The Vineyard Hotel is once again treating locals and tourists alike, to enjoy the beautiful sights of and sounds of nature. And not to mention the delicious treats following the walk!
The Vineyard Hotel, located in Newlands, Cape Town, will once again host its popular garden walks for visitors keen to explore the venue’s appealing two-and-a-half hectare property.
The 90-minute tours will be hosted by seasoned horticulturist and environmentalist Chris Van Zyl and his assistant Dewet Bezuidenhout, providing guests with interesting botanical and historical facts while they soak up the tranquillity of the setting.
The hotel is well named as it has a vineyard within it. Nurtured by Lady Anne Barnard, during the two years that she stayed on the property, it was resurrected six years ago by general manager, Roy Davies.
Van Zyl explains that each season brings with it an array of sights and sounds. In Autumn, the garden is a collage of warm and earthy colours, with sunlight and shadow playing tag over the Liesbeek River. Guests will spot a diverse range of indigenous flora, from the African flame tree that is currently in flower, to the wild iris with its striking white flowers and decorative purple and yellow centres.
In Winter the camellias and coral trees come into bloom, as well as bulbs like the cyrtanthus. In Spring, guests will pick out the magnificent orange flowers that belong to the clivias, and the light green shoots on the white stinkwood trees. The Ochna (mickey mouse bushes) are keen to display their yellow flowers. In Summer, blooms are evident on the pistol and indigenous jasmine bushes, and the agapanthus displays its bright blue wares. Additionally, with all the trees in full leaf, a dark green cloud will cover the garden, providing guests with much needed shade. But what they’ll need to keep their eyes peeled for, are the numerous well-camouflaged birds, the odd frolicking squirrel, and the hotel’s eight leopard tortoises – two fondly named Herbert and Gloria.
These lush grounds were designed in the early 1980s by landscape architect Anne Sutton. A number of water features add to its tranquil ambience and the large, natural rocks to be seen here and there were collected from across the peninsula by the hotel’s late owner, Francois Petousis, who had a passion for geology.
Walks start at 09h30, and are followed by a morning tea consisting of sandwiches, scones and blueberry cheesecake. The cost is R60 per person.
Booking is essential. To make a reservation, call 021 657 4500 or send an enquiry to email@example.com. For more information on the dates of the 2014 Garden Walks, visit www.vineyard.co.za.
Press release received via The Phoenix Partnership on 30 May 2014, compiled for Vineyard Hotel
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