Mark, a qualified Chef studied and qualified at Sillwood Kitchens in Cape Town, has a Hotel Management Diploma, had been in the Hospitality trade for many years, running hotels and lodges in South Africa, Africa and Internationally. He also designed Health Spa’s in South Africa and Internationally. Was selected as a judge in 2005 for the Les Nouvelles Esthetiques. He trains and consulting in the Hospitality industry.
Karen, was a Business Analyst in the corporate world with Robertsons/Unilever, before running her own Interior Decorating and Home Staging business (Kideco Design and Turn2Sold respectively). She also ran Interior decorating, organising and paint technique courses.
Together they had been doing locum management for both 3 and 4 star hotels, lodges and game lodges (large and intimate lodges); until choosing Wakkerstroom as the destination village for their own venture. DeKotzenhof, their dream officially opened with the first Guests arriving on 13 December 2014, when they had only 2 rooms. Since then another 3 rooms have been added, a shop/deli, 20 seater restaurant a Putt-Putt Course and the new addition is our 20 seater Boma.
If you are looking for a Guest House where the rooms have everything and more than you need, beds are comfortable, location is oh so convenient and food fantastic, then this is the place to be.
Our eggs are free-range, bacon tastes like it used to, milk and yoghurt is delivered straight from the dairy and mostly grass-fed meat or local Wakkerstroom chickens are cooked. Where possible home-grown vegetables or vegetables from the vicinity are used. All cakes, muffins, rusks, scones, biscuits, crumpets etc are homemade and delicious.
All the items in the shop/deli have been made on the premises. From jams like rhubarb or peach & ginger to homemade chutneys, roasted aubergines and spreads; biscuits (custard biscuits, oat and chocolate chip cookies, lavender shortbread) to rusks, fudge and homemade desserts all ready-to-heat. So although eating meals on site is a real treat; you can also purchase from a wide variety to take home or further on your trip with you!
The 3 course dinner is a must, the best food this side of the Equator.