About Serendipity Guest House
Unforgettable Wilderness accommodation.
Serendipity is cradled by the protected evergreen Outeniqua forests and the water bird sanctuary in the heart of the Garden Route which is situated on the banks of the Touw River and borders on to the Wilderness National Park.
A mosaic of ecosystems, the area encompasses the world renowned Outeniqua Afromontane forests, the Cape Fold Mountains and Wilderness wetlands and waterbird conservancy with a variety of mountain catchment, Southern Cape indigenous forest and associated Fynbos areas.
These areas resemble a montage of landscapes and seascapes, from ocean to mountain areas, and are renowned for its diverse natural and cultural heritage resources.
The Guest House was built in 1998 with great attention to detail, behind security gates to ensure privacy to our guests. Secure basement parking is provided for house-guests. Serendipity is ensconced in a garden designed and developed by a professional landscape architect, planted with mature indigenous trees and shrubs and collectable forest lilies.
Creating the best in Wilderness luxury accommodation
‘House Kuypers’ according to the building- and construction plans, was conceived as a future luxury accommodation guest house cum private residence. It was designed over a period of more than 18 months by Phillip and Elsabe Kuypers and a project team consisting of architects Albert Uys Farrenkothen Incorporated, structural and civil engineers Ninham Shand Incorporated, landscape architects Brink Stokes Mkhize Incorporated, quantity surveyors Ruytenberg Luitingh Franken and Robin’s Nest interior decorators.
The brief to the project teams was simple: design a guest house with unpretentious spaciousness, a sense of wellbeing, eclectic integration of the owners’ personal elements paired with modern comfort and panache.
Two inch brown paver-bricks reminiscent of the heydays of the Dutch colonies, twin staircases leading to a catwalk serving the guests’ suites; steeple fireplaces in double volume lounges visible from catwalk; multiple-pitched roofs; specially designed powder-coated enamelled aluminium glass doors and windows fitted with sound inhibiting and secure shop-front glass; prominent steeple chimneys; modern cavity walls; waterproof tanks as basement level on which upper levels will be built were specified as design and construction design features.
Special attention was required because of the house was being built within an ecological sensitive area, adjacent to a tidal lagoon with basement partially below water level and on collapsible sands.
A Tender to construct the guest house was on 16 September 1997 awarded to Master Builders V-Kon and construction started on 1 November 1997. The construction was signed off by the architects and quantity surveyors in July 1999 and an occupation certificate issued by the municipal authorities.
The location and site where Serendipity was constructed has been been carefully and meticulously selected to satisfy the owners’ ecological and environmental dreams of and a prime example of the country’s unique fauna and flora that will offer unforgettable views and life-long memories. Tourism resources of the Wilderness area are those natural, cultural and historical phenomena that create enjoyable or adventurous tourist experiences.