‘My happy place’ – guest blog post by The Good Holiday
I’m no creature of habit, most especially when it comes to travel destinations. It really does take a hell of a lot for me to visit the same spot twice. There are, quite frankly, just too many places on my ever-growing bucket list.
Every now and again, however, I discover a gem and long to return even before I leave.
Black Oystercatcher is such a place for me.
When Dirk asked if I would write this guest blog about my stay, I didn’t really want to, to be honest. I don’t actually want many people to know about it. Heaven forbid you book the last room or table before me and I get turned away.
After much deliberation, I’ve decided to be nice and to share. It would after all just be plain selfish to keep this magical destination in the Strandveld all to myself.
Here, in no particular order, are my top 5 reasons to return. Again. And Again. And again.
1. The restaurant serves truly exceptional meals.
Not a word of a lie: I’ve never had a pan of mussels quite as perfect as there.
2. The likelihood of running out of THE WHITE PEARL white blend is considerably less when the cellar is less than 30meters from the tasting room.
(This aged Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc beauty will be beautiful wherever you drink it, but let me tell you: you want to drink it there. The cool climate terroir becomes alive.)
3. The ‘AANDBLOM’ only flowers here at a certain time of year for a short period of two weeks, and only in the greater Overberg region.
‘Aandblom’ translates to ‘evening flower’: When the sun goes down, these amazing flowers produce a smell so distinct, I don’t actually know what to compare it with to do it justice.
4. Brandfontein Private Nature Reserve will leave you speechless.
This part of the South African shoreline is wild and untamed and likely one of the most beautiful places I’ve been in my life.
5. It takes me just over 2 hours to get there (from CPT).
I can stay for a few nights without breaking the bank.
There you have it. If such a thing as ‘my happy place’ had to exist and my wallet, free time, tastebuds and eyes had a vote, Black Oystercatcher would be a one of the strongest contenders.
A SPECIAL THANKS TO DARÉLL LOURENS
FROM THE GOOD HOLIDAY
FOR SHARING HER LOVE FOR THE OVERBERG WITH US.
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#Waterscapes: The natural wonder of the Agulhas Plain
You depend on water – it’s the basis of life. The same goes for the Black Oystercatcher. But – because of our unique setting, we depend on an intricate water network. We don’t just turn on a tap. We connect with a vast water system that must function fully.
Because our #waterscapes are at the heart of our existence, we’re highlighting these natural wonders of the Agulhas Plain. It’s a tribute to our corner of earth in the Overberg – and the life-giving systems you’ll find here.