"As you turn off the R43 direction Ceres and turn into the gravel road approaching the farm, you'll find yourself surrounded by the inspiring Slanghoek and Waaihoek mountain ranges. And then, like a mirage, you will see the strikingly modern white curves of the roof of the glass-walled Bosjes chapel. A chapel inspired by Psalm 36:7
And it is at this moment that you will realise that you are about to enter a very special place.
Bosjes, meaning ‘small bushes’ in Dutch is the new name given to the old Bosjesman’s Valley Farm, which produces wine grapes, olives, peaches and proteas just over an hour’s drive from Cape Town.
The farm, which boasts an original Cape Dutch manor house that was built in 1790, has been in the same family since 1831. And it is this family who are now in the final stages of fulfilling a dream that will greatly benefit the local community by attracting more visitors to the area. And so, in mid-March 2017 Bosjes will officially open to guests who will be able to enjoy the impressive landscape as well as the historical architecture and the modern additions that complement them so well.
The farm will be open to both day visitors as well as overnight guests as it is the perfect venue for weddings and other celebratory occasions. Visitors will be able to visit the beautiful avant-garde chapel which appears to rest lightly on the body of water before it and it is quite likely that many, will want to make a pilgrimage of sorts and to stand in the quiet space, look out of the glass walls and take in the magnificence of the mountainous valley surrounding them.
Once guests have worked up an appetite they can either enjoy a selection of cakes or savoury sandwiches at the open-air tea garden or head on over to Bosjes Kombuis for lunch. The restaurant, like the chapel, was designed by Coetzee Steyn from Steyn Studio, and is a complementary perfectly contrast to the old manor house next to it. The restaurant boasts high ceilings, glass walls, a wooden terrace, mountain views and a delightfully whimsical historical-and-nature inspired blue and white tiled mural of the Bosjes Tree of Life created by Lucie de Moyencourt and Michael Chandler. Consultant chef Pete Goffe-Wood has designed a contemporary rustic lunch menu and diners will love the robust flavours that have become the signature of Chef Pete.
Overnight guests of will be able to stay in the gorgeous guesthouse, which has been decorated, in muted shades of sand with accents of chartreuse and copper by talented interior designer, Liam Mooney. The house is perfect for a large family or wedding party wanting to enjoy quality time together either at the pool on hot days or around the fire pit on cold ones. But all five rooms, including the family room and the honeymoon suite can be rented individually."
Offering the ultimate backdrop for your big day, Bosjes delivers on every front- an awe-inspiring venue and view, incredible food and luxe accommodation! We have no doubt this place is going to host many a special celebration and we can't think of a more fitting place to say 'I do'
Launching this week; the SA Weddings team have been very lucky to have the ultimate-sneak peak view to this amazing space. For weddings and special functions, the Bosjes team envisage harvest table-inspired menus with plenty of homemade breads, salads, rustic terrines, roasted vegetables, whole beef fillet cooked over coals, and roasted, marinated shoulder of lamb. If our little taster experience is anything to go by, the Kombuis at Bosjes promises to be the pearl of Paarl's wedding region!
- Bosjes accommodation rates start from R2500 per luxury room or R3500 per night for the family room that sleeps 2 adults and 3 children.
- Bosjes offers a wedding or function package priced from R50 000.
- Bosjes Chapel and Bosjes Kombuis can accommodate 120 wedding or special occasions guests.
The package of R50 000 includes the use of the Chapel, Bosjes Kombuis (the use of tables and chairs, cutlery, water and wine glasses) and two nights’ accommodation in the Bosjes luxury guesthouse with continental breakfast for up to 12 persons. Seven waiters, a barrista and front of house staff available for 10 % of the total menu cost.
Does not include: food, wine and other beverages, flowers or additional décor, audio-visual equipment or extra lighting. Dance floor, marquees or nomad tents would also incur additional charges. The rental of other stemware would also incur additional costs, as would the hiring of additional waiters and bar staff.