It’s Sunday night. But walking back to my glam, Airstream trailer on the Old Mac Daddy Farm in Elgin it certainly doesn’t feel like it.
It's way past the witching hour, dark and oh so quiet. In total contrast to the valley merriment and glowing fires I’d just left behind in Brinny Breezes - the chicest barn restaurant in Cape Town that takes its name after the only trailer park in the US to have its own mayor.
And the stars. Wow. The Milky Way is a crackling dazzle of “to infinity and beyond” just overhead.
Bill Waterson once said, “If everybody sat outside and looked at the stars each night, they’d live a lot differently.”
And maybe that’s the secret of the Elgin Valley, just over an hour outside of Cape Town?
With a pace all its own, you’re dared to be different.
How? With Old Mac Daddy’s Secret Sunday experience (For half price nogal.)
After a leisurely Sunday, a few of us were following the “doctor’s orders” by overnighting in the hippest trailer park this side of Sir Lowry’s Pass. Nothing wrong with eliciting a bit of office envy by Instagramming your view during a Monday morning lie-in, as everybody hits the traffic rush or an overfull inbox, right!?
We sidestepped that get-out-of-dodge, pre-Monday feeling by checking out some of the Elgin Valley’s trailer park flash – Oh my Gaawwd, there is so much more than just apples growing here, which are pure heaven I might add.
We ventured off the beaten track with a proper tractor ride out to Charles Fox MCC Estate – the only registered one in South Africa - and boy do they specialise in making delicious bubbles. To the extent that their Elgin produced grapes are sold to some of the more affluent producers in Franschhoek.
The boutique MCC is so good you’ll be loading up with supplies or just reside yourself to that fact that another Secret Sunday is in order.
Started by Zelda and Charles Fox back in 2005, they’re in the process of bottling their second vintage and with an underground cellar capable of a 200 000 bottle storage capacity – this is exquisite exclusivity at its best.
Charles was on hand to give us a personalised tour, illustrating how the boutique producer is exacting its standards to some of the best Champagne producers in France through maintaining the required pressure bars per bottle and precision in its bottle-turning and labeling machines.
But the proof is in the tasting.
As even the sun made its retreat to prepare for Monday's ritual, we hopped back on the tractor for the Old Mac Daddy headquarters, where Brinny Breezes had decked out some sumptuous valley delights.
It was time to get our hands dirty and make some pizza.
Think pulled pork cooked in Everson Cider for over eight hours (Hipster valley garagiste winemaker William Everson’s stuff is the real deal people), smoked mozzarella and the gooiest Bree, potted micro-herb freshness waiting to be snipped and sprinkled. You will have to resist the urge to just pile it all on before it sizzles in the wood fire.
Yum, yum, yum.
We were also treated to sticky chicken prepared in the on-hand smoker, confirming that
I will be back to try the rest of the Brinny Breezes' menu for sure.
And then comes the most anticipated part of the stay – sleeping in the glam trailers.
Yellow Submarine was my abode for the evening - a sexy, glossed-up, James Bond meets the Beatles classic with its fully-functional periscope and LED-lit ocean-floor chart table. Check out the rest of the 13 other trailer themes here.
The Airstream trailers are made extra spacious since they are built into an enclosed lounging area, fully-fitted bathroom and loo, with the added bonus of a sundeck perfect for soaking up the valley atmosphere. The fact that the broad couches also double up as additional sleeping space if you want to bring the kids along is impressively functional. Good to know Old Mac Daddy has excellent play areas and farm animals to keep the kids happy too.
So either you’re reaching for your leave form or planning to call in sick on Monday – but if you absolutely must head into the office on Monday like I did, Brinny’s will pack you a padkos breakfast. It’s the little touches and changes to routine that make the difference.
Life certainly is good when it involves easing into your Monday this way.
What you need to know:
#SecretSunday Stay - R790 per trailer /including breakfast (excluding school holidays and public holidays vs R 1 350 for a weekend or holiday night stay. (In November 2014 #secretsunday includes a mini-bar).
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