When booking the weekend in Stellenbosch, we just chose a weekend based on our availability and hoped that nothing would creep up that would leave us cancelling. But it just so happened that the time and weekend gods were on our side! Due to both our crazy schedules, we have not been able to spend more than 12 hours per week in each other’s company and this weekend provided more than enough time to reconnect and also discover hidden gems in the lovely town of Stellenbosch.
When starting the blog, I was quite determined that we need to focus on weekend getaways, because often we just need a change of scenery. And a change is as good as holiday they say, even if the change is just for two days. Stellenbosch was the perfect weekend getaway, less than 60 mins from Cape Town and it also has a very different feel to it.
The weekend arrived, cold and rainy (as expected) and we arrived at the beautiful Life and Leisure guesthouse. If you love romanticizing the rain, then this is the place to do it from. With lovely couches, lots of cushions, blankets, rugs, floor to ceiling glass doors for a lot of natural light and view of the rain, and a delicious fireplace (yes, ‘delicious’, because it really was!) the communal area provided the perfect backdrop to this weather! Then we were led to our room and immediately I felt at home here too. A large bed with a huge bay window got me very excited for a weekend of R&R.
Being very much in the centre of Stellenbosch, we decided to leave the car parked, don jackets and gloves and walk around to find a restaurant. I really do love walking, especially in a place like Stellenbosch. It has a bit of a European feel to it and every restaurant has something different to offer. We opted for a bit of a ‘Friday’ meal: pizza. By 9pm we were back at the guest house, settled on a movie and got an early night.
The drapes were definitely a hit, I thought it was the middle of the night, but it was almost 9am when I opened my eyes. Breakfast waited in the dining room, which is just next to the communal area. A delicious omelette set the tone for the day and by the time I got back to the room, the bed had been made and everything was as neat and tidy as when we’d arrived. Tick for great and efficient service!
We parked the car at the guest house yet again and a sign with the words ‘Brussel Waffles’ caught my eye. We had to try it! This is another example of a bit of Europe in Stellenbosch, but just a little better. The crepes and the waffles were delicious – I really wished I could eat more, but the helpings are pretty bold.
We got back to the guest house and I took a nap, because a getaway also means taking naps at random times. Then I sat at the window with a magazine, while boyfriend watched the rugby.
Because we felt so at home, we decided we had to spend time next to the fireplace with a sherry, wine, Pringles and the lovely surprise of koeksisters and cupcakes. It was so comfortable and it really felt like we were at home.