Boschendal Farm – destination for a day of fun

Manor House 001 copyBoschendal in the Groot Drakenstein Valley

Boschendal is such a wonderful place to visit as there is just so much to do and see. The beautiful old homestead and its surroundings and wonderful gardens.

Boschendal Werf Deli LRBreakfast at The Deli

Breakfast at The Deli where there is a great choice on the menu and also an array of fine pastries from the Boschendal Kitchen.  Sitting under the oaks in the morning shade is so blissful. The Deli has a number of the farm’s preserved and fresh produce and pastries.  There are lovely picnics available which you can enjoy under the tall Stone Pines just south of the Manor House.

Boschendal Manor House Alys Fane TrotterBoschendal Manor House drawn by Alys Fane Trotter

After breakfast you can stroll round the historic Boschendal Manor built by Pierre de Villiers in 1812 for his bride Anna Susanna Louw.  The walls are finished in the original dados which were restored when the house had a complete restoration in the late 1970s.

Jan Blok - Roses_1Boschendal’s Jan Blok, Horticulturist

Down the west side of the Manor House is a magical rose garden which was established at the time of the restoration by Dr Gwen Fagan who is an expert on early Cape roses and gardens.  Jan Blok is now the Estate’s horticulturist and he keeps the garden in fine form.

Boschendal The Werf Vegetable GardenBoschendal’s Werf Garden

The Werf Garden is also on the west side of the buildings and is a stunning array of vegetables, herbs, saladings and fruits.  Curator Megan McCarthy and her team are usually found working there producing up to 3 tons of produce a month, some of which are used in the various Boschendal eateries.

Bakery at BoschendalGreat choice of breads in The Bakery

The Boschendal Bakery and Butchery which are housed in the old slave quarters are well worth the visit.  You’ll find all manner of cuts from the Estate’s grass reared Aberdeen Angus herd.  This is where you start adding to your large wicker basket with breads, meats and the Estate’s award winning wines.

boschendal096The Werf Restaurant

Lunch at The Werf Restaurant where Executive Chef Christiaan Campbell and his team showcase the Estate’s produce in a special way offering sharing platters of delicious meats, vegetables and salads.  As they say in the Michelin Guide, ‘well worth a visit’.

Bosch Le Rhone 005LRRhone, the historic house at The Boschendal Winery

At Rhone, the old Manor House at the Boschendal Winery is where you’ll find the Cellar Door Sales building, the old Taphuis.  Here you can enjoy a tasting with Boschendal’s Cap Classique wines and local artisanal chocolate.  Also available are Richard Duckitt’s Boschendal Red Wines and Lizelle Gerber’s White and MCC Wines. Picnics are also available at Rhone.Boschendal Winemakers Lizelle Gerber & Richard DuckittRichard Duckitt & Lizelle Gerber, Boschendal Wine Makers

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