Cape Town, Day 3: Majeka House, Terroir and Spier

Before I knew it, it was Saturday already and we just had one more sleep left in Cape Town. We had planned to spend Saturday night at Majeka House, a stunning country house in Stellenbosch. We also had lunch at Terroir planned, which I was really looking forward to. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t  really coming to the party. With it being overcast and rainy, we couldn’t do alot of what we wanted to do. After we checked into our room at MH and saw how fab it was, I was perfectly happy to chill at the hotel reading and cuddling while it poured outside.

The room is classic and quirky at once. Think antique mixed with a touch of contemporary. My favourite touch was a 6 page long dvd menu! *love*

At lunchtime, we took a short 5 minute drive to Klein Zalze, where Terroir is situated. The small restaurant was bustling when we arrived, and we had a table right next to the fireplace. I felt like I was in someone’s home. The restaurant was cosy and comfortable- we practically spent the entire afternoon there without even noticing where the time went. While, Nobu was Rishav’s favourite restaurant of the trip, Terroir was definitely mine. We had a 4 course wine paired dinner, and the wines were paired PERFECTLY to the food. I’m not a big drinker, but I finished all my wine and ended the afternoon feeling very “happy”.

Appetizer: potato and leek 

Starter: tempura squid with tomato jam and yuzu mayonnaise

Starter: mushroom ravioli

Main: beef fillet with parmesan cream, butternut and mushroom. Rishav claimed this was the best beef fillet of his life!

Main: pan seared fresh linefish with truffled leek, pinotage sauce and potato gnocchi. This dish was the highlight of my trip. Paired with a pinotage wine- absolutely delicious is an understatement

Dessert: strawberry tart with milk ice cream

Dessert: banana saverin

I was definitely ready for a nap to pass out after that, so after an hour or so of relaxation, I headed to Majeka’s Sanctuary Spa for some pampering. I was kicking myself for not bringing my costume- just look at this (heated) pool! There’s also an outdoor pool, but obviously that was out of the question given the weather.

I experienced a Himalayan salt bed treatment. Sanctuary Spa houses the only such bed in the country. Himalayan salt has widespread benefits. It contains 84 minerals (including calcium, potassium, etc) which are easily absorbed into the body. The treatment involves lying on the heated salt bed. Your therapist will leave you to relax for 10-15 minutes while light therapy fills the room. She’ll then give you a heavenly foot and scalp massage, after which you have another 15 minutes to rest on the bed. The treatment promises to detoxify and energise, all while providing deep relaxation benefits.
You can only imagine how chilled I felt after a divine lunch, nap and spa treatment 🙂 I then went to MH’s library while I waited for Rishav to finish his treatment. The library is gorgeous, with a massive antique piano and a fireplace. Tapas and pre dinner drinks are offered here.
 MH’s dining area is equally charming, with a mix of old and new decor. It’s quite a tricky look to pull off, but I think they’ve hit the nail on the head.
Dinner was also 4 course and wine paired. MH’s sommelier/ restaurant manager was excellent- she was very engaged and came to chat to us at each course to explain the wines. When someone is passionate about what they do, you can really see it, and that definitely came through here.

Starter: Paradyskloof mushroom tortellini, with mushrooms picked by the neighbouring farmers 🙂
Starter: vegetable “black pudding”, beetroot tartare, baked crottin, geranium oil
Starter: study of rabbit, succatash, prune puree, tomato dressing

Starter: makaron style sustainable fish and vegetable nigiri with pickled cucumber
Triple cooked chips: love
Main: grilled prawns, laksa curry sauce, coconut and sesame basmati rice, pineapple salse, pearl vegetables

Main: pan seared green listed fish of the day, tomato quinoa, smoked tomato agar ravioli, bacon espuma

Dessert: Valrhona chocolate fondant with vanilla bean ice cream

Dessert: tarte tatin of the day

Breakfast the next day was equally impressive. There was a huge harvest table set up, as well as the option to order from a hot menu. Our flight was late Sunday afternoon, and we made the conscious decision to have a hearty breakfast and NOT eat anything for the rest of the day.

We checked out and went to visit Spier, about 15 minutes away from MH and en route to the airport. People say its commercial… but I think things only become commercial if they are fabulous 🙂 I love the set up of Spier- there is so much to do. We started off at Eagle Encounters, an eagle rehabilitation centre situated onsite. You’re able to play with owls and touch eagles, for a mere R40 entrance fee. The owls are so tame and are so soft! Loved playing with them.

Spier also has a stunning wine tasting area and 2 restaurants. They also do picnic baskets, which you can book online (obviously this is a Summer only activity!). The estate itself has a lot of history and we took a stroll around reading about it… very interesting.

Love that- soup in a fireplace!
A great end to an absolutely amazing weekend. Usually after travelling I’m exhausted by the time I get home. After this trip, I felt rejuvenated and relaxed.. and full! 🙂
Hope you all enjoyed this CT diary.. I look forward to going back soon!