A few weeks back, Noel and I took a road trip to the beautiful town of Wellington. We’ve never been and so we thought it would make for a great weekend getaway and it was :). Wellington is only 27 kilometres from Cape Town CBD, although the trip did seem a lot longer for us. But, that’s what road trips are about, isn’t it!
Arriving the Friday evening, we checked in at Diemersfontein Wine and Country Estate. This 183 hectare estate is absolutely breath taking – beautiful dams, lush gardens and a tranquillity that is really hard to describe. Birds, horses, ducks and even a tortoise call this home. What stood out most for me was that even although the estate is so close to the main road, we didn’t hear a car or a taxi, which was so refreshing and exactly what we needed.
The cottages are quaint and decorated in a countryside charm that reminded me of an era long gone, but still offered everything we needed for our stay. The old manor house known as the “Groot Huis”still has some vintage pieces such as a beautiful Grandfather clock and resembles a museum in many ways, which we absolutely loved. There is just something intriguing about old buildings and their history, their way of life back then and how things have changed to the way we know life to be now.
Saturday morning, we were up early to make the most of the day. I was like a child on Christmas morning. All excited to see what this place had to offer. After breakfast on the terrace overlooking the garden and mountains, we explored the estate. We were in awe of everything we saw. The main garden has a cement feature decorated with a creeper. We called it the “ruins “. It would make for the perfect place to say “Ï do”. If I ever get married again, it will definitely be for money and it would be here :).
It didn’t feel like we were a few kilometres from home, it felt like we were at some magical place far, far away. The pool is at the far end of the estate overlooking the entire garden. It must be so relaxing on a warm summers evening to just chill in the pool watching the sun set. There are also gardens within the garden if that makes sense at all. Walking through the main garden, we discovered at least two other “secret” gardens. Its such an enchanting place. Its like opening a present, then you find a present within that present and so it continues, surprise after surprise.
Lunch was followed by a wine tasting which included the delicious Original Coffee Chocolate Pinotage – you can’t visit a wine estate without tasting the wine! While Noel retreated to the cottage for a short nap before dinner, I took advantage of the “me time” and explored a little more. I took so many pictures because everywhere you turn, there is something too beautiful not to capture. There are these fascinating creatures carved out of old fallen trees. My favourite was the angel close to the entrance of the estate – I think it was placed there to watch over all the patrons who visited this truly amazing place.
Dinner was at The Local Grill restaurant at Val du Charron a few kilometres away. I must admit, one of the best steaks I’ve had in a long time. The relaxed vibe and some more red wine, ended the Saturday off nicely :). I was just sad that we didn’t get a chance to see what the estate looked like during the day and had hoped to return in the morning, but we didn’t get a chance to go back unfortunately.
Sunday morning was easy – we slept in and took our time packing up. After breakfast, we did some sightseeing in the town itself. I just love the Cape Dutch style homes – white exterior and green shutters ! The town was pretty quiet as if people were still sleeping. In the middle of one of the main streets, stands an old church. So many people stopped to take a photograph of this beautiful place of worship that has stood the test of the time.
The rest of the afternoon was spent at Au’de Hex Wine Estate with our lunch served on a floating desk! We were literally eating our meal in the middle of a dam, surrounded by bird life, vineyards and the adjacent mountains. The restaurant itself is also so beautiful, decorated in true French style elegance.
Our little adventure in Wellington was just what we both needed. Life sometimes knocks the winds out of your sails and a little peace and quite is all you need to refocus. I’m so glad we took our trip – we got to see some of the beauty our country has to offer. I hope that we will get an opportunity to go back some day soon, there are still so many other equally beautiful places in Wellington to explore!
Thank you Wellington for the memories, it stays with us forever:). The next time you are looking for a place to visit for some peace of mind and natural beauty, I strongly suggest you visit Wellington!
We do not remember days; we remember moments. ~Cesare Pavese
Has anyone else visited Wellington recently? What was your favourite place to visit? I’d love to know 🙂