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Ziska’s parents moved to Lorraine Farm from Namibia in 1946. During the apartheid era, the farm was under constant threat of expropriation, as Ida’s Valley was a designated coloured area under the Group Areas Act.

In 1989, Ziska and her partner, John Hind, moved back to the farm to be a support to Ziska’s mother. When her mother died in 2000, her brother, Hans-Peter, formed a company to buy the farm and convert it back to a wine estate. Today, Lorraine farm is the home of Neil Ellis Wines, accessible from the R310.

Hans-Peter subsequently subdivided and developed the part of the farm adjacent to The Ridge for housing for his farm workers. This development is now part of the vibrant Ida’s Valley community. The cottages command an outstanding view of the Simonsberg mountain (which is sometimes snow-capped in winter) and look across Lorraine farm towards Kayamandi in the distance.

Ziska and John bought two plots, and the building of Lorraine Cottages started in 2007. The units consist of the Bed and Breakfast with a bedroom with two single beds, bathroom, open-plan kitchen, dining room and lounge and enclosed patio, and a self-contained batchelor flat. The cottages are bordered on one side by The Ridge (a fairly recent housing development in Ida’s Valley) and on the other by Lorraine farm (now a productive wine farm).

The cottage next door has a double garage with a loft apartment and balcony with a view of the farm and Table Mountain in the distance.

Sadly, John passed away in 2012, and Ziska’s daughter Michelle has moved into the loft apartment to help her mother run the Bed and Breakfast.

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