Rijk’s Country House is situated just outside the small town of Tulbagh, nestled in a serene unspoiled valley surrounded by magnificent mountains. Tulbagh is a mere 90-minute scenic drive from Cape Town, making it the perfect spot for a quick break-away from the busy city life. The town is named after Dutch Cape Colony Governor Rijk Tulbagh. Dating back as far as the 1700’s, the town is the fourth oldest town in South Africa (after Cape Town, Stellenbosch and Swellendam), taking you back in time over 300 years. Situated in the heart of the Cape Winelands, Tulbagh provides and excellent base from which to explore the Cape Winelands.
RIJKS COUNTRY HOUSE
Tulbagh has some of the region’s most beautiful and serene accommodation establishments around and offers something for everyone. If you have been following our blog for a while, you will remember that we did a post on our stay at Tulbagh Hotel. Recently I had the chance to visit Tulbagh again and this time we visited Rijks Country House, probably one of the towns best kept secrets. As a 4-star graded establishment, it has extended our every expectation.
Located just outside of Tulbagh on a beautiful boutique wine estate, Rijks Country House offers luxury accommodation for the whole family. All the rooms are individually decorated and every room comes with its own private terrace with views over the majestic mountains that surround the town. Other facilities includes a pool, rose garden, wellness center, an art gallery that displays artwork from local and renowned South African artists, wine and curios shop, babysitting (by prior arrangement at an additional cost), fishing for bass or carp, picnics (by prior arrangement and at an additional cost) and bird watching.
The restaurant is named in honour of Rijk Tulbagh, governor of the Cape Colony from 1751 to 1771. Here one can enjoy Farmhouse food with a South African flair. Whether you dine inside the restaurant or outside on the Iceberg Terrace you will enjoy a selection of freshly prepared dishes made from local produce, overlooking vineyards the mysterious mountain ranges. They cater for a rage of dietary requirements and have a dedicated children’s menu.
The wine list has a wide variety of beautiful South African wines from all the different wine regions. Should you prefer wine from the Estate, the staff will be happy to guide you as to which award-winning Rijk’s Private Cellar wine will compliment your dish perfectly. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Should you prefer not to indulge in a full meal, a lovely lounge menu is on offer throughout the day. Dishes on offer includes platters, desserts and scones. They also cater for private dining for up to 20 people and can cater a bespoke menu for your function.
Rijk's Private Cellar
Neville Dorrnington started Rijk’s Private Cellar in 1996 and since then, alongside Winemaker, Pierre Wahl, has become renowned for producing award-winning wines that are exported all over the world. They are dedicated to producing Chenin Blanc, Shiraz and the famed Pinotage (my personal favourite). The cellar is open daily for wine tasting, but is still worth your while to pop in at the cellar. For open times, you can visit their website.
In summery, if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, but don’t want to be too far away from what Tulbagh has to offer, then I would highly recommend you make Rijk’s Country House your base. Not only will you fine peace and quiet, but you will be spoiled for luxury and can be sure to be in for the most relaxed and tranquil experience. It’s no wonder that visitors to Rijk’s Country House return year after year!
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