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13km from Magaliesburg
+27 14 576 2143 www.goblins.co.za
They’re appealingly ugly and enormously cute, those goblins that pop up like toadstools at The Goblin’s Cove. It’s a Magaliesberg eatery and weekend favourite for urbanites seeking both physical and mental escape from the city.
Sculptor Charles Gotthard has created a fantasy world of faeries in the forest. The cove-shaped venue peeks out behind the trees overlooking a lake. Indoors, there’s a maze of rooms. Inside them you can enjoy hearty fare like a beef fillet drenched in chilli chocolate sauce, or a malva pudding with sticky toffee sauce. The latter has a reputation stretching all the way to the suburbs of Johannesburg.
Needless to say this restaurant is a kid’s delight. It’s open Wednesdays – Saturdays for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There’s a kiddies’ menu and a giant-size jungle gym to keep them occupied between courses.
The intimate Golden Pixie and Blue Bell rooms, which both accommodate one couples each, are booked way in advance by romantics. A multi-seater venue on the third floor, Merlin’s Loft, is popular with bigger parties and for special occasions.
Other amenities at The Goblin’s Cove include an aviary of pheasants and ducks, the Fairywinkle gift shop, and function and conference venue. There’s even some accommodation in a restored vintage train coach with three en-suite cabins.
Gotthard has created two other tourist facilities close by. There’s the Out of Africa guest lodge, with five double-storey thatched units. The other is La Provence, the artist’s former stone studio which he has converted into 7 French-style suites.