SITUATED in the pristine wilderness of Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, the Great Fish River Lodge reopened its doors late last year following an interior redesign.
This founding and flagship lodge, which last year celebrated its 10th anniversary, now features a more classic-contemporary style, though still one of simple elegance that embraces the lodge’s splendid setting high up on a steep bank overlooking the Great Fish River.
Retaining the essence of the original character of Great Fish River Lodge, the new colour scheme comprises a calm and natural palette of earthy tones, from khaki browns to charcoals greys. Pewter and glass add an effortless yet understated glamour; artifacts such as ostrich eggshells, hides and horns create subtle points of interest and relevance to the lodge’s surrounds, while natural linens and plenty of texture preserves its simple but sophisticated atmosphere.
New furniture provide more options for relaxing in spacious, yet still warm and inviting spaces where guests can quickly feel at home. Large, deep, overstuffed sofas with unadorned slipcoversinvite guests to linger and chat in casual, friendly tranquil spaces.
The nine guest suites also feature the softer colour palette and clean lines, creating comfortable, uncluttered rooms. The previous leather and wood headboards have been replaced with deep upholstered ones. Mungo throws have been introduced to add layers and texture. Fabrics are simple and earthy while quality linens with soft embroidery have been used on the down-filled scatters.
Rooms feature fold- away glass doors that lead onto private balconies for uninterrupted views of the horizon beyond.
Managing director Angus Sholto-Douglas says: “We are delighted with the new look that Tracy Mills has given Great Fish River Lodge.
“At the end of the day, the show-stopper is the lodge’s magnificent setting and the wild animals it is home to. We asked her to luxuriously enhance this experience while being careful not to divert attention away from it, which we feel she has presented beautifully.”
In addition, Great Fish River Lodge has seen the arrival of a new head chef who brings with him a wealth of experience and whose culinary style, fusing classic French cuisine with the traditions and flavours of the Karoo, has already received great reviews from guests.
Quintinn van Rensburg trained at the renowned Haute Cabriere in Franschhoek, has run his own restaurant and in 2011 was inducted into the prestigious Confrerie la Chaine des Rotisseurs (an international society devoted to choice dining and the camaraderie of the table) and the Ordre Mondial Des Gourmets Dégustateurs.
For more information see www.kwandwe.com