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Taking over ‘the helm of bloomestate ‘

So, this is our first blog being written in our first week of taking over ‘the helm of bloomestate ‘

We decided to begin with a short introduction of our background...

I started my career as a guide in 2008 and had worked in some beautiful properties before finding a really special lodge in the private game reserves of the Kruger park region. Here I stepped into the kitchen of the lodge and met Chere. She was the head chef of the establishment after studying and gaining experience over the years within the Cape. As a guide you got to always make friends with the chef so with some of my charm i managed to win her over.

Anyway after some time we became an official couple and decided to start looking for a management role together of a small lodge. We were grateful to find a place that was being built in the world renowned De Hoop Nature Reserve in the Western Cape.

As is the case with most builders, they were delayed in the building of the villa so we first moved across to the owners other properties in the Madikwe Game Reserve. In early 2014 we came down to prepare for the opening of this unique establishment and so started our adventure in the De Hoop Nature Reserve. Later in the year we were appointed as the general managers and a year after that we got married…

Once this property was established we were also involved in the development and operations of the newer boutique lodge that got built a few years later.

Then came our greatest achievement yet, the birth of our son, Donovan...

As he started to grow we knew that he needed interaction with other children. That’s when the opportunity came at bloomestate and with a lot of help from some very close people; we managed to make our dream come true with this extraordinarily guest house.

Our plan going forward is simple to begin with, to keep the guests happy and increase bookings.

That’s our story and we look forward to sharing more when welcoming you to bloomestate!

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