Rich pickings for Weddings and Celebrations in Oudtshoorn
While thinking about what to write about weddings I figured that we enjoy all sorts of celebrations through our lifetime. Different religions, cultures and communities celebrate in all sorts of ways, sometimes the event marks a particularly significant occasion like a wedding, other times it is an annual observance like birthdays and anniversaries.
Like many of us I am all about family, friends, food and lovely settings. My recent trip to Oudtshoorn delivered on all of these and I remarked more than once that this is a perfect place to celebrate. I then discovered that this town is in fact rather a sought-after wedding destination with stunning locations like Surval Boutique Olive Estate with its little chapel, exquisite setting in an olive plantation and remarkable views. Stylish guest rooms, elegant restaurant, delicious food and trickling stream are the embodiment of romance. If you find yourself dreaming of the perfect wedding hop onto their website and get carried away by their gallery of bridal photos.
La Plume’s lantern lit Victorian gazebo is breathtakingly beautiful. This venue is set on an ostrich and alfalfa farm with panoramic valley and mountain views. The family homestead dates back to 1902 and is open to guests to enjoy its elegant décor and sophisticated hospitality. A popular wedding setting for large parties, family and friends are welcomed by wooden tables, laden with meticulously prepared food either on their lush and manicured lawns or in the stylishly restored barn, positioned with graceful crystal chandeliers.
Swartberg Country Manor is another excellent option for your I do’s with their chapel built in 1930’s just a short walk from the estate. Summer receptions in their picturesque garden with views across the farmlands are very popular or opt for a winter wedding that brings its own magical mood with snowcapped Swartberg mountains while cozy celebrations continue in the popular Patat Restaurant.
De Denne Guest Farm is eco focused and offers a rustic wedding experience with hands-on care. Celebrate your nuptials with long tables of farm food, flowers and candles, create beautiful photo opportunities in their lovely garden and enjoy birdsong at dusk.
Other superb wedding options include Queens Hotel, De Oude Meul and for a more unusual experience try Buffesldrift Game Lodge, where your wedding photos could include a walk with the elephants, Chandelier Game Farm and Highgate Ostrich Show Farm.
Naturally these venues are also perfect for birthday, anniversary and other celebrations. Afternoon high tea at La Plume for a special friend’s birthday, a night at Buffesldrift Game Lodge with couple’s spa as an anniversary gift to your spouse.
For adventure seeking friends celebrating a bachelor’s party, overnight at De Oude Meul followed by a Heritage tour at Cango Caves and drive the Swartberg Mountain pass. For those who are really brave visit in summer and dive with crocodiles at Cango Wildlife Ranch during Summer. End the day with a cold one at Thorny Creek and Brewery.
While the boys are doing their ‘bacheloring’, ladies enjoy your best day with spa treatments, followed by wine tasting and lunch at of these favourites: Karusa Wine Farm, Grundheim or Domein Doornkraal. Browse the afternoon away shopping for leather and feathers at Cape Karoo Emporium, Lugro or Ostrich International.
Oudtshoorn options are wide and diverse frivolity, flowers, feathers and food whatever you are commemorating this sunshine capital will deliver.