Friday, August 31, 2018

An overnight stay in a Jordan wine estate luxury suite

A lovely overnight stay at Jordan wine estate in Stellenbosch Kloof. We were invited to attend the Young Wine Awards in Stellenbosch last Saturday, a black tie event, and when Thea van der Merwe, Jordan’s Marketing Manager, heard that we were going to book accommodation for an overnight stay, she insisted that we should stay at Jordan in one of their Suites. We hate going to a late wine event in the winelands and driving back to Cape Town, so we are very grateful
The bad weather was coming in and this tiny dove
had found some shelter for the night on a nearby tree
We checked in at reception as it began to rain
The manager Jonathan Lubbe took us to our Suite which has its own verandah
Not that we ever had time to sit out as the big storm swept in from the North West
and it was wet and very cold. But not inside
The sun did come out now and then and you can see how lovely it would be to sit on the stoep
The suite is decorated in cool greys and silver and is very well appointed
The bedroom is up a few steps from the lounge area and the bed is massive and very comfortable
It has very high thread count white percale linen and comfortable memory foam pillows
From the lounge, you get lovely views of vineyards through the French doors
The bathroom has a walk in shower with a rain shower head
Twin sinks, and good thick towels
A TV with a satellite decoder and DSTV, a coffee machine,
a kettle and a bottle of Jordan wine to enjoy
We like this attention to detail, we all try to abide by these sensible rules due to the drought
Even when it is over, we have no idea what the next years may bring
You can take walks in the vines and down to the dam
Views up the hill to where they have just planted a new Chardonnay vineyard
The neighbour’s house on the top of the hill with Jordan’s new Chardonnay vineyard
just below it on the left
Syringa trees full of berries. These berries feed the birds in the lean mid winter
Other guests taking a walk to breakfast next morning
The gardens are planted with indigenous South African plants;
many are drought tolerant like these strelitzias
A morning view across the valley with rain falling in places and patches of sunlight
Jordan's Tasting Room
The Bakery restaurant, where we had breakfast
They are open for lunch as well and do very good pastries for tea and coffee
Despite the weather the Bakery was busy for breakfast
Lovely large windows and great views
Some good messages on the chalk boards
Some of the irresistible pastries
A rich baked cheesecake
They make the preserves which they serve in the Bakery and put them in large jars,
as they use so many of them
Lynne was feeling a bit off colour that morning and so she ordered the Cinnamon French toast with maple bacon and a berry preserve. It was lovely, just right for an upset tum and a large sized portion
John had a good bacon, cheese and herb omelette which came with toast
They provided him with good marmalade for the toast
Reflections in the window of the open flame barrel fireplace look as though the strelitzia is burning
Pincushion Proteas on the tables
We had booked lunch at George Jardine's Jordan restaurant, but Lynne was feeling so ill that we cancelled. The food here is so special and she knew that she could not do it justice that day. We will return soon and have lunch when we are less pressured and completely well
Pouring rain and a very Japanese looking scene
View of the distant Stellenboschkloof vineyards
from the Jardine restaurant terrace, through the raindrops
And as luck would have it, suddenly we caught sight of this beautiful malachite sunbird supping nectar from the proteas on the terrace before we headed home. A lovely stay which we thoroughly recommend. Thank you all at Jordan, so much

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