Since Arderne Tredgold’s 1965 Village of the Sea – The Story of Hermanus, the village has grown into one of modern day South Africa’s most desirable seaside retreats. A proud and buzzy little town now with a momentum all of its own – to the point where there’s no longer space for chickens and rabbits to run around with multiple-story car parks and parking becoming a booming business.
Thank goodness, there’s still real life after Tredgold and welcome to life in the slow lane. Where the good things haven’t changed. Where kids can safely tricycle while you shop and you needn’t keep your doggy on a leash. Where you can sit back on a park-style bench, to chill, curl your toes and breathe in real fresh air. Where you don’t queue for a coffee and parking is no problem. Where temptations are scattered within walking distance of another. Where, thank you very much, wi-fi and SnapScan are nothing new!
For the past 20 years the R43 and R320 innocently land marked the corner of slow living where like-minded shopkeepers and property owners quietly carried on doing business the way it used to be – personal and with a smile.
Boasting bakery, health and beauty, hairdressing, outdoor adventure, six restaurants, chefs school, indoor, outdoor, lifestyle, home and décor stores, gifting, entertainment, art and artists, painters, sculptors, ceramicists, galleries and gardens, festivals and wedding venues, nursery, food and wine market, wine shop, three wineries, wine tasting, mountain biking, safe walks and parking, parking, parking.
The Village offers locals and international visitors a space to enjoy spare time at their own pace and leisure – old world charm a modern day experience. Where hanging out takes on a whole new meaning. It’s local, it’s lekker, it’s casual and it’s safe and serves all age groups – stroller, skateboard, bicycle, roller-blade and wheelchair friendly.
Park and walk to breakfast, coffee or lunch; spring shopping at the nursery; browse the galleries and décor stores for that vase, carpet or fall in love with a ‘have to have’ painting; wine tasting and if you don’t feel like making dinner call in ‘sick’ and invite him for an early dinner – he’ll gladly play and pay!
Has your five year old or grandchild ever yelled in excitement chasing after a chicken or seen a real live bunny hop-hop-hop across the road? Where you don’t have to hold their hands when they decide cross the road? Where Rover welcomes the freedom to run around leash-free? And all you have to do is sigh?
Why then did the chicken cross the road? Because he wanted to!
Welcome to The Village – life in the slow lane.