Last week I was part of a group from the travel sector invited to visit Old Mac Daddy Luxury Trailer Park near Elgin. The day out was organised by Martina Barth and her Lets Go There team, who are Mac Daddy’s marketing agency. We met in the Sea Point area to board a Hylton Ross coach and head up the N2, passing the airport and Sir Lowry’s towards Elgin. Most of the drive was through thick mist, yet as we approached the road that led up to Mac Daddy’s reception, the sun came out and we were greeted by a beautiful day. We breathed in the views towards the valley as we walked up to the lodge.
The dam with water lilies greets you, the reception and the main function straight ahead.
I’d heard a lot about Old Mac Daddy and given my fond love for the Grand Daddy Hotel in Cape Town which also forms part of the quirky rather inspired Daddy Group, was much looking forward to the visit.
Set on the slopes in a beautiful corner of apple country, Old Mac Daddy offers a collection of 12 vintage Airstream Trailer Suites, each designed by a different Cape Town designer. It was a treat to walk through them and pick a favourite, although all would offer an enjoyable stay. There is also the incredible three bedroom Daddy Villa which is offered as self-catering too. The rates are surprisingly affordable too.
On the green front, Old Mac Daddy has been built using eco-friendly materials wherever possible and have installed interesting shower geysers that work with pressure more than with electricity (less burn up, more heat). The landscape has been reformed from eroding pine slopes to an indigenous triumph through the planting of 3,500 local plants. The views across this secret valley are incredible.
Above the swimming pool deck of the main reception room above, and a view towards the Trailers below.
The airstream trailers along the mountain slope.
Reception room below with a conference room for meetings. Also the function venue and restaurant.
Pool deck with a view towards the valley.
The dam below with its deck, truly a place to relax into above, below the braai in progress and the group relaxing in the autumn sun. I much appreciated the fact that as far as possible all food is sourced locally, from free range beef to bio-wheat, local wines and Everson’s cider. You taste the care taken in the flavors. There’s a pizza oven too and gourmet pizzas took on a whole new meaning under Manager Jay’s watchful influence.
Mountain bikes on offer, one of the numerous activities on offer on the farm. Also a look at the children’s playground, fondly referred to as “The Apple”, incredibly thought out and such fun families.
After a full look around and delicious lunch, we were offered a bottle of local wine from South Hill before walking back to the bus for the trip back to Cape Town. Just an hour away.
Honestly, I want to request a return stay to be able to truly relax into this magnificent unspoiled area that I know too little about.