Condé Nast Traveller takes a foodie road trip through Darling and the Western Cape

Conde Nast Traveller article

A recent article in Condé Nast Traveller features a number of the Western Cape’s top restaurants, including Hilda’s Kitchen at Groote Post (Darling), Oep ve Koep (Paternoster), Voorstrandt (Paternoster), Gaaitjie (Paternoster), Bread & Wine at Môreson Wine Farm (Franschhoek), Babel at Babylonstoren (Franschhoek), Reuben’s (Franschhoek), The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français (Franschhoek), Bistro Sixteen82 at Steenberg Wine Estate (Constantia, Cape Town), The Greenhouse at The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel (Constantia, Cape Town), The Test Kitchen at The Old Biscuit Mill (Woodstock, Cape Town) and The Pot Luck Club at The Old Biscuit Mill (Woodstock, Cape Town).

Below is an extract of the article by Rodney Bolt. Click to view the full Condé Nast Traveller article

 

SCENE STEALER

The Western Cape’s reputation for wine in undiminished but now its cooking has caught up, with young chefs savouring exotic homegrown ingredients and looking to their own traditions rather than to Europe. South African-born Rodney Bolt tucks his napkin in for a road trip to relish.

My first stop, Groote Post wine farm, about an hour’s drive north of Cape Town, was once home to the splendidly named Hildagonda Duckitt, South Africa’s very own Mrs Beeton. Duckitt was the first woman in the country to publish recipes gathered from all manner of people – from Afrikaner farmers’ wives to the descendants of Malay slaves – over a century ago. Her books are largely forgotten, but at Hilda’s Kitchen (+27 22 492 2693; www.grootepost.com) her ghost hovers over chef Debbie McLaughlin. At a table set under the trees beside the whitewashed Cape Dutch farmhouse. I eat a brilliantly updated old-school Cape lunch of local charcuterie with a Hilda-inspired apple-and-date relish, oxtail simmered with cinnamon and butternut – brought to the table in a potjie (a three legged, cast-iron cooking pot). A pudding of sticky date tart is well matched by a luscious Groote Post Shiraz; but just a sip, as I am only stopping off on my way to Paternoster, further up the West Coast.

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Winter specials in Darling!

Darling, less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town… but a million miles away, offers great value getaways for the 2012 winter season.

The current economic climate has led to the need for tourists world-wide to trim spend wherever possible and Darling’s tourism community has come together to ensure that value is the order of the day when travelers visit this peaceful, safe and charming West Coast village.

Complimentary wine tasting (something not many wine cellars offer nowadays), country walks in flower reserves, close proximity to the 16 Mile Beach, galleries and the best small town museum in the country at a measly R10 entrance fee are just some of the free or inexpensive activities that beckon.

The time to recharge in a time-strapped world means looking for destinations that are close-by but significantly removed from city life.

With guesthouses and restaurants charging very reasonable prices compared to the more established tourism destinations and very affordable wines to be purchased from all of the local cellars, the visitor is assured that not only will they receive great value but they will leave feeling rested and restored.

Come see why it’s called “Darling”!

Weekend Package at TRINITY LODGE 
Includes 2 nights B&B at a 4 star guesthouse. A dinner in Darling. A ticket to a Pieter-Dirk Uys show at Evita se Perron. An olive and olive oil tasting at Darling Olives. A wine tasting and lunch at the historic Groote Post farm (selected as a Top 10 Alfresco Restaurant by Eat Out Guide)
R 1 500 all inclusive per person – group rates apply
50% deposit required. Subject to availability
Contact Shaun McLaughlin 083 325 4148 stay@trinitylodge.co.za

Accommodation special at THE OLD PASTORIE (Bed only)  
SPECIAL OFFER throughout the winter months – Offer ends 31st July.
R550 per room first night then 50% discount on all following nights –   ie 1st Night R550     2nd AND subsequent nights R275.
Bookings  022 492 3715/ 072 083 9990

GROOTE POST VINEYARDS
Spoil the special Man in your life this June with a free Magnum The Old Man’s Blend Red 2011 by buying 12 bottles of The Old Man’s Blend White 2012 or 12 bottles of The Old Man’s Blend Red 2011 or a mix of both
Tel: 022-492 2825 Fax: 086 527 9991 www.grootepost.com

