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NATIONAL TREASURES Emile Joubert’s top wine selections

MEET GORGEOUS GEORGE A visit to the new boutique designer hotel

THE SIMPLE LIFE Embrace village life in Stanford

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Three local artists draw inspiration from the natural world to create pieces that explore important and universal themes of identity and human emotion. Line and colour are central to the stories these artists tell — each in their own way.

HELEN VAN STOLK Helen van Stolk began her career as an artist in 2008 after working for many years in retail property. Since then, she has explored with colour and style through her art, drawing inspiration from her contemporaries and finding ways to use figure and abstraction in her work. Helen’s work has been exhibited at a number of spaces, including The Bay Hotel, the Cape Gallery and Red the Gallery, as well as multiple times at Kirstenbosch, and she has also been featured in a number of magazine publications. She has won numerous awards for her work and was also awarded the Fellowship of the South African Society of Artists. Helen’s work seeks to provoke emotion, and she believes that much can be expressed through colour, line and shape. She uses a range of materials to create her pieces, including acrylic, oil and collage.

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JOANNE REEN Joanne Reen qualified with a B. Tech in Fine Art from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University before beginning her career as an artist. Her work has been exhibited in a number of galleries around the country, including spaces in Port Elizabeth, Nieu-Bethesda, Pretoria, Johannesburg and Cape Town. Much of Joanne’s work is inspired by the natural world by which she is surrounded — from the clear skies of Nieu-Bethesda to the blues and greens of her travels in small towns in France. The landscapes from which she draws inspiration are central to her work, which expresses a reconnection with nature in order to find her essential self. Joanne aims to reflect the human experience through landscape in her work, and her latest pieces feature scenes of water and its reflective qualities. Her new collection is deeply inspired by artists like Claude Monet and Cy Twombly — her style is expressive, and she makes use of gestural brushwork to create her visual studies in water.

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SELVIN NOVEMBER Selvin November was born and bred in Cape Town, where he still lives and works. He qualified with a Diploma in Art and Design from the Cape Technikon before completing a three-month residency on Robben Island in 1996. His work has been exhibited at galleries in Cape Town and Stellenbosch, as well as at group shows and festivals. Selvin explores socio-political issues through his work and addresses themes like globalisation, identity and memory with his use of both design and visual language. His most recent collection looks at the idea of freedom and its binary, slavery. Through his work, Selvin asks what it means to be free in our current socio-political landscape. Selvin works in an abstract style, using colour, lines and form to express his ideas. He incorporates elements of nature in his pieces, often as a metaphor for freedom, a theme that is central to his work. SV

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STOMP AT THE ARTSCAPE THEATRE A theatrical experience and a blend of rhythm, movement, comedy, and dance like no other, STOMP has shown the world that the most ordinary objects like bin lids, brooms, and even the kitchen sink can be brought to life in extraordinary ways. When: 10 - 15 September 2019 Where: Artscape Opera House Entry: R150 - R400 per person, www.computicket.com

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SANLAM CAPE TOWN MARATHON Consisting of a 42.2 km marathon, 10 km PEACE Run, 5 km Fun Run, and 12 and 22 km trail runs, this annual event brings together elite athletes, social and first-time runners, and wheelchair racers for a world-class marathon experience in an iconic African city. When: 14 – 15 September 2019 Where: Starts on Beach Road, Green Point | Ends on Vlei Road, Cape Town Stadium precinct Entry: Various, see www.capetownmarathon.com for details

Swing into spring with the Franschhoek Uncorked Festival, which celebrates the arrival of new vintage wines in the Franschhoek Valley, accompanied by gourmet festival foods, competitions, live music, and kiddies’ entertainment. When: 14 – 15 September 2019 Where: Various wineries in Franschhoek Entry: R180 per person prebooked, www.webtickets.co.za R200 on the day

HERMANUS WHALE FESTIVAL With the arrival of the southern right whales in the Cape comes the annual Hermanus Whale Festival. The celebrations include a Saturday morning street parade, arts and crafts markets, good food, brew, live music, and, of course, whale watching! When: 27 – 29 September 2019 Where: Various venues in the town of Hermanus Entry: Festival is free

