Perched high on the hill overlooking the beautiful coastal village of Wilderness in the Western Cape, is Phoenix Guest House, a stunning accommodation option. Owned and run by Peter Rayner, Phoenix is a fabulous venue where visitors to the Garden Route may wish to break their journey. Pete, a long time friend of Jaynie and Gordon, owners of Bamboo, the Guest House, invited the three of us to spend a night at Phoenix last week......an invitation gratefully accepted.
Upon entering Wilderness and wending one’s way up the steep hill to the guest house one anticipates that something special awaits. Peter met us at the door and requested that we all remove our shoes, a house policy! Slippers are available as required! Unshod we were ushered inside and WOW! An ultramodern, stylish and opulent interior immediately grabs one’s attention. Attention to detail and careful planning are everywhereto see. The sea facing walls of the house are all glass and the view that greets visitors is nothing short of wondrous.......a panoramic landscape of the village, the Touw River, the beach and the ocean.
Glass staircases dictate the no shoe policy! Peter gave us a quick tour of the three guest bedrooms. The Red, Green and White bedrooms are all luxuriously and stylishly decorated – much thought has gone into guest’s needs and comfort. Besides extra length king size beds, deep pile carpets, top of the range linen and stunning bathrooms, the guest rooms contain the usual TV, ipod dock, tea/coffee making facilities, etc. Additionally Peter has added dressing gowns, heated towel rails, pens and notelet paper, torch, bathroom heater, vanity mirror, and so on.
A large deck with a pool enables guests to relax whilst enjoying the breathtaking view. The communal lounge and dining areas offer the same views too! Peter is a trained chef and, besides delicious breakfasts, offers lunch and supper by arrangement. We were treated to some fabulous fare, including peppadews stuffed with ground biltong and chilli, pear and watercress soup and chicken stuffed with figs and blue cheese and wrapped in bacon.
Phoenix is indeed an apt name for the guest house. Peter, originally from London, was so taken by Wilderness on a visit one day that he decided to settle there. He was informed of an unfinished house on the hill and, having seen its location and views, purchased it without hesitation. After years of effort, having basically demolished the original uncompleted building, Phoenix Guest House arose from the ashes.
Phoenix Guest House is in the upmarket price range, but is well worth staying at for those able to afford it. A truly special place in an amazing setting. Many thanks Peter, from the Bamboo crew, for your fantastic hospitality and congratulations on having created a stunning guest house. For more information on Phoenix, you can visit: Wilderness Guest House.