Accommodation Special at 43 ON MAIN (S/C)
Special offer for months of June/July
R175 pppn sharing (2 persons R350 – double room)
R250 pppn (1 person – double room)
Additional persons on sleeper couches in living room area:
R75 pppn (if double room is occupied by 2 persons)
R100 pppn (if double room is occupied by 1 person)
Bookings: 022 492 2754 /082 882 4954 or 082 573 2135

Accommodation Special at MAISON DE L’AMOUR B&B
Maision de L’amour offers the following promos :
Book any two nights during the month of June, July, and August and receive a third FREE. R800 per room per night (2 people sharing plus a full English breakfast) third night FREE
Special: R650 per room per night (2 people sharing) breakfast included Plus a bottle of rose wine on arrival.
Pay full price for your first night R800 incl breakfast and get the second night 50% off (R400)
Bookings 072 822 5518 | 022 492 3995 | 022 492 3139 www.maisondelamour.net

Accommodation Special at OLIVE & LIME COTTAGES (S/C Farm)
Winter Special: 01 July until 30 August 2012
Self catering accommodation, sleeping 4 people (2 adults & 2 children) @ R300 per unit
Bookings 082 4681 250 079 889 6898

Accommodation at TUINHUIS COTTAGE (S/C)
Tuinhuis Cottage will offer accommodation from now until end July of R275, 00 pp per night – minimum stay of 2 nights weekdays and weekends.   Tea/coffee and biscuits will always be available on arrival www.tuinhuissouthafrica.com
Bookings 022 492 2535 083 655 4237 iw@worldonline.co.za

Accommodation special at ALOE COTTAGE (S/C in village)
Aloe Cottage guests during June, July and August will receive a special complimentary bottle of Darling wine, which can be enjoyed in front of the cosy fireplace (wood is also complimentary!). Special rates of just R850 per night Sunday – Thursday and R1,200 per night Friday and Saturday. Sleeps up to 6 people in 3 en-suite bedrooms. Also ideal for a romantic getaway for 2. The cottage is fully equipped to a high standard and is pet-friendly. Visit www.aloedarling.co.za for photos and more info. Contactpaul@aloedarling.co.za or 083 400 1666 to book your getaway!

Accommodation at THE GRANARY (B&B)
Stay for 2 nights and pay for  < 1 ½ nights:
2 nights in a suite    bed and breakfast (2 guests)      R 1000.00
2 nights in a TWIN   bed and breakfast (2 guests)      R 850.00
Any 2 consecutive days, subject to availability .
Bookings Tel : 022 492 3155 Cell : 083 533 0090 Email : stay@thegranary.co.za

Darling Museum Winter Special
Free entrance for all school-going children (accompanied by an adult) during June/July Entrance fee: Adults R10/Pensioners R8-00
Open Daily: Mon – Thurs 9h00 – 13h00 and 14h00 – 16h00
Friday 9h00 – 13h00 and 14h00 – 15h30
Saturday, Sunday & Public holidays 10h00-15h00
Closed Easter, Christmas & New Year
TEL: (022) 492-3361

BUFFELSFONTEIN GAME & NATURE RESERVE 
Winter Conference Special available from 01 June 2012 till 31 August 2012 for groups of any size.

OPTION 1: DAY CONFERENCE SPECIAL R220 per Delegate
This package will include the following:
Morning Tea & Coffee with Refreshments
Conference Venue Fee
Lunch
Afternoon Tea & Coffee with Refreshments
Optional Activity: 2-3 Hour Guided Game Drive @R200 per delegate for groups of 4 – 15
2-3 Hour Guided Game Drive @R150 per delegate for groups of 16 – 60 delegates

OPTION 2: CONFERENCE & ACCOMMODATION @ R700 per Delegate Sharing
This package will include the following:
Morning Tea & Coffee with Refreshments
Conference Venue Fee
Lunch
Afternoon Tea & Coffee with Refreshments
Dinner
Accommodation
Breakfast
Optional Activity: 2-3 Hour Guided Game Drive @R200 per delegate for groups of 4 – 15
2 -3 Hour Guided Game Drive will be COMPLEMENTARY for groups of 21-60 delegates
This offer allows you up to 25% saving on your conference

Should you have any further enquiries and or wish to make a reservation; do not hesitate to contact our reservations. Terms & Conditions Apply
CONTACT DETAILS: Tel: (022) 451 2824 Email: buffontein@xsinet.co.za www.buffelsfontein.co.za

 

For more information visit www.darlingtourism.co.za

I ♥ Darling Because…

This Q&A article was first published on the SA-Venues blog: http://blog.sa-venues.com/provinces/western-cape/love-darling

 

Hi, I’m Paul Martin from Aloe Cottage in Darling.

