Buitenstekloof: An all-in-one destination on Route 62

2016-09-10 16:30 - Ra-ees Moerat
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Cape Town - At the foot of the prominent Langeberg Mountains, in an untouched, natural vicinity, lies the hidden gem, Buitenstekloof.  The farm is one of Robertson's prized locations, located on Route62 and deemed the perfect location to unwind, to celebrate friendships and other relationships, to regain a sense of peace and harmony and to enjoy nature’s offerings. 

Robertson Wine Valley has a variety of offerings to explore and experience, from beautiful scenery to stunning accommodation and of course…fine wine. You do know that wine goes hand-in-hand with beautiful scenery, right? And maybe a delectable cheese too... and then there's Buitenstekloof that adds an adventure touch to the valley.

Although WE might envision spring to be a colourful and happy season, in the Robertson Wine Valley, spring is the season where the preparation for the happiness and colourfulness takes place - and Buitenstekloof offers part of the execution.

SEE: A spring experience in Robertson Wine Valley

It is the perfect destination for couples, groups and families to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and achievements or even… to host all sorts of retreats and team-building getaways. 

Though the atmosphere illuminates ‘eco-friendly’, ‘serene’ and an ‘off-grid’ feel, Buitenstekloof is fully equipped with gas and solar.

On Earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it and Buitenstekloof on Route 62 bears testimony to this. The region has a recorded 100 different bird species, small game, tortoises and many more fascinating plants and animals to see. 

Escaping from 'all things modern' for a while can recharge you like you’ve never imagined.

Here’s a complete guide on how to make the most of Buitenstekloof:   

Accommodation

The Buitenstekloof Mountain Cottages consist of some earthy cottages and a homestead. It is located between the Langeberg Mountains, offering breath-taking views of the mountain. The homestead and cottages have been elegantly furnished with deep covered verandas and eco-friendly infrastructure is well in place.

Each accommodation option at Buitenstekloof Mountain Cottages comes with a delightful basket of farm goodies, that includes olives, fynbos honey, green figs and lots more... not to mention the amazing views!

The accommodation options on Buitenstekloof includes the following options:

  • Pomegranate Homestead
  • Witkruis Cottage
  • Rooipensie Cottage
  • Baboon’s Gift Cottage

More accommodation options in and around Buitenstekloof are available here:




Baboon’s Gift Cottage
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Wine tasting 

Le Roux & Fourie Vignerons, located on the Buitenstekloof farm is the primary option for wine tasting - the farm has been established approximately in 1823. The current farmers discovered four of the first vines that were still growing deep within the indigenous bush in the kloof, where some of the Le Roux forefathers who were forerunners in winemaking,  had first built their house and established a small vineyard and an almond orchard.

All the wines at Le Roux & Fourie have been handcrafted. 

The Le Roux & Fourie wine range consist of:

  • Chardonnay 2011 Classic
  • Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Classic
  • Grenache Rosé 2012 Classic
  • Pinotage 2011Classic
  • Limestone Q 2010 Flagship
  • Carignina 2010 Flagship

Wine tasting can be enjoyed at the Le Roux & Fourie wine shop (on the farm) and wines can be paired with some of the excellent foods offered by the Deli to tickle your taste buds.

Johan and Marie Fourie are the current owners of the farm and they are looking forward to welcoming travellers from all over the world. Apart from being an isolated destination, things can get really fun in this region. 

Watch this video to get a glimpse of how exciting things can get at Le Roux & Fourie:


Fun activities to do:

There are about a dozen things to do on and around Buitenstekloof! Just be on guard if you’re an early bird… you might find yourself encountering a klipspringer pair or some of the small game coming down the mountain for an early morning water drink. 

So, the primary recreational activity at Buitenstekloof is bird watching, considering the large variety of bird species on the farm. The most popular ones are the Witkruis Arend and the lovely Suikerbekkie. 

…Or you can simply relax and just watch our four-footed friends wander in the majestic mountains of the Langeberg. 

Over and above these activities, you may also enjoy:

Mountain biking

Mountain bike the sand roads of the farm… this will allows you to view the fynbos and fruits in the vicinity. A good route to cycle would be the Beestong route which meanders around the vineyards and in the kloof. You are required to bring your own bike. 

Fishing and swimming

The farm has a wonderful dam where you can relax and fish. You may also enjoy rowing in the boat (boat and paddle provided) or even just taking a dip in nature’s pool.

Kloofing and hiking

Buitenstekloof puts the ‘kloof’ in kloofing. This is a fantastic sport activity to keep busy on your getaway. The hiking trails are suitable for young and old on the Engeltjiesbos and Bakenkop route as these routes can be explored while taking a relaxed stroll. Hiking to the peak of the Langeberg Mountains can be extremely strenuous so get some practice in beforehand.

Picnic hike

Carry a picnic basket on a relaxed stroll in the kloof through multiple woods of poplar to the enormous old oak tree. Possible the best spot to enjoy your outdoor lunch.

Star gazing

Yes, Buitenstekloof has hammaocks! You can enjoy…or rather appreciate, the glittery night skies while relaxing in a hammock or even on the green lawn. 

If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, then take a stroll to spot some nocturnal animals in the region.

A unique attribute

Buitenstekloof is home to the very first straw bale cellar in South Africa and also, the highest straw bale structure in SA. It is a staggering, nine metres high!

It is the primary attribute to Buitenstekloof that attracts visitors to the farm. The straw bale cellar has been distinctly designed to create an ideal wine-making climate and to reduce the farm’s carbon footprint and of of course… the electricity bill! 

The cellar is environmentally friendly (like the rest of the farm) and is heavily contrasted with conventional building material such as bricks and cement. The thermal capacity of straw bales is what’s reducing the electricity usage. Ultimately, the aesthetic and look of the straw bales also gives an overall vintage feel.

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