Fraai Uitzicht 1798

Cape Winelands

Rooms: 9: 4 cottages, 2 with 2 bedrooms (1 queen, 1 twin), 2 w' 1 bedroom (king, extra-length); 5 suites, 4 king, 1 queen, all w' air-con & en/s shower, some bath, some extra outdoor showers; cottages have underfloor heating.

Prices: Cottages: R1,050 – R1,350 pp sharing. Suites: R700 – R1,050 pp sharing. Singles on request.
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Meals: Champagne breakfasts in the Fraai Uitzicht 1798 restaurant which always serves dinner for residents. Please check opening hours for the public on their website.

Directions: On R60 between Robertson & Ashton. Approximately 5km from Ashton and 9km from Robertson, take the Klaas Voogds East turn-off, follow the road 4kms (last 500m is on gravel road), and find their turn-off to the left.

GPS: Latitude: -33.79518261213618 Longitude: 20.004998847627565

Karl and Sandra Papesch
Historic Wine and Guest Farm with Restaurant, Klaas Voogds East (Oos), Robertson/Montagu, Cape Winelands, Western Cape

Tel: (0)23-626-6156
Fax: (0)86-662-5265
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‘Fraai Uitzicht’ means ‘beautiful view’ in Dutch - no idle promise as it turns out. The wine and guest farm, dating from the 1700s, is in a cul-de-sac valley ringed by vertiginous mountains. Sitting on the stoep chatting to Karl and Sandra over an excellent espresso, I admired their tumbling water feature, which complements a sculpture-dotted dam buzzing with birdlife and draws your gaze to the blanket of peach, apricot and olive trees and vineyards all around. People come from far and wide for the award-winning a la carte restaurant, and the special Food and Wine Pairing tasting menu - including such delicacies as warthog carpaccio, perfectly matched with Fraai Uitzicht 1798 wines - is irresistible. Thankfully it’s not far to the garden suites, upon which the couple have let loose their imagination: guests will find huge bathrooms and extra outside showers illuminated by colour-changing lights; one bed has been sunk down to catch views of the highest mountains; another protrudes jauntily from an angled alcove. A few renovated cottages take it easy in the garden, a couple with metre-thick walls and timber interiors; my favourite was the loft bedroom in the eaves. Make sure you take a peek at the wine cellar - guests have first option on the (uniquely) hand-made merlot and the other varietals. I can’t count the number of recommendations we had pointing us here. Restaurant closed to public June to August, but always serves breakfast and dinner for residential guests.

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Fraai Uitzicht 1798