Darling IS BEST KNOWN FOR its won­der­fully diverse spring flowers, the Voorkamerfest Theatre and Arts FestivalEvita se Perron (the home of Tannie Evita Bezuidenhout), great wine farms, art gal­ler­ies, country-style res­taur­ants and bis­tros, the Duckitt orchid nurs­ery, the friendly small-town atmo­sphere and relaxed coun­try life.
GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT Evita se Perron where you can pose as “the most fam­ous white woman in South Africa” and take a humor­ous trip down South Africa’s memory lane at Boerassic Park.
THE BEST spring flower PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT the Tinie Versfeld Wildflower Reserve, Waylands Flower Reserve or at the orchid open days at Duckitt Nurseries on the first Saturday of the month from May to November.
OTHER HAPPY SNAPS CAN BE TAKEN while sip­ping wine at some of the local wine farms like Ormonde, CloofDarling CellarsGroote Post and Tukulu.

WHEN THE WEATHER’S GOOD, I LIKE TO cycle around the vil­lage and farm­lands with my cam­era. The Nguni cattle at Oude Post Farm are par­tic­u­larly beau­ti­ful with their speckled hides and long horns.
WHEN THE WEATHER’S BAD, I LIKE TO browse the amaz­ing selec­tion of books at Book League.
I THINK THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT IS any time of the year, BECAUSE sum­mer offers trips to nearby Yzerfontein beach and long warm even­ings around the braai. The Darling Music Experience clas­sical fest­ival takes place in February. Autumn is ideal for wine tast­ing while the vine­yards turn to orange and gold. Winter brings misty morn­ing walks, and cosy nights with good food and wine. Spring brings the annual Darling Wildflower Show, Voorkamerfest, Rocking the Daisies music fest­ival and so much more …

MY FAVOURITE BREAKFAST SPOT IS Chicory Cheese Café or Brig’s Barn.

FOR LUNCH, I SUGGEST The Marmalade Cat.
MY FAVOURITE RESTAURANT IS Bistro Seven, TRY THE Eisbein.
BEST LATE NIGHT SNACK FROM Café Mosaic, known by the loc­als as ‘The Stoep’.
MY FAVOURITE bar­gain hunt­ing SPOT IS The Mantis Trading Store.
FOR A NIGHT OUT ON THE TOWN TRY Kraalbosdam on a Friday night.
IF YOU WANT TO MEET LOCALS, GO TO the Darling Country Market on the first Saturday morn­ing of the month at the Nitrophoska Building.

Darling’s BEST KEPT SECRET IS the local butchery, Darling Vleismark, per­fect for stock­ing up before return­ing to the city. And don’t miss the cheap homemade jams at the till!
MY FAVOURITE THING TO DO WITH FRIENDS IS enjoy the local beer, Darling Brew, avail­able at most res­taur­ants in Darling.

FOR SOME CULTURE , I LIKE TO GO TO the Voorkamerfest in September, where per­formers from South Africa and around the world give intim­ate per­form­ances in the ‘voork­amers’ (lounges) of houses in Darling. It is not to be missed.

TO RELAX AND RESTORE MY SOUL, I LIKE TO enjoy the beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings.
IF YOU’RE FEELING ADVENTUROUS, TRY mak­ing your own wine at the annual Darling Cellars Crush Day.
MY FAVOURITE WALK IS with my dogs at the Renosterveld Reserve at the top of the hill, where you have pan­or­amic views of the vil­lage and sur­round­ing farm­lands.
MY FAVOURITE gift and home­ware SHOP IS is the beau­ti­ful ware­house at the back of The Marmalade Cat.

MY FAVOURITE bird WATCHING SPOT IS from the kit­chen win­dow at Aloe Cottage, where the weaver birds put on a fant­astic dis­play build­ing their nests and show­ing off their dexterity.

IF YOU’RE HERE IN July, JOIN IN THE FUN AT Christmas in July at Evita se Perron.

MY FAVOURITE MUSEUM IS Darling Museum. Discover how Darling got its name and don’t miss the little shop; Ouma’s Treasures.
MY FAVOURITE BUILDING IS Koekemakranka Backpackers, FOR ITS cre­at­ive and whacky interior, cre­ated by local artist and co-owner Omnia Grobler.

TRAVELLING WITH CHILDREN? A FUN OUTING IS Lelieblom Farm Restaurant where the kids can see and touch farm anim­als. Enjoy a lazy week­end lunch where you dine with your hosts and enjoy true coun­try hospitality.

