A couple of weeks back I was invited by the Mantis Collection to enjoy a site inspection, lunch, bubbly and relaxed loveliness at L’Avenir Country Lodge just outside Stellenbosch. Its interesting as I drive the R44 between the N1 and Stellenbosch often, yet even though I’ve seen the sign, I’d never turned in to explore. I now know that this was my loss.
L’Avenir Country Lodge is part of the LA ROCHE wine group which is owned by Michel Laroche, who produces wines in Chablis, the South of France, Chile and now Stellenbosch.
This lovely four star lodge has nine bedrooms and two self-catering units which are beautifully furnished and very spacious with all modern amenities. The honeymoon suite has its own courtyard with a private splash pool and outdoor shower (which I just love). Whilst the lounge and dining areas overlook the rim-flow pool and gardens with expansive lawns leading down to the dam.
You can join a wine tasting, order a picnic baskets to enjoy on the lawns, take walks among the vines or simply relax here in the gorgeous setting. Best thing is that even though the lodge is situated on an expansive estate, and gives a true sense of country living, you are only a 5 minute drive to the centre of Stellenbosch with all its shops, galleries, coffee shops, not to mention its rich history.
The very charismatic Winemaker Tinus Els is resident at the Lodge and extends his love for braaing and hosting to resident guest. So much so that a boma area has been built for summer evenings and tales of holiday adventures. The man is a gift, spend an evening in his company if ever the opportunity arises.
The whole place has a sense of family and comfort – with all the luxury that one could hope for. The staff are friendly and helpful, meals are served by arrangement, transfer are ordered into town to prevent driving after dinner and the views from the patios are pretty unbeatable. Its a special place.
I’m delighted to have been introduced to L’Avenir and can’t wait to recommend it to clients and friends. Actually I plan to go back for a picnic on the lawn before Christmas. I now have a favourite rural accommodation option in Stellenbosch, matched with the magical Majeka House within town. With these two to choose from, what more could we ask for.
Thank you to the team a L’Avenir for your hospitality, to Tinus and all the interesting and fun people that I shared the site inspection and lunch experience with too. I came away feeling light and relaxed, which I think sums up exactly the kind of experience that this special lodge with guarantee you.
Don’t be like me, when you see the sign turn in and have a look at this much loved wine estate, better still, book yourself in for a few days of spoiling at L’Avenir. Its not called “the future” for no reason.