As you step inside the doors of Trail’s End bike hotel in Grabouw, you would struggle to comprehend that this time last year it was a fully functioning factory for master house-builders, Rustic Homes.
The building, in the heart of some our country’s most spectacular mountain trails, has done away with its machines and sawdust and been tastefully transformed into a contemporary space for adventure seekers and nature lovers alike and it’s just what we’ve all been waiting for.
The hotel was the brain-child of Pieter Silberbauer and his partner Johannes Matthewson. They had both spent over 25 successful years in the house building business and were looking for a dramatic change that allowed them to work closer to home.
Pieter, himself a mountain biking enthusiast, saw that their factory was ideally situated for outdoor and fitness buffs who want to explore the Overberg and, inspired by bike hotels he’d seen in Holland and Japan, decided that it was exactly what the community needed.
Although he and Johannes were experienced house builders and could easily tackle the renovation work, Pieter quickly realised that he needed help to ensure that the hotel delivered exactly what athletes, both pro and amateur, would expect. Cue his neighbour, Dr Chad Gordon. Chad, A chiropractor by trade, has been part of the multi sport since the age of 19.
After many successful triathlons, he has re-focussed on trail running over the past few years and he is still winning races. He has a passion for health and nutrition and was an ideal candidate to advise Pieter and Johannes as to how to cater for those who love the adventure sport scene. With Chad on board the vision for Trail’s End was able to be truly realised.
This radical hotel has an industrial flavour to it. It boasts sixteen rooms in total and can accommodate up to sixty people. The mezzanine rooms have private bathrooms and all the rooms below have shared ablutions. Many of the rooms have a choice of layout options.
This allows maximum flexibility within the accommodation, enabling it to be suitable for families, pro-athletes, teams or individuals.
The hotel is perfectly positioned at the foot of the Wines2Whales A-Z trail with both Oak Valley and Paul Cluver cycle trails nearby too. There are miles of stunning trails to explore through vineyards, forests and mountains.
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Once you’ve exhausted the trails you can explore the rest of the beautiful Elgin Valley which also has an amazing array of wine farms and restaurants to experience as well as the top tourist attraction, the Cape Canopy Tour zipline which is just ten minutes drive away.
If you are not in the mood for exploring, during your stay you can make use of the purpose built 20m, heated outdoor pool in the courtyard as well as a restaurant which includes healthy menu choices, fresh coffee and craft beer which is brewed on site.
The restaurant also offers bespoke menu options for those with specific dietary requirements.
On top of this there is a wellness centre within the hotel offering Pilates classes on request as well as a physiotherapist, massage therapist and chiropractor which is great for removing all the aches and pains from a day out adventuring.
The venue has a professionally built skills training area where various hurdles and obstacles can be tackled safely before heading out on the trails as well as a pump track which is great fun for all.
There is also the added bonus of safe indoor bike storage for mountain bikes within the hotel itself.
The hotel loves to encourage health and fitness at any level and welcomes cyclists and runners of all abilities.
It regularly hosts skills workshops and clinics and it also has a conference room which opens out into the lounge and dining area.
A perfect spot for a team building weekend away. Trail’s End is geared up for families too and children are extremely welcome. There is a particularly awesome climbing wall for kids big and small to scramble up as well as a jungle gym to expend any extra energy on.
Pieter has big dreams for Trail’s End. He sees the hotel becoming a global destination for adventure enthusiasts, and beyond that, a place where local meets world, ideas are shared and solutions are found.
Being an active member of the Grabouw community, he is fully aware of the challenges his town – like so many in South Africa – faces and he is excited to think that Trail’s End could play a significant part uniting the local community through sport as well as providing much needed jobs as it contributes to building the local tourism industry.
Trail’s End opened its doors in October 2016, successfully hosting the Apple Blossom MTB Classic and has not looked back since. They have hosted training weekends for teams racing from Specialized and Spur and numerous pros have visited it already and given it the thumbs up.
Check out the hotel for yourselves. Whether you go alone, with friends or as a family and whether you stay for a night or for a week, you are sure to have an unforgettable experience.
Visit the website, www.trailsend.bike, call +27 21 859 5193 or email for more information Follow Trail’s End on social media: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: @trailsendza