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Boschendal Wine Estate – South Africa

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Hotel Type: Luxury wine farm stay. 

Location: In the heart of the winelands, around 15 minutes from Stellenbosch and Franschhoek – just an hour from Cape Town

Style: Colonial Dutch chic. 

Rooms: Luxury rooms and cottages.

Ideal For: Getting back to nature and family adventures. 

Swimming: There is a communal, natural swimming pool for guests to enjoy. 

Dining: Farm to fork dining is key at Boschendal, with The Werf Restaurant serving seasonal dishes made up of local and ethically produced ingredients, while The Deli has the same values but with more laid-back dining. The self-catering facilities available for all the accommodation may suit families with young children, with a butchery, bakery and farm shop available to buy fresh produce. 

Children: Most definitely – it’s a fabulous playground for children of all ages. Children can enjoy a programme of activities with the opportunity to learn anything from harvesting produce to African drumming.

Activities: Head out on one of the biking or walking trails of the estate, take a walking tour of the farm where you can learn about sustainable gardening, or start the day with a yoga session. The night markets in the summer include stands with handmade, local products, fresh farm produce and live music for all the family to enjoy.

Spa: There is no spa on site. 

Low Season Price From: £145 per night for a one bedroom Orchard Cottage. 

High Season Price From: £245 per night for a one bedroom Orchard Cottage.

Open From: All year round.

Against the dramatic backdrop of Simonsberg Mountain, Boschendal lies in 1800 hectares of some of the Western Cape’s most beautiful territory. Formerly a 17th century colonial Dutch manor and one of the country’s oldest wine estates, it is now a sophisticated agritourism experience. Still famous for its wines, it has an established and ethically run farm as its heart. And scattered around the estate are beautifully restored farm cottages with far reaching views, for guests to immerse themselves in the simple pleasures of farm life and breathe the fresh Franschhoek air. We love its down to earth charm and its authentic and generous hospitality. It is an idyllic bolt hole.

Accommodation

Whether you’re travelling as a couple, or as a family, and whether you want to be close to creature comforts or crave some freedom, the range of accommodation at Boschendal caters for every need – with a huge dose of luxury thrown in. Some are a short walk from the main farm area, whilst others are scattered throughout the estate, reached by trails for cycling or walking. The Werf Garden Suites are in fact one bedroom cottages. Not far from the Werf Restaurant and the Deli, they are beautifully appointed in luxury farmhouse style and have terraces with views across the farm to the mountains. Each sleeps two guests, whilst the larger Deluxe Werf Cottages can sleep two adults and one child. The Orchard Cottages are more contemporary in design and lie 2km (a gentle cycle) from the main farmhouse complex – we love their air of freedom out on the estate and their very comfortable verandahs. They range from one to four bedrooms. An authentic Dutch farmhouse and a South African National Heritage Site, Cottage 1685 sits right under Simonsberg Mountain with expansive gardens and a natural swimming pool. A traditional verandah runs the entire length and the interiors are uber stylish. It sleeps up to six, with another four in the garden annexe and is 2km from the main Werf area. More remote, with a private dam, Trout Cottage is a fabulous family hideaway, sleeping up to six. The Retreat is a collection of cottages 3.5km from the main farm, with large gardens and very spacious living. Each cottage can sleep up to four. Set under Simonsberg Mountain in extensive gardens with a private lake and swimming pool, the Mountain Villa is luxurious living. With a wraparound terrace and plenty of places to eat al fresco, using the braai of course, and dreamy views, it’s a spectacular base for your wineland adventure. It sleeps 12 guests and a private chef can be requested for all your catering needs.

Restaurants

Whilst all the accommodation is equipped for self-catering, with kitchens you’d be more than happy to have at home, there are plenty of dining choices at Boschendal. With much of the produce organically grown on the estate, and the majority of everything else sourced locally, the emphasis is very much on farm to fork, with menus changing with the seasons. The Werf Restaurant is at the heart of the estate in the original cellar of the old manor house, spilling out onto the terrace. Very generous sharing platters feature Black Angus beef reared on the farm, and forest-reared pork with just picked vegetables and herbs. Breakfast, lunch and dinner can all be enjoyed here. At The Deli you’ll find hearty all-day breakfasts and wood-fired pizzas in a very convivial setting. You can’t stay here without having one of their famous picnics – a hamper brimming with delicious goodies that can be eaten on the lawns, or taken back to your cottage to eat in the garden. And if you’re cooking yourself, the Butchery, Bakery and Farm Shop has all the fresh produce you could possibly want.

Children

It goes without saying, that Boschendal, with all its freedoms, is a magical place for children – away from everything. The farm offers and outdoor experience programme for children between the ages of five and 14, with two hour or full day sessions revealing the delights of farm life. Activities from foraging to planting or harvesting, from shelter building and learning survival skills to making natural medicines and to tracking animals, are designed to inspire, educate and demonstrate an eco approach to life. The enormous Tree House playground is available to all children and there is pony riding for children over seven.

Activities

You can’t stay here and not take a wine tour. Walk through the acres and acres of chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and shiraz and take the journey from grape to bottle. Then, the best bit, taste it all. If you’d like to explore the estate, there are guides on hand to take you, either on foot, by bike or on horseback, then finish it off with a swim in the dam. Wake up each morning with a yoga session and spend a day in the tranquility of your own garden. During the summer, Boschendal has a weekly Friday night market with food stalls, live music and local artisans selling their produce – with the Werf becoming a vibrant party scene. In the sensitively restored manor house you’ll find a contemporary art gallery with rotating exhibits of South African and African art. This is a place to come for peace and quiet and for enjoying the simple pleasures in life.

Sustainability

The team at Boschendal are committed to regenerative and sustainable agriculture, working with nature for the benefit of the community and future generations. Every practice on the farm has its roots in sustainability.

Pricing & Availability

For all hotel pricing and availability please speak to Philippa, Gemma, or Jo on the phone (01306 264 005), or via email (hello@fishandpips.co.uk), or

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