Rooms: 3 self-catering cottages: 2 with queen in one room and 2 singles in other, 1 bathroom with bath and shower, and 1 with shower only; 3rd cottage with single with queen, 1 bathroom with shower.
Prices: R400 - R600 pp sharing.
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Meals: Self-catering. Breakfast in basket with home-made muesli & muffins is available as extra. Braai packs provided on request. Good restaurants nearby.
Directions: Between Rawsonville & Worcester, near the Brandvlei Dam. Full directions given on enquiry.
Often by driving that tiny bit further in South Africa you find something particularly special. Like Eensgevonden. Winding through chardonnay and merlot vineyards, I discovered this beautiful national monument, the oldest Cape Dutch farmhouse in the Breede River Valley and home to Sally and Doug. Under the shady fingers of a giant oak tree, planted nearly three centuries ago under orders of Cape Governor van der Stel, we sampled their unlabelled, excellent wine. The couple (aided by a staff of four) hand-tend and harvest their grapes, honey bees and organic vegetables and will enthusiastically show you around. The farm itself is part vineyard, part natural fynbos, and among 400ha of private nature reserve lies the heavenly, secluded, crystal clear mountain rock pool. If you can wrench yourself away (I couldn’t) and up one of the well-marked trails across the rugged reserve, keep one eye peeled; klipspringer, honey-badger and 100 identified birds reside here, as do a number of elusive leopard! A short skip from the farmstead leads you to three white-washed, spotlessly-clean self-catering cottages, surrounded by pebble-paved indigenous gardens. I adored Sunbird with its white linen, terracotta flooring, wood fire, vases of cut herbs and French windows revealing wide, cushioned verandah with magnificent views - sundowner nirvana. Eensgevonden is a treasured Greenwood destination, offering a wilder, more genuine wine experience than is on offer in more touristy towns like Franschhoek and Stellenbosch.