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Blue Gum Country Estate

Blue Gum Country Estate This exclusive and hospitable country retreat is also a gourmet destination par excellence – from demos for those who want to learn more to fine dining, rustic-chic picnics and breakfasts that you’ll be raving about for ages after wards. Pristine mountain and farm surrounds and plenty to do if you’re into the great outdoors (from fishing to mountain biking and even clay...

Klein River Cheese

Get your fill of cheese at this popular dairy and farm picnic site – their award-winning gruyère has fans far and wide but their sweet milk offerings are fabulous too. Loads of try- before-you-buy opportunities. They also sell preserves to enjoy with your purchase. Great for taking the kids for a romp in the open air –summer’s best for their cheese-fuelled country picnics...

EcoQuad

Zoom through nature on properly laid out quad- biking courses that take you through vines, water obstacles and over varied terrain. A great way to experience the natural surrounds here up close. A new 2½ hour ‘Indiana Jones’ off-road course promises thrills and potential spills for hard-core quad bikers. Rates: R300-R400.

Marianas

Marianas Consistency is the real star of this gloriously homely eatery on a quiet street in one of the prettiest villages. Owner-chef Mariana Esterhuizen conjures up dishes that sing with seasonal freshness and simplicity -you can taste every ingredient. Yet this deliciously unfussy food never lacks in sophistication, especially when matched with a small but focused wine list and...

Madré’s Kitchen & Country Grocer

This charming country stop consists of a cosy restaurant and a host of tables and benches under cover outside with a view of the dam. A good place to take kids – they can run around the dam and go mad on the trampoline and jungle gym while you enjoy your lunch. The home-style offerings on the menu include big breakfast fry-ups, hearty lunches and decadent home bakes (the...

La Finestra

This newly opened intimate and authentic Italian eatery is already a hit with locals. Owners and chefs Gideon Roux, Glen Buchanan and Paul Koekemoer serve up a mean seafood pasta along with the likes of thin and crispy based pizzas and a moreish lamb shank in the winter months. Hours: Lunch and Dinner Tue-Sun (no set hours). Main Courses: R75.

The Suntouched Inn

The Suntouched Inn The inn is owned by ex-globetrotters Angela and Craigan Millar, and if you’re taking the road less travelled, book a room here (from doubles to budget bunk room berths and even a family room) and make the most of village life. Every small town has one – the place where you’re guaranteed of making a friend, enjoying a pleasant pint and noshing down on deliciously good grub...

Sunbird Lodge & Fynbos Reserve

Sunbird Lodge & Fynbos Reserve Great rates, a real ‘get away from it all’ atmosphere and pristine natural surrounds ensure that this budget spot is still as popular as ever. They have an eco-system where guests are given a discount for helping with their invader- plant combat programme. Rates: R180-R250. No - Credit Cards.

Firlane House

Firlane House The De Hoop Collection offers a mixed bag of accommodation in this pristine part of the Southern Cape coastline. From camping and caravan sites to quaint fully equipped cottages, authentic stone-built cottages that sleep up to eight people and the fully catered, more luxurious Opstal Manor House, there is a sleepover option for every budget. Exquisite natural seaside...

BKB Agri View Tours

BKB Agri View Tours If you’re in the area between the months of June and October, book a berth of an Agri view farm tour, where you’ll visit local farms, witness sheep shearers in action, get an upfront view of sheep- dog trials and try your hand at milking cows – in between lunch at a farm restaurant, a wine cellar stop and a visit to the mission village of Elim. Rates: R750 incl lunch...

Renéesance

This sophisticated Med-inspired restaurant has foodie Renée Daneel at the helm and a menu with lashings of moreish options that take their cue from the seasons. Take a table outside on the sun-splashed veranda and sample some of Renee’s husband Jean’s wines (Jean Daneel Wines) while you’re at it. Expect the likes of a gourmet smoked salmon salad for lunch and matured...

Napier Farmstall

This is exactly the way a farm stall should be – crammed with just-baked whole meal bread, jewel- coloured dried fruit, leaning towers of preserves and trays of biscuits. And, if you take a table, the most delicious toasted sarmies and mouth watering scones with jam and cream are up for grabs. (They’re great for breakfasts too.) Local produce is a speciality and the...

Julian’s

Julian’s A Bredasdorp icon, Julian’s is as well known for its moreish fusion-inspired fare as for its colourful surrounds, thanks to the artistic eye of owner-potter Julian Keyser. At night the culinary repertoire comes into its own – try the roasted duck with orange and amaretto sauce but be sure to leave room for their famous chocolate cheesecake. Hours: 9am-10pm Mon-Sat. Main...

The Good Food Café & Deli

A favourite local hangout, thanks to the enthusiasm of new owners David and Erica Spilhaus. Sit back, relax and enjoy the laid-back vibe while browsing a menu that is crammed with the best in made-from-scratch fare. For lunch nosh down on the likes of their chicken pies and gourmet burgers. Dinner is a more genteel affair – oxtail and their slow-roasted pork belly are...

Windsor Hotel

Windsor Hotel Here at the oldest hotel in Hermanus you can enjoy some old colonial comfort, with the best sun- set views over the sea, for pocket-friendly prices. Rates: R390-R600.