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Self-catering Accommodation at Boschendal Wine Farm in Franschhoek
Indulge in farm life, fresh food and award-winning wine during a cosy cottage stay at this Cape Winelands hideaway
The Vibe: The Boschendal Farm boasts self-catering accommodation in Franschhoek that will sweep you off your feet. The accommodation is not only located in the heart of a fully functioning farm, but also serves up a space that surpasses all your expectations of relaxation. The cottages are popular among couples, families, and with the abundance of activities, Boschendal is ideal for even the solo vacationist. The farm echo’s the sound of children’s laughter during the day and the gentle chatter of crickets at night. The historical relevance of the Estate means that every activity (from horse-riding, to wine tasting, farm visits, and sightseeing) offers an interesting fact or anecdote, as told to guests by guides and staff as you stroll along the leafy terrain. CEO, Rob Lundie and his team take pride in adopting a holistic, all-inclusive approach to hospitality. Guests are offered a unique laid-back experience, while the needs of the entire family are catered to. There is an impressive collection of wine for wine-lovers, historical insights for history buffs, an element of romance for lovers, and an abundance of kids’ activities to keep the little ones entertained. The picturesque views and top-notch service from the Boschendal staff adds to the care-free vacation you’ve been dreaming of. Parents are offered the rare opportunity to kick-back and relax, while kids enjoy supervised fun in the farm, among the horses and at the Splish-Splash area.
The Offerings: The Boschendal farm accommodates over 90 guests in their recently refurbished cottages, and as a result of these upgrades Boschendal has ranked number one in the 2015 Wine Tourism Awards for Accommodation. All in-house guests have access to the entire property, opening up the floodgates of opportunity to participate in almost every outdoor activity under the sun. A day at the farm could entail a relaxing walk on the grounds, in and amongst the farm animals, the rose garden or book a pamper session at the Boschendal Spa. For the more adventurous guest, Boschendal offers bike rides and horse rides in this unspoilt 30 km terrain. From hiking, mountain biking, and swimming, to trout fishing, leopard spotting (these majestic animals call the Drakenberg Valley home) and enjoying refreshing sundowners at a beautiful viewpoint overlooking the farm and valley, you won’t be left with nothing to do - unless, of course, you want to. Visitors and guests can delight in the rich environment and natural beauty, as they enjoy the nest of healthy farm living. Dining options include The Werf Restaurant, Rhone Homestead, and the Farmshop & Deli. Or, ideally, opt for the outdoor Werf picnic baskets (an activity you can’t leave without partaking in). Comfort lies at the centre of this picnic experience as the Werf offers lazing hammocks, picnic chairs, snug bean bags, all in addition to the picnic baskets filled with edibles sourced straight from the farm. The Rhone picnic spot offers a more structured alternative to your usual picnic experience: ideal for larger groups it spot affords guests the opportunity to personalize their experience, accommodating for groups where table seating may be necessary. Guests are encouraged to explore the untouched, fynbos-covered hills and ravines. Suffice to say, Boschendal has endless options for every sort of nature enthusiast!
Boschendal accommodation offerings include: The seven luxury Werf Cottages with elegant furnishings, situated behind the historic werf of Boschendal. These cottages are ideal for romantic getaways as it sleeps two guests each, and is equipped with a small kitchen and fireplace, and is within walking distance of the flourishing garden, and farm. All of the Boschendal chalets feature a fireplace (for those chilly winter months), an intimate lounge, and the ‘mini village’, which includes a shared swimming pool, to keep cool during those warm, blissful summer days.
For larger living spaces, opt for the Clarence Cottage. This is a newly renovated four-sleeper cottage, located within walking distance from the Werf area. This area boasts a private garden, large kitchen, fireplace and a porch which extends to the length of the house.
The Orchard Cottages, which we had the honour of enjoying, are a collection of luxury cottages converted from labourers houses. The accommodation features kitchens, outdoor dining areas for braais, and a large shared swimming pool. These cottages are nestled between the pastures and fruit orchards.
What you wouldn’t know about Boschendal’s Accommodation: The Estate was one of the first wine farms to embrace wine tourism when it opened to the public back in 1976. The farm is also committed to seasonal produce from their gardens, and the dishes served at the in-house restaurants are centred around fresh seasonal produce available on the farm each day. Enjoy the tasty food from Executive Chef Christiaan Campbell, who oversees five on-site kitchens, including the restaurants and deli, The Olive Press, Manor House and Rhone Homestead.
Find Boschendal Accommodation: Along the leafy Pniel Road, Boschendal Wine Farm covers 2000-hectares. Follow the arrow on the little cottage along Pniel Road to find the reception.
The Bill: Accommodation prices varies according to season, availability and cottages selected.
Tip: The elegant Olive Press venue is available for event hire, and is ideal for weddings. For booking info and general enquiries, call +27 (0) 21 870 4202 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking to find out more about what you can do at this estate as a day visitor? Here’s the 411 on Boschendal farm.
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