posted on November 20, 2008 10:49
Today’s cool thing is the fabulous guest farm in the Swartland, about 1.5 hours north of Cape Town, Kersefontein. Farmed by its eighth-generation owner , Kersefontein is not to be missed. This working farm is a fabulous gem of a rural oasis that is the embodiment Karen Blixen’s memoirs from “Out of Africa” (imagine Savvy Navigator husband saying in his best gutteral voice, “I once had a faaaaaahhhm in Africa….”).
Charming, handsome, erudite, “but don’t call me a gentleman farmer; I’m a real one” Julian hosts no more than 12 guests at a time in comfortable quarters that are renovated farm stalls. The rooms are clean and comfortable with en-suite baths and terraces. Julian also offers a superlative food and wine experience, with the evening meal taken in the banquet-sized main dining room of his historical Cape Dutch house. Our fabulous meal consisted of wild boar, actually hunted by Julian on the farm, embellshed with amazing wines from his friends’ vineyards in the western Cape. The meal was anachronistically served by his household staff in the most charming way. It was one of those long, boozy evenings finished off with a nightcap in Julian’s parlor, while he played show tunes on the grand piano.
This morning’s breakfast was served on the veranda and the food quality was equally as good. The scrambled eggs were, as Savvy Navigator’s late grannie used to say, “Simply divine!” Savvy Navigator husband said they were the freshest he’s tasted in years and the Savvy Navigator himself consumed about 8 pieces of back bacon.
Kersefontein is an authentic experience that you too can experience in 2009 on a Savvy Navigator gay tour. Not offered by any other gay tour provider, Kersefontein is not to be missed.