WORK is poised to begin on rebuilding the Tintswalo Atlantic boutique hotel on Chapman’s Peak Drive after it was damaged in days of wildfire in Cape Town that saw thousands of hectares of vegetation burnt, two people dead and 13 houses destroyed.Site clearing has begun and owners Ernest and Gaye Corbett plan to hand over to the builders next month. Five of the 11 suites and the entire main building of the hotel, which was opened in August 2008, were damaged.Ms Corbett, who is Tintswalo Lodge Collection chief financial officer, estimates damage at R25m-R30m. It has been all insured, but the little things that they bought and put into the lodge over several years are difficult to quantify."We always treated the lodge as if it was our second home so there were many things in there that had a special place in our hearts," she says. "I am still remembering so much that I will find hard to replace, especially the things that we collected on our travels, which had a special spot somewhere ...

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