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It’s time for South Africa’s biggest three-day music experience! Expect a thrilling line-up of the best local and international artists across multiple genres, vibrant campsites, gourmet food trucks, and multiple entertainment arenas and spaces. When: 4 – 6 October 2019 Where: Cloof Wine Estate, Darling Entry: R995 per person general entry | R225 – R545 per person for camping, www.quicket.co.za

WINE ON THE RIVER The annual Wine on the River festival in partnership with Nedbank transforms the banks of the Breede River on Goudmyn Farm into a food and wine haven with wine tastings by over 25 wineries, mouthwatering country cuisine, boat cruises, live music, dedicated kids area, and more. When: 11 – 13 October 2019 Where: Goudmyn Farm, Robertson Wine Valley Entry: R150 – R250 per person day pass, R350 per person weekend pass, www.howler.co.za

CAPE TOWN INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW From marine equipment, interactive water activities, and accessories to sailing courses, exotic boats, and tours of luxurious yachts, this annual festival is fantastic family fun and possibly your best shot at convincing your significant other to let you buy a boat. When: 18 – 20 October 2019 Where: V&A Waterfront Entry: Tickets can be purchased at www.webticket.co.za

BLANKO SUPPER CLUB Experience the art of food and wine pairing with Blanko Restaurant’s monthly Supper Club. Located at the Alphen Boutique Hotel in Constantia, expect an exceptional three-course dinner paired with sought-after local wines for only R395 per person. When: 26 September, 31 October and 28 November Where: Blanko Restaurant, Alphen Boutique Hotel, Constantia Entry: R395 per person; www.blanko.co.za

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NOV 2019 TABLE MOUNTAIN SUNSET SPECIAL Experience an African sunset from the top of Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain, one of the world’s New7Wonders of Nature, for half price until 29 February 2020. Special only for South African locals with a valid ID card. When: 1 November 2019 – 29 February 2020 (excluding peak period from 19 December 2019 to 3 January 2020) Where: Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, Tafelberg Road, Gardens Entry: R150 for adults, R75 for kids under 18

BIG 5 COMEDY SHOW For one night only, the titans of South African stand-up comedy John Vlismas, Schalk Bezuidenhout, Tats Nkonzo, Jason Goliath, and Stuart Taylor - will be raising the roof with their wildly hilarious show against a soundtrack of beats provided by DJ Ready D. When: 2 November 2019 Where: GrandWest Casino & Entertainment World Entry: R180 – R350 per person, www.computicket.com

PAUL RENE BUBBLY FESTIVAL From live music, craft gin, and garden picnics to lawn games, fresh oysters, and delicious handcrafted bubbly, the annual Paul Rene Bubbly Festival is a celebration of all things delicious and effervescently fun! When: 9 November 2019 Where: Wonderfontein Farm, Robertson Entry: R285 per adult | kids free, www.webtickets.co.za

CONSTANTIA GIFT FAIR With a cornucopia of beautiful and innovative home, garden, fashion, food, and beauty products, the inspiring Constantia Gift Fair is the perfect opportunity to get a year’s worth of gifts done and dusted in a day. When: 6 – 10 November 2019 Where: SARDA, Brommersvlei Road, Constantia Entry: R30 per adult | kids free, www.thegiftfair.co.za

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A BRIEF BACKSTORY In 2012, the Gaiduk family purchased Quoin Rock wine estate after a visit to the Cape winelands from the Ukraine, during which they fell heedlessly in love with Stellenbosch’s spectacular scenery and terroir (they’re only human). Over the following six years, the family came together to invest in the revamping, renovation, and rejuvenation of the estate’s winery, function facilities, restaurant, and vineyards; an investment of time, money, and expertise that has proven very fruitful. Finally, in 2018, Gåte Restaurant opened its doors and, today, soars under the stewardship of Executive Chef Nicole Loubser, who is generating seismic waves with her interactive and mind-blowing molecular gastronomy. Proof of this is Gåte’s clinching of the 2019 Global Restaurant of the Year Overall Winner and the 2019 Haute Cuisine Global Winner, amongst other esteemed prizes and accolades.

