Why South Africa’s newest hotel and restaurant is a feast for the eyes as well as the palate
“Your first glimpse of Bosjes Estate just might jolt you out of your seat,” writes Sarah Khan, reviewing South Africa’s newest hotel and restaurant on robbreport.com. “Is that a spaceship in the middle of the Cape Winelands’ Breede Valley?”
The hotel, which opened in January, is a 90-minute drive from Cape Town on an historic 2,500-acre farm. “It is unlike anything the wine country has ever seen, thanks to a futuristic new chapel,” writes Khan.
“Inspired by Psalm 36:7—“How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings”—the undulating birdlike structure is an ethereal vision in concrete set amid an expansive reflecting pool.
“Depending on the angle, the silhouette seems to mimic a wave, a seashell, or the distant mountains. But no matter what you see in its sinuous shape, one thing’s for sure: It’s a complete departure from the traditional plucked-from-a-fairy-tale Cape Dutch aesthetic synonymous with this ever-growing wine region.
“Bosjes is more than just a chapel. The property’s five-bedroom guesthouse – an 18th-century barn that has been reinvented by the South African designer Liam Mooney – is fashionably adorned with funky black-and-white tiles, brass details, and hues of mustard-yellow and chartreuse.
“The Bosjes Kombuis restaurant also marries old and new, with cement floors, pale oak paneling, and a massive tiled mural inspired by classic Delft pottery. In the airy dining space, chef Pete Goffe-Wood’s menu features contemporary fare with a classic yet rustic twist.”