W-end away, 1 hour from Cape Town, Darling

It’s so great to live in Cape Town because there’s so much to do in and outside of the city. Within about 1 hour from the city centre you can have: wine lands, beach, mountains, lovely villages and open spaces. Darling is such a quaint village where we rented a self catering cottage last weekend, www.aloedarling.co.za. The cottage is just outside of Darling and from the patio you overlook the wide open spaces. Really nice. We do have to admit though that the pictures on the web site look a bit better than the cottage.  Be not mistaken, all you need is there but the it just needs some TLC to look tops again. The cottage has 2 bedrooms with ensuite bathroom and then there’s an upstairs loft but we suggest you don’t use that. There is no bathroom which means that the couple / person staying upstairs would need to go through another bedroom, via outside staircase, to get to the loo. No not really an option so we were glad that we were only 4. There’s  coffee, tea, sugar, herbs etc. for your convenience and LOADS of fire wood! There’s TV and you can bring your own DSTV card or ask the owner to connect his. There was a fan in our room which unfortunately wasn’t working…The air cooler in the living room was quite nice tho.

We had a nice braai on the first evening. We did all the shopping in Cape Town but Darling has a fantastic Spar and a good butchery, open till about 7pm, so you could easily do your grocery shopping there. The veranda is really nice and we sat outside the whole evening.

The next day it was time to explore some wineries in the area. First of all we went to Groote Post for lunch. It was a very hot day again so we didn’t mind sitting inside in the historical building which was a bit coolish. Great Lamb, Beef and Porc dishes as well as Vegetarian. Quite rustic but honest, good and fresh food. There’s a wine list but no other alcoholic drinks are served.  After lunch we obviously had to do a bit of tasting. WoW! Their pink bubbly is delicious! Cloof Wines was another estate I had never been to. Such a cute place.  Small tasting area with a few tables where they serve lunch. I love these kind of places. And they also make the most delicious olive oil. For wines we tasted a few and I decided to stock up on some red: Inkspot! Their wines have quite funky names like: The very Sexy Shiraz, The Very Posh Pinotage. After all this food and wine, time for a  power nap!

The West Coast National Park is 1 of South Africa’s National Parks. It features a beautiful lagoon, The Langebaan Langoon, where swimming is safe and the beach is not crowded. We went on Sunday morning for a little walk on the beach. So pretty! And that was the end of another shitty w-end in Africa!

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