Surprise and Delight

‘We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.’ George Bernard Shaw

For those of us who grew up on the wild imaginings and fictional landscapes of The Secret Garden, Tom's Midnight Garden, and The Hundred Acre Wood of Winnie the Pooh, there is something very intriguing about a large country house. It was this that captivated Le Jardin's owners Sue and Bernard Fontannaz when they bought the property more than twenty years ago. It became their dream to replicate the playgrounds, gardens and outdoor activities of their childhood haunts at Le Jardin. 'It became an ode or love letter to childhood,' says Sue. 'I think every adult should try to retain something of the curiosity, mischief and wonder of childhood.’ Their desire to create a magical place that would provide many years of wonder and a sense of adventure for their own family is now available to you too.

–      Find our ‘Magic Dress Up Box’ and act out your fantasies anywhere in our gardens beneath giant Deodar, oak and magnolia trees, or amongst hundreds of rose bushes and fruit and nut trees that provide scent, colour and refuge for things large and small; 
–      At bath time, send your children off to discover the tree-hung bucket shower – every pirate’s preferred mode of cleaning;
–      Ask about Movie Night Under The Stars, where we will screen your favourite movie on the lawn with popcorn. (From R50 per person)
–      Take a ride on the ‘40s fairground Carousel complete with lights and music;
–      Embark on our themed Alice in Wonderland treasure hunt that comprises four exciting stages.