Monday, 13 August 2012

The Retreat at Groenfontein

If you feel like getting away a bit but would prefer to be spoilt with someone else doing the cooking and cleaning, this is the place for you.  The Retreat is not far from Calitzdorp (East and inland of Cape Town) and is tucked away below beautiful mountains and lots of big blue Karoo sky.  There are a few types of accommodation options.  Our room had a fireplace, which in winter is a bit of a must, and we had great views of the landscape from our private patio.  Their rates are dinner, bed and breakfast and the traditional farm style meals are served at the main house.  All guests sit at one table, which can be a good or bad thing, but if you like that sort of communal atmosphere you'll be very happy.  Grant and Marie (owners/hosts) will make sure of exactly that.   

The place does a good job when it comes to comfort and hospitality but the real attraction for me are the easy but worthwhile trails that explore all corners of the property and offer a great window into the wonders of the surrounding area.  You can't help feeling that you're in the middle of nowhere but somewhere very special. 

The Retreat

Great, easy trails

Marie's Snoek Mousse

  1. 500g smoked snoek (or any smoked fish)
  2. 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  3. 1/2 green pepper, finely chopped
  4. 150ml thick cream
  5. 1/2 cup mayo
  6. 12 and a half ml gelatine dissolved in 1 cup hot water
  • make sure you carefully debone the fish
  • flake fish and mix with all above
  • put into a big mold or a couple of smaller ones
  • freeze if not needed immediately
  • serve with some bread or biscuits and a nice crisp salad


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