Over the years, it has become a bit of a tradition for us to visit Chart Farm in Wynberg whenever hubby’s family pay us a visit in Cape Town. It’s a delightful little place just visible off the M3, driving from Constantia towards town.
There’s a lovely restaurant there called The Terrace, which serves home-made cakes, breakfasts and lunches, from 9h00 to 16h30 every day. Next to it is a little farm stall, where you can buy whatever fresh farm produce happens to be in season, as well as compost and mulch for your garden. During cherry season in November and December, they also sell fresh cherries from Klondyke Cherry Farm (though I would really recommend a drive out to Ceres to pick your own – it’s so much fun!), which we had visited a couple of days earlier.
We met up with a friend for some scrumptious scones and crumpets in the restaurant, and afterwards strolled around the beautiful rose gardens. I hadn’t explored them much before, so I had no idea they were so large! And what a view: you can see all the way south to Muizenberg and northwards along the Constantiaberg and towards Kirstenbosch and Devil’s Peak.
The range of colours and delicious fragrances was quite overwhelming. If you wish to take some roses home with you for your sweetheart, you can even pick your own! Just ask at the farm stall, and they will supply you with secateurs and picking trays – and, I presume, weigh your pickings afterwards to determine the price.
On the day we went, a rather brisk wind was blowing – and thus it wasn’t ideal weather for taking photographs, what with the petals fluttering about and the camera struggling to maintain sharp focus. Soooo, I think we should just go again another day! After all, I can’t imagine a more lovely place to have scones and tea, surrounded by heavenly roses!