If you’re looking at your next Spring / Summer production, basing your team in the Cape Winelands right on a beautiful farm hits the jackpot. Boschendal in one of the farms we love for its versatility. Between Stellenbosch and Franschhoek it has a stunning setting with mountains as a backdrop. As well as being known for its wine, the farm raises fabulous grass-fed beef, has its own fruit orchards and vegetable gardens, and is very well set up for guests as a luxury farm-stay destination.
Extensive farmlands spread up the mountain slopes with several dams. Fed by mountain streams they retain good water levels even in summer. Mountain trails among fynbos and nature, even secret caves, can be explored on the higher slopes, then lower down orchards and pastures with herds of grazing cattle. Avenues of trees line a gravel road past lawns and a small pavilion, to a historic homestead, shady mature oak trees and restored farm buildings now housing a restaurant and deli. There’s a kids’ treetop playground with wooden treehouses, a beautifully maintained kitchen garden and endless paths and gardens to roam. Horse-riding and cycling are among the activities on offer.
Depending on the size of your team Boschendal offers a variety of accommodation options:
The Retreat is a collection of 18 two-bedroom self-catering cottages in a far corner of the farm 3.5km away from the main farm buildings, with several meeting rooms, state of the art screening room, dining room and lounge.
Orchard’s Cottages is a group of 14 one, two, three and four bedroom luxury cottages among the orchards with kitchenettes, braai areas and a shared swimming pool.
The Werf Garden Suites are seven beautifully restored farm cottages close to the main historic werf.
Rhodes Cottage is a historic gem 2km from the main Werf sleeping six in the cottage and 4 in the garden annex with an eco-friendly swimming pool and plenty of scope for use as a location itself.
The Werf Restaurant under chef Christiaan Campbell is renowned for its excellent contemporary farm-to-table dining, using as much produce from the farm as possible. For more casual meals the Deli also cooks up a storm at breakfast and lunch using farm produce.