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Boplaas Wines – wine tasting in the Klein Karoo

Posted by on Apr 23, 2014 in Attractions we recommend: reasons to stay a week! | 0 comments

Boplaas Wines – wine tasting in the Klein Karoo

Last weekend Desmond and I visited the Boplaas cellar in Calitzdorp. (If a trip to Calitzdorp sounds too far afield, they also have an outlet at Little Brak.) Let me tell you : winter has arrived in the Garden Route and so it was time to stock up. Their Cape Tawny reserve is the best  in front of the Fairview Homestead fireplace on a cold winter’s day. We were quite surprised to see the wide choice coming out of their cellar – apart from the award winning Cape Port, Muskadels and Brandy that they are known for, they also produce ...

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April and start of a change of season in the Fairview garden (by Desmond)

Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 in Garden | 0 comments

April and start of a change of season in the Fairview garden (by Desmond)

Apart from the last ten days of sudden summer weather we are really aware of a change of season in George. We quite enjoy the early morning and evening chill in the air. Both Philda and I make a point of driving down Third Street to enjoy the Autumn show of browning leaves presented us  by the lane of Liquid Amber trees. Shorter days are unfortunately part of the package and early morning gardening before work is of the past. This is generally a quiet time for gardeners and we get a well deserved rest. There are still roses to be tended to ...

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Canadian Buttermilk Pancakes (Guest blogger is our daughter Nelleke Elston)

Posted by on Apr 9, 2014 in Breakfast, Food & Feast | 0 comments

Canadian Buttermilk Pancakes (Guest blogger is our daughter Nelleke Elston)

Does the world really need another pancake recipe, is a good question to ask at this stage… I thought I’d share my story of how I became known as the ‘pancake-asaurus’ in our family. Yes, that was one of those little family words that we took the liberty of making up based on the amount of fluffy Canadian pancakes I could pack away, leaving my bigger brothers in the dust at age three. As I’ve mentioned on my blog before, my childhood was filled with vibrant adventures with my family that took us from living in...

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Restaurant recommendations in George

Posted by on Apr 5, 2014 in Attractions we recommend: reasons to stay a week!, Food & Feast | 1 comment

Restaurant recommendations in George

There is no discount when it comes to paying the bill after a bad meal accompanied by terrible service, which is why you may as well take a recommendation and go to one of the few restaurants that I recommend because of consistent good food and good service. And the key word is CONSISTENT. With a host of  restaurants  in both nearby Wilderness and George, you’ll be spoilt for choice! But short and sweet:  my very shortlist of all time favourite restaurants in George. (Elize and I will make reservations for our guests on request.) 1 ....

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South African Garden And Home, October 1998. (Text and photographs by Alex Cremer)

Posted by on Mar 29, 2014 in Accolades | 0 comments

South African Garden And Home, October 1998. (Text and photographs by Alex Cremer)

I recently found the old Garden And Home Magazine (October 1998) with the article of our house – talk about blast from the past: Romancing an era – a long neglected historic George House gets a make-over… Because it was partly hidden behind high boundary walls, the true beauty of Fairview only became obvious once I drove through the new gates. Then the regal proportions and straight-lined design of the double storey dwelling, built around 1865, could be properly viewed. To me, the old place had a rather Georgian flavour that...

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It was a hoot to build the Fairview owl-house (Guest Blogger is our son Alex Benkenstein)

Posted by on Mar 11, 2014 in Garden, my B&B life | 0 comments

It was a hoot to build the Fairview owl-house (Guest Blogger is our son  Alex Benkenstein)

This past December when I returned to my family’s home in George I had an overwhelming urge to take on a project. I’m all for lounging at the pool, trips to the beach, boozy lunches, extended dinners and afternoon naps, but this holiday season I wanted to produce something tangible, some kind of material proof that my holiday had consisted of more than an extended hedonistic haze. In a moment of inspiration it came to me: an owl house! There are several large trees on my parent’s extensive property and the garden is a...

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Feathers at Fairview (by Elize Meiring – Manager)

Posted by on Jan 30, 2014 in Attractions we recommend: reasons to stay a week!, Garden | 0 comments

Feathers at Fairview (by Elize Meiring – Manager)

    Fairview Historic Homestead, situated on a large, almost 3800m²  property,   lends itself to an ideal bird watching opportunity.   The extensive garden, surrounding the homestead, plays host to a diverse array of endemic birds as well as migrants from the northern hemisphere.African Hoopoe, Hadeda Ibis,  Red Eyed Dove, Fork Tailed Drongo, Cape Wagtail, Malachite Sunbird, Cape White Eye, House Sparrow, Cape Sparrow, Red-winged Starling, to mention but a few.   (These are ones that I, as a novice have seen!)  The following is...

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Broad Beans and Green Beans

Posted by on Jan 7, 2014 in Food & Feast, Garden, my B&B life | 0 comments

Broad Beans and Green Beans

We have just harvested the first beans of the season. I just have to share  our daughter’s memories of harvesting beans with you: Long before I knew I would make a career of my passion for food, my childhood summers were marked by warm evenings congregated around the kitchen table, top- and tailing beans. In winter, my brothers and I were asked to squeezed one liter of orange juice per day as part of our daily chores and together with the bean harvest, these were the rhythms that marked the seasons of my childhood.As long as I can...

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How important is it to you that a Bed & Breakfast offers an evening meal?

Posted by on Jan 1, 2014 in Food & Feast, my B&B life | 1 comment

How important is it to you that a Bed & Breakfast offers an evening meal?

  If you have the time I would really appreciate a comment in answer to the question: How important is it to you that a Bed & Breakfast offers an evening meal?  At the moment it is a service we offer, but we do not really promote it. Would you: 1) Not care? 2) Not care as long as there were other places to eat nearby? 3) Be inclined not to stay there unless they did? We’re really keen on hearing what you think – just comment on this post, choosing one of the options and any further thoughts you may have. I do find that...

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the make-over of Shanty 21

Posted by on Dec 27, 2013 in History, my B&B life | 2 comments

the make-over of Shanty 21

  When our children were still in school they formed a band and,  as you know, a band needs to practice. When you grow up in a house that is your home as well as a guest house that proves to be a problem. Our children’s solution was to claim a small store room below the swimming pool as their little music den. They called it Shanty 21. I asked Alex: ‘why 21?’ and he answered: ‘ every abode needs a number…’ I suppose when you are 16 years old 21 sounds like a grand number to be. Shanty was kitted out...

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