We decided quite late deciding our South African Itinerary to book a night here based upon the rave reviews in Trip Advisor. We are so please we managed to stay here and sample for ourselves the superb atmosphere and food of the Olive garden. Gina, Fernand and their family made us (family of four) most welcome. The accommodation is just outside Robertson on the R60 towards Ashton. It is off the main road along a well maintained dirt road. On arrival we met Gina and Fernand who were fresh back from the “Taste of the Cape” festival.
The small group of self contained houses are located on one side of the valley along with a small clean pool and a great Jacuzzi nestling in an Olive Grove. The garden is well maintained and contains many wonderful pots and sculptures. The restaurant is also located in this area. Gina and Fernand enjoy art and the whole area has a lovely bohemian feel to it. Our accommodation was very beautifully decorated and had a fridge and an outside BBQ area. Internally there were two bedrooms, one with an en suite outside toilet and shower, there was a lovely bathroom with shower and bath and a sitting room. The bed linen was particularly worth a mention, beautifully white and crisp.
We quickly made use of the pool and Jacuzzi and relaxed into the Olive garden atmosphere. Gina brought through some snacks and drinks to welcome us.
They also have two wonderfully friendly boxers and we fell in love with them both.
At the time we were the only residents and it was lovely to have the whole area to ourselves with views across the valley and to the farmhouse where Gina & Fernand live. The surrounding mountains looked particularly striking in the evening sunlight.
That evening we indulged in a superb 3 course meal complete with a selection of wines with each course. A tempter was the farm produced olive oil “Agadi” with bread, a delicious springbok pate with home produced jams and chutneys. Followed by the most tender Sirloin steak in peppercorn sauce accompanied by caramelised peaches and Belgian fries. Pudding was a divine tart made with farm grapes. This was followed by coffee made in antique silver filter pots.
The whole evening was fantastic. Gina was a great host and Fernand a great chef.
We slept very well in the cosiest of beds.
The following morning we again tucked into a delicious breakfast, the freshest of pineapples, cereals, freshly squeezed orange juice, lovely coffee, then a cordon bleu hot breakfast of smoked salmon on blini, a herb filled omelette and crispy bacon on rhubarb jam on a bini. A taste explosion! For those who have a more traditional taste in breakfasts, like my daughter, you can tuck into bacon and eggs.
We were going to leave after breakfast but quickly decided to relax in the Olive garden atmosphere for as long as possible and head off at lunchtime to our next port of call in Oudtshoorn.
The Olive garden is a truly amazing place and the enthusiasm of Gina and Fernand is infectious. The atmosphere here is very relaxing and we would have loved to stay longer to explore the area in more detail. If you love art and good food you will love it here. Of course there is delicious Olive Oil and homemade preserves to buy and remember those lazy crazy food filled evenings in the Olive Garden.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Olive Garden Estate surrounded by olive trees in the most secret valley out of Robertson Klaasvoogd West completely sheltered from the Langeberg.Nature at his best -Tranquility-Enjoy. The plentiful use of natural materials from the estate set the tone and ambience, mesmerizing even the most lavish guest!!! Attention to detail fulfill all expectations. Warm, earthly hues, soft fabrics ,Egyptian cotton and stylish comfortable furnishings set the tone for a relaxing stay.All rooms have equally breathtaking and frontal mountain and views from their balconies. From here, the spectacular view over the valley is exceptional. A real Tuscan feeling "Far Niente" or doing nothing. ... more less
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