About 5 kilometres outside the town of Robertson in the Western Cape lies the gem that is Mo & Rose at Soekershof. It was our last stop on a two week trip around the Cape Winelands, and this has to be one of the best stops and then end to a perfect holiday with my travelling partner.
Ample parking and pristine white walls were the first standouts for me as we arrived, however, once you walk through those white walls to the reception area, you are greeted by such beautiful green lawns and gardens – viewed out from over a large koi pond, that you will stop in wonder, marvelling at your discovery.
A warm greeting from Melanie, a quick tour around the property and settling into our room, which was absolutely stunning, and we were left to tour the rest of the garden and relax, which we certainly did.
Our garden suite (there are only 8 rooms at Mo & Rose – 4 garden facing, 2 pool facing and 2 really cute loft style cottages) had a huge verandah with comfy chairs and a bench to enjoy the outdoors, and inside a big work desk and lounge area, double bed, with a really funky four-poster ‘cube’ effect almost and an open-plan bathroom – with double basins and even a double shower – you can hop in the shower with your loved one if you feel the urge!
The room comes stocked with all the amenities, bar fridge, wifi, hairdryer and I loved the care pack in the bathroom – it even had two tampons and dental floss in it, along with the usual sewing kit and earbuds, shower cap etc – something different and a unique touch that I really thought was super special.
Mo & Rose plays home to a veritable succulent and cactus ‘museum’ if you will, a living, bountiful, beautiful garden filled with the most intriguing plants, each with its own individual story and piece of history (do ask the head gardener to take you on a tour and explain all the origins of the different plants when you are there – he takes such pride in his work and is a gold mine of knowledge!
Wander along the perfectly manicured paths, snap a few selfies for the gram and relax by one of the two beautiful pools, the perfect spot to stop and unwind after a long and hot day on the road.
Next to the reception area is the much talked about Restaurant Succulent, which falls under the watchful eye of Chef Werner and his kitchen team. The restaurant was full on the evening that we went (they do say that bookings are essential) and sports not only a really funky and unique welcome area with a cool bar – but the restaurant itself features floor to ceiling length windows to grab the best view – make sure to arrive in time for sundown over the beautiful gardens!
The menu although not huge (again, I prefer it that way) has something to suit every palate – and every dish is so beautifully presented, on different colour plates with stunning garnishes, even from the bread roll with butter that is served when you sit down, you can really feel the love and attention that Werner puts in to everything he creates.
For starters my travel partner opted for the Goats Cheese Brulee – beetroot served with raspberries and a sherry vinaigrette accompany it, whilst seafood-loving me opted for the yummy Wakame crumbed calamari with whipped feta. And for mains? We both opted for the pan-seared line fish which was served with chorizo, potato, confit tomatoes and green pea guacamole, washed down with some wine, of course.
Although the dessert selection looked incredible (who doesn’t love a dark chocolate spring roll or a summer berry pudding) we were just too full and literally rolled back to our room and straight into bed after such yummy food and incredible service too.
Breakfast is served in the restaurant as well and soaking up the stunning garden views, a few tasty cappuccino’s and a three-ingredient omelette in my tummy, I was ready for the long drive back to Cape Town in our trusty Ford Everest.
There are, besides the wine farms, a number of other exciting things to do in the are, from skydiving to golf, hiking and horse riding – Melanie who manages the reception and guest relations will be well versed to guide you in what to do and see during your stay.
This area, Klaas Voogds West, which is just outside Robertson, is beautiful in a unique way – one road runs in and out of the area, and within closeby distance lies a lavender farm and tea room, with a few other cool spots like Marbrin Olive Farm and a few wine farms as well, do take a day to explore the beauty in Klaas Voogds West as well, while you are there.
No attention to detail was spared during our stay and a huge thank you to Melanie for looking after us so well during our visit – we cannot wait to visit you again after the lockdown is over!
A: Mo & Rose at Soekershof, Klaas Voogds West, Robertson
T: +27 (0)23 626 4134