Unwind Your Mind At Essere Lodge In Tulbagh

Unwind Your Mind At Essere Lodge In Tulbagh

Being the sleep deprived new parents that we are; we were in desperate need of a getaway. So when we were invited for a night’s stay at Essere Lodge, our tired bodies obviously screamed ‘yes please’! Essere Lodge is situated in the quaint town of Tulbagh, a mere 90 minute drive from Cape Town. The Lodge Boutique Guest House forms part of the Tulbagh luxury accommodation options and is the perfect escape from city life. We arrived at Essere Tulbagh on a windy Saturday morning. Bright yellow canola fields lined the road from the town of Wellington all the way to our destination. The little road trip did an excellent job of getting us excited for the day ahead. We were warmly greeted by our hosts Alison and Lawrie as well as their cute little pooches – Watson and Sherlock. While enjoying a hot cup of coffee we got to know the rest of the invited media group while taking in the 180 degree mountain views from inside The Barn.   Essere Lodge – a place ‘to be’ The Barn is the main lodge of the premises with floor to ceiling windows and two terraces which provides gorgeous mountain and garden views. I particularly love the industrial farmhouse chic design and décor which offsets the lush green gardens beautifully. We were treated to a cheese demonstration and tasting in the lounge area of The Barn by in-house chef Karin Schmidt where after lunch was served, once again overlooking the mountains. Our stomach lining fully in place, we headed to the well-known Saronsberg Wine Cellar for some wine tasting with...
Best of Both Worlds at Glen Eden Farm in Montagu

Best of Both Worlds at Glen Eden Farm in Montagu

As is always the case, a getaway was long overdue. But as always, work and life gets in the way of making these things happen. We literally made the decision to go to Glen Eden Farm three days before leaving. As you can imagine, it was quite a scramble! However, thanks to the efficiency of Lekkeslaap; enquiry, payment and booking were all made in a day’s time. Off we went on a Friday afternoon for our long overdue weekend away. The Road Untravelled I reluctantly agree when hubby wants to take the R318 to Montagu as I wanted to take Route 62. He reminds me that it’s about taking the road less travelled while simultaneously discovering new ones. We’re practically left alone on the R318 to enjoy the long flat landscapes as there’s no traffic whatsoever. But more about this alternative route in another blog post. I worry that we left home too late but about 200km later we arrive at our destination just in time to take a dip in the pool. Views for Days at Glen Eden Farm Glen Eden farm is situated 14km outside of Montagu just off the scenic Route 62. You’d think this close proximity to the road would be noisy but surprisingly the distant sounds of passing cars don’t bother us. The Fish Eagle cottage, our home for the weekend, is placed furthest from the road and we’re treated with spectacular views. The mountains wrap around the farm and offer an abundance of bird life. We sit on the porch and soak in the beauty, allowing the countryside to take over our weary...
5 Romantic Ideas for Valentine’s Day in the Western Cape

5 Romantic Ideas for Valentine’s Day in the Western Cape

The notorious day of love is looming and couples are desperately scrambling for date ideas. Yes, Valentine’s Day 2017 is upon us and romance is the order of the day. Valentine’s Day in the Western Cape is usually preceded by a flood of advertisements for dates and getaways. This can be quite daunting, especially if you have no clue whether you and your date are going to be happy after spending all that money! Enter my pick of date ideas for Valentine’s Day in the Western Cape. I’ve rounded up my favourite dates and getaways over the past two years and combined them into one post. So all you have to do is make your choice knowing that the suggestions already tick all the right boxes. River Cruises and Horseback Riding at Madi-Madi Karoo Safari Lodge What says romance more than a horseback ride and a river cruise? Nothing! Madi-Madi Safari Lodge in the Karoo is the perfect hideaway for couples wanting a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. Stay in the river-front cottages to get the ultimate viewing experience. You’ll have front row views of the Kammanassie river and watch the horses grazing while enjoying a glass of sherry on your patio. Stay in a Luxury Tree House at Vindoux Guest Farm in Tulbagh I’m not talking your average childhood tree house here. Vindoux Guest Farm in the town of Tulbagh has luxury tree houses overlooking the mountains. You’ll even have zebra grazing and lounging around right opposite your balcony. All meals are also  enjoyed on your private tree house balcony which allows for uninterrupted...

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