27 Jun 2016
Robertson Valley – Food for your soul
Finding refuge from the city’s hubbub for a few days can be tricky if you don’t want to drive further than two hours outside of Cape Town. But a well-kept secret worth sharing is the magnificent town of Robertson, which forms the gateway to Route 62 – one of the longest wine routes in the world.
Orange Grove is a wine and olive farm offering 5-star, fully-serviced accommodation, with the option of breakfast included. Six spacious, secluded cottages each sleep between 2 and 6 people, so whether you’re planning a romantic weekend or much-needed down time with the family, there’s something on this quaint farm for you.
Once the indulgence in food and sparkling wine gets the better of your conscience, walk out the front door of your cottage and explore the beautiful farmlands of Orange Grove on foot. If you’re feeling more energetic, follow one of the hiking trails up into the wilderness to soak up exquisite vistas of the surrounding valleys – and you might be lucky enough to see some zebra up-close.
Take your morning tea on the verandah where your enviable position on the slopes of the Langeberg Mountains offers panoramic views – a backdrop so captivating it turns the most everyday goings-on into a ceremony. You might choose to wile away balmy afternoons around your private swimming pool with a book and a chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc, or take a drive into town.
While in Robertson, admire the work of local artists in galleries located along the Jacaranda-lined streets, enjoy a tasting at Klipdrift – South Africa’s most renowned brandy distillery – or pay a visit to the serene plant nursery. If that still sounds like too much hard work, you could always make yourself comfortable at a bar or coffee shop and admire the old Victorian architecture of this historic village as life passes by at its unhurried pace.
Only a 15-minute drive from Orange Grove Farm is McGregor – a gorgeous village where you can find parking anywhere on the main road and explore at your leisure. Nibble on a delectable slice of cake in the sanctuary of a back-garden coffee shop and visit Mill Stone Pottery for something special to take home.
The Saturday morning market is not to be missed and there’s always some impressive fine art being exhibited at the Edna Fourie gallery. Visit the Old Post Office dating back to 1861, where locals relay the day’s events to one another over pints of beer. If you’re looking for a bigger dose of fresh air, there are also scenic mountain walks and mountain biking trails to explore.