“Historic Cape Dutch homestead in the heart of the Cape Winelands, offering friendly B&B or cottage accommodation”
Lying along one of the 4 sides of the homestead's traditional square layout are 5 delightful guest bedrooms, all looking over the outside gardens to the distant mountains. The style is homely and historic. Some have pretty ceramic washbowls from pre-ensuite days; the bathrooms themselves are functional enough, some with both a shower and a bathtub.
Of the 2 ground-floor rooms, Camelia Room is a large double with an ensuite bathroom, and York Room is a twin room with an ensuite bathroom. Both are spacious and cool, with huge old beds, wardrobes and a writing desk.
On the first floor, the Peacock Suite is made up of a double room and a twin (bunk-beds) which both share a bathroom - making it handy for a family with slightly older children. Owl Corner Suite has 1 large double room, a second smaller double and a shower room. There is also the twin bedded Old Nursery Room.
Outside, about 100m away, some of the old outbuildings have been converted into cottages. They’re less refined than the main house rooms but they do offer extra privacy. Coach House Cottage sits directly alongside the stables (best for people who like horses). It’s semi-open-plan, with a large sitting room, a kitchen area and a double bedroom. Since our visit, the Ballroom Cottage and Wine Cellar Cottage have both been added. Both have two bedrooms and outdoor space.
A lovely buffet breakfast - hot drinks, fruit juices, fresh fruit, cereals, yoghurt, toast, eggs - is served either in the dining room or outside on the front patio. Service is laissez-faire, and can sometimes be a little confusing. Guests staying in the cottage can self-cater in the kitchenette, or pay an additional charge for the buffet breakfast.
If you’re around at lunchtime, you can pop along the road to Boschendal Wine Estate for a light meal in the outdoor café, or a very superior ‘picnic’ in its delightful grounds: fresh baguettes with pâtés, cheeses, salads and cold meats, followed by ice cream and filter coffee. Even closer is the new Café Allee Bleue, at the vineyard of the same name, a short walk down the dusty track. It does enormous portions of freshly-made pasta, steak, Cape-style curries, exciting salads, and great coffee to finish off.
For dinner you’ve got some of South Africa’s finest restaurants a short drive away. In Franschhoek there’s Mont Rochelle - voted one of the world’s top 50 dining venues by Conde Nast Traveler; Le Quartier Francais] - French-Malay-African cuisine, listed among the Top 10 in South African ‘Eat Out’; Monneaux - also in Eat Out’s Top 10; and more besides (ask for the latest recommendations).
All around you are vineyard estates offering food to help soak up the wine you’ve tasted, including La Motte, Haute Cabriere and Boschendal.
Or, if you would like to dine in, you can arrange it with Dahlia, the housekeeper and cook, who does a mean bobotie - a delicate kind of curry, using beef and flavoured with apples, raisins and apricots, served with yellow rice and sambals. We enjoyed her simple home cooking after several elaborate meals in the nearby restaurants!
A lovely place for children of all ages with toddler-friendly bedrooms and cottages that really work for families. Although the wine country is more of a draw for their parents, children will enjoy the farmyard animals on-site (including a domesticated goose!). The nanny and chauffeur services on offer mean you can go off and enjoy the local gourmet attractions.
Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
The upstairs Peacock Suite has a double plus a children's bunk bed room. Owl Corner Suite is separated from the rest of the house and has 2 double rooms. Ballroom and Wine Cellar Cottage each have 2 bedrooms. Althouhg Coach House Cottage is self-catering, the children will sleep in the sitting room, so you can't watch TV after they've gone to bed.
Susan has done a 'super nanny' course and can offer babysitting/ childcare any time of the day or night - handy if you want to go off wine tasting or for a gourmet feast in Franschhoek (chauffeurs are also available)
Monitor works everywhere in the B&B/Farm area
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Special menus can be created for all ages (and allergies). There's a child-friendly cafe within walking distance and if you're staying in a cottage, you'll have a kitchenette and can hire a visiting chef by arrangement. Baby bottles can be warmed
There's a mobile signal everywhere and the owners plan to buy a safety net for the pool, currently unfenced. There's nowhere close by to buy nappies and kids stuff so bring what you need with you.