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Life & Leisure

Life & Leisure accommodation is where design meets comfort and service is the quintessential mixer. Their reputation is built on their hospitality and service and their commitment to making every guests stay special. The guesthouse rooms and apartments are designed and decorated by director and business-owner Margie Potgieter. These are a glamorous meld of contemporary designer chic; with the sophisticated use of furnishings, colours and playful patterns creating a unique collection of rooms for guests to take comfort in. “Our commitment to your comfort, our central location and our beautifully appointed guesthouse has drawn visitors from all over the world and our guest lists include professionals, holiday-makers international athletes, film crews and visiting academics.” All their guest rooms come furnished with either a Queen- or King-size bed, the en-suite bathrooms all have a shower, toilet & basin and the honesty bar and custom-built kitchenette unit, neatly hidden behind cupboard doors. I enjoy little places like this when travelling than at hotels, cause besides being often more affordable, they tend to have that ‘home away from …

Colour Explosion | #BotRiver

The annual Spring Weekend comes to the pretty little village of Bot River this weekend on 1-3 September with a kaleidoscope of exciting wine, delicious food and genuine, country-style fun in order. Just like the rainbow-theme it has adopted this year, the people of this Overberg town have lined up a dazzling spectrum of activities and fun that showcase the best of the region. In celebration of the awakening of nature in all its forms, all the participating wine farms will throw open their doors for visitors to taste their cellar gems and unique local produce through convivial farm hopping and pantry shopping. “The wineries of Bot River are truly a welcoming community and the Spring Weekend is one of our favourite occasions to showcase our farms and the riches to be found on them,” says Melissa Nelsen of Genevieve MCC. The tone for the jam-packed weekend programme will be set at the Best of Bot Wines exclusive dinner on Friday, 1 September. Then, on Saturday and Sunday, Bot River’s participating wineries will turn on the …

Bubbly Tasting | @HouseofJCleRoux

I was invited to experience the craftsmanship of The House of JC Le Roux’s fine Cap Classique and observe the time-honoured French tradition of bottle fermentation. Well known for their paired tastings, I tasted five of their MCC’s pre-selected by the Cellar Master, paired with Roses devine Handmade Nougat.

Fierce Ford | #getbusy

My demanding 9-to-5 main and side bae of a blog keep me pretty busy, but throw in my unending wanderlust & foodie friends and that can make life pretty interesting. A reliable car is key, but more so, one with lots of space, is fuel efficient and makes being on the road easy. Enter the Ford Ecosport – cute, roomy and raring to go. I was headed to another one of my lunch-at-a-faraway-place-with-the-girls recently and thinking I had about mastered the route to this particular wine farm, I was reminded why I always keep my G-maps close and battery charged (12V power outlet in the car helps when I’m low 😉). Anyway, I took the wrong offramp, which lead to a wrong turn, that landed me up on this [seemingly] never-ending stretch of dirt road for what felt like forever. At some point I just gave in and just took in the scenery; which was different and got me thinking about how in life we often find ourselves in what seems like the wrong road, that …

Farm to Table | Eight at Spier

Since discovering that the apples we eat are on average 9 to 12 months old, I got a wake up call to the fact that there are so many ways the food we eat is manipulated and that make me more conscious of what I eat and not being so trusting just because the word ‘organic’ is slapped on the packaging; so when I got the chance to finally sit down at Eight, I was quite excited. Whats in a name – The restaurant is a farm-to-table eating experience – an expression of balance, harmony and infinity, all in it’s abundance. All this is encapsulated in the establishments name (8), which turned on its side becomes the infinity symbol. The produce used at Eight is either grown on the farm or sourced from those nearby, with greens and fresh veggies come from Farmer John’s food garden where they are grown without the use chemical fertilisers, pesticides or artificial chemicals. Our fillet, sirloin and sausages come from grass-fed cattle reared on Spier’s pastures, along with delicious eggs laid …