Strung out on a Vindoux vibe

2013-03-18 14:34
Nestled in the picturesque Tulbagh valley, amidst orchards and vineyards, you'll find the romantic country retreat of Vindoux Guest farm.

Only 90-minutes from Cape Town, this family owned farm provides the perfect atmosphere for absolute relaxation and rejuvenation. I came here when my day was almost over as the sun was setting but I was charmed by this space. I had just checked in and there I was watching live animals, Zebra and Springbok grazing freely forgetting that we still have to explore horse riding.

After a long day exploring the Cape Winelands area, fatigue was catching up with all of us. I was meant to get a warm bath to refresh but didn’t as I was hooked by the tranquility of Vindoux guest farm. My crew was waiting for me as the bus was almost there to pick us up. There I sat, playing music, being refreshed instead under thick pine trees by a cool summer breeze.

Photo: (Phumzile Ngcatshe)

If the idea of staying in a tree house excites you, prepare to be blown away. The Vindoux guest houses are built high up in the trees where you will find an exclusive space to relax and enjoy your freedom. To couples or partners celebrating special times, coming here will definitely be a cherry-on-the-tree-top moment. As far as my observation is concerned, this farm should have been specifically built to accommodate ‘lovers only’. Complete with a spa bath, queen size bed, endless views (from sunrise to sunset) and breakfast in bed is all you need to finish off a spicy romantic weekend.

Photo: (Vindoux)

My job here is to unwrap what Vindoux looks like, the things about it that are special and on offer for you. But it's not easy. I've fallen in love with the place, everything is so simplistic and I fear I may sound biased. I’ve never seen such simplicity; the cottages are made of wood, true countryside style. Indulge me as I narrate my sunset experience:

Facing the Saronsberg Mountains, the sun illuminates its face with a reddish-yellowish colour. Travelling without a camera is a grave sin, especially when visiting Vindoux.  Capturing this sunset in your mind alone does not do it justice. While the sunset is wonderful, don’t overlook the sunrise. Not so different, but it’s the mood that changes. Savouring an early start, that rejuvenating breeze whilst gazing at the springbok below, over a steamy cup of coffee. Your changed view of the rise and fall of the sun will be your reminder of how wonderful Tulbagh is.

Photo: (Shutterstock)

If you’re a newly-wed couple and are currently shopping for a honeymoon spot, take my word for it, Vindoux must be your first stop. The Tulbagh Valley boasts some of the most beautiful wedding venues in the Boland. I am here to ensure you choose well for your special time of your life. Choosing this area to tie the knot or celebrating quality times with your lover, is a choice you’ll absolutely not regret in your lifetime.

I was disappointed with the fact that Vindoux doesn’t have television sets in some rooms. That was a low for me as a guest especially considering the fact that I’m a journalist, I was hoping to catch up on Oscar Pistorious ‘murder case’ coverage. But maybe that’s just me. You might find it ideal to tap into the countryside charm. The grazing zebra, springbok and a black wildebeest that roam the farm freely being quite uplifting and a typical example of this. These beautiful animals are used to people and can be easily viewed while enjoying a picnic or a swim.

Photo: (Phumzile Ngcatshe)

Blessed with an onsite day spa, a gym, gourmet picnics and a dam for fishing, you have many options when it comes to relaxing. But whatever your needs, be it romantic or pure adventure, the Vindoux Guest Farm will deliver.

While you’re in the Tulbagh area you may also want to check out:

-    Fishing on the farm for carp and bass
-    Bird spotting, species of birds including Fish Eagles, Blue Cranes and many water fowl species.
-    Tulbagh’s historical Church Street, SA’s only street home to 32 national monuments
-    The Earthquake Museum on Church Street documenting the 1969 earthquake along with other interesting facts about area.

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