BEST CHEAP AND CHEERFUL OUTING IS tak­ing a leis­urely drive around the coun­tryside.
WHEN MONEY’S NO OBJECT, I LIKE TO go wine tast­ing, stock up my cel­lar with excel­lent local wines, then enjoy a cel­eb­rat­ory meal at Hilda’s Kitchen at Groote Post.

THE MOST UNUSUAL THING I SEE HERE IS the dif­fer­ence that one per­son, Pieter-Dirk Uys, has made to a com­munity by put­ting Darling on the map and giv­ing so much to sup­port devel­op­ment pro­jects in the area.
MY FAVOURITE WEEKEND GETAWAY IS Aloe Cottage, of course!
WHEN I WANT TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY, I sup­port The Darling Trust.

I ♥ Darling BECAUSE the people are friendly and wel­com­ing, the vil­lage is authen­tic and not overly touristy, and it’s an hour from Cape Town… but a world away!

Aloe Cottage

Aloe Cottage offers lux­ury self-catering hol­i­day accom­mod­a­tion in Darling, near to Cape Town, South Africa. We are pet-friendly! The hol­i­day home has been beau­ti­fully dec­or­ated with top qual­ity linen, fur­niture and art­work and enjoys pos­sibly the best views in Darling — over rolling hills and farm­lands to the dis­tant moun­tains. Aloe Cottage is the per­fect romantic get­away for couples as well as for week­ends away with friends or fam­ily holidays.

Visit Aloe Cottage
View Rates or make a Booking

Desirable Digits

Chicory Cheese — +27 (0)72 852‑6644
Brig’s Barn — +27 (0)22 492‑2451
The Marmalade Cat — +27 (0)22 492‑2515
Bistro Seven — +27 (0)22 492‑3626
Café Mosaic — +27 (0)22 492‑2307
Kraalbosdam — +27 (0)22 492‑3803
Lelieblom Farmhouse — +27 (0)82 573‑7736

Introducing the Darling Stagger

Are you a hardcore mountain lover, a twitcher, or botanist, do you want to take your family on an easy walk to appreciate nature? Do you see yourself as a  modern-day strandloper?

The Darling Stagger (launching September 2011) :- A slow-paced, mouth-watering hiking trail from the hills of Darling through wine and olive farms to !Khwa ttu San Cultural Centre and down to Yzerfontein on the coast.

It’s great to see South Africans finally picking up on what the Italians have known for centuries; that this is the way life is meant to be lived – slowly and simply, with good food and wine and good company, in a natural, outdoor setting. This is a trail for those who know how to experience the good things in life.

This 2.5 day, 25km trail begins in Darling. Tucked away between hills of vineyards and golden wheat fields, the trail winds through olive groves and wine farms up to the highest point in Darling where you will take your time sampling local fruits of the vine direct from the farmer.

The trail then meanders through renosterveld and fynbos full of flowers, game and birds, en route to !Khwa ttu where you spend the first night at the unique San Cultural Centre. After a leisurely breakfast, we continue downhill through the strandveld to Tygerfontein Farm along the coast to Yzerfontein, sampling local seafood along the way.

These new 2.5 day slackpacking trails, without the schlep, are guided and catered, comfortable and safe.  Hikers carry a small daypack, lifts and luggage are organised and local folk and restaurants prepare meals in traditional West Coast style.

For more information, full itineraries and prices and to book please call or email.

 

The Darling Stagger Slack Packing Trail

Review by Louise de Waal

Courtesy of http://baobabtravel.wordpress.com/2011/07/26/the-darling-stagger-slack-packing-trail/ 

 

Earlier this month (July 2011) the Cape West Coast Trails were launched within the Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve (CWCBR). The CWCBR, with the West Coast National Park at its centre, is one of the 6 UNESCO recognised Biosphere Reserves in South Africa.

Paul and I were invited to explore the brand new Darling Stagger, a cycling and walking slack packing trail between Yzerfontein and Darling. The Darling Stagger is one of the five trails planned within the CWCBR. The other four include the Eve’s Trail (a walk mostly along the West Coast National Park beach), the Five Bay Trail (a coast hugging walk between Paternoster and Jacobsbaai), Wheels of Time (a cycling tour from Mamre via West Coast National Park to !Khwa Ttu), and the Berg River Canooze (a kayak trail from Hopefield to Velddrift).

Why a Biosphere Reserve?

