Just inland from Hermanus, nestled in the undulating foothills of the Hottentots Holland Mountains, we found the rustic wonderland of KolKol Mountain Lodge. Early that same morning we had left Cape Town, negotiated the breathtaking Sir Lowry's Pass and wiled away the day in Hermanus; jogging the cliffs, spotting countless whales and devastating scrumptious seafood platters. So it was at the end of an action-packed day that we wound our way up through Bot River and to the unknown land of KolKol, hoping for a cosy bed and a warm fire. We were not to be disappointed.

We were greeted by a cosy cabin waiting open for us, a bottle of champagne and the mother of all charcuterie platters. Sometimes what you really want on a holiday, is not to see anybody, and we managed to do just that - only ever spotting a few other guests in another cabin far off in the distance. We spent the night quaffing wine in the spectacular wood-fired hot tub and retired to the most comfy of beds. This place is a hidden gem if I ever saw one.