THE RETREAT : RESTAURANT
Farm 215 caters for all meals of the day. All produce is sourced locally and as far as possible the ingredients are organic. Practically all the vegetables, herbs, eggs and some fruit are produced on the farm itself. Most of the meat comes from a neighbouring cattle and sheep farm. Although close to Gansbaai, one of the last working fishing villages in South Africa, where we could obtain various delicious fish, we only serve fish which is listed on the green list of the Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative and will never purchase any fish listed on the orange or red lists. You might have a chance to taste some of the fish produced in the experimental terraquaponics system in the Centre for Appropriate Rural Technology (CART), which is located in the reserve of farm 215 as well.
The chef decides what will be on the menu. That is what chefs are for. Yet if there are any food allergies, if you are a vegetarian etc, we kindly need to know in advance.
The retreat is in the middle of the Cape Agulhas wine-region, the newest wine-region of South Africa between Gansbaai and Cape Agulhas, and all our wines (which include all main grape cultivars) come from four local estates: our direct neighbor Lomond Wine Estate, Hermanuspietersfontein situated in the mountains behind farm 215, Die Werft located just above the Baardskeerdersbos village and Stanford Hills, just outside of Stanford. During season, the restaurant of farm 215 is the wine tasting venue of the Lomond Wine Estate.
The restaurant has folding doors which open over the whole length of the building to the wooden terrace in front. The dining area has panoramic views over the lake of Kraaiboschdam, surrounding vineyards and Overberg mountains that keep rolling on as far as your eyes can see. In between meals you can help yourself in the dining area to whatever you want to drink. Perfect coffee and a wide selection of tea are of course available. If you wish, you can take lunch with you in a picnic basket on your day-trip.
The dining area, as all new buildings in the reserve, is powered by solar electricity. A fire-place and two woodstoves make the dining area a very comfortable place to be during the chilly season.
The 25m lap-pool, filled with mountain water, is reached via a winding wooden boardwalk from the deck in front of the restaurant.