Guest Review (by Santie Nel)
La Montagne is one of those places where you immediately feel at home. When you step from the front-stoep into the coolness of the house, you will more than likely be welcomed by the smell of freshly baked muffins. Along with a big, warm smile from its genial owner, Christelle.
The big old house near the hub of the town, speaks of character with its thick walls, wooden floors, porches, stained glass windows and loft. The interior is crisply done in whites with touches of colour. Exceptional good taste, warmth, homeliness, comfort and indulgence, are the words that come to mind.
The air-conditioned rooms are all spacious and luxurious. A lot of attention went into the detail….from the crispy white linen to the courtesy hairdryer and two-ply toilet paper. I particularly favour the two upstairs rooms with their roof windows. From your bed you have the most beautiful view of the old church tower.
Christelle’s aim to pamper her guests is evident in all the cosy corners she created in and around the house…. You have the options of sitting on the front-stoep watching the townsfolk go by, or dining around the large wooden table in the dining area, or keeping the cook company from the big flashy red couch (amply called Mathilda!) next to the kitchen, or stretching yourself out on the daybed on the back-stoep, or enjoying the garden from under the big tree, or making yourself at home in the upstairs sitting room. You almost won’t feel the need to go anywhere else once you’re there… although I would strongly advise that you force yourself to go for a walk around the town, it’s worth the trouble!
Christelle is a gem who knows Riebeek Kasteel inside out, so she can give you all the hot tips where to go. I can vouch that you will be sad to leave La Montagne once you have visited here.
I for one will definitely go there again. And again. And again.