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The Gardens at Wildekrans Country Estate

Two weeks ago Barbie and I took a drive to Elgin in the Cape Overberg to visit a few specialist nurseries which are located there. The Elgin Valley, one of the Cape’s most beautiful fruit growing areas, is literally an hour’s drive from Cape Town and one of the Western Cape’s better kept secrets in that it is yet to be inundated with crowds over weekends and holidays. The drive from Cape Town to the Elgin Valley remains one of the most beautiful in the country. The N2 heads up Sir Lowry’s Pass where, on a clear day, views over False Bay are simply spectacular. You then descend into the Elgin Valley over the mountain – hence the term ‘overberg’.

We set off on a Tuesday morning and after visiting Heaven Scent Nursery and Duncan’s Roses we decided that rather than rushing back to Cape Town we should spend the night as we had one more nursery we wanted to visit. We stayed the night at Wildekrans Country Estate. When I booked the accommodation I had no idea that Wildekrans has a spectacular garden which is part of the annual “Elgin Open Gardens“. We spent a good hour exploring the garden which is an absolute delight, even in Autumn which is not really prime “garden viewing” time. The owners have created a very special and sometimes quirky garden here, which was an absolute pleasure to explore and I am planning a return trip in Spring to see it in its spring glory. Barbie took lots of great photographs which I want to share here on the blog (also see the Flickr gallery below for more photos).

[one_half]Wildekrans Country EstateWildekrans Country Estate[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Looking towards the Rose GardenWildekrans Country Estate[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Looking towards the converted barnWildekrans Country Estate[/one_half]

[one_half_last]The sheep …Wildekrans Country Estate[/one_half_last]

[one_half]The poolWildekrans Country Estate[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Grasses at the streamWildekrans Country Estate[/one_half_last]

We had a lovely stay at the Guest House. The service was fantastic, the rooms were simply gorgeous, beautifully decorated, very comfortable and I wish I could have stayed a bit longer. Next time I want to escape the rat race I’ll book into Wildekrans for a couple of days!!

Photo Gallery at Flickr:

Contact Details for Wildrekrans Country Estate:
Wildekrans Country House, N2, Houw Hoek, Cape Overberg, Western Cape.
Contact: Alison Green, Tel: +27 (0)28 284-9827

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Best roses in town!

Hi Chris, I loved the post you did on the trip we did to Fairholme Nursery, in Elgin. I took so many photographs that day, it took me the best part of the week to download them all, colour correct, crop and file them!  Here are the photos of trip we did to Duncan’s Roses – the most beautiful roses I have seen for sale!  It is worth the trip out of town to just browse around these well-kept and beautifully maintained roses. You can definitely feel the love here and the care given to each and every rose bush.

Duncan’s Roses are well-known in the area and I can see that with the quality of plants and the love that goes into them. They even have ducks and chickens running around in the back garden. Very inspiring, indeed!

If you are in the Western Cape, do take a trip to Elgin, and visit this beautiful oasis!

Duncan’s Roses, PO Box 52, Grabouw 7160

Tel: 021 848 9949


[one_half]Duncan's Roses[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Standard Rose[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Rose path[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Roses galore[/one_half_last]

[one_half]More roses[/one_half]

[one_half_last]And more roses[/one_half_last]