ENTER THE FANTASY The design of Gåte and the estate’s function facilities and winery are the collaborative imaginings of lead architect Julia Gaiduk and artist Charles Haupt and is powerfully evocative of the nature found on Quoin Rock estate. In the elegant entrance, the dramatic “Tree of Life” artwork by Haupt - floor-to-ceiling tendrils of LED lights serving as concourses for cascading water around a central sculpture of a twisted, knotted grapevine – lends the serene white noise of a tinkling waterfall to the experience. Inside, great woodworks of tree-like tangled branches adorn the walls; a bar artfully rendered from naked wood assumes centre stage, and an exterior laser-cut aluminium latticework roof creates dappled shade reminiscent of walking through the vineyards. This multisensory work of human-made art is married most seamlessly to Mother Nature’s unparalleled natural outdoor mastery via floorto-ceiling windows and doors, which look out over an expansive veranda, clipped lawns, and the spectacular verdant Stellenbosch hillsides beyond. One could write a novella on the intricacies and

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features of Quoin Rock’s architecture and interior design; however, Gåte’s main event – and what an event that is – is its gastronomy.

MIND-BENDING FOOD EXPERIENCE To dine at Gåte is to sit down to a multi-course, multi-sensory theatrical production, the likes of which override expectation, confront the senses, and defy reality. In short, it delivers on the very meaning of the name Gåte, which is “riddle” in Norwegian. Dinner here is a 16-course taste-driven odyssey, which can be paired with the estate’s innovative beverages and impressive repertoire of wines by winemaker Jacques Maree. The daytime experience, however, is a little leaner and delivers six courses of truly mind-bending gastronomy. For example, the first course: a cigar, café macchiato, and what appears to be an ashtray filled with powdery grey ash. Now, a coffee and cigar might be a welcome conclusion to a meal, but the first course? Of course, one’s eyes are deceived. The cigar is, in fact, a crisp bread roll made from potato dough, the café macchiato a thick tomato soup and white thyme spuma (foam), and the ashtray filled with a smoked paprika mousse topped with a powdery, smoked

tomato ash. You are invited to play with your food. Other dishes include lamb croquette with cranberry gel, Stanford smoke cheese tuile and foam, and fresh oysters dressed to the nines with subtle sweet and salty accoutrements served on a bed of seaweed with dry ice cascading plumes of vapour over the lip of the dish. There is also a wholly reimagined caprese salad (fresh tomato and pop-in-your-mouth pearls of balsamic vinegar and olive oil served inside an icy cocoon bathed in a creamy basil sauce); rare, sliced gemsbok with tender stem broccoli, carrots, and a medley of flavourful purées; and, for dessert, an absolutely delicious, creamy “pina colada” served inside two coconut halves.

DEFYING EXPECTATION Located on the slopes of the Simonsberg, next door to Delheim, Quoin Rock is a gorgeous wine estate with the arresting views and delicious wines one would expect of an establishment on the Stellenbosch wine route. The 40-seater Gåte Restaurant, however, defies expectations and at times even reality, delivering interactive molecular fine dining that toys with the senses and delights the diner. It is a mustexperience for foodies and a sublime treat for everyone, both resident of, and visitor to the Cape. SV

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NEW CAPE WINELANDS AND CITY CENTRE RESTAURANTS TO PUT TO THE TEST THIS SPRING.

Cape Town’s dining scene is a living, breathing entity; an everevolving arena where innovation and challenge are as honoured as history and tradition. One of the consequences of this dynamism is that every passing month can be marked by the opening of an exciting new eatery – or several eateries - in the Mother City and here are a few of just such places to check out this spring!

VIANDE Viande, simply meaning “meat” in French, is the new restaurant at the Grande Roche Hotel in Paarl and is spearheaded by renowned celebrity chef and TV personality, Pete Goffe-Wood. The restaurant’s name is a statement of its culinary direction, which delivers country-style cuisine by following a nose-to-tail dining philosophy. The 90-seater Viande occupies the entire floor of the hotel’s main building with its stunning collection of chandeliers and anchoring fireplace, and with décor by well-known Cape interior designer Francois du Plessis. Viande is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A Grande Roche Hotel, 1 Plantasie Street, Paarl C +27 21 863 5100, viande@granderoche.co.za W www.granderoche.com/viande/

