I have been a designer since the age of four when I marveled at the magic of seeing, smelling, peeling and eating a peach.
Noticing and appreciating your environment are vital keys to igniting imagination. Without this essential nourishment, creativity struggles to happen. As the business owner of Life & Leisure Collection, I thoroughly enjoy my other life as a ceramic artist and sculptor too. With my art back ground this “Free State farm girl” has had a long love affair with form, shapes, colour, texture, spaces and light. Nature has always been my biggest inspiration alongside historic design from – architecture, interior, period furniture to fashion, glass jewelry, and garden sculpture. Travel and love for adventure, hiking, culture, theatre, couture, cuisine, gardening, graffiti and photography makes my world go round. Hospitality is in my blood. I thoroughly enjoy the experience of chance encounters with travelers and guests alike. This feeds my creativity as well as my other passion, which is about wanting people to feel and enjoy the genuine warmth of African hospitality.
I named my business Life & Leisure because Life is about Adventure, Experience and Living life. Leisure for me is about Reflection, Relaxation and taking the time to Simply Be, before the next adventure life has to offer you. I thrive on and understand the challenges of the hospitality industry. As a business owner in this sector, I am passionate about providing a genuine service -excellence experience, for the traveler. I quote Maya Angelou “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”.
Your Choice – your dream lifestyle
“Good things come in small packages” is not just a cliché in the boutique hotel world. Our guests have awarded us with this compliment many times.
All our rooms and apartments are designed and decorated by director and owner Margie Potgieter in her fresh modern and quirky style. They are all a meld of designer chic with Winelands hospitality, residential glamour, sophisticated colour palette and patterns to create a unique collection of seven guest rooms, family unit and apartments.
Hospitality above and beyond
We are a family-inspired business, and our timeless family values underpin the ethos of Life & Leisure. We like to treat and look after guests as if we were welcoming them back home. As a hospitality business, we focus on giving honest, discreet service. We see ourselves as hospitality specialists, valuing authenticity, passion, service and understanding in all we do. We like to anticipate your needs before you know them.
“Loved everything about the guest house: Centrally located, lovely relaxed ambiance, tasteful, quirky and unusual decor, excellent service…just couldn’t fault anything.”
Luxurious home from home – be our guest
We are conveniently located in the historic centre of Stellenbosch – with shops, fine restaurants, art galleries and recreational facilities within walking distance – our guesthouse is a combination of contemporary design with an elegant flair.
Spacious and luxurious, our guests can put their feet up in the lounge, where coffee, tea and a complimentary evening bar with snacks are always available. Our breakfast room looks out to the fountain splashed pool. In summer, lounge on the patio beside our crystal clear pool. In winter our guests often sit beside our cosy fireplace with a book and a glass of local wine. Turned-down beds at night under superb fine linen enhance your sense of well-being. All 7 rooms are designed to make your stay utterly memorable.
Sight-seeing begins at our doorstep, with historical and cultural attractions such as the botanical gardens a short walk from the guesthouse. Allow Life &Leisure to enhance your ideal travel experience. Our Concierge team will happily organise tours that interest you (please contact us in advance for prices and to book) and also have plentiful recommendations handy for all the best places to visit whilst in Stellenbosch.
Stellenbosch may be a university town but it also plays host to a vibrant community, filled with a calendar of events that can keep you busy 24/7! From the café culture to Heritage, the Arts to the hugely popular Woordfees, and the Wine and Food Festivals. Stellenbosch is in the heart of the spectacularly beautiful Winelands and offers something for everyone.
Perhaps start with a guided walking tour or set off on your own with your ‘Stellenbosch on Foot’ with our compliments. For that special experience, enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride through the vineyards. Tuk Tuks are a novel way to get around from Tuk Tuk Stellies. Situated 40 km from Cape Town, Stellenbosch will keep you enchanted and entertained, whatever your age or interests.