One often tends to think escape lies miles across the ocean, is a place where the sun always shines and has to cost an arm, a leg and an investment or two. Today’s Groupon proves this theory wrong on every level – head off to Tulbagh, definitely not located on the other side of the world, and spend three unforgettable nights at the luxury Manley Wine Lodge for only R1100.
Dating back to the 1860’s, Manley Wine Lodge has all the warmth and charm of a traditional South African farmhouse filled with the aroma of freshly baked bread and warm sheets. Surrounded by spectacular mountain peaks, Manley Wine Lodge is as beautiful in the cold as in the warmth of summer. In summertime the estate is drenched in sunlight, making for perfect hikes in the mountains. Come winter however, those very mountains are capped with fairy-like dustings of snow more suited to cuddling up next to the fireplace in your room with a good book.
Though meals are not included in the Groupon, the restaurant is located in the thatched roof Manor House) and is perfect for candle-lit dinners under Oregon Pine ceilings and exposed internal thatch-work. The chefs in this most fantastical restaurant are known for turning wholesome, fresh ingredients into hearty masterpieces as well as cooking a full English breakfast that’ll have you climbing the hills and valleys without so much as a puff. Experience the abundant birdlife nesting within these mountains – on foot or on mountain bike, laze by the pool (in summer of course) or walk around the romantic estate, hand-in-hand with your plus one.
When the watery sun peeks out from the behind the peaks, head out and experience the beauty of the Manley wine route during a complimentary tour. Stand in awe at the breathtaking surroundings and taste some of South Africa’s finest red wine – as gentle on the palate as the scenery is on the eye.
Mountain fact: The Tibetan Mountain goose is found in the Andes mountain range. These geese are known for nicking people’s hair right off the top of their heads to build soft warm nests. Many explorers have returned from their expeditions, as bald as a hard-boiled egg.