When Johannesburg-based restaurateurs Lynette and Kurt Ammamm moved to the Cape in the early 80s with the dream of escaping the big smoke for a restful farm life, they found their “haven” on Earth at Rozendal. Now run by their children, Nathalie (the farm’s vinaigrier) and Alex (an architect by trade), Rozendal started off as a wine farm, but serendipitously pivoted into a vinegar-making operation when a visitor to the farm helped Kurt transform a flawed vintage into vinegar.
In addition to the vinegar cellar (that doubles as a pop-up restaurant on weekends), the storybook farm is home to a beautiful country cottage, a large swimming pool and a lush, treed meadow where two alpacas, two cows, Truffles (a pig with a very sophisticated palate), a horse named Shilwan and Polly Rococo the rooster reside.
Usually home to various accommodation options, (which are now being used as long-term rentals due to Covid), Rozendal has just one unit available for rent: the beautiful (and wonderfully private) Plumbago Country Cottage, designed and decorated by Alex whose considered approach to space and interiors is utterly inspiring.
A floor-to-ceiling kitchen window frames the meadow outside, while the spacious lounge opens onto a verandah with a braai overlooking the farm fields, and the Botmaskop and Simonsberg Mountains beyond.
- 2 bedrooms (one with a queen-size bed and one with a double bed)
- shared bathroom with a double shower and bath
- fully equipped kitchen
- open-plan lounge and dining area
- indoor fireplace
- large outdoor deck with a shaded dining area and braai
- complimentary wifi
While you’re there
The charming farm setting is the perfect place for scenic strolls, lazing around the sparkling swimming pool, doing a hike or mountain-bike ride in the nearby Jonkershoek reserve, or simply pottering around the patio, waiting for a visit from your four-legged neighbours.
Those seeking a break from cooking will be delighted to know about the weekend pop-up dinners (by Jess and Luke) that take place inside the cellar and spill onto a tree-shaded patio, while the unique vinegar-tasting tour is a wonderful way to experience the fruits of the land.
There is also ample opportunity to birdwatch, as well as a farm shop stocked with vinegar- and olive-related products, freshly baked goods and preserves.
Rozendal is the sort of place that’s ideal for a weekend getaway or an extended midweek break. When it was time to leave, we headed down the dusty farm road for the last time, with contented smiles on our faces that stayed with us well into our drive back to Cape Town.
Distance from CT 45 minutes
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes, free
Cost From R2 300 per night for 4 people (depending on season)
Where to find it Omega Road, Rozendal, Stellenbosch, Western Cape
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