My husband and I were over the moon to be contacted by Endless Vineyards Boutique Lodge and offered a night away with dinner and breakfast included. It was a momentous occasion for two reasons – I have so wanted to establish myself not only as a mommy blogger, but also as a travel blogger. The second reason why we were so happy is that we had planned to go away the first Saturday of the Easter school holidays as a couple without kids, but life got in the way and before we knew it the time had come and we hadn’t arranged anything and our finances were not looking great for a weekend away.
We have two children. A 7 year old daughter and a 5 year old son. Since our children have been born we have been away as a couple without children twice (each for one night) and that was in between my daughter and my son being born. We, as a couple, needed this night away. My parents collected our children on Friday afternoon and on Saturday morning my husband and I slept late and then got ourselves ready and packed in peace and quiet. Might I add that there is usually very little in the way of peace and quiet in our house?
The drive was great, we got to actually have a conversation. It took us close to 3 hours to drive from Saldanha to Wildekrans Wine Estate in Botrivier.
The entrance to Wildekrans is stunning, I love it when there is a long road with trees overhanging. The scene was set for romance and the ambiance was so perfect.
We headed to reception to find out where we were staying and when I gave my name Miche said “You are the VIP guest” so I had to give my husband the look to let him know I am almost a celebrity. Talk about making me feel super important.
The welcome was so warm and soon after settling us in our cottage she brought over a stunning fruit platter and showed us the complimentary sparkling wine in the fridge.
The Cottage At Endless Vineyards Boutique Lodge
Our cottage was spotlessly clean and the decor was very tasteful, making for a very comfortable stay. Each building has two cottages side by side, and with a total of 4 buildings there are 8 cottages. The set up is perfect if you have two family groups. I could picture my parents coming with us one day and taking a cottage next door and my kids running in between the two cottages.
The cottage has two bedrooms – one with a double bed and the other with two single beds. The kitchen is fully equipped for self catering with a fridge, microwave, oven, hob, toaster, kettle and all the crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils you may need.
The living area is open plan with comfortable sofas and a TV with DSTV and a DVD player. There is also wifi available.
The bathroom has a bath and a shower, with a separate toilet.
An undercover stoep with a table and chairs, plus a braai finishes off everything you could need.
The stoep overlooks the vineyards – it is completely quiet and peaceful. The only sound was the wind rustling through the vineyards. My husband and I spent the first few hours of our stay relaxing on the stoep and enjoying the serenity.
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The complimentary bottle of Brut Rose sparkling wine we received at Endless Vineyards Boutique Lodge @wildekrans was very much enjoyed by my husband. He said it was completely delightful from the taste to the colour and the bubbles. After he had finished the entire bottle he called the bubbles gleeful. And yes he was a bit tipsy after that…. As an alcoholic 10 years in recovery I cannot provide any personal experience with the wine… I was only able to watch as my husband drank it.
My husband cracked open the complimentary bottle of Brut Rose sparkling wine and was very impressed with it. He said it was completely delightful from the taste to the colour and the bubbles. After he had finished the entire bottle he called the bubbles gleeful. And yes he was a bit tipsy after that…
Since I am an alcoholic in recovery my husband was in charge of sampling all the alcohol.
Dinner was served in the fine dining Forage Restaurant and everything was amazing from start to finish. I loved the decor and the beautiful chandeliers.
Our waitress, Nazley, was so friendly and gave us great service, explaining all the interesting dishes to us in great detail. All the dishes at Forage are made from locally sourced produce from farmers within a 100 km radius.
The evening started with a bread service of Ash Bread with cream cheese inside served with homemade butter mixed with kapokbos along with the farm’s own olive oil and some balsamic vinegar.
This was followed by AmuseBouce – pineapple, chorizo and salami with herb oil.
For our main meal my husband and I both ordered the Botrivier Lamb Rack which was served with white bean cassoulet braised peal onion, green pea and proscuitto. It was divine and beautifully presented.
The dessert we had was called Give Bees A Chance – orange blossom pannacotta, honeycomb bee pollen and raspberry sorbet.
My husband drank Wildekrans Pinotage which he raved about.
Wildekrans offers accommodation at Endless Vineyards Boutique Lodge, as well as conference facilities that seat from 10 to 100 people. Larger groups of people are accommodated with Marqees and Bedouin tents making it the perfect venue for weddings and other events.
Wildekrans is a popular venue for team building with its beautiful lawns, volleyball, swimming pool and hiking trails.
The Wildekrans Cellar offers wine tours and wine tasting.
My Final Verdict For Endless Vineyards Boutique Lodge
Endless Vineyards Boutique Lodge is the ultimate place for a romantic getaway. It is definitely a place that my husband and I would love to return to and spend more time relaxing. Our visit was spectacular from start to finish.
In a world that is so fast paced and where technology takes over it is so important to get away from it all. If you are planning a getaway I highly recommend you add Endless Vineyards Boutique Lodge to your list of travel destinations.
This review was originally published on Kaboutjie.