I have a soft spot for Lourensford Wine Estate since I grew up a few kilometres from there and visited often since I was very young. Of course it wasn’t as swanky as it is today, back then people didn’t know about farming with tourists. But even without the restaurant and the shops and the art and the tasting venue, it still offers beautiful gardens and one of the best views of Helderberg.
We took the kids to the Mill House Kitchen for breakfast. Lovely modern interior with rustic pallet wood, copper lights, open shelving – a warm industrial look, if there is such a thing. It’s a bit of a stark contradiction to the classic Cape Dutch architecture on the rest of the farm, I mean, the estate IS centuries old, and I don’t know if I would have had the guts to go this modern, but I’m glad they did, because it works.
The kids loved playing on the Dreamweaver monkey bars and running around on the open lawns. You don’t mind taking your kids to steakhouses where there are multicoloured playrooms and video games and you eat a burger under florescent lights, but every now and then you want to feel like the person you were BC (Before Kids). You want to sit in a beautiful place enjoying the view and feel like a grownup, but not feel like your kids are unwelcome. This place ticks that box. And there is great coffee to boot.