Sequoia Gardens Retreat

Sequoia Gardens Retreat

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Walking the lovely shady pathways of Sequoia Garden Retreat once again towards the end of July brought back happy memories of good times spent through the years in this mysterious and historical place. Like any other property that changes hands, there was a period of restoration and renovation needed. Born and bred Tzaneeners, Guy and Nina van Heerden fell in love with Sequoia and enticed their son Devon and his partner Nicola to come up to the Mountain from Cape Town to take over the running of the property. It was not a difficult decision for these two energetic Industrial Design Honours Graduates. With typical young enthusiasm, they set about restoring the garden as well as the accommodation units to their former splendour while throwing in a healthy dose of new and original designer energy.
Day visitors can explore the magical gardens during the upcoming Spring Festival for a nominal entrance fee. You will need at least a couple of hours to explore this bio-diverse and picturesque paradise which includes an Azalea Maze, an arboretum, the renowned Liquid Amber Avenue, the Sequoia Forrest as well as a variety of charming garden rooms with names like Ellen’s Gate, the Anniversary Garden and Mother’s Exit.
A limited number of Picnic baskets can be ordered to make your day at Sequoia Garden Retreat even more special. There are lovely secluded, cosy picnic spots in the gardens ensuring picnic goers of their privacy. Please contact Nicola to order your basket and your picnic spot . Picnic Basket reservations are essential.
Artistic flair is visible in the gardens and especially in the accommodation units. From rustic and historical to bohemian chic, the units are varied and interesting, appealing to all genres of travellers. The names of the units say it all. The Meadow is a romantic get-away with a huge picture window, overlooking a small bass dam and is set in a lovely meadow that bursts into flowers in spring and summer. The unit can comfortably sleep 2 adults(but also has a comfortable sleeper couch for children and extra guests) and has a lovely fireplace for chilly winter evenings.
Chestnut Haven is exactly that. Nestled in the shadow of a large Chestnut tree, this colourful and bohemian stye cabin can sleep 2 adults. The private garden will invite you to sit outside and enjoy the garden views.
The Croft, with its historic feel (previously a woodcutters hut), has glorious duck-egg coloured open beams and a lovely stoep overlooking the 19th Century barn. Two adults can have a very pleasant stay here with an additional sleeper couch to accommodate extra guests comfortably.
Although there are some exciting changes, the new owners have retained the original sentiment that shaped these gardens through the years, intact. This is no ordinary place. Once you’ve been, you will want to go back.