Arabella: A Secret Sanctuary

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Arabella Country Estate in the Overberg epitomises tranquility. 
By Marguerite Black

The soothing sound of running water is ever- present in the form of bubbling spa water and the waterfall in the indigenous garden. Guests can breathe in gentleness and peace, letting go of toxicity and tension.

In this secret garden, the rare blue crane occasionally graces the lawn, stinkwoods, yellowwoods and strelitzias abound. Bright yellow weaver birds chirp in high-pitched tones, defending their ingenious nests. Beyond the garden’s border is the Overberg tapestry; vistas swathed by yellow and green canola and wheat fields, dotted with merino sheep. This very same landscape was traversed by homos erectus, sabre toothed lion and four tusked elephant during the ancient stone age. The distinctive folded mountains of the area were moulded by sedimentary rock shifts and volcanic activity, when the Overberg was still submerged by water, part of Godwanaland, millennia ago.

The interior of the hotel is understated. Autumn-hued and subtle decorations blend in beautifully with the soft, earthy, demure colours of the landscape; whilst Khoisan art in the corridors mirror the tea- coloured water of the estate’s lagoon and nearby Palmiet river.

The menu includes international dishes, but also the traditional Overberg kabeljou, yellow tale and lamb dishes.
The hotel’s library celebrates the magnificent melting pot of Overberg artists, including Marjorie Wallace, Gregoire Boonzaaier, Jan Rabie, P. J Philander and intricate Khoisan cave art of the area.

Arabella is a sanctuary for the soul, a place where one can drift aimlessly in a space where dreams, imagination and metaphor are interwoven…

For more information see: Arabella Country Estate 


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