Since we were in-between houses this past weekend, Chas and I took the opportunity to explore the Tulbagh region of the Western Cape, which is well-known for its beautiful setting in the Tulbagh valley, as well as its many wine farms.
We stayed in a treehouse at Vindoux Farm, which was a quirky (but lovely) setting. They also offered us an “upgrade” if we wanted it—paying 50 Rand more (~3.00 USD) included afternoon canapés, dinner on the house, and a voucher to use at their spa. It was not a difficult decision to make.
Tulbagh is beautiful! It’s fringed in on three sides by mountains, and although the weather was very hot, we had a nice time reading and relaxing at the farm, enjoying meals on our private deck and exploring the area.
Here are a few pictures if you’re interested…
Although our treehouse in particular overlooked a plum orchard, there was a communal deck with a view of the mountains and a large pasture, where the farm keeps a few zebra, wildebeests, and some kind of bok—springboks? steenboks?
We took an afternoon bike ride to Saronsberg Wine Cellar. The ride itself was picturesque, but very hot. It reached 100 degrees on Saturday, and we certainly felt it. Saronsberg was worth it though, even though we showed up to their beautiful tasting room dripping with sweat. Their vineyard has a lovely lawn with views of the mountains, and their tasting includes all THIRTEEN of their wines.
Our last morning in Tulbagh, we set off on the Murludi hiking trail, which winds through acres of farm orchards. It was another beautiful, but very hot day.
We rounded out the weekend by exploring a little of the downtown Tulbagh area. Church Street is lined with houses, restaurants and little shops in the Cape Dutch style, and we stumbled into Moniki for a chocolate and brandy tasting. Favorites included the chili pinotage, dark chocolate, and Dutch caramel…all of which melted in the car on the way home.