Our anniversary evening last year was spent at the Tulbagh Hotel. We had all agreed that we wanted to go back to Mo & Rose, as the food has been exceptional. But due to Covid, the chef had left, and the restaurant was closed. A few years ago I had done a media tour that included Tulbagh, and the hotel looked really good. On our way to Matjiesfontein, Dave and I drove through the area to ensure that the hotel was still open, and looked in the same state as I had seen it. As all looked in order, we booked for one night in December.
Our room at the Tulbagh Hotel
Our bed was large and comfortable with great bedside lamps that made it easy to read our books. However the main room light was very dim which is not that helpful when putting on make-up at night. The air conditioning unit was right above the bed so we turned it off when we went to sleep. I loved the fact that the shower was totally open, making it feel spacious. However, the shower pressure was average but thankfully the water remained hot. The room had wonderful amenities, and there was a turn down service. The only downside was the fact that there were no hooks in the shower and only one bathroom hook for towels.
Heritage Fynbos Rooms
These are five rooms all together in this complex across the way from the main hotel, dating from 1809 and 1813. The four of us had rooms here, and ours was called Lily. It had a central lounge area, with two private rooms each side. Surprisingly, the hotel did not put John and Dorothy in the same cottage. Surrounded by beautiful indigenous gardens, there are two plunge pools and courtyard seating. The area is very private and extremely quiet and was the perfect setting for our pre-dinner bottle of MCC.
Our meals and more
We had a lovely dinner at the hotel albeit nothing fancy. Dinner was eaten inside and the following morning we had breakfast on the terrace. We could choose anything from the seasonal menu, and I started with the granola, fruit and yoghurt bowl. I followed this with the portobello spinach eggs benedict which tasted good, despite the eggs being poached until the yolk was hard. The staff were extremely friendly and if you are looking for a traditional getaway then I can really recommend the Tulbagh Hotel.