7 Western Cape Rhodes Cot­tage

Fran­schhoek

South African Country Life - - Country Escapes - – Fiona McIntosh 021 870 4290, ac­com­mo­da­tion@boschen­dal.co.za, www.boschen­dal.co.za

One of South Africa’s old­est wine es­tates dat­ing back to 1685, Boschen­dal has re­cently ren­o­vated many of its his­toric build­ings for the en­joy­ment of vis­i­tors. If you’re look­ing for some­thing re­ally spe­cial, book into Rhodes Cot­tage, for­merly the coun­try re­treat of Ce­cil John Rhodes. De­signed by Sir Herbert Baker and built in 1897, the thatched cot­tage on the slopes of the Si­mons­berg is a South African Na­tional Her­itage Site. Sim­ply but stylishly fur­nished, with stun­ning views, a spa­cious ve­randa and out­side din­ing area un­der the oak trees, it’s still a won­der­ful re­treat that sleeps six in the main house and an­other four in the gar­den an­nex. Sur­rounded by beau­ti­ful gar­dens and with an eco-friendly swim­ming pool, it’s also close to a dam, where guests can swim and fly­fish. Fish­ing rods and para­phena­lia, along with a cou­ple of bikes, boules and a cro­quet set are pro­vided for free, as are the ser­vices of a house­keeper. Rhodes would have ap­proved.

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