Sunday, 10 August 2014

Travel Update: Guinevere Guest Farm

With silly season having fully commenced, It has been tough juggling classes, an overload of birthday parties and work. So obviously the best solution - to simply take off on a road trip of course.

We set off on Friday afternoon and after your typical, casually getting lost,losing your temper and cursing wildly episode, we arrived in the beautiful Tulbagh Valley. Guinevere guest farm is located near the historic town of Tulbagh, a mere two hour drive from Cape Town aka the perfect place for a weekend break-away.

The monastery style guest house, boasts spectacular views of the surrounding Obiqua-, Winterhoek- and Witzenverg mountains, that we could enjoy from our balcony.

We arrived just in time for a gorgeous sunset, followed by a wine tour and tasting. They have a small modern boutique winery, where they produce wine exclusively for the guests. 

The whole estate reminded me of the Italian countryside, the beautiful interior was a mix of rustic farm and Mediterranean villa.

The courtyard in the middle of the estate.

A place to quietly write in the bedroom.

The common room where guests can come to relax, watch a movie or make a cuppa.

Bright and early the next morning, I explored a bit, before breakfast. After seeing the pool, I longed for summer and was already thinking about the next time we could visit in warmer weather. I also discovered a true gem in the loft on the third floor - a painting depicting Racheltjie de Beer, by a local Capetonian artist, who is part of the Guinevere guest farm family, many of his portraits are placed along the walls of the rooms and are also for sale.

A view from the loft.

Racheltjie de Beer as depicted by the artist.

Breakfast was a delicious two course meal, with all the ingredients from the eggs to the fruit & veg, directly from their own garden. It was just the fuel that we needed for our after breakfast walk to discover and view the beautiful fynbos and renosterveld that the area is known for.

Granola tart with yogurt, honey and fresh fruit.

Freshly baked bread, eggs, cheese and fresh salad.

What a view.

A truly memorable weekend. The owners are friendly and go out of their way to make you feel right at home. I cannot wait to return.

For more info on Guinevere Guest Farm, go to their website or email them at

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