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Brakdakkie Guest Cottages

Tech Stack

  • html
  • sass
  • javascript
  • eleventy

Lighthouse Scores

Project story

Brakdakkie Guest Cottages is one of the absolute highlights of Prince Albert, located in the Karoo, Western Cape, South Africa. It aims to be an authentically Karoo accommodation experience, taking you back to a simpler time. The décor is elegant and tasteful, featuring trinkets and furnishing reminiscent of a time gone by.

As incredible a destination it is, their website was in need of an update. Kerri trusted me to take the spirit of Brakdakkie and create a design that matched its tasteful but rustic spirit. I took the existing content and reorganized the site map and layout to better showcase the cottages.

Tech decisions

Like Jan's blog and this wite, I decided to go with Eleventy to build a purely static site. The frontend stack is vanilla Javascript, relying on only one third-party library — Photoswipe. I did borrow / adapt one Web Component / Custom Element for the accordion component on the about page (Policies).

The frontend is hosted on Netlify, and for the CMS I chose GraphCMS (now Hygraph).