Old Mac Daddy – Elgin, Western Cape

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Last weekend we were invited to spend a night at Old Mac Daddy in Elgin, Overberg. When you hear “trailer park”, your mind makes all sorts of unglamorous assumptions. We were completely overwhelmed by how beautiful, luxurious and quirky it is. Creativity is the cornerstone of this mini caravan resort. It’s like sleeping in a little 50s art gallery in the most beautiful setting – the Elgin Valley. So beautiful in fact, that the Old Mac Daddy project won a Gold Loerie Award in the Three Dimensional and Environmental Design Category – Interior Design Temporary Structures. Read more about the concept, designers, architects and process here. Really, the trailers are beautiful, – each designed by an artist, designer or creative living and working in Cape Town

 

Old Mac Daddy offers 10 trailer units, two lakeside units and the family-sized Daddy’s Villa. Each has themed bedrooms and earth-friendly living spaces. A big designer barn is the communal area where all meals are served. There’s also a Grolsch bar, Brinny Breezes restaurant and a swimming pool!

 

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Traveling with kids? Our boys LOVED it there. There is so much for kids to do. There’s a big jungle gym between all the trailers, and there’s a really big playroom next to reception. It’s a really spacious 2-part room that’s half indoors, part outdoors. There you’ll find another (tractor-shaped jungle-gym), a chicken coop, tables, chairs, arts and crafts, a television, books, table tennis and boardgames. It’s right below the restaurant so that busy little kids like mine can go play while mommy and daddy do all the boring grown-up stuff (like laze in the pool chairs at the Grolsch bar). You can also book a nanny (R40 – R45 an hour) to take care of your precious little people. They’ll even serve your kids’ meals in the playroom. We had a really hard time getting our boys OUT of the “fun room” so be prepared for resistance!
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There is so much room to run around. There is SO MUCH to do and explore in the area. The Elgin Valley is incredibly beautiful. If you want to fill your child’s lungs with freshly squeezed air then hurry along because you’ll all have a great time.
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Does trailer-living make you feel a bit claustrophobic? All the lakeside suites have additional living areas and decks, which ads lots of space – especially for families! They also have really big bathrooms with loads of light. The view from your private deck is just incredible. Graeme grew up with caravan-enthusiast parents, so he warned me that the trailers might be a bit hot or stuffy. NOPE – they’re air conditioned. Really, this is luxury camping like you’ve never experienced – right down to the fully stocked SMEG bar fridge. Our trailer’s theme was “Give Bees a Chance”. It’s adorable! I have no idea where they found all the tiny little decor details. You can see pictures from all the different themed caravans on their site! I mean, the one has a wrestling ring as a bed. The other a cupcake. It’s crazy fun!
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Are you keen to go? Does it sound a bit… expensive? They’ve got so many great deals going at the moment. Their standard rates are:

Rate per trailer: Weekends: 2 people sharing: R1350 per night (breakfast included)

Rate per trailer: Sunday – Thursday: 2 people sharing: R790 per night (breakfast included)

 

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It’s important to note that children between 2 and 16 years of age are charged at an additional R175 per child! And Terms and Conditions always apply – check the rates on their website for more info. Give them a quick call – 021 855 0241 or email them reservations@oldmacdaddy.co.za to get more info or book. It really is worth going through on a Sunday – they’re just an hour from Cape Town and they’ll even pack your breakfast to go! Got kids? They’ll even pack them some sandwiches on request. I know right?

 

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Important tips for parents when booking: Pack water wings / tubes for your toddler so you aren’t too stressed around the pool area. Also loads of sunblock! Book a nanny at the same time of your booking so they can organize all of that for you. There are great activities in the area and they’ll help you plan. Personally, I loved Almenkerk Wine Estate (SO child friendly) and the Peregrine Farm Stall for take-away picnics, deli treats, great wines and Springbok Pies. I loved these places so much that I’ll be doing a separate post all-together on how amazing they are.

If you’re looking for a weekend or mid-week getaway that is unusual, quirky, luxurious and breathtakingly beautiful then this is for you. The Elgin valley is filled with rolling hills, fresh air, apple trees, vineyards, farm stalls and honest country beauty. If you want to do a day trip, the Old Mac Daddy restaurant, Brinny Breezes is fabulous! Follow them on Facebook and Twitter for more info! You’ll love it if you go – and I really hope you do!

 

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Please note that all pictures are my own! …and some by Graeme —> (He made me say this). Look out for more posts as several stunning bloggers were also reviewing. Follow the #secretSunday tag on social media for more pictures and to see what everyone else got up to!

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Urban Walls – decals you’ll love

We’ve recently moved in to a beautiful new home. The kind of home where I want to live for years and years. It’s old, with wooden floors, a fireplace, lots of light and space. I’ve found some fun in creating pretty little nooks and living spaces for our little family. Areas I can unwind, where we can play and feel creative and inspired. I thought I’d share some of the things I’ve been finding all over the place. I really love Urban Walls. They’re based in Canada, and ship internationally. It’s important to note that Import duties, taxes, and charges are not included in the item price or shipping cost. These charges are the buyer’s responsibility. International orders can take 3 – 4 weeks to arrive.

 

Don’t you just love these? All images are from their blog, which is just beautiful. Take a look at their site over here for the most beautiful office, home and nursery decals. You’ll notice that I’m looking at a lot of nursery goodies lately. I’d love to have another little baby in the bunny house at some point. Maybe. I just don’t know. The new house has a beautiful spare room with lots of space, which is really pulling at my mommy strings. Like really. In the meantime, enjoy this gorgeous inspiration with me!

 

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Nina say happy 5th Cinderella Birthday party

My friend Vanessa is a photographer and blogger over at Ninasaycheese. We became friends a few years ago over a mutual love for beautiful things and our children. Vanessa always throws the most beautiful parties for little Nina. They’re in Joburg so we can’t join in on the fun, but I get a bit giddy every time we receive an invite to one of Nina’s parties (every year, dankie Vanessa!) because I LOVE watching and following the fun from afar. Here’s Nina’s 5th birthday party, and I promise you that this gorgeous girl is even MORE beautiful in person, with the sweetest and kindest little feisty personality. I love watching you grow little girl, you’re lucky to have such a creative and involved mommy. She’s the best! Happiest birthday from all of us – Noah and Benjamin too! Read more about Nina’s party from the insanely fun & creative Vanessa over here.

 

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