Hi! We’re Shirley and John.

Thanks for stopping by! I host Forest Heart Cabin with my husband John. We met and studied in Grahamstown at Rhodes University and recently moved to John’s hometown Knysna, where we live with our kitten, Nugget, and our pup, Zircon.
I’m passionate about supporting local businesses and eco-friendly living. You’ll find me on the beach, or hunting for the best coffee spots in town. My ideal day involves strolling around the local market and picking out beautiful, fresh fruits and flowers. John is a hands-on DIYer who can turn just about anything into something totally amazing. His ideal day involves getting stuck into a satisfying and problem-solving project. He’s the creator of the Cabin’s bedside tables, the bed frames, he installed the fireplace (with a little help from me!) and handmade our custom, dim-able lantern bedside lamps!
Our style of travelling? We like to embrace the concept of slow travel. When travelling, the emphasis is less on manic sightseeing and more on taking in our surroundings at a relaxed pace. I’m all about food, so any place I travel to; top priority is discovering the best restaurants, coffee spots and markets. John is a passionate geologist and woodworker, who enjoys scouring the local thrift stores for rare woodworking tools.

John & Shirley