As a family we love visiting the Cape Winelands. This past weekend we visited the beautiful Boschendal Farm and discovered that there are plenty of new and exciting things happening on the farm. Undoubtedly the day spent out at the farm was exceptional and below I give you some details of why I think Boschendal is a true iconic landmark winelands destination.
Situated in Stellenbosch and founded in 1685; Boschendal Farm in the Cape Winelands has become world renowned for its food, wine, farm produce and generous country hospitality. Boschendal farm has truly evolved into an iconic landmark winelands destination offering a diversity of food, wine and outdoor experiences. Integrated with a common ethos of sustainability.
Deeply rooted for Centuries
Though it has taken a decade to rejuvenate, reinvent and refine this Cape farm to what it is today; it prides itself in celebrating three centuries of history as a humble working farm. Woven into every aspect of this acclaimed estate is the agricultural heritage. Additionally, the abundant Food Garden, the free-range chickens, herds of Angus Beef, all pasture-reared – provides fresh produce for The Werf restaurant, The Deli and the Farm Shop & Butchery. Furthermore guests staying over on the estate enjoy a generous welcome hamper of garden herbs, fresh vegetables and farm produce.
From Farm to Fork
At Boschendal, the seasonal produce guide and inspire the chefs. Firstly, when crafting the menus, Executive Chef Allistair Lawrence draws inspiration from what is on offer on the farm. These include fresh herbs and vegetables from the bountiful Food Garden, the abundant fruit orchards and livestock that roam free on grassy pastures. This remarkable open-air pantry informs the diversity of culinary offerings on the estate. From contemporary small-plate dining at The Werf restaurant, to the generous hearty bistro-style plates and ever-popular farm breakfast at The Deli.
In case visitors are looking to take a taste of Boschendal home; there are plenty on offer at the Farm Shop & Butchery. The Food Garden supplies freshly harvested vegetables that fills the shelves. Furthermore you will find fresh farm salads, handcrafted estate products and artisan breads baked on site each day. The generous picnic baskets can be enjoyed during the summer at tables laid out on the lawns surrounding the historic Rhone Homestead.
Boschendal Farm stretched across 1800-hectares that encompass orchards, vineyards, pristine fynbos and rugged mountain slopes. The estate offers world-class mountain bike and running trails as well as scenic mountain walks that showcases the indigenous fynbos. Horse-back rides offer a more sedate way to explore the estate, with a choice of trails and mounts ensuring both novice and experienced riders will feel welcome.
Not only does this beautiful farm cater for adult visitors but it is kid-friendly too. Young visitors aged 5 – 14 will love The Treehouse at the Werf, with an outdoor kids’ playground and pump track open to all visitors. Both Overnight guests as well as day visitors can take advantage of the creative kids’ programmes that allow young travellers to enjoy free-range fun on the farm, while learning about nature and sustainability.
At night when a deep quiet settles on the countryside; that is when Boschendal’s true magic is revealed. Overnight guests enjoy the rare privilege of soaking up the peacefulness of this historic estate. Boschendal offers an array of luxury accommodation, from elegant country living in the Werf Garden Suites to family-friendly self-catering options in the Orchard Cottages. The spacious Mountain Villa and Cottage 1685 (built by the renowned architect, Sir Herbert Baker) accommodates families and groups. Trout Cottage on the flanks of the Simonsberg is perfect for guests seeking pet-friendly accommodation. Boschendal Farm is currently running specials on their accommodation.
Celebrate at Boschendal
Surrounded by the majestic Simonsberg and Drakenstein with its picturesquare setting makes Boschendal the venue of choice for almost any private event. The diversity of venues can be tailored to suit a variety of functions from weddings, private celebrations, conferences and corporate events.
Boschendal Farm is passionate about seeking, and creating, a more sustainable way of living. From agriculture to hospitality, the focus is to constantly inspire and pioneer new ways to live. Particularly on a sustainable way that regenerate and reinforce natural resources and rhythms. Fostering healthier ecosystems and most importantly supporting and developing surrounding communities.
Guest can embark on a daily farm tour through the Food Garden, Werf precinct and surrounding farmland. These daily guided walking tours allow guests to gain insight about the history of the farm, the regenerative farming practices and sustainable approach.
In April 2021, Boschendal launched its online shop. Simplifying shopping for those who want to gain access to the fine food and fresh produce. In addition to this, a beautiful collection of bespoke homeware, crockery and cookbooks are also available on the online portal. All of which are grown, crafted and created on the estate and surrounding winelands.
In summary Boschendal farm offers a family-friendly experience in a tranquil and peaceful environment. As a family we will certainly be heading back in the very near future.
For the purpose of not missing out on an opportunity to visit this beautiful winelands farm; it is essential that you make a reservation. Given the fact that this they can get quite busy during the winter and summer months. With this in mind, find details below.
For bookings at the Deli restaurant:
Tel: 021 8704273
For accommodation bookings:
Tel: 021 8704200
For the Treehouse bookings:
Tel: 021 8704211