The quaint and quirky history of the Village of Kosmos is indicative of the diverse people who live in the myriad of architectural wonders found there. Individualism and uniqueness of design style seem even more prominent in Kosmos as so many of the developed estates surrounding the Hartbeespoort Dam contain homes of a very particular and singular appearance.
Kosmos is different. It is a breath of fresh breeze across the Dam's expanse of water in the middle of a stifling hot day. It is the relief of reaching the top of the mountain after a long climb. It is the moment of serendipity when an unexpected delight appears. It is Willinga Lodge.
Clutching the mountainside and ascending to the eternally blue African sky, Willinga Lodge juts proudly from the earth to provide a lofty venue suitable for a plethora possibilities. Although it has been operating for the last 20 years as a successful, 3-Star rated Bed and Breakfast Lodge, other commercial opportunities can be realized. With the natural beauty of the countryside with its amazing scenery, flora and fauna, the easy accessibility to major roads and the close proximity of life's necessities such as restaurants, shops and pleasure activities, Willinga Lodge is situated perfectly in a beautiful and tranquil location.
The complete lodge consisting of 8 deluxe suites covers 932m2 of the total land mass of 2197m2. A taste of Bali is what you experience as you finally top the driveway and the exotic Balinese style roof appears like magic. The suites are colorful and casually decorated and each features a free-standing ceramic fireplace guaranteed to keep the chill of winter at bay along with a choice of excellent red wine from the Lodge's private wine cellar. Incised into the side of the mountain, and heavily fortified, is a 4-seater tasting bar, a substantial amount of wine resting happily on railway sleeper wine racks.
The Bali Suite, which is the top most one, is the main living area and consists of a generous entertainment area flowing on to an equally large patio with fantastic views and a superbly equipped industrial kitchen where all the tasty meals are prepared. The master bedroom and veranda occupy the upper level. The established garden is delight of lush vegetation, splashes of vibrant colour, hidden paths, water features and sparkly nighttime lights which add a sense of magic to the ambiance.
Whether this venue remains a B&B, or morphs into a new venture such as a health/beauty spa, a corporate retreat, a bijou wedding venue or a large family residence, the peace, serenity and the sheer beauty of Kosmos will not change. It will still be the village of the unique and unusual.