Wolseley Behind the Scenes ~ The Creative Hub

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Tell us who you are!

In 2005, Paul and I were offered the opportunity to buy a small piece of ground adjoining the farm we were then farming - White Bridge Farm on the R43.  This piece of ground was an abused piece of mountain with few prospects other than its location.  In its past, it was a stone crushing business with mining rights and the mountainside was eroded away as the clay was used to make bricks, leaving dreadful scars.  Our idea was to turn this piece int a community development project, which would involve our staff.  Our son, a newly qualified Chef started training ladies how to add value to otherwise waste fruit, making jams, jellies and preserves.  We turned an old building into a kitchen and were relying on government funding to get this project underway.  Unfortunately our dreams were too big  for any backers to see and we were possibly ahead of our time, so we had to pull the project and for many years the land lay fallow.

Some years ago Peppi decided to turn the training kitchen into a studio to enjoy her mosaic crafts and invited many ladies in the valley to join her and for a number of years they met every Tuesday, sharing skills, inspiration and a morning of creativity.

Paul and Nick turned the existing shed into a wood crafting station and so the creativity started flowing.

In 2016, Peppi decided to add a shop to what is now known as the “Creative Hub” and things really started to happen.

We still have a dream to involve the community with mini workshops involving the “Township Creatives” and developing the “Hub”.

What makes you special or unique?

What sets us apart and makes us different to the usual farmstall / craft shop is that focus largely on recycling and up cycling, making bespoke gifts form exotic bottles, drift wood, broken  plates, kettles and numerous other items.  Everything has a story and an interesting history, making us quite unique.

To enhance these unusual gifts, we offer fruit, vegetables and home made preserves, jellies  and products from the valley.

Who is your ideal guest?

Our ideal visitors are guests to the valley who want to explore our area and take something unusual back with then after the weekend.  We are able to take card payments and are open on Sundays. 

What is your favourite part of The Creative Hub?

It is extremely special to us to see the expression on the faces of people who enter our shop.  They are pleasantly surprised by unusual, and unique items that are on display.

Name one thing other than your establishment that you would recommend other people to visit/do in Wolseley?

I would highly recommend the more adventurous visitors to our area, to enjoy one of the Horse About activities with Jo and John Lister.   They offer a wonderful experience on horseback supported by a wealth of knowledge on the fauna, flora and the beautiful horses available to ride

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Wolseley Behind the Scenes – Fynbos Guest Farm

#Wolseleyza - A Thousand things to do and then @ Fynbos Guest Farm!

Fynbos Guest Farm Wolseley Accommodation

Meet Peter & Maurice, owners and your hosts at Fynbos Guest Farm.

Maurice and Peter have interesting backgrounds, Pete from Zimbabwe; and Maurice from Nigeria met in Cape Town and decided to start a new chapter.  So searching for a place to buy and stay began in earnest. Maurice in Jhb left much of the searching to Peter who was living in cape Town.   After much ‘hunting’ Peter remembered a good friend who lived in Wolseley. He decided to drive through to meet her and had a strong feeling that she may be selling.  His first trip was fruitless – no one was there, and the place was locked up, and then early one morning, 2 months later, he had a strong feeling and decided to make another trip. This time he found the owner who told him the farm had already been sold [cash deal];  Pete’s response – was "We will own this farm, wait and see!"  Well 2 months later, he got a call to say the deal had fallen through and we started the process to eventually buy the farm. We always say, the farm choose us.  Pete called me and described the farm, and my response was “buy it”.    The 1st 3 years was HARD work, fixing; repairing and cleaning.   The next few years was enhancing and uplifting.   Now we live in what we call ‘paradise’. We love it. Our home is a reflection of us.

Fynbos guest farm is a 67 ha working farm only 90 minutes away from Cape Town, in the 'Valley of Abundance' - the Witzenberg Valley; bordering Tulbagh and Ceres.   Located just 2km outside the small town of Wolseley, in the heart of the Cape Winelands.

