Ant and Fi Paton are blessed to awaken every morning in there little piece of paradise.
Our cottages for rent are situated in the Gouna Forest, Knysna.
After attending a Permaculture course many years ago, we became hooked on this lifestyle, and made work of finding a piece of land where we could enjoy a symbiotic relationship, at one with nature.
We have a vision of gradually becoming completely self-sufficient by caring for the land and its people. Having moved here in 2010 we are already seeing the light at the end of the tunnel in the rehabilitation of the forest. We are continually observing and taking feedback from the land and taking baby steps each day. In time we plan to increase our accommodation offerings to cater for a group of 10 people on an educational course or activity based weekend allowing more people the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of our farm. Working on our soil and increasing our yield from the garden will always be a priority, which will also provide opportunities for cottage industry.
Review – Budget getaways
“The directions said the road was interesting and it certainly was. The sights out the window as we drove were reminiscent of the pictures conjured up by the stories we had read of Knysna, mostly courtesy of Daleen Matthee. The Gouna valley is breath taking, Knysna is so much more than the famous heads. Upon arriving at Tree Spirit we were greeted by Fiona and her entourage of animals. The sheep and their adopted pig pal, ”Bam Bam” the friendly lovable donkey who walked us to our cottage where he would visit often to the delight of the children. Fiona is an awesome friendly honest to goodness host, she even left us some delicious strawberries hand-picked from her organic garden. On occasion we were lucky enough to be visited by the resident Bush buck, when lily pads were on the breakfast menu. Mrs Bush buck headed for the hills when we came across her on our morning run. It was hot during our stay so the outside shower (with hot water!) was an awesome way to cool off. A lazy braai ended our evenings with a sunset second to none. The evening rivals that of Sutherland, we traced many a satellites path across the night sky. The lack of noise that we have become accustomed to was nowhere to be found, just pure tranquility and peacefulness aplenty,it was amazing, we loved it so much we stayed an extra night. We will definitely be going back.”
(Candy De Jager, visited December 2015)