Situated a short 15-minute drive from Franschhoek village, between Stellenbosch and Paarl, is the Boschendal Farm, a working agricultural farm offering a plethora of activities, award winning wine and gourmet food. With a grand mountain backdrop, guests can expect dappled oak tree avenues, 17th century Cape Dutch architecture, rustic-chic interiors and even ducks waddling up and down the estate.
The luxury guest accommodation on the farm is a recent addition, with the option of staying in the historical Herbert Baker designed, Rhodes Cottage (sleeps 10) or the beautifully restored 1, 2, 3 and 4-bedroom Orchard Cottages, all dotted around the property. Guests can choose to stay in the Werf Garden Suites, close to the deli shop, restaurant and wine tasting; or in a more remote location amongst the hillside fynbos. With traditional Cape farm interiors, the rooms come with luxurious fabrics and finishes as well as Victorian-styled bathrooms.
All the cottages have a full kitchen (or kitchenette in the smaller cottages) where guests may wish to prepare meals using fresh farm produce bought at the estate's Deli. Alternatively, guests can have breakfast, lunch or dinner baskets brought to their cottage or eat at the Werf Restaurant, Farmshop & Deli, Rhone Homestead or picnic area. With Boschendal being the one of the Cape's most authentic agritourism experiences, everything guests will eat and drink on the farm has been ethically raised.
On top of the amazing farm stay accommodation close to the main werf, Boschendal offers guests a variety of accommodation further into the estate. Trout Cottage is the perfect cottage space for small families looking to explore the surrounding nature. Situated in a private area of the farm, the cottage offers direct access to the Simonsberg Mountains. For larger families looking for that same exclusive privacy with added luxury, the Mountain Villa offers everything a family could want. Families can take advantage of this six-bedroom villa at the foot of the Simonsberg Mountain. A farm concierge is on hand to help families and a private chef is also available for families who want to be catered to. The large swimming pool overlooks the stunning Franschhoek Valley below.
If 6 bedrooms aren't enough for a family, the farm offers one more possibility- Bertha's Retreat. This stunning corner of the farm offers 18 two-bedroom cottages a few kilometres away from the main farm. The ultimate retreat for groups and family reunions alike.
No matter which of the amazing cottages guests stay in, all guests of Boschendal have privileged access to the farm. One can join a farm tour or explore the estate on foot, following trails through orchards and mountain fynbos. There is also a main swimming pool and spa for a more leisurely experience. Kids also have access to the Tree House, an educational play-centre where kids can learn about an authentic farm experience. Daily activities are always available, from farm foraging to outdoor cooking.
Boschendal Farm is 50 minutes' drive from Cape Town, 15 minutes from Stellenbosch over the stunning Helshoogte Pass and 20 minutes' drive from Paarl along the R45.
Wine tasting, vineyard and cellar tours, farm tours, picnics on the lawns, swimming and trout fishing in the dams as well as biking, hiking and horse riding trails. There is also plenty of opportunity to sit, read, relax and take in the goodness of life.
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This was the highlight of our trip - we LOVED this place. the Cottage was perfect retreat in the wilds of the property and felt really magical (particularly when an African eagle owl came to visit us whilst cooking on our own braii with meat/produce from the farm shop). It seems the property had recently been re-furbed and was really comfortable and excellently equipped (in honesty better in that sense…
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