Having been in semi captivity for so long, what an extreme pleasure it is to get-out to the country to Franschhoek and what better place to be than your private cabin on a trout dam overlooking the mountains as the sun sets. About as far from the madding crowd as one can get. The pleasures of the town are a mere five minutes’ drive away and many of the restaurants they are famed for are still to be found operating.
The La Verdure farm has four cottages all self-catering, cosily furnished, surrounded by plum orchards and vines from which young Jonathan Lermer makes the most delicious slivovitz and absinthe you are likely to come across anywhere. The absinthe is a new addition and coming soon is a rum. They are not only potent as one would expect but have the subtlety of flavours only achieved by a master distiller. The gin is named after his wife Anné and was made especially for their wedding, delicious. While there one can arrange a tasting and meet the stills themselves. This kind of operation has a definite back woods feel about it and is far from the mass produced thing one is used to. Handcrafted to a meticulous standard, this is something very special.
Trout Cottage has two comfortable bed rooms, both en suite, an open fire place, TV and electric blankets. Nothing beats cosying up with a crackling fire and good wine, smoked salmon, and crackers, while a storm rages outside. They don’t make moments like that every day. Then there is Ibis, which also has two bedrooms and a stoep overlooking the orchards, a total pleasure. Check out their website for info on what else is available there and hie thee to another world far from the restrictions of suburban living. Rates are very reasonable and offer great value for money. Get some friends together and make a memory to cherish. If you are still speaking to your family, now is the time to make up.
LA VERDURE FARM FRANSCHHOEK www.laverdure.co.za PHONE 021 876 3239