When Dave and I went to Weltevrede to ‘make’ champagne, we decided to stay over at a Bed & Breakfast in Bonnievale, as it is close to the wine estate. A Place In Thyme is situated in the centre of Bonnievale, a few blocks away from the Church. I mention this because the Church clock chimed once on the half hour, and then again on the hour to mark the time. I am a very light sleeper and so found this quite disturbing.
We were placed into one of the cosy outside rooms and it has a comfortable standard double bed which takes some getting used to for me as we normally sleep in a queen size bed. For cold nights there is an extra blanket as well as an hot water bottle. The room is equipped with a heater and air conditioner as well as an adequately sized cupboard that has proper hangers. There is a shower with a large shower head, toilet and basin in the bathroom and the amenities include full size hand soap and hand cream, shower gel and 2-in-1 shampoo / conditioner and a bar of soap. My only complaint is that we only had two bath towels and two hand towels, and I usually make use of two bath towels when I shower – one for my hair and one for me. There is only a 3/4 high wall between the bathroom and the bedroom, and no door so if you are going away with someone you are not very comfortable with you may want to take this into consideration. We were provided with a mosquito plug and mosquito spray and we decided not to use them. I heard one mosquito during the night, but it was the incessant buzzing of a fly that really got to me. There is a flat screen TV and limited DSTV channels. The room had fresh flowers, coffee and tea as well as a water jug.
We were made to feel most welcome at the B&B and breakfast was like eating at home. I started off with fruit salad, yogurt and cereal and had a glass of juice as well as a cup of freshly made coffee. I could have had a cup of tea but that is not my choice in the morning. We were offered a choice of fried or scrambled eggs and toast was a choice of health or white bread. This was served with home made apricot jam, honey and coney and cheese. The breakfast was very generous and served around a normal dining room table so we could talk to the other guests. This is much like what we experienced in France.
Elana, the owner, is extremely warm and helpful and can be contacted via email on email@example.com