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Compiled by Mariola Jakutowicz Fouché Photographs, supplied NATURAL STYLE CapeNature’s sustainably constructed cabins at Oudebosch make the most of locally available timber and stone, with glass fronts that offer spectacular views of the Western Cape’s Kogelberg Nature Reserve and its extraordinarily rich fynbos biosphere. The stilted, self-catering cabins are designed to minimise environmental impact on many levels: roof gardens that blend in easily with the natural landscape, solar geysers, energy-efficient appliances and bathrooms with reed beds for grey-water treatment, among others. The eco pool is filtered by indigenous wetland plants and is popular with little amphibians. Bliss. GRAPE NEWS! Eco-conscious quaffers, look to Green Shebeen’s organic range, produced by Org De Rac Estate in the Swartland region. The label earned a 2012 Nedbank Green Wine award and contains 70 per cent fewer sulphates than traditional offerings. From R49,99. WHALE OF A TIME This winter, watch giant cetaceans frolicking from Fryer’s Cove Eco Garden and the Wandering Whale Labyrinth on the Cape West Coast. Visitors can enjoy the sound of mussel shells crunching underfoot while strolling along the cliff tops on the rehabilitated walking trail between Strandfontein and Doringbaai – a round trip of 16km. WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY Wooden window and door manufacturer Swartland produces double-glazed wooden windows that can greatly reduce your annual heating and cooling bills, with advanced glass coatings that block out harmful UV rays. In addition, the energy-efficient windows provide better sound insulation and wood, a renewable resource (from strictly monitored sources), has excellent insulating qualities. This article was originally featured in the July 2013 issue of House and Leisure.