I met David and Helen Untiedt some years ago when part of a TV series in which I had a minor involvement was filmed in one of their houses up the West Coast. David and Helen run Perfect Hideaways, a company which has on its books some of the most beautiful, in architecture, in position and in style of décor perfect breakaway places – for a weekend or a couple of days.
They send out, usually once a week or so, the most beautifully constructed and very tempting emails telling you what’s available. My problem is I want to leave home immediately and go and stay somewhere on the coast, in the mountains or in the Karoo.
Now in their ultimate piece of cleverness, they link up with Mr Style himself, Paul Duncan. And his Africa Press. The result – Perfect Hideaways in South Africa, the book. The first imprint of Paul’s new publishing company, Africa Press. And it is beautiful. Just beautiful.
It’s a bit big for a stocking stuffer. We used to have pillow cases as children, so use one for this book.
Written by Paul Duncan and a team of writers, photography by some of South Africa’s best photographers, the book has a feel of quality about it. Pretty end papers of a map of the coast by Gustav Vermeulen. So, Mr Duncan, when’s the next book from Africa Press due? We need class, style and quality like this. I hope this one sells really well.
It is a stunner of a book. Filled with the most beautiful of places, some of which we know and some we don’t. I just feel all summery and ‘I should be on holiday’ as I read through the embarrassment of riches on offer.
It’s going to find a place in our home, not on the coffee table, but on my bedside table where I can dip into it frequently to lift my spirits.
Perfect Hideaways in South Africa
Africa Press [an imprint of Paul Duncan Media]