What does Fynbos Guest Farm offer? What makes a Fynbos visit special or different from the rest?

We have 3 self-catering farm cottages and a small, private and tranquil caravan and camping facility, comprising 9 sites each with an electrical point.   We have been regarded by many as one of the best in the country and listed as one of the top 10 'things to experience' by various media.

Renowned for our flowers, visitors from all over visit Fynbos Guest Farm to view our extensive flower and grass species.   This is not to mention, the diverse fauna on the farm, from tortoises, Grysbok, mongoose, steenbok, zebra, springbuck, emus, goats, donkeys and abundant birdlife.  Our guests are invited to interact with them and feed the animals. Guests are welcome to bring along apples, carrots, bread, lettuce, etc and feed the animals.

Who is your ideal visitor?

Fynbos is loved by nature and animal lovers. We do expect our guests to respect that our animals, birds, pigs etc live in complete harmony and are not accustomed to ever being chased or harassed in any way! Children are expected to treat all animals and other livestock with respect and care.

What is your favourite feature, something you especially love at Fynbos?

Our favourite feature on the farm – we each have one; Pete’s is having coffee every morning at the stables and watching the ‘going-ons’.   Maurice’s is sitting the aviary, having coffee and experiencing the silence and the beauty of the birds.  Our guests always find something that resonates with them and each is so different. For some it is the labyrinth, the horses coming in from the paddock in the afternoon, sitting in the bunny manor to just enjoying the peace and tranquillity

Name one thing, other than your establishment, that you would recommend other people to visit/do in Wolseley?

High on Fynbos Guest Farm’s list of recommendations for guests is to visit one of the Valleys outstanding Wine & Olive Estates – the award-winning organic wines at Waverley Hills are rated highly and a meal in their Restaurant should not be missed by any visitor to the Witzenberg Valley!

Follow Fynbos updates on Facebook  or visit their website for more information.

Waverley Hills Green Awards

Waverley Hills – Organic Overall Winner at the Getaway GREEN WINE Awards 2017

Renowned for its eco-friendly practices and premium certified organic wines, Waverley Hills came out tops in the organic category at this year’s Getaway Green Wine Awards.

Waverley Organic Wines

The Getaway Green Wine Awards competition is formed of three categories which recognise firstly the best organic producers, then those who follow the Integrated Production of Wine (IPW) guidelines and lastly the Leadership in Conservation category. This year a total of 105 wines entered, 55 organic wines and 50 in the IPW category.
The Waverley Hills Grenache 2016 swooped up not only the Best Red Wine but also the Overall Winner award in the organic producer category.
Single varietal Grenache wines are harder to find and this organic Grenache boast flavours of red apples and watermelon. The palate is fresh and long lasting with smooth yet ‘grippy’ tannins. It is sure to be a hit this festive season as it’s a perfect summer red wine and pairs well a braai, mezze platter or with seafood dishes like paella, crayfish or tuna. Available from the cellar at R100 per bottle.

Waverley Hills Viognier Semillon Chardonnay 2015 received the Bloggers Choice Award. This unique blend has beautiful aromatic notes, a fynbos freshness rounded off with tropical fruit flavours and nutty oak aromas. Available from the cellar at R85 per bottle.
For more information about Waverley Hills or to order wines delivered to your door, visit www.waverleyhills.co.za Visit Waverley Hills on Instagram and Twitter . Contact the farm on 023 231 0002.

For full press release on the Green Awards, please visit http://www.greenwineawards.com/

Guided hike to Wolseley Weir

Hike in Wolseley, with great views and guide.

Andrew is available to guide hikers to the Wolseley Weir in the Tierhokkloof .
This entire hike is an estimated 5 km and should take between 2-3 hours, which includes some time to relax and enjoy a swim in the clear mountain pool before making your way back.
The terrain is moderate and takes you along the pipeline which supplies the town of Wolseley with its water supply. Walkers require some balance over short areas, but there is an alternative clamber option if you do not wish to “pipe walk”.

