I have traveled to Tulbagh a few times over the years, and always knew that it was a very special place! But the last time we stayed for the weekend and I had to figure our what to do in Tulbagh for a whole day! So I figured I would put together this little travel guide for whenever you were in the area, or if you are looking for a great quiet retreat from the city for your next breakaway!
This time we stayed over at EPISTAY bed & breakfast which is situated right at the beginning of church street. It can accommodate 10 people and serves breakfast on request. We met Nick who is the owner and he is really friendly and has a bunch of knowledge about the area and what to do! I have always wanted to stay in Church Street, and it was fantastic! We could walk everywhere in town, and explore all the little shops.
Another great place to stay is Saronsberg cottages. The cottages are on a working wine farm and lovely to stay at if you dont want to be close to the town. Another advantage is to be walking distance of the Saronsberg Wine tasting room 🙂 You can taste a few wines, and go for a lovely afternoon nap!
If you are looking for something special & different you should definitely stay at Vindoux. They have treehouses (Wendy houses on stilts) that look out onto some game, and each room has a spa bath overlooking the mountains! Gorgeous! They serve you dinner and breakfast in your little house, on the stoep and within walking distance there is a lovely communal pool and a day spa at which you can book a selection of treatments. The ladies at the spa are very friendly and give real good head massages! 😉
Are you a big group of friends / family wanting to visit? Kloofzicht Estate is absolutely perfect! We rented the whole estate when I got married for my big family to stay, and we really had such a great time staying there. The house has an old world charm to it, with a modern twist. There are so many areas you can kuier, and a fantastic pool! You can also rent the cottages or the house separately. You can find Kloofzicht before the Tulbagh turnoff on the R46.
Themika Guest Farm have created stunning self-catering cottages on their farm which is situated about 8 minutes drive from Tulbagh. If you are looking for a quite retreat and stunning views of the valley, this place is perfect! It is also conveniently close to Oakhurst Olives and Twee Jonge Gezellen.
In Church street you will find many lovely spots to eat, of which I can recommend Things I love for cold beer and yummy cocktails! They also make their own fresh rosemary bread every morning with breakfast which is divine!
I heard great things about Paddagang as well but cannot say anything more as we didn’t have a chance to eat there!
But the best I can recommend is the Olive Terrace at the Tulbagh Hotel. Their quality and quantity is really great! I have eaten there on numerous occasions and it was excellent every time! Really worth checking it out!
One place I was really disappointed with was Kuierbekkie. Give it a skip.
Ah the best for last! The Tulbagh area is know for great wine and olives. So it would just be in order to do some tastings of both.
For olives: Visit Oakhurst olives, which is a bit out of town, but a close enough drive. You get to taste olive oil and some delicious olives. The tasting is free if you buy some products, which if you are an olive lover you will definitely do!
For wine: I know there are many cellars in the area, but I can really only recommend these as I have been there.
Saronsberg is a beautiful farm also on the Twee Jonge Gezellen road just outside town where you can taste their full range of wines for only R50, unless you buy a bottle (cheapest is at R55) a good deal I’d say! I loved their Sauvignon Blanc for its smoothness, perfect for a hot summers day. The Saronsberg Shiraz was also spectacular, and we bought some of it to bring back home!
Lemberg is a hidden gem on the R46 just before the Tulbagh turnoff. A small cozy tasting room which once again you can do a free tasting if you buy a bottle. This is the first place where I tasted a Blanc de Noir, a blend of Syrah and Grenache and I am yet to find one as good as the Lemberg Blanc de Noir!
For Sparkling Wine (Champagne): This is one place you really need to go! Krone @ Twee Jonge Gezellen where you get to taste all their champagne for free, but if you are more than 10 visitors you pay R20. We had such a great time here, sitting under the trees drinking champagne and forgetting about everything else!
If you have found some places in the area you think need to be on the list, let us know! We are only a comment away!