Spending a family day at Boschendal, in pictures (including the Friday Night Market)

23 Apr

At the end of 2020, we spent a relaxing family day at Boschendal. We started with a scrumptious lunch at the deli, checking in at one of the Orchard cottages afterwards, visiting the Friday Night Market, and having breakfast at The Werf the next morning. We also enjoyed a fabulous horse ride – I posted all about it in my stories on Instagram (look out for the Boschendal highlight). Here are some pictures from our experience where you can read more in the subtext underneath each photo.

Boschendal remains one of the best allround destinations in the Cape Winelands, and there are only two opportunities left to visit their Friday Night Market (tonight and next week). Spend a relaxing day on the farm doing wine tastings, having lunch at the deli or the Werf Restaurant, shopping fresh produce and homeware at the Farm Shop (also now available online), hiking a farm trail, enjoying a horse ride, visting the Tree House (kids) or enjoying the festive atmosphere of the Friday Night Market with fresh oysters and MCC (among many other choices). The cottages are beautifully decorated, functionally equipped and set among the most majestic backdrop of Simonsberg mountain. Spending a day like we did at Boschendal reminds me of just how much there is to explore on our own door step, and how ready the hospitality industry is to welcome locals back after a long and harrowing time where they couldn’t receive guests. Do yourself a favour and visit Boschendal soon.

The handwritten menu at Boschendal’s deli.
My lunch choice: Farm bowl with garden beets, curried aubergine, hummus and fallafel. Delicious!
Schalk’s lunch of Asian BBQ Espetada, soy honey and ginger slaw, miso cream, baby potatoes.
Valki’s lunch of fried hake with chips and mayonnaise – so scrumptious.
The front entrance to our cottage, no 12, against the majestic Simonsberg mountain.
The self catering kitchen area of our cottage, featuring Le Creuset cookware and a complimentary bottle of Boschendal wine.
Plush couches inside the cottage.
Modern, crisp linen on the beds.
My favourite nook outside the bedroom door, with seating for a quiet read.
Arriving at the Friday Night Market.
The wine stand at the Friday Night Market.
You can sit on a bean bag, or on the grass, or bring your own picnic blanket.
Boschendal limits the number of people at the Friday Night Markets due to Covid restrictions, so you can expect ample space and no long queues.
The fires are lit and the freshly grilled food smells amazing.
People at the curry stall at the Friday Night Market.
Live music e Friday Night Market.
Fresh coffee at The Werf, early Saturday morning.
A warm croissant with jam and cheese – my favourite way to start the day.
Fresh seasonal fruit bowl.
Benedict on sour dough with spinach – Schalk’s choice. It was absolutely delicious.

Thank you Boschendal for your generous hospitality! We cannot wait to return.

Visit Boschendal’s contact page for all the relevant information about opening hours and how to get in touch.

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