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Vrede en Lust: A well known secret not only for honeymooners

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In the middle of the Cape wine lands between the historical towns of Franschhoek and Paarl, a peaceful place named Vrede en Lust marks a delightful retreat for those who are looking for a special breakaway space. Situated on the eastern slopes of the Simonsberg, the beautiful 318 year-old Manor House of Vrede en Lust, surrounded by vineyards and old ok trees, has become a well known secret as the ideal spot particularly for weddings and other special occasions of (business)-life. (4 star rated)

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The beautifully restored Manor House dates back to 1688 when Huguenot Jacques de Savoye started on his farm Vrede en Lust, not imagining that three centuries later, the gracious old home would be enjoyed by travellers from South Africa and abroad. Next to the Manor House is a quaint row of guest cottages created out of the original jonkmanshuis (young man's house), named after the founders daughters Marguerite and Barbére.

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"The Manor House"

The magnificent Manor House, with its yellowwood floors and five metre high yellowwood ceilings, has five bedrooms and offers extraordinary views from every window. Each room has been carefully and individually decorated in the tradition of the grand old homes of the past. Like most houses that pass through generations, each owner has made their own adaptations.

It was updated in 1780 by the De Villiers family and in the 1920's a fire destroyed part of it, again leading to some changes in its structure. When Vrede en Lust was bought in 1996 by its actual owner, Dana Buys, it was a fruit farm, with a few vines. He started that the estate was being modernized in terms of winemaking and replanting vast areas with noble wine grape cultivars, and the Manor House was also being faithfully restored.

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Equally attractive, but quite different, are the cottages Marguerite and Barbére, that inspire a feeling of relaxed country living.

Overlooking the vineyards, and situated beneath huge old oak trees, the cottages have two bedrooms each, spacious living areas and well-appointed kitchens.

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At night, tucked up in the big and comfortable bed, with its crisp white duvet and piles of pillows, guests can hear the sounds of the owls hooting under cover of darkness. But as the sun rises, it seems as if all the birds in the winelands come out to play.

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At the entrance to the estate is the farm's restaurant, the Cotage Fromage, where you can enjoy a hearty breakfast or a menu of superb cheeses, olive oils and fine deli food that can be sampled with Vrede en Lust's wines.

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"Inside the Manor House"

At Vrede en Lust, it feels as if time has stood still. But Vrede en Lust is also a working wine farm and it is one of the most modern wineries in the traditional winemaking area of Simonsberg-Paarl. A state of the art wine cellar was built in 2001, and the first harvest crushed in 2002.

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But for those needing modern additions such as a jacuzzi, steam bath, gym or bar, a pool house has been built in a similarly aesthetic style. Surrounded by lush gardens and the vineyards that stretch to the Simonsberg mountain range, guests can relax in a more informal setting that has all the class of the original buildings.

Vrede en Lust wines went on sale in 2004. The winery is currently producing 15.000 cases per year, and has the capacity to deliver 40.000 cases per annum.

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The farm's winery, built to exacting specifications and overlooking vineyards and the Simonsberg mountains, is ideally situated for visitors to experience the passion of the wines created on the three century old estate. To encourage people and students to taste new wines Vrede en Lust is offering free wine tasting and also the so called wine enthusiast tasting which was created with the idea of a suberb fusion of tastes in mind. The wines on offer at the free tastings are Karien, Barbère, Simond, Cara and the Classic.

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At the same time, a tasting is offered for the “Wine Enthusiast”, fee-based five wine tasting that includes Marguerite - a handmade Chardonnay sold only on the estate - and the Reserve. This tasting is paired with local cheeses and pâtés.

Many travellers in South Africa enjoy the great variety of golf courses. A stay at Vrede en Lust can combine all the pleasures South Africa has to offer. Only a 20 minutes drive away from the estate is the famous Pearl Valley Golf Course, a signature golf course by Jack Nicklaus, perfectly manicured and almost ready for the next coming South African Airways Open in 2007.

The Manor House is available only as a package while the cottages are rented out as single units. Prices on request.

For more information please contact: Vrede en Lust at:


Winery and offices: Tel: +27 (0)21 874 1611
Fax: +27 (0)21 874 1859

Cotage Fromage: Tel: +27 (0)21 874 3991
Fax: +27 (0)21 874 1859

Physical Address: Intersection R45 & Klapmuts Rd
Simondium Western Cape
South Africa

Postal Address:
PO Box 171
Groot Drakenstein 7680
South Africa

Photos: Automotive Intelligence

(December 20, 2006)

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