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  • Magnificent setting among evergreen olive trees in the foothills of the Kranskop Mountains
  • Rustic but luxurious accommodation offers great seclusion and relaxation
  • A fantastic base for exploring the beauty of the Cape Winelands

Olive Garden Country Lodge

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

11km from Robertson

 

-33.7914, 19.988

About

Olive Garden Country Lodge is set in beautiful gardens in a 117 hectare biodynamically farmed olive estate. This beautiful farm in the Klaasvoogd West Valley is a paradise for nature lovers who like to hike, bike, birdwatch, stargaze, or simply laze around the pool or jacuzzi. The cottages are decorated in warm earthy tones, and expressed with Afro-chic flair. Set in lush gardens, each cottage has its own private entrance and a furnished, covered terrace overlooking the olives groves and the valley below. All have UVA bathroom heating, international plugs, bathrobes, pool towels, mineral water, a minibar (stocked on request), Wi-Fi, and DSTV.

The pool cottages, Frantoio and Mision, have large terraces leading directly to the pool, a hot hydro jet jacuzzi spa and a hammock. The garden cottages, Kalamata and Manzanila, are situated at the heart of the lodge, and have French doors opening up to their private terraces, which lead directly into the Zen garden. All of these cottages have sitting nooks with coffee tables and work desks. The family cottage, Noccelara del Belice, is semi self-catering, and includes a fridge, microwave and toaster. It is set away from the other cottages with its own private garden and outdoor entertainment area with built-in braai. 

The honeymoon suites, Peranzana & Dolce Agagio, are situated in the garden, with private terraces that overlook the beautiful valley below. They feature Egyptian cotton, Tempur cushions, a dressing table and flat screen TV.

A superb breakfast is served in the dining room, and dinner is available on request. Belgian chef and sommelier, Fernand van Wassenhove, loves wholesome food paired with 'lekker' South African wines. He only uses freshly picked herbs, vegetables and fruit, which are organically grown.

Fernand's irresistible Unplugged Cuisine plays with seemingly contrasting flavours and ingredients, blended into everlasting culinary memories. Guests are welcome to enjoy a stroll in the vegetable and herb gardens and indulge in the natural aromas that linger here. 

From your welcoming complimentary sundowner glass of wine and tapas, to your farewell bottle of estate extra virgin olive oil, the personal attention that you will receive will always make you feel at home. Afrikaans, German, Dutch, English and French are spoken.

Rates & Summary


2 Pool & 2 Garden Cottages

Each sleeps 2 in King or Queen bed
En-suite bath and separate shower
Private terrace to pool and garden
Some cottages have Raku fireplaces

Family Cottage

Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms
Main en-suite bath and shower
Covered outdoor shower, separate toilet
Lounge & fireplace, dining room
Private outdoor braai area

2 Honeymoon Suites

Each sleeps 2 in King bed
En-suite jacuzzi & stream-jet shower
Lounge area with cosy fireplace
Garden terrace with valley view

Pricing

  • TBA

Catering

Full breakfast included
Dinner on request at the restaurant

Kids

Children of all ages are welcome and particularly love the space, the sheep art collection, and being made a fuss of! Surcharge for cot on request.

 

Why Stay Here?

Bohemian, Afro-chic in style, this is a place in the mountains where the living is good. At Olive Garden you can indulge in the Italian art of far niente or 'doing nothing'. Enjoy the garden jacuzzi, the sparkling pool and the lazy hammock, take a romantic boat cruise on the Breede River, or explore the mountain trails and the Robertson wine estates right on your doorstep. With verandahs that overlook the Klaasvoogds Valley and surrounding mountains, this GreenLine eco venue, offers luxury rooms and Unplugged Cuisine designed to relax the body and replenish the soul.

Summary

  • Magnificent setting among evergreen olive trees in the foothills of the Kranskop Mountains
  • Rustic but luxurious accommodation offers great seclusion and relaxation
  • A fantastic base for exploring the beauty of the Cape Winelands

Privacy

The family cottage is situated away from the other cottages and has its own private garden.

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, hiking boots, mountain bike, fishing gear, binoculars for bird watching and star gazing.

Road Conditions

The last 2km is on dirt road.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Jacuzzi spa
  • Hiking trails
  • Mountain bikes for hire
  • Quad biking
  • 4X4 trails
  • River cruises
  • Fishing
  • Nia classes
  • Birding
  • Olive Tours and Tasting
  • 2 Golf courses nearby
  • Klaasvoogd Game Reserve drives
  • Robertson wine route

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Dining table
  • Covered verandah / patio
  • Fireplace
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Swimming towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast (dinner by arrangement)
  • Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Braai area available
  • Fridge or minibar

Utilities

  • Own water supply, showering and washing only
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi

Access & Convenience

  • Limited wheelchair friendliness
  • Babysitting available
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops further than 10km
  • Nearest fuel further than 10km

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted

Security

  • Personal safe

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Cape Winelands

Western Cape

About

As the name suggests, the Cape Winelands is an area of vines and vineyards; the berries of which are responsible for that most delicious fermented juice of the grape: wine. The region is well known for its proliferation of estates and cellars that continually create quality wines throughout the cultivar spectrum.

