Looking for beautiful places to visit over the holiday season? Why not try this breathtaking estate in the Breedekloof Valley?
The Western Cape has plenty to offer when it comes to gorgeous wine estates and guesthouses. Yet it’s hard to think of anything that quite matches the exquisite Bosjes Estate, situated in the beautiful Breedekloof Valley, just over an hour’s drive from Cape Town.
Bosjes has been owned by the same family since 1831, and produces wine, olives, peaches and proteas. Recently renovated “van hoek tot kant”, the estate now also offers world-class overnight accommodation at its stylish guesthouse, decorated by Liam Mooney in subtle colours like grey and acid chartreuse, inspired by the valley itself. Liam also updated the old voorkamer in the farm’s charming original manor house (built in 1790), combining Cape Dutch motifs and neoclassical antiques with contemporary lighting and furniture to unite the old with the new in a fresh and contemporary way.
The Bosjes Kombuis restaurant, designed by architect Coetzee Steyn, features soaring ceilings and glass walls, custom-made timber furniture and a beautiful terrace – not to metion a delectable contemporary lunch menu developed by chef Pete Goffe-Wood. Also designed by Steyn, and arguably the estate’s stand-out architectural feature, is the awe-inspiring Bosjes chapel with its curved, flowing roof (making it appear as if the building floats on water) and the natural splendour of the Slang- and Waaihoek mountains visible from anywhere inside.
The estate also has an impressive, growing art collection which already contains pieces from some of the biggest names on the contemporary South African art scene, including William Kentridge, Morné Visagie, Portia Zvavahera and Gerhard Marx.