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Updated 19 Mar 2019 by Kath
It’s been nearly 10 years since we’ve stayed in Tulbagh and as we drove into the quaint, charming town we had to wonder why it’s taken so long to get back. Tulbagh is a small gem in the Cape Winelands and is packed to the brim with excellent wine farms, restaurants, accommodation and interesting things that will keep you busy for much longer than just one weekend!
First Stop: Vindoux Guest Farm & Day Spa
Our first night’s acommodation was at Vindoux Gust Farm and Day Spa, courtesy of Afristay. Our accommodation was a cute treehouse with stunning views. We had dinner and breakfast on our private verandah, in complete peace and quiet. What a change from the busyness of life in Cape Town! Popular with honeymoon couples, the treehouses have a perfect view over the game camp and their gorgeous day spa has everything you need for a relaxing stay.
Afristay is an online travel agency with over 30000 listings across Africa including holiday homes, guest house, villa and B&B rentals. Their support staff are incredibly friendly and professional and any issues that I encountered were addressed quickly and efficiently. We were trying to book a weekend away at a busy time of year, and one of their operators went our of her way to find us the perfect spot.
Second Stop: Kloofzicht Estate
We were hosted for Saturday night at Kloofzicht Estate in the Farmhouse; a double story, 11 sleeper with 5 bedrooms. 3 of the rooms are downstairs, along with an open plan kitchen, dining room and lounge. Upstairs has another 2 bedrooms, and a lounge.This place is magnificent! As we walked out onto the terrace and then on towards the pool overlooking the dam, it really felt like we were in Italy. It’s exactly the image I have in my mind of a big family seated around the outside table, drinking wine, eating freshly prepared pastas, bread and olive oil and laughing together as the afternoon slowly passes into a warm early evening.Kloofzicht does cater for weddings as I found out later – so I wasn’t just imagining the picture perfect Italian-style small wedding.We were very sad to only have had one night here as there’s lots to explore including the dam which offers excellent bass fishing and safe swimming and rowing.Kloofzicht also offers some affordable cottages which are neat, comfortable and perfect for an overnight stay as well as the Loft; spacious accommodation for up to 9 people.
Our Top Picks from the Weekend
MCC Tasting at Mont Pellier
The setting at Mont Pellier is out of a fairy tale. There are secret gardens, tree houses, little streams and wide open lawns. It was so special to sit out on the lawns with the place to ourselves, drinking delicious MCC and feeling very, very pleased at our good fortune.Need a venue for your magical fairy tale wedding? This is the spot!
Wine Tasting at Saronsberg
We’ve tried a number of Saronsberg’s reds over the years and they’re generally one of our first wine choices if we’re out for dinner. But sitting outside the tasting room on a warm winter’s morning overlooking the dam gave us a whole new appreciation for their wines. Of all the wine farms we visited over the weekend, this was definitely our favourite in terms of quality of the wines combined with the beautiful setting in which to enjoy them.
Lunch at Tulbagh Boutique Hotel
In the centre of town, the Tulbagh Boutique Hertigae Hotel makes a convenient and very popular stop for lunch. We had a table reserved and were lucky that we had as the restaurant was completely full! The menu is comprehensive and there are so many choices that it’s difficult to settle on just one meal. We decided on the burger and ribs for mains, and a Creme Brulee and unbelievably delicious chocolate brownies for dessert.
Bubbles Tasting at Krone
This is the perfect place to end your day of exploring. The MCC tasting room is upstairs and offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape. The tastings are generous and the atmosphere is completely relaxed.
Dinner at Readers Restaurant
Readers Restaurant offers simple, honest food prepared by trained chef Carol Collins. Carol is the perfect host; friendly, full of easy conversation and a lot of passion for the food she prepares. The menu changes regularly and reflects the season availability of produce and Carol’s whims. The highlight of the evening was trying to guess the interesting ice cream flavours including olive oil and balsamic vinegar, curry and a host of others!
Things I Love for Breakfast
Our last stop was Things I Love in Tulbagh. This charming, quirky coffee shop, deli and shop was the perfect way to end our time in Tulbagh. The smell of freshly baked scones as I walked in meant that I couldn’t order anything else (and they tasted as good as the smelled!) and Alex had a perfectly cooked scrambled eggs with salmon. With thanks to Patty from Tulbagh Tourism for all your help and suggestions, as well as to Kloofzicht for our accommodation.
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