With Cape Town rapidly expanding north, West Coast communities recognised that action was required to ensure that conflict between urban expansion and the diverse ecosystems on the West Coast would not get out of hand and appropriate development plans were put into place. Hence the CWCBR was proclaimed in 2000.

The idea behind the UNESCO Man and Biosphere Programme is a sustainable and balanced approach between human development and nature conservation. Part of the sustainable development of the CWCBR is enhancing its tourism potential and the Cape West Coast Trails are part of this philosophy.

The Darling Stagger Stage 1

At lunch time we left Cape Town on an unseasonally warm & sunny day. The meeting point just outside Darling at Alexanderfontein Farm was also the first activity of the weekend. Olive tasting at the home of Darling Olives is an all-round olive education on growing, pressing, and use of these originally Mediterranean fruits. As a non-olive eater, I was fascinated and partly converted. A total surprise to see how many uses olives can have. From your simple virgin olive oil and cured olives to olive pastes and olive cooking & bath salts. Maybe I am pretty ignorant when it comes to these little fruits, but the biggest revelation was to learn that black olives are just ripe green ones. Always believed these were different types….

After this olive experience we set off to !Khwa ttu, San Education and Culture Centre and home for the night. We worked up a bit of an appetite with a cycle from the Bush Village Camp to the Atlantic Ocean for a traditional African sundowner. Staying in locavore style, we had a Darling Brew, a slow beer inspired by the rare geometric tortoise. Although a reasonably light beer, the return cycle was far more challenging than the first leg. Or maybe it was more due to the fact that we ended up cycling in the pitch dark, under the most magnificent night sky? The Scorpio constellation was a gentle reminder that it really still is winter in South Africa.

Returning to camp, a typical West Coast dinner was awaiting us, mussel soup, grilled snoek, and several traditional deserts prepared by Natasha and Cariline from Langebaan. All flushed down with the lightly wooded Quercus Gold Chardonnay from the Darling Cellars.

Was this setting the standard for the rest of this slack packing weekend? Can it get even better?

The Real Darling Stagger

Waking up after a chilly but comfortable night, I bumped into yet more great cooks. Natasha & Kyle from Chefs on the Move in Scarborough, although not quite Darling local, were here to show our guides, Morgan and Jacky, what can be achieved with some TLC and fresh ingredients. For a change I was not the odd one out, the lonesome vegetarian, the one declining a full cooked breakfast. This time breakfast consisted of Mobi’s organic granola with fruit & yoghurt, a vegetarian spicy Lebanese take on a cooked breakfast and good quality coffee. Basically I was in heaven.

Coming down to earth with a bang, I realised why this weekend was called the Darling Stagger. After all this fabulous food, walking is no longer an option. So we just staggered to !Khwa ttu, where Ivan gave us an introduction to San medicinal knowledge of the Fynbos vegetation. Fynbos is not only the most diverse vegetation types known on earth, it is also rich in medicinal purposes.

From !Khwa ttu we walked through the fields, vineyards, and olive groves of Ormonde and Alexanderfontein with stunning views of Table Mountain, Dassen Island, and the Atlantic Ocean behind us. The terrain varies from sandy & grid tracks to some tarmac roads or just through the fields. The trail is not hard, you only carry your day pack and the distance is limited to about 15 km. I had no problems at all, so basically anybody in reasonable shape can do it.

After about three quarters of the hike, we arrived at an idyllic setting in the olive groves, where a Bedouin type tent was erected, straw bales set out to give the old legs a good rest and a delicious light lunch of salads ready to be devoured. Natasha, Kyle and Morgan had done an sterling job!

The last stage of the stagger was fortunately mostly downhill, a good thing as drinking wine at lunchtime and climbing hills is not a good combination. Little did we know however that more wine was on the itinerary with a full blown Ormonde wine tasting. For some strange reason, nobody seems to quite remember how many wines we tried, but I can tell you we sampled the whole Alexanderfontein, Ondine, and Ormonde ranges.

The evening programme was the cherry on the cake – Evita Bezuidenhout’s Christmas in July show and babotie at Evita se Perron in Darling. Having heard so much about Evita se Perron and Pieter-Dirk Uys’ character Evita Bezuidenhout, I can confirm that all the praise is well-deserved and more. She is not only funny, but very sharp and willing to stick her neck out by tackling political issues in a way that everybody, regardless age, gender and race, will listen to and take note off. In addition, she does amazing work raising funds for the Darling Trust. Girl you totally rock!

