Get­away to the Coun­try­side

Premier Magazine (South AFrica) - - Contents - Text: Me­lanie We­ston Images © Boschen­dal

You have waited in sus­pense the whole week with ex­cite­ment build­ing up. You are leav­ing the of­fice early on Fri­day. Your bags are al­ready packed, your friends are on their way to pick you up, and the only thing left to do is to swing by the shop­ping cen­tre to grab the nec­es­sary gro­ceries you will need for your week­end break­away.

There is a spe­cific feel­ing that comes with mo­ments like th­ese – from the morn­ing to the mo­ment you leave the of­fice to start your get­away. It can be de­scribed as burst­ing ea­ger­ness, en­thu­si­asm, or per­haps sheer ex­cite­ment. And it is some­thing ev­ery­one should be able to feel once in a while.

This is ex­actly the feel­ing I had when my­self and a few of my close friends opted for a week­end-long stay at one of the charm­ing Or­chard Cot­tages sit­u­ated on Boschen­dal Es­tate – one of the old­est and most beau­ti­ful wine farms in the Western Cape.

To beat traf­fic on a Fri­day af­ter­noon, we took the road less trav­elled, which was also the more scenic route over Helshoogte Pass to­wards the winelands where Boschen­dal is sit­u­ated on Pniel Main Road.

Op­po­site the main en­trance of the es­tate, just a few me­tres fur­ther, we found the en­trance to the Or­chard Cot­tages. Driv­ing down a straight road, dec­o­rated with trees and or­chards on ei­ther side and the pic­turesque moun­tains mak­ing for a photo-wor­thy back­ground, the sun was be­gin­ning to set as we ar­rived at our self­ca­ter­ing cot­tage.

Dec­o­rated in a sim­plis­tic style with con­tem­po­rary flair, the cot­tages ex­ude tran­quil­lity among the picture-per­fect nat­u­ral set­ting of the Fran­schhoek Moun­tains and coun­try­side beauty. The twi­light set the right at­mos­phere, as the porch over­looks the cen­tury-old trees and the com­mu­nal pool for friends and fam­ily to re­lax around dur­ing Sum­mer.

Boast­ing three bed­rooms with en suite bath­rooms, a fully-equipped kitchen, lounge with a TV and DSTV, fire­place, din­ing area, and cov­ered out­side braai area, we quickly found that this was the per­fect-size cot­tage for six peo­ple to en­joy a na­ture-filled week­end away.

In­stead of stay­ing in and mak­ing use of the self-cater­ing ameni­ties the first evening, we de­cided to pay the main prop­erty a visit and opt for a wine tast­ing fol­lowed by din­ner at The Werf Restau­rant, sit­u­ated in the beau­ti­fully re­vamped orig­i­nal cel­lar of the Manor House, and of­fer­ing con­tem­po­rary farmto-ta­ble din­ing us­ing the best of avail­able lo­cal, sea­sonal, and eth­i­cally-sourced in­gre­di­ents. The meals can also be paired with the wines of the es­tate for an op­ti­mal gas­tro­nomic ex­pe­ri­ence. The well-trained and ex­tremely af­fa­ble staff adds to the guest ex­pe­ri­ence, mak­ing this restau­rant a must-visit for all.

The cot­tages are set on the per­fect spot for ev­ery type of vis­i­tor – those that just want to re­lax, as well as the ad­ven­ture-seek­ers. We were up early on the Satur­day morn­ing for a long walk on the prop­erty along one of the trails be­fore en­joy­ing break­fast. How­ever, vis­i­tors can also opt for moun­tain bik­ing, pic­nics on the farm, or ven­tur­ing to­ward the sur­round­ing ar­eas to fur­ther ex­plore what the winelands has to of­fer.

Sun­days are, as some would say, for sleep­ing in, and, that was done with ease by all of us in the com­fort­able beds in the cot­tage. Af­ter ev­ery­one awoke, with a cup of cof­fee in hand, we en­joyed the sun and nat­u­ral sur­round­ings. This was cer­tainly a week­end well spent.

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