Accommodation/Verblyf

Where to stay on wine farms/Waar om te bly op wynplase.

Black Oystercatcher bied ontvlugting van die alledaagse

Die vier gerieflike selfsorg-skakelhuisies op die plaas Moddervei, die tuiste van Black Oystercatcher.

Van basiese, gerieflike kuier tot weelderige bederf, dis wat die Kaapse wynlande bied. Verblyf, eet en aktiwiteite het vandag ’n integrale deel geword van die wyntoerisme-ervaring en is net so belangrik soos die nektar van die gode wat mens op wynplase en by wynkelders geniet.

In ons voortgesette soektog na al die wynlande se verskillende juwele, kom ons van tyd tot tyd af op onverwagse skatte. Moddervlei, die tuiste van alles Black Oystercatcher, in die Strandveld is een van daardie onverwagse skatte. Hiernatoe vlug jy van die alledaagse en loop lekker, gemaklike selfsorgverblyf, heerlike wyn en ewe heerlike kos raak, alles op een plek! En alles onder die Black Oystercatcher-handelsmerk.

Let the beauty and tranquility of Saronsberg and the Tulbagh Valley nurture your body and soul!

The view from the lawn in front of the cellar and tasting room complex. Stunning!

Not a month goes by without us being reminded of the incredible wealth and diversity of the Cape winelands’ tourism offerings. And when one travels abroad to wine producing countries like France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Croatia, one cannot but compare, and every time South Africa comes up tops.

Gaan herlaai jou battery op Nooitgedacht in die Aprilskloof

Omring deur wingerde en fynbos, en met die natuur as jou enigste geselskap.

En daar kuier ons toe verlede jaar ’n Australiese paartjie raak. In Dubrovnik, Kroasië, van alle plekke. In ’n eetplekkie in die ou, geskiedkundige, ommuurde stad. Rondom kos en wyn. Hulle hoor hoe gooi ons die boeretaal en vra onmiddellik of ons uit Suid-Afrika kom en of ons Afrikaans praat. Ons sê ja en hulle vertel ons van hul besoek die vorige jaar aan ons pragtige land, hul eerste, en van hul reis vanaf Zimbabwe al teen die ooskus af tot in die “mooiste, mooiste Kaap”.

 

Dunstone Country House & Winery is the complete package!

The perfect getaway can be found at Dunstone near Welington.

A few years back I did the Wellington Wine Walk over three days. What a super experience! The guests stayed on different wine estates, and I vividly remember how full of praise for the Bovlei Vallei Retreat a group of hikers were when we got together to tackle the next leg of our wine walk. They literally waxed lyrical over the accommodation, the scenery, the food, the wine and their hosts.

 

Span uit en ontspan in styl by Kloovenburg Pastorie

Sjarmant, elegant en effe formeel, soos dit in die goeie ou dae was.

Net meer as vier dekades gelede was wyntoerisme in Suid-Afrika nog ’n droom. Toe kry ons ons eerste wynroete en kon ons vir die eerste keer op wynplase in proelokale gaan wyn proe en koop. Nie lank daarna nie het eet- en blyplekke op wynplase hul welkome koppe begin uitsteek.

 

Live ‘la dolce vita’ at Fraai Uitzicht 1798

The building that houses the restaurant and cellar, among others, with the superb accommodation tucked away to its left.

The Italians call it la dolce vita, the good life! But a good life is all about memorable experiences. The more, the better! For example, a superb accommodation experience is much more than the magnificent room you stay in and a fine dining experience much more that the multi-awarded restaurant where you eat. It’s the sum total of each and every experience.

 

Excelsior’s ‘feather palace’ combines the elegance and grace of yesteryear with the luxury and comfort of today

Elegance and grace, that's the "Feather Palace" on Excelsior.

I fondly remember the manor house on my grandparent’s farm Elim next to the Orange River. It was a big house - grandiose, spacious, comfortable and serene – with 11 bedrooms, including the main bedroom at the top of the long corridor. The other rooms were either side of the corridor, the bottom six for the children and their spouses and the other four for the grandchildren. For holidays and special occasions.

Strandveld Vineyards bied rustige verblyf in landelike omgewing met baie te doen

Die twee skakelhuisies met die kelder links agter.

‘n Paar jaar gelede het ek ‘n artikel gaan doen oor die mees suidelike wingerde in Suid-Afrika. Dis daar in die Strandveld tussen Bredasdorp, Struisbaai en Elim. Ek het die naweek op Strandveld Vineyards, die mees suidelike wynmakery in Suid-Afrika, gebly in een van hul twee skakelhuisies, omring deur ‘n ruim grasperk en met ‘n pragtige fynbostuin byna op jou voorstoep. En die proelokaal is binne twintig struikels van jou verblyf af, soos ‘n tandarts-vriend dit sal stel!

At Barton’s villas you do it in luxury and style!

The four villas are snugly situated against the lower slopes, each offering complete privacy and much, much more.

Villas are places of accommodation in Italy, right! In South Africa, when you stay on a wine estate, you can choose anything from self catering accommodation and BxB’s to luxurious, star-studded guesthouses and boutique hotels. But not villas. Well, until now, that is.

When the Bot River winemakers invited us to attend their annual harvest celebration, Barrels and Beards, earlier this year, we decided to make a weekend of it, and after some enquiries discovered that great accommodation was to be found on a new wine and olive estate, Barton Vineyards & Villas. It’s situated on the R43 about 5 km from Bot River and 25 km from Hermanus, in other words, close to every possible convenience.

Lemberg bied die ideale plek vir uitspan en ontspan

Uitspan en ontspan in 'n rustige landelike omgewing, dis Lemberg se gerieflike rondawel.

Ek en vroulief het vroeër vanjaar ‘n lelike stel afgetrap met verblyf naby Hermon in die Riebeek-vallei toe ons deur die internet ‘n naweek in ‘n sogenaamde vierstergastehuis op die oewer van die Bergrivier bespreek het. Alles op die gastehuis se webblad het pragtig gelyk en geklink, maar die werklikheid was heeltemal anders.

Sedertdien is ons baie versigting vir mooi beskrywings en foto’s en doen ons eerder navraag by toerismekantore en mense wat die betrokke omgewing en sy verblyf ken.

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