Our arrival at Augusta Kleinbosch was quite rushed. I was part of a media group with the Cape Winelands District Municipality and this was to be our accommodation for the night. There are 9 guest rooms and I stayed in Die Patriot Kamer, room number 3. With a central fireplace and an African decor theme it is not a surprise that this is the owner’s favourite.
Getting settled in
As we arrived, the owner met our tour bus and we were asked to each choose a room number. She joked saying she was sure we did not need to be shown where the light switches were, but they were not that easy to find! I entered straight into a beautiful lounge area which would be perfect for book reading in colder weather. There is also an outdoor table and chairs for when the weather is warm. I tossed my luggage on the bed, quickly changed and went back to the bus to leave for our evening meal.
The bathroom is large with a spacious shower. And a bath which sadly I did not have time to use. Shower/bath gel, shower caps, hand wash, body lotion and face cloths are provided, as well as cotton buds and cotton wool. There is a wall safe in the cupboard which is the perfect size for a bed and breakfast. Coffee, tea and rusks are provided free of charge, together with bottled water, wine, beer, cold drinks, a chocolate and chips. The bed was super comfy and included hot water bottles.
Breakfast is a buffet with choices of hot and cold dishes. I started with muesli, fresh fruit and yoghurt. From the hot food I chose mushrooms, sausage, bacon and scrambled eggs. Precooked eggs are never my favourite but I knew I needed to have a decent meal. I ended with toast and marmalade.
There are 4 historical monuments on the farm including the Du Toit Manor House and The Malherbe House. We were shown the Hugenote Gedenkskool which was the first Afrikaans school in South Africa and is now a conference centre. The walk around the Kleinbosch Cemetery was most interesting as here you will find the graves of the slaves as well as the ‘gentry’.
Driving to Augusta Kleinbosch
I would suggest you do this road during daylight hours as we drove through an informal settlement. I would not recommend this route at night, especially if you are alone in the car. As they offer an evening meal this will not be a problem. But you do need to order your meal in advance.
Things to note
The cellular signal is terrible in the area so do not expect your mobile phone to work. Free wifi is offered but due to the bad signal I could not make use of it in my room or outside in the court yard.
Disclosure: I was invited as a guest of the Cape Winelands District Municipality and I was not required to write a blog post about my experience. This post is in line with my blogging policy.