Beans van Zyl
A WEEKEND AT KNORHOEK ESTATE
After spending the weekend at Knorhoek Estate, I am feeling refreshed and ready for the week ahead. It’s a wonderful place where kids can play, explore and have fun while the adults can sit back and relax with a delicious glass of wine in hand. I’d recommend spending a night or two, take a leisurely stroll to the restaurant for breakfast and lunch, then spend the rest of the day exploring the farms hiking trail, bicycle routes, pools, picnics, tennis court, wine tasting and amazing wild life.
The restaurant at Knorhoek is an enchanting gem, amongst the glorious oak trees. I feel such peace and tranquility (yet it has a very fun side too) while sitting under the canopy of trees, listening to the trickling stream, watching the children swim, jump, run and play. We sat outside for lunch on the day we arrived and it was absolute perfection. The meal was definitely something to write home about and I will be back soon to try many more of their farm-to-table dishes. We shared a bottle of wine while the kids jumped on the jumping castle and played in the beautiful pool that has a wonderful shallow area for the littlies.
For starters we had the Roasted Vegetable Salad and the Crumbed Chicken Salad, both were absolutely delicious! The dressing on the vegetable salad was incredible. Next time I will probably order it as a main as their portions are generous and then I will have space for dessert (my favorite part of the meal is dessert).
For Mains I had the Kingklip with the creamiest cauliflower puree and perfectly cooked vegetables. It was superb! Grant had the Wagyu burger with bacon and cheese with a side of chips. He loves burgers and I could see that he really loved this one. The kids both had pizza and really enjoyed it.
For dessert we shared the Napoleon layer cake. It reminds me of a milk tart layered thinly with a light pastry. It was delicious but I wish I had also ordered the chocolate brownie as I am a chocolate girl through and through. The brownie is on my list to try next time we go.
Our lunch waitress, Lindsay was an absolute super star and she treated us like gold. The service is excellent and all staff members were so kind, caring and accommodating. A special thank you to Trish the manager at the restaurant and to Madre at the accommodation, they were both so good with the kids and paid attention to every detail.
For breakfast the next morning we sat inside the charming restaurant, under a roof of hanging teacups, beautiful bulbs, twisted twigs and vintage teapots. The kids shared a farm breakfast which was ideal for them: 2 fried eggs, bacon, delicious thyme roasted mushrooms, roasted cherry tomatoes, sausage and toast. I had the bircher muesli with yoghurt and berry compote. It was nice, Charlotte loved it, but I don’t think I will order it again. The ricotta cakes looked incredible and I will definitely try those next. Grant had the flapjacks with bacon & maple syrup and I was lucky to get a bite as they were incredibly scrumptious. Shane was our waiter and he was also fantastic!
It feels wonderful to escape to a beautiful farm after the crazy year that we’ve all faced. We didn’t spend much time in our self catering cottage as we were blessed with the most glorious weather. Needless to say, the bedrooms are lovely with a floral, farm style feel.
The beds and pillows are very comfortable, this is always an important part for me as there’s nothing quite like a good nights sleep. We all passed out and had an amazing sleep after the busy activities and delectable food from the previous day. We loved watching the sunrise from our balcony while snacking on fruit before exploring the rest of the farm.
The hiking trail was a wonderful activity for the family as I definitely felt like I needed some good exercise after all the amazing food and wine that we consumed. It’s such a beautiful walk, with views of the surrounding farmland and vineyards. Being able to get into nature is something I always love and cherish, especially after the hectic year that we all faced. It's such a good way to de-stress, breathe in the fresh air, get some vitamin D and get the blood flowing. I am a big believer in living a balanced life so when a place offers delicious food, wine, accommodation and exercise activities in unspoiled nature, it makes me a very happy customer.
Thank you for the wonderful weekend Knorhoek Estate and Restaurant, My family and I will be back for sure.
Knorhoek, R44 street, Stellenbosch, 7600, South Africa