This is an area that encourages leisurely meanders along its various wine routes, absorbing the natural beauty of the rural surroundings.

The region stretches northwards from the eastern outskirts of Cape Town. In the south the popular and trendy towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek nestle in the shadow of the mountains that make up the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve. To the west the popular tourist ‘Route 62’ follows the Breede River Valley. It takes in the town of Robertson, the quaint village of McGregor and continues to Worcester.

North, across the N1 highway, the historic towns of Paarl, Wellington and Tulbagh are strung out between a series of mountains. In the far north-east, the town of Ceres is a dot in a sweeping valley of fruit orchards.

Craggy mountains are a feature of the landscape, giving rise to the region also being called the Boland (High Land). The mountains include the ranges of the Groot Drakenstein, Langeberg, Hexrivier and Witzenberg. Their steep rocky peaks plunge to gentler gradients rich in fynbos and proteas, before levelling out in fertile valleys threaded with chortling streams.

In these low-lying areas, suspended between the slopes, vineyards stretch in patchwork patterns. Like an artist’s palette the area changes with the seasons - from subtle spring pastels, through lush summer greens, to the earthy shades of autumn.

Not only are the Cape Winelands a delight for connoisseurs of fine wines; the towns themselves are centres for a host of enjoyable pastimes. Many are steeped in history and have magnificent collections of traditional Cape Dutch and period architecture.

These are best viewed during a stroll along the leafy streets. The historic Church Street in Tulbagh has the largest concentration of provincial monuments in one street in South Africa. The university town of Stellenbosch, with its oak-lined boulevards, is the second-oldest town in the country, dating back to 1671. Today it is an important cultural centre with a host of galleries and museums, and the country’s oldest music school.

Franschhoek, reclining in a somnolent valley ambience, entices gourmets to sample its fare at some of South Africa’s top restaurants. McGregor is well known for its life-enriching tranquillity and Ceres for its fruit production and snow-covered mountains in winter. Besides their wineries, Robertson and Worcester are known for the production of some of South Africa’s best known brandies – Klipdrift and KWV, respectively.

The winelands is great country in which to enjoy a leisurely trip along minor roads that fade into the fynbos. They will take you into valleys and gorges, past barns stacked with bales of lucerne, and paddocks with grazing sheep and lazing cows. Around farmsteads and cottages, chickens strut their stuff and pigs wallow in slushy heaven. Dams mirror the sky and hillsides, their reflections rippled by drifting and preening waterbirds. Tractors till the land, and labourers and farmers wave to every passer-by.

For centuries the terroir here has been ideally suited to the production of great wine and today, more than ever before, it is also conducive to the making of good times and fond memories. The Cape Winelands is a region to relax in, whilst inhaling the warm, scented air and indulging in the finer things in life.

Look out for

Wine tasting – naturally this is a popular and pleasant pastime in the region. The Stellenbosch wine route, established in 1971, is the oldest in South Africa. Today other routes lead to the cellars and estates around virtually every town in the region. Many of the wineries offer tasting and sales from Monday to Saturday. Maps are available from the tourism office in each town.

Brandy tasting – this much-loved spirit is produced by a good number of cellars and specialist distillers throughout the region. There are 2 brandy routes in the region. The Western Cape Brandy Route winds through Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl and Wellington. The R62 Brandy Route goes through Robertson and Worcester. Many of these offer tasting, tours and sales from Monday to Friday.

Historical towns – the Cape Winelands is rich in history, with most towns and many of the wine estates having their own collections of historical buildings, museums and monuments. The region is synonymous with Cape Dutch and Victorian architecture. Highlights include Church Street in Tulbagh and the De Oude Drostdy Museum just outside the town. There are Zeederberg Square and the Paarl Museum in Paarl, and Klein Plasie open air Museum in Worcester. Twenty declared National Monuments are in Wellington and there is the Huguenot Memorial and Museum in Franschhoek.

Scenic drives – where there are mountains and valleys there are always scenic roads and passes to explore; here is no exception.

River rafting – the Breede River is the sixth largest river in South Africa and is a playground of fun and adventure.

Adrenalin - for lovers of the adrenalin rush, Ceres Zipslide Adventures offers 8 slides totalling 1.4km amongst the rock formations of the Skurweberg mountains near Ceres.

Art galleries – the towns are home to a host of artists and galleries. The Stellenbosch Gallery and Rupert Gallery in Stellenbosch are popular and showcase art through many mediums and genres.

Wildlife on display – the area has a number of parks that allow one to get close to a variety of wild creatures in captivity. Some of the better known ones include the Drankenstein Lion Park, Butterfly World, Paarl Bird Sanctuary and the Le Bonheur Crocodile Farm - all situated between Paarl and Stellenbosch. 

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