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GIGI ROOFTOP AT GORGEOUS GEORGE Lounging on the topmost floor of a lovingly restored building on St George’s Mall in the city centre, the oasis-like Gigi Rooftop at the just-opened Gorgeous George boutique designer hotel is the new hotspot on everyone’s lips. Chef Guy Bennett, previously of The Restaurant at Grande Provence in Franschhoek, heads up the kitchen of this tranquil, jungle-inspired full-day eatery, serving seasonally driven dishes that are a fresh spin on modern classics. This is a place that calls itself “a living room for the neighbourhood” to where people can “come for breakfast and stay for dinner.” A 118 St Georges Mall, Cape Town City Centre C +27 (0)87 898 6000, gigi@gorgeousgeorge.co.za W www.gigirooftop.com

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BLOCKHOUSE KITCHEN Situated in the oldest wine-producing region in South Africa and, in fact, the Southern Hemisphere, Blockhouse Kitchen is the recently opened restaurant at the arresting Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate. Located in a historic building that oozes rustic, country charm, the Blockhouse Kitchen offers an all-day dining experience that is both healthy and eco-conscious. Here, nose-to-tail and root-to-leaf philosophies are applied to every dish, which not only constitutes a more sustainable approach to dining but also means that dishes are generous in portion and pricing. The menu is varied, packed with local and seasonal ingredients and dishes, and is guaranteed to please both foodies and those with more conventional palates. A Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate C +27 (0)21 794 3010, info@bhkitchen.co.za W www.blockhousekitchen.co.za

JEWELL’S RESTAURANT In May of this year, the much-anticipated new arrival to the Cape Winelands, Jewell’s, quietly opened its doors to the public. Located at the Spice Route in Paarl, the farm-to-table Jewell’s is the collaborative effort of lauded chefs Liam Tomlin (of Chefs Warehouse) and Neil Jewell (previously, of Bread & Wine). The restaurant features a sleek blacktiled kitchen, breath-taking views of the surrounding winelands, al fresco dining, and a menu that pays tribute to the produce of the Spice Route farm. A Spice Route Farm, Suid-Agter Paarl Road, Paarl C +27 (0)21 204 4875, jewellspiceroute@gmail.com W www.facebook.com/jewellspiceroute/

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As the artistic director of his own multidisciplinary Paris-based agency, Singular, specialising in visual identity, store windows, interior architecture and brand development, it’s no surprise that Jean-Christophe Aumas’ historic Pigalle apartment is a stunner: a thrilling combination of flea-market finds, collectible artworks and a masterclass in the application of bold colour.

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he science of styling is a curious thing: an alchemy of practical know-how, an astute understanding of visual balance, a knowledge of design both past, present, an ability to interpret future trends and, of course, an indefinable touch of magic. It seems portentous then, when speaking to this maker of modern fantasies, to discover that JeanChristophe Aumas’ apartment was once inhabited (in the early 19th century) by a ‘famous Parisian sorcerer, fortune teller and magician’. Prolific as well as passionate and with a reputation as one of the most genial people in the industry, JeanChristophe’s artistic direction is considered amongst the best in his respective field. Before launching his agency, Singular, Jean-Christophe headed the visual identity department at Louis Vuitton under the helm of Marc Jacobs. Now his original touch is coveted by a client list that reads like the pages of a Vogue magazine: brands such as Céline, Dior, Boucheron, Nina Ricci, 3.1 Philipp Lim, Kenzo, Cacharel, children’s clothing labels Bonpoint and Petit Bateau, fragrance house Diptych as well as iconic French department stores such as Galeries Lafayette and Printemps, for whom he creates mesmerising window displays. While the fantasy factor that Jean-Christophe applies to his store windows, set designs and special event launches is dialled down in his personal

