously outfitted with crisp cotton sheets and thick towels, all the cutlery and crockery (and bottle openers) you need, a stunningly deep plunge pool, and all the extras like custom-made cds and quality hand soap and cream. We received such a warm welcome from gracious hosts Dennis and Mo, and can’t wait to go back. Categorically 5 star.
Cathy Lile 2018/04/09
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Tamar
May 2018
 
As we arrived at Almond Cottage we sighed “ahhh, how lovely!” in union….and then to be received by Dennis with his warm smile and hearty welcome….and then the delight of walking into his beautifully appointed cottage which felt more like home than a weekender. Every moment of…Read more
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Response from Dennis:
Thank you both for the lovely and much appreciated review…..please come back soon
 
 
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Tracy
December 2017
 
Well, what more can I say that the other reviewers have not said already? Expectations were high after reading the other reviews and the real thing did not disappoint. This is a delightful little cottage! We stayed for 3 nights, which was perfect for us. We arrived on one of the hottest days of the summer and the cottage was lovely and cool. We had a dip in the pool and braai’d out on the patio. We met Dennis and Mo, the owners, had them over for a glass of wine – a lovely couple. And yes, as the other reviewers have said, all the small personal touches are noticed and appreciated – thank you Dennis!

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Tania
April 2019
My stay at Wild Almond was exquisite. What makes it different from any other Airbnb that I stayed before (and I’ve stayed at a lot) is that it feels like a real permanent home. Nothing had been spared, from the books, CD’s, playlists, great chairs and upholstery, outside furniture, lovely glasses, a full kitchen, to a Dover stove and everything local and wonderful. This place is a gem. Don’t even think twice, book now.

Candice April 2019 An exceptional property. Pristinely clean, divinely quaint, yet still so spacious, 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom cottage. We absolutely loved our stay and would very highly recommend it to would-be-bookers!