Serenity at Bosjes..
If you’ve ever attended a wedding at Bosjes, you’d understand why their wedding chapel has been featured on many reality TV wedding shows. The chapel’s one-of-a-kind “angel wings” roof structure is any bride’s dream, but so is their restaurant and tea garden for a family day out.
Image subject to copyright. BOSJES Kapel by Adam Letch.
Bosjes is located between Worcester and Ceres on the R43, more or less a 90-minute drive from Cape Town or Stellenbosch. Their restaurant, the Bosjes Kombuis is separate from the wedding chapel and reception area, a small relief since that beautiful pond might just be too enticing for small kids.
Besides it being positioned as an exquisite wedding venue, Bosjes comes as a pleasant surprise with its inviting restaurant and dream playground for children – complete with rubber flooring that’s soft and squishy to walk on. From the restaurant’s “stoep” parents can relax and keep an eye on the kids playing outside. The Bosjes Kombuis offers beautiful, but delicious bistro-style plates for adults and simpler meals for kids. However, what is most amazing about the spot is its setting.
Image subject to copyright. BOSJES Playground by Adam Letch.
Bosjes is surrounded by magnificent mountains and blue skies (on a good day) – beautiful elements of nature that are repeated in the blue and white accents of the playground. The restaurant’s outside Delft-inspired mural, designed by Cape Town-based artists, not only tells the story of the farm, its people and its fauna and flora, but also echoes the blue and white hues of the surrounds.
Image subject to copyright. BOSJES Kombuis by Adam Letch.
After a delicious lunch in such a beautiful setting, the family can enjoy a leisurely walk through the Bosjes Gardens that are next to the wedding chapel.
The gardens are quiet and serene and sculpted around a stunning water feature as the focal point. Younger children should be accompanied, but the gardens are so serene, it would be a shame to miss out on this anyway. There’s also an elevated labyrinth that rewards visitors with a beautiful view after an easy walk to the top.
Next to the chapel and the gardens there’s an interesting amphitheatre-shaped tea garden as well that’s open from 10:00 -16:00 from Wednesdays to Sundays, while the Bosjes Kombuis is open for lunch only.
Image subject to copyright. BOSJES Gardens – TeeTuin overview – Landscape design by cndv landscape architects – photo by Sean Thompson.
There are also 5km and 12km hikes to do on the farm where bontebok, zebra and ostrich can be spotted. Keen birdwatchers are also invited to delight in the go-away birds, darting sunbirds and scrabbling guineafowl.
The Stellenbosch Mom Stamp of Approval:
The playground is “netted”, so when children climb it, they are basically walking on nets. From the stoep and inside the restaurant the playground area is also quite visible.
The Bosjes kombuis is set on a working farm where the recycling of glass bottles is one of their sustainable practices. They also get their water supply from water tanks in the mountain.
- Socially responsible
The Bosjes Trust creates employment for the people in the Ceres Valley and they have built a school and entertainment and educational hub for the local children in collaboration with architect, Tiaan Meyer of Meyer & Associates.
As soon as you stroll the Bosjes Gardens one cannot deny the soul and care of the place. The atmosphere and energy are tangible and one cannot leave without feeling rejuvenated.
● High chairs are available as well as changing stations in the bathroom
● The restaurant is on ground level and is accessible for a stroller
● The restaurant offers a children’s menu
● There’s a playground with netted jungle gym, sand pit and soft rubber flooring
For more information, visit their website: www.bosjes.co.za or call +27 23 004 0496.
Have a look at their menu here