ongeorganiseerd soos nog nooit.
wasgoed in die kombuis op GEHOOP.
katte op eet tafel as jy gaan eet.
hond ooral om jou en in kamer.
onhiegieniese water lyk of agt mense al gebad het voor jou.
was nog nooit so spyt oor n plek soos daai nie.
weet nie hoe bly hy n gaste huis nie.
johan kirsten, South Africa 16 January 2014
The hosts are friendly and accommodating. The accommodation is basic and spacious with lovely views of the gardens & orchards. I would recommend this accommodation as a good base for visiting the Elgin Valley vineyards & orchards.
andrew williams, South Africa 13 January 2014
We enjoyed our stay at Pippins Country House very much. We camped there, but had full use of the house's kitchen, braai patio and free wood supplied. John John and Jan made us feel right at home.
Crystal Fourie, South Africa 26 February 2013
We camped for 2 nights. The view of the valley is amazing! There is no shade on the campsite and the toilet/shower room needs work. But the setting is great.
Caleb Pedersen, South Africa 14 January 2013
We needed a guesthouse for a wedding we were attending at Rockhaven, we were late on the uptake and so missed the availability of the "popular" Elgin guesthouses sent through on a preferred accommodation list ... I'm so glad we did!
The "backpackers" is off Valley Rd, about a 10minute drive from Rockhaven and set in the most gorgeous, natural, in parts, wildly overgrown, setting.
Jaan, the owner greeted us on arrival along with his 2 friendly dogs, Platjies and Gieter.
The place is organised chaos, the guest bar, lounge and study rooms are filled with memorabilia and dusty trinkets, some incredible stories behind most of them. Jaan's craftsmanship and handiwork can be seen in the stools, benches and renovations carried out on the original building.
The suite we stayed in was clean, spacious and opened out onto a shared wooden balcony that overlooked vineyards, an old Oak tree, dams and orchards. The garden has a big grassy lawn that rolls down towards the dams and they're Lemon, Avo and Macadamia trees dotted about. It's easy to sit reading on the deck while time flies by.
We headed out for an early morning run and were joined by the dogs, who ran beside us all the way from Pippins to Peregrine farmstall, where we decided to have a farmstall breakfast, naturally. Jaan, drove through to collect the dogs and stayed for a cuppa, reminding us of the easy and unexpected connections one can make when you're open to it!
Pippins is not contemporary, stylish, cut and paste accommodation, but rather a refreshing take on what I believe guesthouses seem to be missing these days ie heart, the personality of the guesthouse owner is expressed in the walls filled with his and fellow travellers stories, the easy ambience and the Dutch "nothings a problem" service etc.
Our stay was budget-friendly, easy, unexpected and magic! We'll definitely be back, and next time, go for a swim in the dam!
sarah Lamond, South Africa 07 January 2013