Fancourt: Jewel in South Africa’s Golfing Crown September 20, 2021
The Western Cape’s Garden Route is rightly regarded as one of South Africa's ultimate destinations, with a breathtaking array of choices for family fun or individual pursuits. From the beaches of Plettenberg, to the holiday feel of scenic Knysna, the natural wonders of Wilderness and so much more, one could frolic for weeks on end with surprises at every turn. But there are also some amongst us who go to the Garden Route for a single...
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Grootbos Private Nature Reserve- something very special September 17, 2018
Spring is sprung, but winter is coming- or have you not been following blockbuster series Game of Thrones? And when it does, I’d recommend heading to Grootbos Private Nature Reserve in the Western Cape. Yip, the Cape of Storms, in winter. Botany, Bespoke, Community Luxurious Grootbos is a favourite for me and travellers return time and again to this botanical reserve above the town of Gansbaai. Their five-star rating is based on meticulous service, genuine hospitality, fine dining,...
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Q’s Review- The Royal in Riebeek March 12, 2018
My Valentines evening was not romantic. No. Anything but. I’d been deep in consultation all day and was feeling emotionally drained, in spite of the days triumphs. My client, the wry and dry Robert Brendel, proprietor of Riebeek Kasteel’s Royal Hotel where Q is working on an exciting new refurb is demanding, but with an unexpected sense of humour given the demands on his bank balance. The clock had barely chimed five when he ordered a...
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Q’s Review- Olive Bistro February 20, 2018
I know it's still early days at Olive Bistro, but the discreetly air-conditioned room with its crisply white décor contrasts- most favourably- with the hot umber dusted streets and boho chic of Riebeek-Kasteel, the small Swartland town in the Western Cape hinterland where it finds itself. Chic dining in Riebeek Kasteel I also know that Paul and Istelle Carlin are an ambitious pair. They’ve already moved on from Café Olive, the tiny coffee shop they took...
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The Silo Hotel, Cape Town February 20, 2018
I'd motored into Cape Town on the Wednesday. Basically to get a haircut and a carwash and to attend to some business. Luckily, I finished the business early and since   I’d dressed up in a beautiful double cuffed Paul Smith shirt I ventured into the streets of hipster central in search of Robert and Alberto. In search of hope. Hope that these two charmers could be persuaded to join me for lunch and CheninBlanc in one...
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Val Du Charron January 16, 2018
Val Du Charron Wine and Leisure Estate- Burgeoning, Bucolic, Historic I’ve had a couple of really fine times at Val Du Charron Wine and Olive Estate, some four years apart I was reminded by owners Stuart and Catherine Entwistle. Too far apart in their estimation. What’s good about the gap is the reminders – and the differences. I’ve visited in summer and winter, which in the Western Cape are vastly different experiences. Things happened at pace...
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