The Garden Route of South Africa has the second mildest climate in the world, after Hawaii, perfect for flowers and beautiful gardens, so it's well named. Our first stop for a couple of nights was at The Hideaway; it's run by a lovely English couple, Stephen and Jackie, who stayed here once and then bought it on a whim - they're naturals for the business, too! It's beautifully appointed, well priced, there are no extras as everything's included, they make reservations for you at different restaurants around town or fix you a lovely "light" supper (seriously, they don't know the meaning of the word 'light,' but you won't go to bed hungry!) -- well, I'm gushing, but believe me, it's entirely justified.
The outside of our room:
The spacious and charming inside:
The lawn and gardens, where the proprietors and the guests gather for drinks and nibbles about 6:30 pm, amply entertained by both the company and their kitten, Per.
Gaura, one of my favorite garden plants and one I can't keep alive in my own garden, no matter what, even if it is a North American plant that's considered an invasive weed some places...