space, the element of surprise and wonderment is ever present. There is the apartment itself: a magnificent grande dame in Paris’ buzzy Pigalle arrondissement ‘not too far from the Moulin Rouge’ set in the basement level of a former hotel particulier (grand townhouse) dating to the 18th century. Many of the building’s original features such as ornate architectural mouldings, cathedral-like ceilings, parquet floors and breathtakingly beautiful stainedglass windows remain intact – elements that of course bewitched Jean-Christophe when he first saw the place two years ago. ‘I fell in love immediately’, says Jean-Christophe. ‘It was so different to my previous home which was a small loft. From the street you could never imagine that there would be something like this inside. The atmosphere was also wonderful. And I liked the idea of a change, of having a new space to decorate’. During a sensitive but necessary renovation, the apartment’s remarkable classical attributes were intersected by contemporary updates. A skylight was installed in the living room to banish any gloom, as were floor-to-ceiling glass doors, both of which now ensure that the interior feels light-filled and airy. The purpose of the glass doors was also to invite the outdoors in; ‘to create the idea that nature is entering the living room’, explains Jean-Christophe. And it certainly does: the ‘deliberately chaotic’ plant-filled terrace is a virtual urban jungle of lush greenery,

The sofa is the main event in the living room and is by Vincenzo de Cotiis for Progetto Domestico. The mid-century chair is by the famous late Italian architect, Carlo Scarpa. The commanding blue mirror propped up above the fireplace was designed by Jean-Christophe, its edges intentionally irregular, reflecting Jean-Christophe’s leanings towards objects that are characterful and unique in their imperfections. The small sculpture is by French artist Olivier Millagou.

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providing a meditative view from all angles in the living room as well as from the kitchen. Other updates to the space included extensive kitchen and bathroom renewals as well as the installation of bespoke wardrobe units, library shelving and a cube-like structure in the study that niftily incorporates a mezzanine bunk bed and additional washroom. Although he is the archetypal sophisticated Parisian, Jean-

Christophe’s roots are in the south of France, his childhood and formative years having been spent in Aix-en-Provence. Hence the telling presence of a vast collection of quirky handmade ceramics that share an organic Mediterranean heritage including a Spanish bull figurine and vibrant Portuguese and Italian vases, sculptures and vessels. The bathrooms too have a Mediterranean aesthetic: more

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Colour is dialled all the way up in this utilitarian study with its modular furnishings; it was designed to do double-duty as an additional guest room with a clever mezzanine unit above the bathroom. The boat has a sentimental value to Jean-Christophe, who bought it from an old Spanish artisan in Menorca, Spain. Left: Jean-Christophe describes his use of colours in the kitchen as ‘completely instinctive’. Because the kitchen functions as the entrance to the apartment, he opted for ‘unusual’ colours to heighten a sense of drama and vibrancy. The arches were a modern intervention with the classical architecture and were added for the purpose of creating a visual separation between the entrance and the kitchen. Jean-Christophe has a penchant for vintage ceramics and pottery, particularly that from the 50s, which he sources at his favourite Paris flea market haunts.

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pared-back Corsican villa than swanky city apartment. There is also his affinity for whimsical handmade objects, many of which hold sentimental value. In JeanChristophe’s study, for example, a handcrafted boat bought on a holiday to the Spanish island of Menorca sits without affectation on an original mid-century Verner Panton-designed desk. Hand carved wooden stools lend an air of rusticity. And on a table surface, a small white ceramic object that Jean-Christophe bought on his first trip to Syracuse (Sicily) takes pride of place. ‘It’s funny’, he says. ‘I have lots of collectible furniture and art pieces but that little ceramic piece is probably one of the first things I’d save in a fire’, he smiles. ‘I like the things which remind me of happy moments in my life’.

Jean-Christophe’s bedroom with its saturated hues, beloved artworks and mix of vintage and travel finds. On the bed is a graphic throw from Céline as well as scatter cushions from The Conran Shop. The oversized artwork is a pixelated photograph taken by Jean-Christophe of a television screen. The silver-hued canvas is by Swiss artist John Armleder. The stool was bought back from a trip to Cape Town and the ceramic plate on the wall is from the south of France.

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While many urbanites tend to eschew colour in favour of respectable neutrals, JeanChristophe embraces its transformative powers and has applied green, cobalt blue, red, lavender, dusty rose and even electric pink artfully and unapologetically against a fresh white backdrop. The contrast of this modern approach in a period apartment is both exciting and inspiring. Graphic colour blocking brings spaces to life while serving to define them. Unsurprisingly, given the owner’s international lifestyle and rarified eye, there is a carefully edited sense of eclecticism in

The miniature framed abstract artwork on the wall is a flea market find, as is the Stilnovo floor lamp: a rare 50s Italian piece also from a second-hand source. Carved wooden stools with an ethnic feel are from one of Jean-Christophe’s window installations.

