We had the pleasure of spending the weekend at Le Pommier Country Lodge not too long ago. Winter had just officially started and we wanted a true “winter in the winelands” experience. Having enjoyed a delicious meal at their restaurant before, we knew we had to return to uncover more of the treasures this quaint little wine estate had to offer.
Situated in Stellenbosch, Le Pommier Wine Estate is nestled in the beautiful Banhoek Valley. A beautiful alfresco dining area outside the restaurant creates a wonderful first impression as you arrive. It offers 12 suites and 2 self-catering cottages that are situated comfortably between the vineyards.
We stayed in one of the 4 cottages situated behind the main building. Each one is beautifully decorated and provides all the necessities to make your stay as comfortable as possible. If for nothing else, the view from your room is worth every penny. Standing on your private front patio or even just lying on your bed looking out of the French doors, the sparkling pool exudes relaxation and the majestic Simonsberg mountains provide the perfect backdrop for your countryside stay.
After settling in and exploring a little, we savoured a lovely wine tasting of some of the world class wines Le Pommier has to offer. I couldn’t think of a better way to end the day off with than soaking up the last of the winter sun while sipping on a delightful red blend.
Later that evening, we enjoyed a delicious meal next to a huge fire place in the restaurant. With the chilly winter night descending, a toasty wood fire created the perfect ambience for our dinner.
Our room unfortunately didn’t have a fire place, but the air conditioner worked perfectly ensuring we had a good night’s rest. We woke up to a wet winter’s morning, but even so, the view is breath taking. With breakfast served until 11am, the lay-in, listening to the rain falling gently outside, was priceless.
Breakfast, was scrumptious and filling, exactly what we needed for the day of adventure and exploring we had planned. With it drizzling lightly, we decided to just relax a little until the rain stopped. I sat on the porch with my book while Noel enjoyed catching up on some TV. Peace and quiet – relaxation at its best.
Once the sun shone through, it was time to hit the road and “make hay while the sun shines” as the old saying goes. After wondering aimlessly for a little while and just appreciating the splendour that surrounded us, we landed up at Zorgvliet Wine Estate where we marvelled in some of the beauty this estate has to offer.
Then it was off to Delairre Graaff Estate for which must have been one of the best meals I have ever had. Granted it is on the pricey side (at least for our budget), the quality of the meal and the service makes up for it. And what’s even better, the view from the estate is nothing short of magnificent. Situated at the top of a hill, it overlooks the entire valley below the majestic Simonsberg mountains.
When the chilly nightfall arrived, I was longing for a relaxing hot bath. Our room didn’t have one, so the friendly staff helped move us to the cottage next door that boasted a beautiful corner tub. Candles and a glass of red wine – this was all I needed for my troubles to melt away.
Sunday morning, we were blessed with the most beautiful sunrise. A hearty breakfast and hot coffee started the day off perfectly. After checking out, we explored the premises a little more before saying good bye to one of the most memorable weekends away.
Our winter getaway at Le Pommier was everything we imagined it would be. The countryside is beautiful in summer and winter alike. Each season brings its own magic and you absolutely must experience both. Summer days are long and carefree with everything green and lush. Winter boasts a beautiful palette of yellows, neutrals and browns, which when set against the glooming winter sky, is equally as alluring.
How blessed are we here in South Africa to have some of the most picturesque wine estates in the world? The winelands will always have a special place in my heart and I have no doubt that our adventures in winelands, no matter what season, are far, far from over.
Mini-vacays do not need to be well-planned or expensive. We are blessed to live in a country filled with beauty just waiting to be explored. Yes, visiting a foreign country is probably on everyone’s bucklist, but South African has some equally amazing places that can easily and less expensively so, tick some of your items off!
Visit http://www.lepommier.co.za for more information.
“Great is the fortune of he who possess a good bottle, a good book and a good friend.”- Moliere
Till next time.
The above post is my opinion and based on my personal experience. This is not a sponsored post nor do I receive any consideration or financial interest for publishing this post.