All posts by Arno Hattingh

Arno matriculated from Hoërskool Waterkloof in Pretoria in 2012 and went to study Arts Management at the Western Australian Academy of Arts in Perth. His passion for the arts still remains as he currently works as Logistics Manager at Bakwena Spa in Paarl.

Trailer Trash meets Lush Luxury

Last night we visited the Old Mac Daddy luxury trailer hotel in Elgin Valley. After reading about this daring concept, we didn’t know what to expect – a campsite-vibe or a luxury hotel… We were so pleasantly surprised to find an overwhelming experience of the latter.

Old Mac Daddy offers trailer units with artist-themed bedrooms and uber-contemporary living spaces as well as comfortable glamping style tented options and 2 self-catering units for larger extended families of groups of friends.



Upon check-in we met a slightly discomforted couple who wanted to find another available trailer with a bigger bathroom than the one they had checked into. I offered to swop and so we ended up in the trailer called “Life before Colour”. Here is a link to the other themes their trailers showcase:

The trailers are all cozily nestled in the lush environment and offer views of the spectacular Elgin Valley.

Daddy’s Adventures, another part of the “Daddy-portfolio” offers excitements such as archery, mountain biking and zorbing (getting into a massive plastic bubble and making a complete arse of yourself while floating above water). There is a beach where cocktails can be enjoyed and a mobile spa which is great for getting you into the escapist mood. Children can be booked in to the kids area where they are kept busy with loads of facilitated activities for as long as the sun is up!


After a walk exploring the grounds, we asked (probably the most helpful I’ve ever come across) the porter to show us Daddy’s Hideaway: A tent, decked out with luxurious touches and stylish finishes, Daddy’s Hideaway has your every comfort covered. From the private plunge pool, heated bath tub and shower, to swinging deck chairs and complimentary Wi-Fi. We’re definitely staying there next time!

The Barn (Restaurant) is a contemporary space mixing industrial corrugated iron, glass and wood and filled with fireplaces to create the perfect modern, (almost 5-star) dining experience! The menu consisted of mundane meals (Pizzas, Oxtail, Burgers etc.), but to be honest, it fits the theme perfectly (I don’t want to stay in a trailer and eat salmon and cream), yet they were prepared extremely well and it was clear that each plate was prepared with care and love.

Old Mac Daddy has exceeded our expectations and can definitely expect us to return!

Starting to plan Ryno’s Birthday 2017

I’m so excited to start planning Ryno’s birthday party for the 27th of September… Here is an excerpt from the venue’s web page to give you a little teaser to wonder about…

Our Bakery offers scrumptious Italian-inspired evening meals, but also supplies our shop with freshly baked bread to be enjoyed with delicious local cheeses from our Cheese Room. We grow our own wheat on the farm which is stoneground after harvest. This flour is sold in the Farm Shop, but is also used by our own bakers who, under the guidance of our head baker Ernie Beck, make sure we have freshly baked bread early every morning for our restaurants and the Tasting Room. We have a variety of breads, including sourdough, rye, white and whole wheat.

At dinners in the Bakery, we serve our food family style – guests dish up for themselves from wooden boards placed on their table. Our Italian-inspired set menu starts with an antipasti and salad offering. This is followed by wood-fired pizza straight from the oven, to be enjoyed to your heart’s content. We round off the meal with a delicious dolce and our famous coffee.

I honestly cannot wait – We spent an evening there a while ago and I can tell you it is something out of this world.