Meeting point: Creative Hub – opposite Olive Rock and White Bridge Farm Accommodation
What to bring: Sun Hat. Closed shoes. Sense of adventure

Andrew will provide a walking stick which you can purchase from him after the walk if you have bonded with it.
The walk is private and very beautiful.

Hikers can expect to see a variety of fynbos, birds, hyrax and the odd antelope like klipspringers etc.
COST: R30 per person
Minimum of R150.00 per outing
Booking is essential

ANDREW DULAWAYA :
CELL NUMBER: 073 852 8100
ALTERNATE NO: 082 578 7881

Picnic baskets available by arrangement
Walkers participate at their own risk
We plan to offer a variety of walks in the future, watch this space!

Bosjes a new treat for Wolseley visitors

The magnificent Bosjes has certainly got the Western Cape talking - Samantha Linsell's article and photographs perfectly capture this very unique venue, just 10 minutes from the village of Wolseley.

"Today I got a sneak peek into the very beautiful Bosjes Farm in the Breede River Valley before it’s opening in the middle of this month. I had seen many pictures of its chapel, the design of which was inspired by a bird in flight, but seeing it in the flesh was even more impressive. It is exquisite. From a distance it looks to me like a swan gliding across the water, and is a stunning space to look at and be in.

The property is nestled at the foot of the Waaihoek Mountains and there are panoramic views in every direction. The small boutique guesthouse has 5 luxury suites and gorgeous pool in the middle. The décor has an earthy, natural but contemporary feel that blends into the stark surroundings."

Read the full article here

Photographs and article by Sam Linsell

www: A Warm Wolseley Welcome by the Cape Wine Lovers Society

My partner and I returned to Cape Town from Wolseley after two days of work and pleasure. She had enjoyed meeting the Tourist Office staff and local business owners for her Social Media Workshop. I had visited five utterly different wine farms and tasted so many different wines of every style and variety. I realised that there’s so much more to do in the area – hiking, mountain-bike riding, fishing and more – with its spectacular scenery. Even so, we had time to stop off at the Farmyard Honey Factory on the R46 and see one of the Wolseley blockhouses as we passed through. The old forts were built in 1901 by the British during the Anglo-Boer War to protect the railway bridges from Boer attacks.

I have two reasons to return: to taste the 2017 Chenin Blanc and to visit the farmers’ market at Mountain Ridge wines. There are more vineyards to taste wines too, which are not shown on the Tourist Office map or website.

Another reason perhaps is to sketch out a Wolseley Wine Route for the Tourist Office. It is needed. I already have a name in mind. WWW again but not for the Warm Wolseley Welcome. It will be WWW for Peter’s Wolseley Wine Wanderings!

Read the rest of the review on the Cape Wine Lovers Society Page

Content and images courtesy of Cape Wine Lovers Society

Day trips from Cape Town

Explore scenic mountain passes and quaint farm stalls.

A beautiful Cape Town Day trip.

Did you know the 60km stretch of road between Prince Alfred's Hamlet and Worcester now boasts a total of 7 farm stalls? What's even more remarkable is the fact that 5 of these are situated in the Wolseley Tourism area.

From Hamlet you'll find Die Botterskorsie and in Michell's Pass between Ceres and Wolseley Tolhuis Bistro 's farm stall. On the R43 your are welcomed by Hillbilly Farm Farm Stall, The Creative Hub (both White Bridge area) and then Die Vet Spens, Die Container and Rietdakkie.

Road tripping around Cape Town.

This is definitely a whole Saturday or Sunday's worth of road-tripping. They sell anything from fruit, veggies, crafts, hand-made clothing, honey, dried fruit, recycled glassware, free-range eggs, Nguni hides, wind pumps, rooibos tea to bottled goodies, home-made lemonade, roosterkoek and biltong.

Find unique, handcrafted Christmas gifts

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