When approaching the BOSJES farm in the Breede River Valley, you’ll first see the striking chapel, inspired by Psalm 36:7 ‘How precious, O God, is Your constant love! We find protection under the shadow of Your wings.’ BOSJES, which means ‘small bushes’ in Dutch, is the new name given to the Bosjeman’s Valley Farm, which produces wine grapes, olives, peaches and proteas. The farm has been in the Botha/Stofberg family since 1831 and is now open to the public. The family hoped that the farm, with its impressive landscapes, historical architecture, and exquisite new additions, would draw more visitors to the area which would in turn benefit the local community. And it seems as though that dream has come true – BOSJES is now a must-visit attraction, just an hour from Cape Town.
The farm is open to day visitors as well as overnight guests, who can stay in Die Skuur Guesthouse. This, together with the incredible avant garde chapel, make BOSJES a perfect venue for weddings. The thoughtfully landscaped chapel garden is filled with plants referenced in the bible, and after working up an appetite, visitors can either visit the BOSJES TeeTuin for a cup of coffee, or BOSJES Kombuis for lunch.
The restaurant, like the chapel, was designed by Coetzee Steyn from Steyn Studio, and is a complementary perfect contrast to the old manor house next to it. The restaurant boasts high ceilings, glass walls, a wooden terrace, mountain views and a historical-and-nature inspired blue and white tiled mural of the Bosjes Tree of Life created by Lucie de Moyencourt and Michael Chandler. Consultant chef Pete Goffe-Wood has designed a contemporary rustic lunch menu and the restaurant is headed up by executive chef Kim Cox. There is also a children’s playground designed by Leanie van der Vyver, within viewing distance of the BOSJES Kombuis.