On Thursday afternoon, I drove out to Franschhoek to Lavender farm guest house for a night away. This wasn’t a romantic rendezvous, it was me, myself and I for a personal date night. Pure indulgent, uninterrupted ‘me time’. I was excited just thinking about it. I still am (but ‘How to date yourself’ is for another article all together!)
With Beyonce blasting Lemonade, I drove the hour plus voyage out of Cape Town and into the Winelands… Picturesque perfection: majestic mountains, clear blue skies, trees in stretching fields, it’s really quiet something to behold. The drive is a great start to the experience as you physically transition from city to country and ease yourself into the relaxation that you know is about to take place.
The pot of gold on this over the rainbow journey, was arriving at Lavender farm guest house at twilight. A literal field of lavender sets the stage, with individual white guest rooms behind it. There’s a swimming pool centre courtyard which also opens out onto the breathtaking wild lavender fields.
I was warmly greeted, got a map of the area so I could orientate myself and walked to my room, number 5: with it’s own verandah facing the lavender.
The room was large, luxurious and I really liked the modern glamorous décor throughout the guest house. The staff all had on purple gumboots which I thought was a lovely touch and added an element of friendly fun to the atmosphere.
I freshened up for my romantic date night, with myself. One of the best things about doing things by yourself as that there is absolutely no compromise. You want to go somewhere specific for dinner? (Ryan’s Kitchen – recommended) you do. You want to arrive at 6.30pm instead of 7.30pm – no problem. You want to eat all the cheese and delicious food you like – whatever you want, as your darling self wishes. Another glass of wine? Why not. The only person to please is, you.
We spend so much time thinking and worrying about other people, that being completely focused on what you want, just for you, is something I really feel we should all do from time to time.
I slept comfortably in the huge bed, with beautiful quality linen (an absolute must have that Lavender Farm gets so right) and waking up to a moon in the sky, made my morning feel all the more magical!
Delicious breakfast (it’s a full continental buffet and hot cooked options), an ouma rusk (my best) with my coffee and a few lavender selfies later it was already time to head back home to real life.
It’s amazing how a night in a totally new environment can leave you feeling like you’ve been on holiday! It was just the escape I’d needed – a welcomed reprieve from the business of everyday life. I can’t wait to go back.
As a special treat for my readers, Lavender farm guest house is giving a weekend away for a single person or couple in August!
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