Monthly Archives: October 2019


The Ultimate wedding check list courtesy of Granny Mouse

The question is popped, the ring is on, stars are in your eyes and the wedding invitations are almost ready to go out …… but now what? With so many tasks to take care of and things to arrange, planning a wedding can seem overwhelming.

Of course, the easiest solution is to hand over this important event to the professionals at Granny Mouse Country House & Spa. Plenty of experience at planning big days means that things are likely to go ultra-smoothly.

When it comes to booking the venue, our advice is to try to do this as soon as possible so that you can not only secure your dream venue but choose exactly when you’d like to get married. Things get trickier if you leave it until the last minute as earlier bookings are likely to get in before you.

Although most of our bridal couples pretty much leave it to us, it is important to keep an eye on everything during the build up to your big day. So, here’s some ‘to-do’ lists to ensure that everything is on point:

  • Select and order cake
  • Arrange ceremony décor: chair covers, table clothes, etc.
  • Arrange menu
  • Select flowers
  • Order favours
  • Finalize the ceremony and reception schedules
  • Print wedding programmes, menu cards and/or place cards
  • Organise photographer
  • Organise DJ and playlist
  • Finalise seating plan
  • Confirm vendor arrival times and arrangements
  • Finalise the wedding timeline
  • Check lights and sound
  • Have emergency / repair kits on hand.

Top Tips for the Bride on the Day

  • Pack an overnight bag
  • Have a time line for the day
  • Have a point person
  • Have your clothes and jewellery set out and confirm your hairdresser and make up if you are getting ready at the venue.
  • Give your point person your vendor’s contact details in case of an emergency
  • Pre-prepare tip envelopes for vendors
  • Have cash and ID (just in case)
  • Pack pre-wedding meals in case you get hungry
  • Have extra wedding stationery for the photographer
  • Have an emergency kit
  • Family heirlooms (something borrowed, something blue) if using
  • Extra shoes – just in case
  • Rain gear (umbrella) – just in case

Top tips for the Groom on the Day

  • The marriage certificate
  • Some whiskey to calm the nerves
  • Suit and all its accompaniments
  • The wedding rings

Finally, REMEMBER TO BREATHE and enjoy this once in a lifetime romantic memory!

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Experience the amazing benefits of Hydrotherapy at Granny Mouse

For centuries, traditional medicine practitioners have used water to heal and rejuvenate – and the Granny Mouse Spa continues this wonderful tradition.

Amazingly, many beauty salons (and especially those at holiday resorts) go by the name ‘Spa” and so many of us associate going to the spa with a manicure or a facial rather than the amazing water based therapy that can improve health and well-being as well as detoxify and rejuvenate.

So, what exactly is hydrotherapy? A simple definition would be the use of water to relieve discomfort and promote physical well-being. This is based on the use of cold and hot stimuli. In short, warm water is used to relax and soothe. A quick blast of cold water, on the other hand, invigorates and stimulates the body’s natural activities. Alternate the two and you can heal injuries and muscle pain, re-awaken the body’s defenses, reduce inflammation and a whole lot more.

Thousands of years ago, hydro therapists found that hydrotherapy could relax and soothe pain. The actual terminology dates back as far as 1876 and was derived from hydro, the Greek word for water, and therapeuo, which means to heal, treat or cure.

In the days of old, nature did the healing work, supplying the different temperatures and minerals via hot springs that sprang from the earth after being heated by volcanoes. Although there are some hots springs in Africa, the best known original spas include the Ojo Caliente in New Mexico, Japan’s Takaragawa Onsen hot spring, the famous the Blue Lagoon in Iceland, the Pamukkale hot springs in Turkey, the Yangpachen Hot Springs which nestle between the high peaks of the Himalayas in Tibet and more.

The exact composition of the water varies from spring to spring and different waters are considered beneficial for different ailments. For the most part, they were most successful in treating the likes of muscular tension, joint pain, arthritic conditions and stress.

Of course, it didn’t take long for man to begin to emulate nature, sometimes adding rather spectacular water features and pools. For the most part, though, therapists used technology to improve the overall experience and also to add a little more privacy so that those booking treatments didn’t have to share large, public facilities.

That led to the evolution of steam rooms, saunas and hot tubs as well as facilities where stiff jets of water could be used for massage by therapists. Aromatherapy ingredients and minerals were also added to improve the overall treatments and hydrotherapy was often accompanied by body wraps or even body scrubs. Some spas have even installed “rain showers” with special effects like sound, light, and even aroma.

Granny Mouse Spa offers the ultimate Hydrobath, providing a sensorial bath rich in vitamins, providing a regenerating, rejuvenating and re-mineralizing experience.

This immerses the body in pure pleasure and the skin is left feeling soft, smooth and revitalized.  Each single Hydro Bath Session lasts 30 minutes and costs R280. Alternatively, why not enjoy a couples Hydro Bath Session for 30 min for R480?

The powerful jets of water target the relief of muscular tension, joint pain, arthritic conditions and stress relief, by energising and rejuvenating body tissue.