Stellenbosch and Majeka House

Stellenbosch and Majeka House

In my last blog I visited Glen Avon and experienced the ease of which you could explore Boulders Beach and Cape Point.  From Boulders we travelled back along the coast road, around False Bay.  Here the scenery was wild, rugged and dramatic.  The waves crushing against the shore and clear white sand swirling across the road.  A paradise it would seem for surfers as there were plenty.

We started to travel inland and the scenery changed quickly.  Now we were travelling through the fruit growing region and onward to the wine farms of Stellenbosch.  We arrived early afternoon to our resting point for the night – Majeka House.

This was my second time and it was lovely to be back.  Nicole greeted us with smiles and laughter and showed us to our rooms.  We were staying in the new Mountain View Suites which were stunning, the trade mark Lavazzo coffee machines, homemade biscuits and attention to detail were evident once again.

I wanted to try the all day bar grill menu and to spend some time in the M Lounge as it is my favourite room in the building.  The meal was the perfect size and choice for a late lunch.  Paired with a fabulous virgin cocktail, an ideal way to spend the afternoon, Nicole however had other ideas. She wanted us to try the
complimentary Himalayan salt bed.  Mountain View Suites and Pool Suites are entitled to a complimentary Himalayan salt bed treatment, so I gave it a go!  As the only one in South Africa I felt I had to!  The idea is to send you into a state of total relaxation – it seemed to work a treat!

MLounge

From here I retired to my room to get ready for what I knew would be an amazing dinner.  Dining in Makaron, one of South Africa’s top 20 restaurants, is not just about the food, but the whole experience. We were not disappointed!  The fire was lit and the lights dimmed.  The restaurant was full of atmosphere.
Esme, the sommelier, was looking after us, and after finding out the football scores (England won 3 – 2) she then proceeded to assess our wine preferences.  We started with a stunning MCC and she explained how this particular vintage tasted much better if drunk from a red wine glass rather than a traditional
champagne flute.  We tried it and yes, she was right. The fragrance came through before the taste buds got a look in and it gave a far greater experience.  From there I moved onto a light Chenin which again she had chosen perfectly.

Makaron has won awards for its food and Chef Tanya and her team did not disappoint.  We had a stunning meal – nothing less than expected!

Stellenbosch

The following morning we said our goodbyes to the owners, Karine and Lloyd, before taking the very short and simple 5 minute drive into the heart of Stellenbosch.  We found easy parking on Plein and then started to stroll towards Church Street.  Stellenbosch is a university city so this lends itself to more of a boho vibe conducive to a large student population.  However Church Street and the streets leading from it give you the feel of a village nestled in the middle of this boho city.  Beautiful ornate French wrought iron balconies adorn the buildings like, I imagine, you would find in New Orleans French Quarter.  There is an eclectic mix of shops, bars, restaurants and art galleries.  We came across Lebanese and North African restaurants along with Italian.  You could easily while away an afternoon, having lunch and then pottering, which we did before heading off once again on our travels…

Share this Story
Load More Related Articles
  • Cape St Francis Resort South Africa Tourism

    Discovering The Chokka Trail

    One of my favourite things to do is walking in the countryside with our Jack Russell, Molly.  Not just the daily ...
  • Africa Mara Serena safari

    The Mara

    An article in the inflight magazine spoke of the decline in the number of lions in Africa, a reduction of over ...
  • Exploring Tanzanias Northern Circuit
    Africa safari Serena

    Exploring Tanzanias Northern Circuit

    It had been a few years since my last visit to Northern Tanzania, an area on many people’s bucket list, and an area with names that evoke all sorts of emotions. My memories of my first visit to Tanzania, about 20 years ago, are still with me – particularly the cheetah sighting in the tall grass of the Serengeti, when the cubs got told off by their Mum, because she lost the Tommy she had just caught for their dinner, as they were otherwise occupied with some rough and tumble.
  • The England Family At Pakamisa
    Africa Pakamisa South Africa

    The England Family At Pakamisa

    For those of you who are keeping up with our in-depth family holiday around KZN in South Africa, then welcome to ...
  • Family Fun at Cathedral Peak
    default

    Family Fun at Cathedral Peak

    From The Midlands you can view the Drakensburg Mountains in the distance.  They were snow-capped this time of year (August), but ...
  • The Midlands & Fordoun
    default

    The Midlands & Fordoun

    Now what can be more off putting than getting off of a longhaul flight and then telling two tired, but excited ...
Load More By kevin
  • Africa Blog Machaba safari

    Amanda & Alison Visit Machaba

    I’m off on a first for me – my first trip to Botswana and Zimbabwe.  Now I am travelling with Alison ...
  • Africa Blog Serena

    The Perfect Beach & Bush Option

    When planning an educational, one of the challenges we usually face is transfer costs, so when I heard about the Madaraka ...
  • Africa Blog Mashatu safari

    Mashatu – An EPIC safari I will never forget

       By Claire Roadley I have stayed in many game reserves, having grown up in South Africa – from staying in ...
  • Africa Mara Serena safari

    The Mara

    An article in the inflight magazine spoke of the decline in the number of lions in Africa, a reduction of over ...
  • Africa Garonga safari South Africa

    Little Garonga Blog

    I was lucky enough to find myself heading up to Garonga in September.  It had been (far too many) years since ...
  • Exploring Tanzanias Northern Circuit
    Africa safari Serena

    Exploring Tanzanias Northern Circuit

    It had been a few years since my last visit to Northern Tanzania, an area on many people’s bucket list, and an area with names that evoke all sorts of emotions. My memories of my first visit to Tanzania, about 20 years ago, are still with me – particularly the cheetah sighting in the tall grass of the Serengeti, when the cubs got told off by their Mum, because she lost the Tommy she had just caught for their dinner, as they were otherwise occupied with some rough and tumble.
Load More In Africa

Check Also

Discovering The Chokka Trail

One of my favourite things to do is ...

Contact

Ethos Marketing®

18 Graylands Estate

Langhurstwood Road

Horsham, West Sussex

RH12 4QD

United Kingdom


Tel: +44 (0)1403 243619

Fax: +44 (0)1403 217558


Email: info@ethosmarketing.co.uk