So after our cave expedition on Sat we headed over to Farm 215 which is situated between Stanford and Cape Agulhas. Farm 215 is a “sustainable destination”. What does that mean exactly? Well it means that the farm is managed & run in such a way that it puts the integrity of the natural ecosystem around the farm first. Their main goal is to keep their footprint, as well as that of their guests, as low as possible.
The farm is certified by Fair Trade in Tourism SA and is also in partnership with the African Horse Company, which also has a base on the farm. The African Horse Company organises guided horse trails which can be anything from 1 hour up to several days. My older sister is horse crazy, I just know she would absolutely loooove to do something like that.
Quite conveniently for us though, the farm is also home to Lomond Wines and we were lucky enough to get treated to an amazing wine tasting including a massive lunch spread of biscuits, cheeses and meats. All my favourite things!
The wine tasting / restaurant area was absolutely gorgeous. It has a very clean, slightly Japanese feel with lots of wooden detailing:
There was the most gorgeous girl there who took us through all the wines. Sadly (probably due to all the wine & excitement about the cheese spread), I can’t recall her name. But she was so great and very patient with our rowdy bunch.
Now before we talk about the wine, let me show you our spread of evil indulgence…
The next pic is happiness personified – just look at how I’m glowing:
From the wines we tasted, by favourites seem to be every wine with the word “bush” in it. Not sure why, personally I don’t really like any form of bush that much. But anyhoo. From the white wine selection I was obsessed with:
- Sugarbush – A single vineyard sauvignon blanc with distinctive green pepper, herbaceous and dusty notes.
- Snowbush – A white blend green, with ripe fig and asparagus flavours which come from Sauvignon blanc, citrus and lime characters from Semillon, and peach and floral notes from Viognier.
And from the red wine selection, my heart belonged to:
- Conebush – A single vineyard Syrah with notes of white pepper with hints of wood spice and berries. This baby was super smooth and totally velvety… mmmmm.
After lunch, I really did want to have a piece of this amazing looking citrus cake:
BUT, I opted to go for a little tour of the Farm 215 accommodation first. While I was away, those who decided to stay behind totally flattened that cake within minutes! Nice guys… real nice… but be warned, nobody takes cake away form me without repercussions.
Accommodation wise, Farm 215 offers up:
- 3 spacious rooms in the old homestead, which are very very nice…
- And then 3 modern, freestanding fynbos-suites, which freakin’ blew me out of the water. I wanted to check in immediately. Check them out:
And if that’s not already impressive enough, check out the view from these suites:
I thought the rates for these suites were really good value. You get all that for only R1300 pp per night (or R1235 if you book online & it get’s even cheaper if you stay longer). Those rates are valid up until end Oct, then the high season rates start kicking in, but even then it’s not that much more. Considering that most luxury hotel rooms cost about that much at least and are tiny in comparison, this is an fantastic deal.
So as for the Lomond wines, I will be hunting them down back in Cape Town once my wine rack situation at home is sorted out. And I predict a long weekend away at Farm 215 in my near future as well.
Day 2 of our weekend away is not quite done yet. So I’ll show you my very scientific pot belly indicator after I tell you guys about our insane 8 course dinner experience in my next post.
Wanna book your own weekend getaway? Just call them on 028 388 09 20.