New Life at Historic Cape Estate

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By Richard Holmes

Cradled by the Simonsberg and Jonkershoek mountains, Boschendal Farm traces its history back to 1685 and the earliest days of the Cape colony. Over 300 years later, a surge of investment and a rejuvenation of the entire estate have made Boschendal one of most sought-after destinations in the South African winelands.

A diverse property stretching to more than 2000 hectares, Boschendal Farm offers a rich pantry of fresh produce that finds wonderful expression in the estate’s restaurants and boutiques. Locals love the picnics in the shade of whispering Oak trees, the on-site butchery sells superb cured meats and fresh cuts, the deli and farm bistro offer freshly-baked farm produce, while the Werf Restaurant under chef Christiaan Campbell is leading the way in farm-to-table fine dining.

Gastronomic distractions aside, there’s no shortage of activities to keep you busy. Mountain bike trails traverse the flanks of the Simonsberg Mountain, walking trails meander through indigenous Cape fynbos vegetation, while the farm dams will tempt you to cast a fly for trout.

It’s all far more than can be enjoyed in a day, and the introduction of luxury accommodation across the estate has transformed Boschendal into one of the most desirable getaways in the Cape, and a worthy South African winner of the Accommodation category in the Great Wine Capitals Best of Wine Tourism Awards 2016.  Other worldwide winners of the category include the acclaimed Harvest Inn by Charlie Palmer in the Napa Valley, and Domaine de Grange Neuve in France’s Périgord region.

Part of Boschendal’s appeal is the variety of accommodation choices on offer, from family-friendly suites to romantic escapes and even an exclusive-use serviced cottage.

Boschendal cottages

The colourful Orchard cottages are set a short drive from the historic werf (homestead), and are ideal for family travellers. Decorated in a bright, modern style each private terrace leads on to spacious lawns, with a sparkling pool overlooking the vineyards in which to escape the hot summer days.

the decor at a Werf cottage

In the heart of the estate the Werf cottages are perfect for couples. Brimming with romance, they are decorated in a stylish farm aesthetic incorporating elements of the estate’s pristine natural vegetation and rich history. Finally, the five-bedroom Rhodes Cottage awaits the fortunate few: designed for Sir Cecil John Rhodes, a former owner of Boschendal, it is set on its own corner of the estate and boasts a dedicated housekeeper, two private swimming pools and spacious living areas. A private chef can be provided on request.

Melding the rich history of the Cape winelands, a sustainable ethos and bespoke luxury experiences, Boschendal Farm has cemented its reputation  as one of the finest getaways in the South African winelands.

Accommodation Information

T: +27 21 870 4202
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Restaurants :Make a Reservation Enquiry

The Werf Restaurant

T: +27 (0) 21 870 4206
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The Farm Shop & Deli

T: +27 (0) 21 870 4276

Rhone Homestead

T: +27 (0) 21 870 4273/4
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