Approaching from the Van Der Stel Pass road between Bot River and the Villiersdorp-Grabouw road (do yourselves a favour and drive the full road, it’s gorgeous), you can see the KolKol pods nestled amongst the fynbos up on the hill in the Groenkloof Conservancy. If I hadn’t known better, I’d have thought they were some kind of alien radio, with their beautiful curved-cornered-rectangular shapes.
They’re anything but an alien radio, though, once you’ve arrived at your doorstep. Made of concrete, wood and brick, with full-length sliding doors on the stoep side with the view, any alien (or human, I’m here to tell you) won’t want to leave.
I have never before been to a place where I wanted to touch everything. The new pods at KolKol are not only an architectural wonder – and ecologically friendly, to boot – but both the building itself and the interior decoration has the most amazing textures. The whole place is a smorgasbord for the senses.
The pods have everything that opens and shuts … think pizza oven, SMEG stove, perfect lighting, a couch that just asks to be lounged in, a ‘fatsack’ that requires the same, a bath-with-a-view, a shower that evokes a warm waterfall, a Marshall speaker so you can – most aptly – listen to Eddie Vedder crooning the ‘Into the Wild’ soundtrack when you want a little break from the sound of the wind through the fynbos and the twittering birds, and a stoep with views that’ll make you sigh blissfully, especially if you’re sitting neck-deep in the wood-fired hot tub on said stoep.
See? Heavenly view, perfect privacy, floor-to-wall glass sliding doors that open up the whole pod to said view … there’s even a picture window that is the poster girl for picture windows behind the kitchen sink which turns washing up from a chore into a dreamy experience. And don’t worry, when the sun sets over the hill behind you and Winter blows her chill down the mountain, there’s a huge fireplace between the lounge and bedroom area that makes the pod suitably cosy, so you can read your book listening to the night insects. Bliss.
And that sums it up, really: blissful.
There’s a big step into the pod – sorry, I was too awed … I forgot to photograph it – but once you’re in, it’s smooth sailing around the whole place. There are a couple of carpets, but they’re loose, so if carpets are the bane of your life (I feel you), you can roll ’em up out of your way while you’re staying.
Both the kitchen table and outdoor table have nice clearance and I could fit under them and the bed, while fixed, is a reasonable height for transferring (and super comfy, with the softest, warmest blanket that I totally fell in love with).
The bathroom has no grab bars, but it’s lovely and big with a free-standing bath. The shower is large, but the gap between the glass and wall is quite small, so would be doable only if you’re able to stand. Did I mention the bath has the most beautiful view? The toilet has lots of space around it and would allow for front- or side-transfer.
If you’d like more info, feel free to contact me.
*We were kindly hosted by KolKol for the night.