One night stay at Pascal’s in Napier

Napier? Is that even a town? Don’t feel offended! I too could kick myself ever-so-often for not knowing the town of never ending fields of wheat and barley.

Driving through the small country town on the R316; a mere two hours away from Cape Town is situated at the foot of the beautiful Soetmuisberg in the Overberg region.

With views of the valley and a spectacular lookout of Riviersonderend.

But did you know that it’s rated as the fourth most attractive village of the Western Cape? I surely had no idea but I can see why. It’s the epiphany of relaxation.

And quite easy to find.

Pascal’s of Napier, the place we’re staying at for the night is located in the main street of Sarel Cilliers and has been in existence for the last seven years. Owned by Mark Kerr and Stephen Nicholenas, I envy the piece of heaven they have on their hands. One you definitely cannot miss; with it’s vivid blue structure surrounded by a boasting garden.

Let’s stay the night

We parked our car, stretched our legs and, walked up into the main entrance to pay the balance of our stay. The place is ridiculously quiet. Are we the only people here?

Upon filling out a form, the lovely host informed us that we needed to go into the next street where he’ll wait for us to show us around. Back into the car we went, following his instructions, he opened the gate allowing us to park.

The much eagerly excited me couldn’t wait to be handed the keys so that we can tour the room and of course, catch in a nap before dinner.

Our room is called Van Gogh after the famous artist and the entire style and setting is prominent in the decor; dark and mysteries.

The four-poster bed takes you way back into medieval times from the 16th Century. However, it didn’t have those intricate wooden carvings but it had mismatch wooden pedestals.

The lounge area furnished with dark red leather couches with paintings and an oriental rug pinned against the wall really set the tone for that artistic feel with the wooden shutters, crick flooring and heavy curtaining at the table which offered some Hanepoort for a lovely nightcap.

It does have certain amenities like a microwave, fridge, crockery and cutlery, towels and drinking facilities to make your stay that much sweeter.

And the bathroom?

With it’s white walls and minimal furbishing is perfect in the tiny space it’s in. Look at this basin? Firmly grounded on an old three-legged tripod? Not entirely sure but it’s damn cool.

It’s easy to fell in love with this place. Quaint, unique and out of the ordinary.

It’s a place to unwind and disappear for a while; watching the sun set from our terrace before heading out for a late supper.

A town worthy to reward yourself with. Don’t you agree?

Travel Tips

Getting there: The trip from Cape Town to Napier is just over 169kms and takes roughly two hours to get there along the N2 and R316.

When to go: All year round since it’s in the countryside.

Price: It’s R520.00 per night and set to increase.

What to expect: Not only do they have lodging, they have a restaurant as well on the property. We opted to dine elsewhere. Not to forget that they also have braai facilities if you feel like making your own meals.

Websites to visit: We booked through Booking.com which you can find here. You can also book directly through them on their website here.

Until the next adventure.

Written by Stephanie Marthinus

South African Travel and Lifestyle Blog