A wonderful reunion at Halkett Country House!

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Halkett Country House
Halkett Country House

Flag of South Africa  , Limpopo,
Saturday, March 20, 2010

Halkett Country House… a non-too epic jounrney from the frantic pace of Johannesburg and the OR Tambo airport, our group arrived to a warm welcome, a huge glass of Pimms (complete with fresh mint and lemon) and a inviting collapse into couches under a tin roofed verandah. The white washed walls dazzled and between that and the friendly dogs that wagged tails to greet us, we were sure we had booked into the right place.  To get our group of 3 couples together was a feat in itself – Peter and I live in Jo'bug, Danie and Linette in East London and Liz and Craig out in Darling!  We are none of us familiar with the Limpopo aside from trips to KNP but this place seemed too good to be true and we just had to book! 

Our long weekend had began on a very happy note and as our luggage was whisked to our respective rooms, we sat around excited as school kids on a long-awaited adventure.  Lawns trickled into natural bushveld and beyond that an arrangement of game paths and farm trails wound about the farm giving us a great scope to explore the nearly 400 hectares they have.  We ate that night in the dining room, feeling very grown up surrounded by stately furnishings and candle light.  The next morning, we endeavoured to climb up the koppie – far easier to ascend than descend and met a smiling Nicholas and Washington, resident butlers and all-round fantastic personnel, along with our picnic lunch at the bottom of the koppie.  This was a little after midday and after quaffing wine and meandering slightly wobbly back to Halkett, we took a well-deserved nap.  The sounds of the men woke us ladies sometime after 3pm - an enthusiastic round of tennis was in full swing.  The girls opted for G&Ts along the sidelines, perhaps the next day we would play. 

We dined indoors and out and the food which is promoted oh-so-modestly was divine, certainly raising the bar on home-cooking; we could have been in a fancy restaurant, we were all so impressed by the menu and the quality.  We also tried the Raka Quinary wine, eloquently suggested as an extremely good blend and personal favourite of our hosts; we all agreed this to be the perfect accompaniment to Halkett.

We even spent a warm evening lounging after dinner directly under the stars amidst a pile of cushions and a carpet in the centre of the lawn!  Reminiscing about school days, this certainly brought back memories of camping trips and being young and silly.

Our hosts proved to have an excellent sense of when to appear and when to quietly leave us to do our own thing and this was the most wonderful feeling – the place was ours to enjoy but would magically be tidied and a helping hand came from nowhere when it was needed – or just to tempt us with white Russian cocktails after tea where we ate a hundred cupcakes each!  Perhaps a hundred is more than the truth; but we merrily ate our fill through the weekend.

Here we had found a very elusive, grown up treat in Halkett.  Not to say we saw no nature – we heard jackals calling every night, watched baby monkeys in the trees by the pool, saw a statuesque kudu staring at us and some curious blesbok who approached and retreated several times before a final leap and departure on one of our walks.

Words do not do justice to how much fun it was or what a great experience we had.   To summarise an endlessly wonderful weekend, we simply cannot wait for our next reunion and shall certainly return ready to sing more praises of Halkett Country House!  Get there before everyone else finds out about it!
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Alex on

Sounds pretty cool. Looked them up on google. Looks good.

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