On your next visit to the Garden Route, I highly suggest you take a few days and and immerse yourself in the beautiful haven that is Highacre. This hideaway lies just outside Knysna at the end of a countryside road – with nothing surrounding you but expansive gardens and views of the Knysna Forest.
Highacre is one of a kind place and what makes it so special are the owners, Daniel & Hannes, who are both passionate about nature and incorporate this love into various artistic expressions. Their enthusiasm is evident in every detail of their own home, their garden and the two guest cottages (Forest & Garden Cottage).
Daniel is the multi-faceted creative director of Ecozest and dips into interiors, styling, floral art and event planning. He creates the most magical floral installations – there’s no other way to describe them. Full of colour and abundance, they are captivating.
Hannes is a garden and landscape designer who has the greenest fingers! His passion is to mimic nature and create gardens that look as though they’ve naturally evolved over time without the influence of human hands. Hannes has created an exceptional garden, cultivated with so much care and consideration yet still full of authentic and natural tendencies.
The garden has various nooks and pockets which blend perfectly together and there are plans to add more features to it when time allows. From aloes and succulents, to rambling roses and proteas, to the heady scented wisteria lining the walkway down to the pavilion – the garden is a total delight and guests are encouraged to enjoy all of it.
Now that the scene is set, let’s take a walk through Forest Cottage…
The cottage sleeps four and has two bedrooms, with an open plan kitchen/dining/living area that opens up onto a porch with uninterrupted views. The decor and style is quirky and textured with bold floral accents tying everything together. I loved the ornate William Morris wallpaper, the moody blue palette and the curated vignettes.
Normally I wouldn’t have too much to say about a bathroom but Forest Cottage’s indoor/outdoor bathroom is an exception! Words or photos don’t actually do it justice, you’ll have to experience it for yourself…
A stay at Forest Cottage is an absolute feast for the senses and if you’re anything like me, you won’t want to leave. Whether you sit out on the front porch and take in the sounds of the early morning peace and quiet, or wander down to the pavilion and watch the weavers building their nests or simply sink into the sofa and put your feet up with the wood burner on the go – this is a place to slow down and truly savour the moment.
Another highlight is the stunning pavilion which has views all round and overlooks a small pond. Listening to their weaver birds chatter and watching them furiously build their nests while the sun goes down is such a meditative way to end the day. Thank you Daniel and Hannes for creating such wonderful place to retreat to, it truly is a hidden gem.
You can book your stay with Daniel and Hannes directly [email protected]
Hop over to Airbnb to view more details and view the availability calendar if needed.
Photography: Lana Kenney