Agriculture and a simple farm lifestyle is at the heart of Boschendal. One of the oldest farms in South Africa, founded in 1685, the farm has grown with the passing centuries into a cherished source of wholesome produce, great wines and happy memories.
Set in the Drakenstein Valley surrounded by dramatic mountain landscapes, lush gardens and vines, the original farmstead complex is now a national monument with a rich and intriguing history of more than 300 years.
Today, Boschendal is a Cape winelands icon and a cherished wine and food destination. Our vineyards and fruit trees have been joined by vegetable gardens, free range chickens and a growing herd of free range, 100% pasture fed Angus cattle reflecting our commitment to serving wholesome farm-to-table food.
Guest accommodation is a recent addition to the farm with luxurious cottage accommodation ranging from the exclusive and historic Rhodes Cottage built by Sir Herbert Baker to the elegantly restored Werf Cottages.
Cottage guests enjoy access to the entire farm where they can walk and cycle on trails through mountain fynbos, dine under the stars, have picnics and sundowners in exclusive areas, fly-fish in the dams and swim in pristine mountain water.
There are many ways to immerse yourself in the goodness of farm life at Boschendal, starting with our passion for fresh food and fine wine. Guests are invited to indulge in a beautifully prepared meal at any of our three restaurants, to delight in our fruity and refreshing wines, or to enjoy a lazy day of picnicking with family and friends.
For a special treat book at Executive Chef Christiaan Campbell's flagship restaurant, The Werf, where farm-to-table, sustainable dishes rule the roost. The shared platters are a huge hit and great for informal dining and groups of friends or family.
The Farm Stall and Deli offers light meals throughout the day, in keeping with the farm-style ambiance of Boschendal, and the Cape Buffet at Rhone Homestead,as well as the two picnic options, make up the eating options at this Estate.
Let the historical tour of the Werf and the homestead transport you to the simple life of centuries past, or simply soak up the fresh country air while strolling through the old rose garden.
And if you’re craving adventure, you’re in for a treat. Boschendal’s rolling landscapes beg to be explored, boasting the awe-inspiring Silvermine caves, hiking and biking routes through the vineyards and mountains, and several farm dams to swim in. You can even try your hand at fly-fishing!
The custom-built Olive Press is the perfect setting for your dream wedding, company events, functions or conferences. A dedicated events team is on hand to assist you with planning and to ensure that your every wish is adhered to. Other venues like the Manor House, the gardens, Rhone Homestead and even The Werf area can be booked out for exclusivity or to create a setting to suit your requirements.
Boschendal’s idyllic Franschhoek setting lends itself to hours of fun and rejuvenation, and we welcome you to our home.