Women’s month is upon us! But since we can’t throw an extravagant dinner party or even give a round of hugs to the women behind the magic at dk villas, we’d like to proudly declare our appreciation for all the hard work, creativity, devotion, and ingenuity they so tirelessly channel into our happy family business. And so, during the month of August, in which we celebrate the fierce awesomeness of the women in our lives, we’d like to thank each and every one of the following boss ladies….
Here’s to the women of dk villas!
Petra de Kock
Owner, co-founder dk villas
Petra de Kock is one half of the brains, the brawn, and beauty behind the family business dk villas (where “corporate” isn’t part of the furniture). While her nineto-five is AMC Duty Manager at Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), she harbors an ardent passion for interior design and travel, the former of which she has exercised in the furnishing and decorating of every dk villa property.
Originally from Durban, Petra is a first generation South African born to German parents and has been living in Hout Bay since 1997, where her and husband Johann (the other half of dk villas) have two gorgeous rental properties and a third in Dwarskersbos. Not only is Petra a true design visionary but she is a generous, kind, and exceptionally brave soul. To know her is to love her and to work with her, a rare privilege indeed!
Blog and website writer
Thea Beckman is a passionate writer with over a decade’s experience in wordsmithery. She began her writing career quite by accident in 2010, when she moved to Thailand for a little adventure. Instead of teaching, she found a job as a freelance writer and what began as a way to fund her travels ended up as a career and a calling. Today, Thea is the self-published author of the book “Why? Because Science!”, a respected blogger, magazine journalist, and freelance writer.
Thea joined the dk villas family in 2019 when she stayed at the Dwarskersbos beach cottage on assignment as a travel writer for lifestyle magazine, Southern Vines. Johann and Petra were so delighted by the editorial she wrote about their property that they asked her to become the blogger for dk villas. Naturally, she said “yes” and the rest is history.
Social media maven and graphic designer
Lauren Ashman is a born-and-bred Capetonian who, in spite of having lived here her whole life, is still surprised by the Mother City’s sublime beauty. Being involved in the digital space and User Experience Design is a passion of Lauren’s that she feels lucky enough to call her job. Lauren handles all of dk villas’ social media (Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn) and she does fabulous work, is superlatively creative, and gives the brand excellent marketing coverage.
Outside of working hours, you will always find Lauren outside. She is a nature lover at heart and always tries to get outdoors or break away as much as humanly possible, even when it's freezing. She is also greatly intrigued by unsolved mysteries and the unexplained, and fully intends to come back as a paranormal investigator in her next life!
Tina van der Mescht
DK Villas hostess in Dwarskersbos (on left)
Tina van der Mescht is the “hostess with the mostest” at dk villas’ beach cottage, which is located at Skilliepark in Dwarskersbos, up the gorgeous and pristine West Coast. She not only keeps a tight rein on the property—ensuring that it is exceptionally well cared for, cleaned, and ready for every guest—but she is also the friendly and welcoming face that guests first see upon arrival.
Tina lives in the gorgeous little holiday town of Dwarskersbos with her husband Juan (who is also coincidentlly a handiman, which is a great convenience for when anything needs fixing in our beach cottage). Tina has two beautiful children (one pictured above with her) and describes herself as a very family-orientated person.
Nontembiso Gloria Ncayapi
Housekeeper at DK Villas, The Boardwalk and Harbour View
Nontembiso Gloria Ncayapi, our gem, has been with us as housekeeper for six years (since January 2014) keeping dk villas’ two Hout Bay properties in beautiful shape for our guests to enjoy. One of the things we love the most about Gloria is the amount of pride she takes in her work, describing The Boardwalk and Harbour View properties as “her dk villas”, and refusing to let anyone else touch them.
Gloria comes from Victoria West, a small town in the central Karoo, Northern Cape. She now lives in Khayalitsha and travels every day to Hout Bay to work. She has two children: a 23-year old boy and a 16-year old girl.
Housekeeper at DK Villas, Dwarskersbosch beach cottage
Michelle Boois is the housekeeper for dk villas’ beach cottage in Dwarskersbos and the newest member of the dk villas family, having only come on board two weeks before the COVID-19 lockdown in South Africa. Before that, she worked for the Laaiplek Hotel in Velddrif.
Michelle does a wonderful job maintaining the impeccable standards we promise our guests. She is also the proud mother of six children, so when she’s not doing an amazing job as dk villas housekeeper, she is hard at work raising her children.