The progressive Boschendal Estate keeps evolving, and the buzz right now centres on its Werf area and Werf Restaurant, which has been refurbished by interior designer Sarena van Schalkwyk to include a cocktail bar and lounge, as well as spruced-up and less-cluttered interiors all round.
With its brass and marble-topped bar and fringed ottomans and lounge chairs in rich shades of gold and blue, it has the inviting look and feel of a contemporary club dominated by an exquisite 14m-long button-down banquette in plush gold velvet that runs the length of the restaurant. Whimsical touches such as the Delft plate installations on the walls by Okasie (also responsible for crafting the outsized floral arrangements at the entrance) and thoughtfully chosen antique pieces from the farm pay homage to Boschendal’s heritage with modern flair.
The interiors of the adjoining conservatory were similarly simplified, with a focus on bringing the outdoors in – and indeed, the view towards the organic Werf Food Garden and mountain backdrop is spectacular. Diners can watch the kitchen staff wandering about with baskets collecting herbs that will likely end up on their plate, which is just one of the ways Boschendal’s farm-to-table philosophy plays out. Chef Christiaan Campbell’s menu is accordingly pared-back to suit the reboot, but summer dining promises elements of theatrical surprise, too.
Another new element is the Friday Night Market, which brings the Werf area to life with vendors selling produce while a live band gets everyone on their feet dancing around the bonfires. Make a weekend of it and stay in one of the restored farm cottages for an authentic experience, rounded off with jazz and a picnic featuring Boschendal Estate Brut MCC on Sunday. boschendal.com
Photographs: Adam Letch