First of all, greetings from London, I’ve been here for just over a month now and I am still busy adapting to it’s fast paced lifestyle even though I’ve been coming here for the past 10 years. It’s the complete opposite to Cape Town in so many ways which has me feeling overly excited and eager about things but at the same time anxious and homesick. I guess I’m a true gemini.
I’m a bit late in posting this look to the blog – as I am with most of my posts to be 100% honest – hashtag #priority – it’s the one major problem I face since my blog isn’t my only job, more of a hobby really to explore creative fields and learn new things about myself but I’m not going to get too deep into that topic just yet.
Throwback to our blissful stay at Bosjes Farm out in the Breede Valley in South Africa, a 2 hour drive from Cape Town offering the perfect weekend getaway filled with hearty meals, bottles of wine and plenty of peaceful bird watching. (I wrote a full blog post about it, see here.)
I packed my vacation suitcase in such a last minute flurry that I ended up with an eclectic mix of prints (polka dots and leopard print), brightly coloured jackets and plenty of straw items. It worked out well in the end, I mean maybe a bit glamorous for ‘farmyard wanderings’, but I’ll take a page from Beyonce’s book and own that sh*t.
Me&B bodice top
Gucci Jordaan leather loafers
Bo & Luca Giza earrings
Lack of Color straw boater hat
Carry Ann Gracie woven bag
Missoma mini fang necklace
Gigi Hadid x Vogue Eyewear sunglasses
Just under a two hour scenic drive from Cape Town situated in the Breede Valley, lies a perfect little hideaway, Bosjes. You may very well remember me spamming your social feeds a few weeks back when we went to stay there for two nights. Named after the old Bosjesman’s Valley Farm which has been owed by the same family since 1831.
The farm had a complete renovation just over a year ago and is fast becoming one of the most popular wedding destinations in the Western Cape thanks to it’s architectural masterpiece, The Chapel, and it’s breathtaking views.
The old farm barn has been converted into a guesthouse comprising of five luxury suites and a shared swimming pool overlooking the nearby mountains.
After checking in we headed straight for the restaurant (obvs!), Bosjes Kombuis. A beautiful Scandi design with high ceiling, lots of wood and large glass windows offering you the best lunchtime views in the valley. The menu, which is created by Chef Pete Goffe-Wood and Chef Kim, is a combination of various bistro-style dishes. Think refined home cooking, with dishes like apple and plum crumble that take you straight back to your childhood.
We pretty much ate our way through the entire menu during our stay. Everything from the Moroccon style spiced chicken with cous cous and apricots to the tempura duck livers with pickled cucumbers (what a combo!) however our standout meal, which I still think about to this day, would be Chef Kim’s fillet medallions cooked to absolute perfection served with potato dauphinoise, sautéed greens and (yes, hear me out) crumbed exotic mushrooms. Paired perfectly with a bottle of Syrah.
Outside tables spill out onto the terrace besides a rather whimsical mural consisting of 366 blue and white hand painted tiles featuring over 100 species of flora and fauna by artists Lucie de Moyencourt and Michael Chandler. The inspiration behind the design is that of the old shards of porcelain that were dug up on the farm. Bosjes’ very own Tree of Life reminding me of my Portuguese adventures around Porto last year with all their blue and white Azulejos.
P.S it makes for a perfect ‘insta-moment’.
We spent a lot of time at the Bosjes Chapel in the mornings and evenings as it’s the most marvellous light study.
Designed by architect Coetzee Steyn of Steyn Studio, the Bosjes Chapel is hard not to gape at. Striking white curves and a seamless flowing roof that merges so effortlessly with the water that surrounds it. Once inside the chapel you are greeted by the Slanghoek and Waaihoek mountain range through the chapel’s large glass windows and a sense of serenity washes over you.
Alongside the chapel is a charming garden, complete with a meditative circular walkway and a sculptural water feature, and close by is the estate’s new sunken tea garden. Unfortunately the tea garden was closed for renovations during our stay but when it’s open you can expect to find all your favourite sweet and savoury refreshments in the garden’s amphitheatre.
TIP: Make sure when visiting to take a stroll up the hill beside the chapel for an overview of the farm. Best enjoyed at sunset.
Mornings on the farm start peacefully, with the sun slowly rising from the mountain range as the dew clears up from the guesthouse’s windows. A continental breakfast is served in the communal dining area which comprises of freshly pressed juices, various home-baked farm style breads, meats, cheeses and fresh fruit.
A stroll around the farm in highly recommended, you may even bump into one (or two) of Bosjes’ honorary residents – the black swans – enjoying their morning sun. Bosjes is a working farm which produces wine grapes, olives, peaches and proteas, so the farm is usually buzzing with activity in the mornings.
If you feeling a little more energetic the farm also offers 5km and 12km hiking trails which is home to some tame game such as bontebok, zebra and ostrich, if you lucky you’ll even spot some giraffes. Birdwatchers will be in paradise, the Bosjes’ website even has a full downloadable birdwatching list. See here.
If hiking isn’t your thing there are 27 wineries nearby and 4 craft beer breweries. Some of my favourites being the Stofberg Family Vineyards and Bergsig Estate and if you prepared for an hour drive, Springfield Estate in Robertson.
Overall we had the most magnificent stay at Bosjes. A true space to slow things down and take a moment of two for yourself amongst the Slanghoek Mountains.
Photos by myself and Justin Polkey