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

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Soccer in Darling

While Darling might have elected to become a “soccer free” zone, we certainly do not need to be a “visitor-free” zone – where better to chill out away from hectic city crowds.

For those who do not have tickets and therefore have no need to be in the city rush; you could not find a better place to watch the soccer.

Cafè Mosaic
This rendezvous in the Main Road will be open from early til late every day from 11 June until 11 July for Soccer ‘jolyt’.
Matches will be screened in the non-smoking as well as the new dedicated smokers section.
Telephone 022 492 2307

!Khwa ttu
!Khwa ttu will be showing the soccer tomorrow and every day for the rest of the world cup.
Come experience our creative world cup soccer excitement.
Telephone 022 492 2998

Bistro 7
Will be showing the soccer in the Pub tomorrow and most days during the soccer World Cup
Opening hours Mon, Wed to Sat 5pm – 11pm
Sunday 11am – 11pm
Closed all day Tuesdays
Telephone 022 492 3626

Kraalbosdam
Kraalbosdam will be showing the soccer games tomorrow.
The TV will be on from the start +- 2pm
The kitchen will open at 7pm
Telephone 022 492 2345

Another ‘Jolly Day out in Darling’ – 21 Feb 2010

Waving to the curious onlookers

Book now for the next ‘Jolly Day out in Darling’ tractor trip and food safari! After the success of the previous Jolly Day Out (click here for a review) the Darlingers are doing it again, on 21 Feb 2010. Don’t miss out on this fabulous and unique fun country outing including a 3 course meal, with each course served in a different location, and a tractor as your transport!

Venues:

Starters at Omnia @ The Mantis
Main Course at Lelieblom Farm
Dessert at Cafe Mosaic.
Price: R160 pp
Booking essential: Karen on 082 573 7736 0r karen@lelieblom.co.za

REVIEW: Darling Tractor Ride Food Safari

Review and photos by guest blogger: Vanessa Crease

Transport, country-style!

Country-style transport!

A friend invited us to the Darling Tractor Ride Food Safari. We decided that it definitely sounds like an event not to be missed.  Armed with hats and sun block we headed for Café Mosaic to meet up with our fellow explorers, and to get to know everyone over a glass of Darling Rosé. What a fantastic fun crowd! After much laughter and more Rosé, we headed out to meet the driver with our transportation.

Balancing our wine glasses

Balancing our wine glasses

I have to confess that I was a little bit apprehensive about getting onto a tractor-trailer, especially one where you have to sit on a hay bale, but after a smooth take off it was apparent that our driver knew what he was doing, and everyone sat back and enjoyed the ride to Lelieblom Farm. The ride on the tractor-trailer was surprisingly comfortable, although we all soon realised that sippy cups and straws might be a good idea for drinks for the next ride. But then again spilling your drink in the wind and swinging your wine glass on the back of a trailer was part of the fun!

Lelieblom Farm

Lelieblom Farm

The owners of Lelieblom Farm warmly greeted us upon arrival, and we all felt so relaxed and comfortable in their lovely home. The owners went to great lengths to make us feel welcome. At the farm, we sat at beautifully decorated tables while the local flautist Owen Britz-van Ryneveld, vocally accompanied by Chantal Stanfield entertained us, before a light starter of tomato gazpacho. The soup was divine and everyone absolutely loved it. We were so relaxed and having such a good time that we nearly forgot to keep to our schedule and head back to Darling for our main course.  The atmosphere on the farm gave one the surreal feeling of being somewhere on a cattle farm in Mexico.

Mantis Mall

Mantis Mall

We all got back on the tractor-trailer and headed back to Omnia’s at the Mantis Mall where Omnia had prepared a variety of delicious pies for us, served shortly after our arrival. The pies were delectable, and the company was extremely entertaining. Soon it was time to head on to our final destination.

 

Waving to the curious onlookers

Waving to the curious onlookers

We all hopped back onto the trailer and headed to Café Mosaic for dessert. Even though it was only a few meters away, we took the tractor, just because we could! The pavlova with ice cream and fruit was so delectable most of us had to share a second portion, even though we’d had more than enough to eat at this stage. Not wanting the day to end, we lingered for a while at Café Mosaic, thinking back on the fantastic experience. What a great way to spend a Sunday…

 

We will definitely be there for the next one! Thank you Darling!

A Jolly Day out in Darling!

Come join us on 1 November for an adventure in Darling!
A tractor ride, a three course meal and music!
Come join us in Darling for a jolly good day out! A very comfortable wagon, pulled by one of our trusty tractors will chauffeur you around Darling on a fun-filled tour stopping off at a farm, a small restaurant and the famous Cafe Mosaic! You’ll also be able to enjoy the beautiful music played by our local flautist.
For only R130 per person, come and enjoy all that Darling has to offer!
11h30 Meet at Cafe Mosaic for sherry.
12h00 Tractor departs on this restaurant safari!
12h30 Enjoy delicious starters of Cherry Tomato Gazpacho at Lelieblom Farm
14h00 Head back to the village on the tractor.
14h30 Main course of assorted home-made pies served at Omnia’s at the Mantis Mall
16h00 Hop back on the tractor and head to your final destination: Cafe Mosaic for
Pavlova with fresh fruit and cream
16h30 The party continues at Cafe Mosaic!
For more information and bookings,contact Isabel 083 490 2298

breadCome join us on 1 November for an adventure in Darling!

A tractor ride, a three course meal and music!

Come join us in Darling for a jolly good day out! A very comfortable wagon, pulled by one of our trusty tractors will chauffeur you around Darling on a fun-filled tour stopping off at a farm, a small restaurant and the famous Cafe Mosaic! You’ll also be able to enjoy the beautiful music played by our local flautist.

For only R130 per person, come and enjoy all that Darling has to offer!

11h30 Meet at Cafe Mosaic for sherry.
12h00 Tractor departs on this restaurant safari!
12h30 Enjoy delicious starters of Cherry Tomato Gazpacho at Lelieblom Farm
14h00 Head back to the village on the tractor.
14h30 Main course of assorted home-made pies served at Omnia’s at the Mantis Mall
16h00 Hop back on the tractor and head to your final destination: Cafe Mosaic for  Pavlova with fresh fruit and cream
16h30 The party continues at Cafe Mosaic!

For more information and bookings, contact Isabel 083 490 2298

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