The Upside-down House – Hartbeespoort

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We decided to go on a little adventure in Harties. We’ve been looking at a few places there since before Covid hit. So the moment we learnt that they were open for business again, we were ready to go and explore.

First up for the morning, we headed to the upside down house. It was not what we expected, because on the internet and on social media, people only really post about the inside or very little detail of the outside of the house or even the entire place. We were pleasantly surprised with all of the activities there.

The Venue + Food

There was a dirt road parking area for a decent amount of cars to park comfortably. They have a cute little garden in the front where you enter and pay (R100 adults; cheaper for kids and pensioners). You enter into a beautiful, colourful café where you can buy some food and drinks. We are strictly halaal, but had the tastiest chips from them, as they prepare their chips completely separate from any other food products. We also had some delicious slushies before we left because it was so hot over the weekend. Definitely recommend that you buy some water before heading down to the house. There is also some selfie frames hanging on the wall to capture some really cute pics before you even enter the grounds.

Once you leave the café area, you are led to a little porch where there are a few little games/ rides for toddlers, a jumping castle and a viewing deck with a massive frame for pictures. There was also a little ice cream truck to buy some soft serve.

They cater to birthday parties where you are also able to book a private area for your guests.

The House

So it’s massive! There is a two-story house laying on its head with a front porch, with a dog. A window cleaner and even a little staircase entry into the lounge area of the house. I was surprised by the level of detail and how carefully everything went. We waited in the line quite a while because it was pretty full but well-controlled and safe.

It’s very lop-sided so it makes you feel weird when entering and walking around in the house, but it adds to the experience of being in an upside-down house. The details of little things like shoes on the floor or the bathroom cabinet or the little things on the kitchen table.

Photo ideas for Social Media

So because of how weird it looks standing inside the house, take a picture with your hands up, and try to envision what it would look if you turned the picture upside down, it makes for a very interesting photo. It also allows you to see just how much thought and detail went into creating this unreal experience. It looks in many instances as though you’re really strong, making one-handed handstands in the most unusual environments. We took it just a step further with doing actual handstands!

Conclusion

Definitely something interesting and different to experience this summer. Make it a fun day out and take the kids along for a good laugh, the expressions and reactions to some of the detail in the house is certainly worth the money spent. When it comes to affordability and fun, I think this is a really great idea for a great day with family and friends.

Remember that we still need to wear our masks and keep safe social distances from people in this public space, but I must say it was very well kept, the eating areas was nicely spread out and there are a dozen reminders to keep your masks on and your hands sanitized.

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