The Darling Stagger finale

The second night we stayed in the heart of the sleepy village of Darling in Trinity Lodge. Here you don’t need an alarm on Sunday, as the church bells, calling Darling’s community to the early morning service, wake you well on time for breakfast.

After breakfast it was time to burn some of those calories with a short cycle through the village, a visit to the fascinating Darling museum and Nicolaas Maritz’s Studio Gallery.  Nicolaas, a well-established local artist, decided it was time to have a proper Studio Gallery, so people can have a look ‘behind the work’ and understand it better. He created the most incredible house full to the rafters with art, mostly his own but also some of his fellow South African artists. You roam from one room into the next, into his waterwise garden and his studio, and lose yourself in his intriguing work described by art critics as zippy, post-modern ethno-centric punk, naive, and challenging. No idea what that means, but I love his work.

The finale to the Darling Stagger is wine tasting and lunch at the historic Groote Post wine farm. I have always liked their wines, but the Groote Post Chenin Blanc 2011 is exceptionally good and great value for money. The mini ‘Ice Age’ last spring led to a very late harvest of this cultivar and the beautiful guava and green-apple flavours.

Overall the Darling Stagger slack packing trail was a great success with fabulous food, wine tasting to make anybody’s mouth water, mixed with a good amount of calorie burning of walking and cycling, and great company. Thank you guys for hosting us!

tel: 086 187 2457 (TRAILS)
Cape West Coast Biosphere Central Office: 022 451 2648
Cape West Coast Biosphere Hub R27: 022 492 2750
083 261 7960 (Ivan)
083 628 3426 (Sheryl)
email: trails@capebiosphere.co.za
web: www.capebiosphere.co.za/trails
notes: Special offer! Ask about reduced prices on initial exploratory trails.

It’s not too late to be part of the 2011 Voorkamerfest in Darling!

The time is drawing near for the annual Voorkamerfest in Darling. Now in its eighth year, the Voorkamerfest once again offers a unique, multi-cultural experience in an exciting and unconventional format. 
Although most accommodation is already booked and Voorkamerfest tickets sold, here is an opportunity to be part of this unique Darling experience. Fine-a-Leigh Tours, in collaboration with Koekemakranka Backpackers, are offering package weekend/day trips…
Tour brochures are available on request and contain detailed information of what we have put together, as well as the costs thereof. There is a choice of:
Weekend Trip: 02 Sept to 04 Sept 2011 – ZAR 1550 per person
Day Trip:  3 Sept 2011 – ZAR 700 per person

All Fine-A-Leigh tour packages are inclusive of transport, meals, accommodation and entrance fees… all you need to budget for over and above the tour cost is drinks, art/crafts and souvenir purchases. We have decided to structure all our tour packages in this way for ease of budgeting on the part of our clients. Very often one may find that a planned trip constitutes unforseen additional expenses which one only suffers the consequences of after the trip. Having said that, we are sure that you will agree our tour costs are really VERY AFFORDABLE.
The Voorkamerfest is an annual event for all ages and is such a big hit that tickets sell out every year very shortly after they go on sale, so we are confident that you will enjoy the experience, should you decide to make a booking.

Tour Booking and Enquiries
:
Deidre Prout
Tel:  +27 21 531 5760
Mobile:  +27 72 104 3563

General Voorkamerfest Bookings and Enquiries:

Tasha St John-Reid
Voorkamerfest Coordinator and Bookings
082 321 7542 or 022 492 3427
bookings@voorkamerfest-darling.co.za
www.voorkamerfest-darling.co.za

November Special at Aloe Cottage, Darling!

Aloe Cottage is offering special rates throughout the month of November 2010, including weekends. Rates have been reduced to  just R750 per night for the whole cottage (save R200 per night).

Aloe Cottage offers luxury self-catering holiday accommodation and is the perfect romantic getaway for couples as well as for weekends away with friends or family holidays (sleeps up to 6 people).

The holiday home has been beautifully decorated with top quality linen, furniture and artwork and enjoys possibly the best views in Darling – over rolling hills and farmlands to the distant mountains.

Enjoy your days unwinding on the verandah, where the only sound is birdsong, have a braai (wood is provided), watch a show with Tannie Evita, see the weaver birds build their nests right outside the window, curl up with a book in the hammock, or just relax on the deep, comfy couches in front of the fireplace with some fine Darling wine.

Visit www.aloedarling.co.za for photos and more info, then contact Paul to book: paul@aloedarling.co.za or call 083 400 1666. Minimum booking of 2 nights.