When it comes to weekend getaways, Capetonians are seriously spoilt for choice. Within a three hour driving radius in any direction one can find an incredibly diverse offering of places to visit: tucked away on farms, in mountains and at the ocean’s edge. What a pleasure to have all these places to explore. It is a bit of lottery though: some are kinda ok, some good and some are just great. You never know until you arrive. So when we finally made it to Kersefontein for the weekend, I was pleasantly surprised to find this absolute gem.
It is pretty hard to describe what makes a place truly special, but in this case I think it has something to do with the undeniable character that has been created by the layers of history evident on Kersefontein. Each building has that special charm: the combination of classic Cape Dutch and Victorian vernacular architecture, thatch roofs, large verandahs, fireplaces, vintage furniture, generous bathrooms, rolling lawns, low white walls…I could go on. Around every corner is an amazing vista, offset by the 300 year old trees looming quietly above. I could try to elaborate, but this scene probably best described by pictures.
Our host, the charismatic Julian Melck, is the 8th generation Melck to own this farm. And what a character. Having grown up here, Julian knows every inch of the land, the history of each building and is actively involved in working the land, herding the cattle and sheep and even planting the wheat. But that does not stop him from being the consummate host to his Kersefontein visitors.
We ate and drink like kings during our stay. Dinners were served in the majestic dining room of the main homestead. What a sense of occasion: with a crackling fire in the ancient hearth and a huge elegant chandelier overhead. The meals were scrumptious and hearty, using local fresh ingredients and made from scratch. The first night we had pickled beetroot, snoek pie, followed tender fillet steak and veggies. The second night was spicy mushroom soup with homemade bread, roast leg of wild boar (yum!) and roast potatoes, and finally malva pudding with rooibos flavoured custard. All this washed down with fine local wine.
Breakfasts were served in a renovated room, displaying the most beautifully put together collection of dried wildflowers. Full farmhouse fryup was standard issue, plus all the trimmings. And complimented, as always by a roaring log fire.
There is plenty to do…or the space to do nothing at all, but relax and read a book. For kids it is heaven: ride bikes, milk cows, ride horses, explore the barn, chase (or be chased by) Paw Paw the pig. Even my animal averse (“dad, this cat is scary!”) kids had a jol and wanted more. Oh and it is only 150km from Cape Town. A maximum 1.5 hour drive. What a pleasure! Can’t wait to go back.
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For more info: www.kersefontein.co.za
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