Visitors to Worcester in the Western Cape are in for a treat in 2017. As you turn off the R43 direction Ceres and turn into the gravel road approaching the Bosjes farm, you will find yourself surrounded by the inspiring Slanghoek and Waaihoek mountain ranges, and marvelling at the breathtaking structures that make Bosjes as a destination of note. Meaning ‘small bushes’in Dutch, Bosjes is a working farm that produces wine grapes, olives, peaches and proteas and come Mid-March 2017 it will also be known as a must-visit spot for foodies and the hottest new wedding venue in the Western Cape.
The farm, which boasts an original Cape Dutch manor house that was built in 1790, has been in the same family since 1831. In mid-March 2017 Bosjes will officially open to guests who will be able to enjoy the impressive landscape as well as the historical architecture and the modern additions that complement them so well. The farm will be open to both day visitors as well as overnight guests, making it the perfect venue for weddings and other celebratory occasions.
Visitors will be able to visit the beautiful avant-garde chapel which looks out onto a magnificent valley, and then spend a while contemplating the good things in life while wondering the Chapel Gardens. Once guests have worked up an appetite they can either enjoy a selection of cakes or savoury sandwiches at the open-air tea garden or head on over to Bosjes Kombuis for lunch where consultant chef Pete Goffe-Wood has designed a lunch and dinner menu to delight.
The restaurant, like the chapel, was designed by Coetzee Steyn from Steyn Studio, and is a complementary perfectly contrast to the old manor house next to it. The restaurant boasts high ceilings, glass walls, a wooden terrace, mountain views and a delightfully whimsical historical-and-nature inspired blue and white tiled mural of the Bosjes Tree of Life created by Lucie de Moyencourt and Michael Chandler.
Overnight guests will be able to stay in the gorgeous guesthouse, which has been decorated, in muted shades of sand with accents of chartreuse and copper by talented interior designer, Liam Mooney. The house is perfect for a large family or wedding party wanting to enjoy quality time together either at the pool on hot days or around the fire pit on cold ones. But all five rooms, including the family room and the honeymoon suite, can be rented individually. Liam Mooney has also decorated the Voorkamerin, the original manor house which can be used for small day conferences and private boardroom style meetings.
Bosjes opens mid-March 2017. For more information visit the Bosjes website.