Carry the butternut!
The first thing she said to me was ‘carry the butternut’. We arrived at Plumbago B&B, 190km south of Durban just as Libby the owner, arrived from her shopping trip. With a huge smile and loaded with vegetables, she hugged us like old friends. Assisted by their two black Labradors, her husband Mike was unloading our baggage as fat drops of rain started pouring down.
Ten minutes later I was sitting on the wraparound balcony with a hot tea and home-made biscotti as the rain was thundering on the corrugated roof. Water was streaming through the tropical gardens and the roar of the ocean was deafening. Our room was one of three guestrooms in the small guesthouse. French doors open up onto the balcony to let in the sounds of birds in the lush garden and the Indian Ocean. There is also a 2-bedroom family unit with lounge area and outside shower. This is unit is downstairs and has a separate entrance.
Posies of garden flowers, tea/coffee trays (fresh milk, antique cups, biscotti), well-paged books and oversize mohair blankets add to the homely feel of the place. Quirky art on the walls, painted in moody colours and furnished with antique and funky furniture, Libby has added her own style to their welcoming home. I immediately liked Plumbago. Downstairs two grandchildren were spread out in front of the TV while Mike was preparing a chicken on the Cadac braai. Guests are made to feel at home, but privacy is non-negotiable for Libby and Mike.
Plumbago is five minutes’ walk from the beach – sheltered coves and long sandy stretches. The sea is warm and the rock pools are teeming with life. Explore the Leisure Bay/Port Edward area – visit Beaver Creek coffee estate and roastery, go for a hike in one of the nature reserves close by, kayak, go horse riding or see the world the smallest desert. Plumbago B&B is more than a stop-over, but can serve that purpose well as Libby packed a take-away breakfast to enjoy en route. Stay for at least three nights to have a full day to explore the area and one day to spend at the beach or reading in the garden.
I liked the top corner room, the comfy chairs on the balcony and the extensive take away breakfast.
I did not like the far drive the next day to reach the next accommodation.