Atrip to South Africa wouldn’t be complete without spending a few nights in Stellenbosch and with so many places to choose from it’s hard to know where to pick. We’d heard so much about Boschendal, one of SA’s oldest farms, so it’s here we decided to base ourselves.
The estate is absolutely stunning, there really is no other way to describe it. Our abode for two nights was one of the renovated Werf cottages which housed everything we needed for a comfy stay and more. The one-bed cottage had rustic yet modern feel with free-standing bath, huge bed, kitchen fully kitted out with everything you might need should you want to cook, dining table, lounge with big sofa, TV and cute outdoor terrace with table and chairs. Then, there’s the views and grounds just waiting to be explored.
As a fully operational farm and winery the emphasis on all food is home grown and local. There’s a bakery on site and kitchen making up homemade jams, oils and chutneys which are available to buy in the farmshop and deli. Breakfast is served here and what a breakfast, we sampled the skillet which included Boschendal’s own pasture-reared Angus Beef sausages and pear juice made with pears picked from their orchards. You can also opt to have breakfast on your terrace, we did this the second morning and a picnic basket arrived filled with fresh goodies – although we’re not sure what we liked more the food or the backdrop of the mountains!
The day we left the new restaurant opened which looked stunning and gave us the perfect excuse to return…Quite simply one of the prettiest places we’ve ever stayed.