The other twin, resident chef Louise Gillett, is a dab hand in the kitchen, and even an avowed non-carb eater might just succumb to the ridiculously good baking on offer. The breakfast is robust and outrageously good — so much so that lunch is skipped for the fabulous high-tea offering, followed by a delicious multicourse dinner paired with wines from local vineyards. Heavenly.
I love to run in the reserve — the mountains loom large and the flora is magnificent. Game drives with a strong botanical bent are on offer twice a day, and provide a master class in the minutiae of one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world. They also run a Geometric Tortoise Headstart project, work on the Quagga revival project, and have a way with the buffalo. Mountain biking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and hiking are all on offer for the energetic.
It’s brilliant for birdwatching, and there is a dam for rowing — or to indulge in dozing off or reading in the boathouse or on the lawn next to the pool. You may be tempted to partake in a game of croquet, as one does in these bucolic environs. Although, a nap on one of the discreetly placed deckchairs beneath the huge trees is a far more thrilling prospect for a weekend pundit like myself.