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Petit Plaisir Cottage: Franschhoek

There is something magical about September.

September is my birthday month, it’s Spring and we also usually go on holiday.  In 2011 we went to the Franschhoek Valley and stayed at Petit Plaisir Cottage http://petitplaisir.co.za/web/

The cottage is  beautifully decorated and reflects the unique character of Franschhoek with its French influence.  The self catering aspect gave us a chance to relax and enjoy the wine and cheeses we bought as we wandered through the winelands.

Definitely a place to go back to.  Next September perhaps ?

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Views from the cottage

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Stellenbosch Winelands: Delheim

Stellenbosch is a pretty university town, deep in the Cape Winelands.

View From our Balcony


On our visit there, we went to some of the surrounding wine farms.  One of the best is Delheim.  They produce great wines and their Spatzendreck has long been a favourite of mine. It is a Chenin-Blanc based late harvest.

We enjoyed a really good lunch of Cape Malay curry during which, a lovely man named Mike who works there, spilled my drink at the table.  He apologised profusely but there really was no harm done.

However, he more than compensated for his mistake when, as we were leaving, he followed us clutching a complimentary bottle of Delheim’s 2011 Chenin Blanc Natural Sweet wine.  Proof that good service, great wines and excellent food co-exist at Delheim – they certainly live up to their motto which is “worth the journey”.

Wine Tasting At Delheim

Cape Winelands

Beautiful Views Are Everywhere

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