Perfect Hideaways: STIL. Montagu
As the year draws to a close and summer holidays beckon, it’s time to plan that memorable trip and get out, exploring our beautiful landscapes around South Africa. Today, we venture into the countryside in the Western Cape with a trip to a special retreat – Stil. Montagu, in the Klein Karoo. It’s a one-bedroom hideaway in Montagu – perfect for a romantic getaway for two!
If you’ve never experienced the tranquility of country life, Montagu (along Route 62) is ideal for a taste of small-town living and breathing in the fresh mountain air. It’s a quaint agricultural town nestled amongst the rivers, the orchards, the vineyards and the healing hot mineral springs. Charming old homesteads, antique furniture stores, cafés, bookstores, market places, restaurants and galleries line themselves along the leafy lanes of the historical hamlet.
A palpable sense of familiarity envelopes as you ramble down the roads. Witness the odd peach fall from the back of a farm bakkie and a gaggle of geese sauntering between jovial members of the community as they emphatically salute your arrival, as you wave a glass of the region’s grapes in hand.
An idyllic space in nature
No more than a 10-minute walk from the hub of the village, on a secluded panhandle along the Keisie River, looking up to the majestic Langeberg mountains, STIL. reveals its contemporary curves and white-washed brick facade with integrity and understated splendour. Set on one level, – with an idyllic upstairs roof terrace overlooking the indigenous garden with its beautiful wild meadow, small silver birch forest and flowing stream – this hideaway immediately instils calm and clarity.
The contemporary designed home forms the perfect backdrop for the intricate sculptural works by renowned South African artist Anton Smit that are dotted around the property. The surrounding landscape of wild grasses has therefore been transformed into a sculpture garden and plays beautifully off the home’s white-painted walls, terracotta floors and wooden accents.
Linger in the oversized King bed with luxurious linen. Read, write, ponder, rest or just be. Everything you need to be comfortable, nothing more, nothing less.Fireplace? Yes. Aircon? Yes. WiFi? Yes.
The essence of honouring a simpler, slower-paced life in nature is captured in the open plan living, dining, reclining and cooking space that’s flooded with natural light courtesy of the tall, high-ceilinged windows and open steel-framed doors. Aluminium screens slide open and close, bridging the outside in. It furthermore boasts a palate of stark whites and blacks, neutral stones, greys and rough wooden textures. This subsequently reaffirms the ‘less is more’ sentiment, and the owner’s principle on avoiding ‘stuffocation’ at all costs.
The ensuite and its counterparts are all finely furnished and fully equipped for a getaway for a week or two at a time, with your favourite person, or just you and your favourite books. When the time calls for an excursion, the vibrant town furthermore beckons with its wine farms, museums, art galleries, cultural walks and adventurous hikes and bike routes. There’s even an art nouveau cinema at the KWV building for an evening with a European classic and glass of the good stuff.
Montagu is all about its burgeoning community and what they have created for each other over the years. It’s the perfect stopover when gallivanting Route 62. Furthermore, STIL is the perfect place to recharge the most important part of you and yours.
Fancy a getaway?
Perfect Hideaways has a portfolio of farms, villas, houses, cottages and boutique hotels – each unique, each with huge character and each handpicked because of their individual beauty, quirks and charm. Perfect Hideaways wants to take you to a place that appeals to your every sense… transport you to a world away from the one you know… and match you to your ideal getaway.
Check out their website for more info and bookings. Visit www.perfecthideaways.co.za