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Piers and Lin du Pré bought their new Fleming 55 / 129, Play d'eau, in 2003.

She was berthed in Beaucette Marina, Guernsey in the Channel Islands at N49° 30’.197 W002° 30’.350 until she was sold in October 2021.

This site charts the thrilling adventures they had in her.

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Rosendal to Oudtshoorn

We started our drive but we soon
had to keep stopping for photos
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After our two nights at the Rosendal Winery, the drive to Altes Landhaus (Schoemanschoek, Oudtshoorn) was greater in distance and greater in beauty if the latter was at all possible.

The enormity of the endless, dry, arid mountain ranges, the unusual variety of colours, the ostriches, baboons and other animals we couldn’t identify, was captivating.

Altes Landhaus

We were staying in another boutique hotel, the Altes Landhaus, a large Victorian colonial style farmer’s ranch, beautifully restored and with gardens full of intense colours.

Everywhere in this ranch was huge including our room. I say room yet it was really three rooms. The bedroom, lounge and bathroom were all of equal size.

A nice touch was a decanter of sherry resting on a side table to refresh us.


The browny-red colours reminded us of Devon soil
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Both Rosendal and Altes have been so peaceful. It’s Autumn so guests are few; both hotels are in the middle of nowhere so there’s no noise apart from crickets, toads, tree frogs, endless bird song much of which is heard on David Attenborough’s documentaries, and the dinner gong.

For the next two nights we have a rest from fine dining and calories and plan the next stage of our journey – to Plettenberg Bay before setting course for Toby and Amy’s wedding in the Tala Private Game Reserve.

We’re so excited. We want to press the time accelerator.

Piers and Lin
Altes Landhaus
…on temporary leave of absence from
Play d’eau
Fleming 55
Beaucette Marina

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Different rock formations everywhere
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The ranges rolled on for miles into the distance
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So hot, so dry, yet animals thrive here
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By now we are nearing our destination
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We arrive at Altes Landhaus
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Bougainvillea lined the 100m driveway
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Alternating red and white, a wall of colour
was created
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1 comment to Rosendal to Oudtshoorn

  • Hil

    Just another glorioso. The smells must be wonderful too, and the colour of the sky is such an intense blue. It must be like being in heaven. I love your photos.

    Lots of love, Hil x x

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