The Boschendal Manor House - 1680.

The Boschendal Manor House – 1685.

One of the oldest farms in South Africa, founded in 1685, the farm has grown with the passing centuries into a cherished source of wholesome produce, great wines and happy memories.

Pondering life in general outside the coffee shop - which serves delicious scones and cake.

Pondering life in general outside the coffee shop – which serves delicious scones and cream.

In 2013 Boschendal was acquired by new owners, led by Sam and Rob Lundie, with the intention of rejuvenating this magnificent property. Over the past two years they have attracted a team of talented people who share their dream of making Boschendal into a top agricultural farm; a farm that produces sought after naturally produced food and great wines; and a farm where the natural environment thrives and local communities prosper.

The main restaurant - now named Die Werf. Outstanding!

The main restaurant – now named Die Werf. Outstanding!

Set in the Drakenstein Valley surrounded by dramatic mountain landscapes, lush gardens and vines, the original farmstead complex is now a national monument with a rich and intriguing history of more than 300 years. Today, Boschendal is a Cape winelands icon and an acclaimed wine and food destination. Vineyards and fruit trees have been joined by vegetable gardens and a growing herd of free range, 100% pasture fed Angus cattle reflecting a commitment to serving wholesome farm-to-table food.

Home bakes in a traditional environment are a feature of the many food and deli outlets.

Home bakes in a traditional environment are a feature of the many food and deli outlets.

Guest accommodation is also a recent addition to the farm with luxurious cottage accommodation ranging from the exclusive and historic Rhodes Cottage built by Sir Herbert Baker to the elegantly restored Werf Cottages.

The terrace of Die Werf restaurant looks out over a wonderful vegetable garden - echoes of Babylonstoren (and why not?)

The terrace of Die Werf restaurant looks out over a wonderful vegetable garden – echoes of Babylonstoren (and why not?)

Cottage guests enjoy access to the entire farm where they can walk and cycle on trails through mountain fynbos, dine under the stars, have picnics and sundowners in exclusive areas, fly-fish in the dams and swim in pristine mountain water.

Walking up into Die Werf Restaurant.

Walking up into Die Werf Restaurant.

Boschendal is open the year round, 7/7, and we were witness to the ‘rejuvenation’ – wonderful!

 

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