Boschendal Wine Estate – Cape Winelands

The second oldest wine estate in South Africa, Boschendal offers an authentic farm stay experience in the beautiful Drakenstein river valley, half way between Franschhoek and Stellenbosch.

Surrounded by stunning mountains and vineyards, it’s one of the countries original working farms (founded in 1685). The revamped farmstead is renowned for its farm-to-table cuisine (including home-reared Black Angus Beef), and offers beautifully restored cottages and activities to suit all ages, from swimming and fishing in the dam to hiking and mountain biking. A guided farm tour reveals free-range chickens and pigs roaming in the woods, helping to regenerate the soil and create a rich biodiverse environment as part of Boschendal’s commitment to the conservation and restoration of the land.

Accommodation is either in individual, self-contained pretty farm cottages, which are ideal for families or in a new all-inclusive luxury tented camp. The cottages are charming and rustic and well kitted out with all you need to unwind. A canopy of lovely oak trees provides shade for many of the living areas, and the cottages are designed to take in the ravishing views over the craggy mountains, which become beautiful shades of pink and orange at sunset. For couples, I recommend the ‘Werf’ cottages (farmstead) close to the deli, wine tasting and restaurant.

The luxury tented camp experience comprises of seven tents around a main hub, with two tents suitable for a family of four (with children from six to 12 years). Farm breakfasts, harvest table spreads, and home-grown and reared produce and drinks (excluding premium spirits and cellar wines) are all included, along with activities such as open-water swimming, guided mountain hikes and yoga, and a campfire in the evening. Optional activities include a vineyard adventure, horse riding and mountain biking.

Susie suggests:

  • Go for a wonderful picnic on the beautiful lawns, with a glass of something cool and refreshing from the farm cellar.
  • Book a vineyard adventure to sip on the estates most celebrated wines, while soaking up the stunning landscapes.
  • Explore the farm on foot or by horseback, or help harvest the fresh produce if you want to.
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