A private valley next to the wine route, extremely friendly service and a Grand Chef 's table based on own local bio products combined with fine olive tasting made by IGADI self, makes this experience heavenly
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This place is something different but special.Gina and Fernand are special.There love for good olive oil and great food is special.An experience not to be missed.I shared a lodge with 2 friends .I had a very special covered outside bathroom with a shower etc and it was a great experience.
The meals we were served were exceptional and unique.A place not to be missed if you are visitng The Garden Route Wine Region.
We have never seen hospitality like that provided by Gina and Fernand at Olive Garden Country Lodge. Our room was beautiful and the baby cot already set up for us. We were welcomed with wine, cheese, and homemade snacks. Their working farm is in a private valley of high desert, fruit trees, olive groves, and lovely hikes. Fernand was our private chef treating us to the best meals we have had in South Africa. Lamb, fruits, and olive oil fresh from the farm here paired delightfully with wines from the surrounding vineyards. Wonderful desserts including home made goats cheese ice cream. Would plan on eating dinner every night it is an option here. Gina and Fernand made us feel like family welcoming us and our baby in for New Years Eve. Our son very much enjoyed the fresh organic baby food that Gina made for him daily and sent us on our way with. We also drove through and spent time in Stellenbosh, but in hindsight would gave stuck to the Robertson Valley area and south of here and along R43 east of the mountains. Would highly recommend the riverboat picnic at Viljoensdrift followed by a desert at Van Loveren lovely tasting room just down the road.
We spent an entire day and one night in the honeymoon suite at the lodge and loved every minute of it. The smell of the valley, the luxury accomodation and exceptional treatment from Fernand who completed it all with an indulgent breakfast. The olives and olive oil from this working farm are really, really good. We left completely satisfied with our choice of accomodation. Highly recommended.
Olive Garden Country Lodge is very, very good but what makes it exceptional is the passion that both Gina and Fernand put into everything they do. We have absolutely no hesitation in recommending it as a very peaceful place to stay.
We stayed here for 2 nights as our choice for the "luxury" part of our week trekking in the area and were not disappointed. There is no need to explore anywhere else for food (as my partner says "you are remiss if you go anywhere else"), when you have Ferdinand to cook meals for you! We thoroughly enjoyed every meal that we had - even breakfast is a gastronomic delight - looking over the gardens and nearby mountains. Both Gina and Ferdinand are very attentive hosts, but do not overwhelm you, and their Belgian heritage brings a continental feel to their exquisite cooking. We enjoyed their wine paring choices with our 3-course dinner, that was superb, and filled you perfectly. As South Africans ourselves, we loved their passion for our country, and commitment to caring for the earth through organic farming and care for the land.
We were treated to the "honeymoon" cottage, and even thought most of the decor is not our taste, it was comfortable, spacious and all the extras provided. We liked the bathroom with its stone clad walls, and fantastic large bath with jets. The bed was large and had percale linen. The little patio outside was private and provided beautiful views of the surrounding farm, well tended gardens, and backed by the mountains of the area.
When it rained, Gina brought us an umbrella to the cottage. When we talked about going for a walk, we were given walking sticks. When we asked about olive farming, all the details were explained, even down to how they are choosing their packaging. When we asked what we could do in our short visit, we were introduced to local spots to visit and support.
If you enjoy walking or hiking this is the spot for you. And, if you enjoy just being lazy, take your pick of hanging out by the exclusive little swimming pool, or indulging in a jacuzzi, or finding a spot in the pretty gardens with a blanket and your favourite book - all the while enjoying the bray of a distant donkey, or moo from the local cows.
Even though the lodge is out of Robertson and other areas, it is still close enough for day trips, or pop out to local wine farms if you feel that you want to explore the surrounds. Easy access, good roads.
Do not leave without spoiling yourself with the balsamic vinegar and olive oil gift pack!