An authentic farm stay experience in a beautiful river valley.
Boschendal Wine Estates. You are hard pressed to find a better place to base yourself in the winelands. Half way between the key towns of Franschhoek and Stellenbosch, it’s in the Drakenstein valley with stunning mountain views. As one of the oldest working farms in South Africa (founded in 1685) it has oodles of heritage and is renowned for its wonderful picnic scene enjoyed on their beautiful lawns with a glass of something cool.
Boschendal has been revitalised, making it a go-to location for its farm-to-table cooking and beautifully revamped cottages. Free-range chickens and pigs roam in the woods, helping to regenerate the soil and create a rich bio diverse environment as part of Boschendal’s commitment to the conservation and restoration of the land.
Accommodation is in individual, self-contained farm cottages, which are ideal for families. They are designed to take advantage of stunning views out to the craggy mountains, which change to beautiful shades of pink and orange at sunset.
The cottages are charming and rustic, and it’s clear that you are on a working farm. They are not heavily manicured but they are pretty, popular and well kitted out. A canopy of lovely oak trees provides shade for many of the living areas. I would recommend for a couple to book the “Werf” cottages (farmstead) close to the deli shop, wine tasting and restaurant.
Each of the cottages have been well designed to give all you need to chill and unwind.
Dining options include a range of restaurants and picnic areas, or you can have baskets of food brought to your cottage.
The estate has a deli shop where guests can buy eggs, fruit, butter salad and milk that are produced on the farm, as well as delicious meat from their grass-fed Aberdeen Angus cattle. All cottages have a kitchen where guests can prepare food.
The estate offers lots of family activities such as farm tours, pony rides and caves to explore, as well as supervised activities for kids aged 4-14 years, which are complimentary for guests.
Adults can take vineyard and cellar tours, or join a wine tasting where they can get acquainted with the estate’s top red wine – Boschendal Black Angus – a cabernet blend with shades of Bordeaux, which clocks in at a handsome £35 a bottle.
Guests are offered complimentary gym facilities at a nearby health club, which include personal training, fitness activities and a sauna and indoor heated pool.
Boschendal is great for families, foodies, hikers and even fly-fishers, thanks to its own dams. You have it all: history, nature, wine and a pretty darn comfortable place to hang your hat.