The Great Wine Capitals Network awarded Boschendal their 2016 Best of Wine Tourism Regional award for best accommodation on a wine farm. With this in mind, I booked four nights in the recent holidays to experience first hand what is on offer.
The accommodation is comfortable and stylish, offering free Wifi and DSTV – a necessity when travelling with teenagers. It might have been freezing outside, but we were super snug with electric blankets and a fireplace stocked with free wood. I had originally booked the Orchard Cottages at the top of the farm, but seeing the road was being paved, we were upgraded to Clarence Cottage which suited us perfectly. It is just behind the Werf Cottages and within walking distance of the Farm Deli.
The cottages are fully set-up for self-catering and serviced daily by very helpful and friendly staff. Our package included breakfast at the Farm Deli. It was so relaxing to wake up each morning, have homemade ginger biscuits with our tea, before going for a run around the estate. We returned for a piping hot shower in the generous en- suite-bathrooms with homemade toiletries, before meandering over to the deli for a well-deserved and hearty farm breakfast. Each morning we tried something new and were never disappointed.
You know you are in the country and on a farm when the information brochure includes the name and number for the local snake catcher! However that is no reason to be put off at all as Boschendal is great any time of the year and is incredibly family-friendly.
The one afternoon my teenage daughter and I went horse-riding. Having grown up reading classics such as Black Beauty and My Friend Flicker, it was great to be back on a horse in the most magnificent setting. The staff were very patient with us, as were the horses, and we thoroughly enjoyed the level – appropriate hour-long riding experience around this beautiful estate.
Another day we decided to go trout-fishing. There were no bites to be had on this ‘catch and release’ activity, but it was in such a gorgeous setting overlooking the valley with the snow-capped mountains in the distance that it really did not matter. In summer if you are staying on the farm guests are welcome to swim in the dams.
No visit to Boschendal would be complete without tasting their huge range of wines – something to suit every palette. One afternoon we wandered up for the complimentary wine-tasting in the oldest building on the estate opposite the elegant Rhone Homestead before making our way slowly back to the cottage for an afternoon snooze. Time really slowed down and whilst it was only a four day vacation it felt a lot longer.
Our relaxing stay at beautiful Boschendal once again convinced me that there are few places in the world which offer the magnificent scenery, quality of food and wine such as the South African winelands. In the Cape, we truly have the best wine tourism experience in the world and Boschendal is testimony to that.
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