Above: The guest room features a vintage daybed from Belgium. Right: A striking work of art is casually propped up against a wall in the dining area. In front of it, a retro fruit ceramic sculpture bought in Sicily. The light is vintage.

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the decoration of the apartment – a strong global aesthetic with organic textures and imperfect, handmade forms in combination with more classical and recognisable design pieces as well as an extensive art collection. Each room is full of vintage decorative treasures, furniture and fittings picked up while scouring Paris’ iconic flea markets as well as other second-hand sources, with Jean-Christophe revealing a penchant for 50s and 70s design. ‘It really is the most elemental design philosophy,’ he explains when asked about his personal aesthetic and decorating approach. ‘My apartment simply reflects the things I like: it is graphic, happy, contemporary, classic, quiet, unexpected and inspiring’. SV

Above: In an area of the main bedroom, a vintage 50s brass table from a Paris flea market displays various artworks and collectibles.

Above: A blue floating shelf in the study features photographs by Jean-Christophe, a vase from Atelier DaLo and an arrow from Astier de Villatte. Left: A pale beige palette and soft curves give the bathroom a serene atmosphere.

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A Celebration of

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Situated in Baronetcy Estate, Cape Town, this impressive contemporary masterpiece is a celebration of avant-garde architecture. Discover a world where future forward luxury and iconic design elements invite you to a life of consummate living.

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From the moment you enter this residence, a multi-sensory experience awaits you. Spread over four open and well connectedlevels, this exceptional home offers vast living spaces, a multitude of entertainment options and an uninterrupted view of the iconic Table Mountain and Cape Peninsula area. The faรงade and interiors have been finished with the finest attentionto-detail. Seamless polished screed flooring, refined wood, elegant marble and shutter concrete all combine to deliver a distinguished level of excellence. Living is easy in this impressive residence, offering all your heart can desire. The ground floor boasts a show-room styled parkade with space for 10 vehicles, as well as a soft lounge, bicycle room, fitness centre, server room, and houses a water harvesting room. Access is gained to this four story home via either the lift or the breathtakingly ostentatious staircase. Guests are welcomed to the first level undercover parking where you are met by a full glass statement entrance and illuminated by panels of the bottom of the glass lap pool. Located on the first floor is the

English-styled floor to ceiling solid wood study come library, reception lounge and full luxurious guest suite (including a kitchen and lounge). Located on the second floor are a multitude of open plan entertainment spaces both formal and informal which are seamlessly divided by a 27 metre luxury pool and Jacuzzi with a walking space giving you accessibility. This floor boasts a contemporary open plan kitchen (with a separate scullery and laundry room), lounge, dining area, patio and entertainment spaces, which includes a built-in braai, bar, entertainers lounge and two guest cloak rooms. A state of the art cinema and wine tasting room are also featured on this level. The top floor hosts the master suite which includes an exquisite full bathroom, walk-in-closet, lounge and luggage storage. Four additional bedrooms all en-suite with and without walk in closets, a pajama lounge and a coffee station all benefit from the panoramic view. This property also boasts unsurpassed views from every level, a hightech security system, central air-conditioning, a safe room, sound system and level 4 home automation.

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illowy sheer curtains, cool hand worked tiles and terraced olive trees—this home has all the makings of a quintessential Mediterranean bolthole. Yet it isn’t on the shores of Corsica or sidling up against the Valencia boardwalk – perched on the cliffs of Lion’s Head, the house overlooks the umbrella-pegged stretch of Clifton’s coastline that’s slung around Cape Town’s Atlantic Seaboard. ‘The whole idea was that it needed to have a Mediterranean feel throughout – and standing inside you feel as if you are there,’ says gallerist and interior designer Dylan Thomaz of Studio Dylan Thomaz, who carefully achieved this aesthetic through a nuanced layering of texture, a carefully selected palette and natural detail. The result is decidedly coastal, celebrating its location while evoking that South European ambience.

Dylan created the perfect reading nook at this end of the balcony, with chairs from Weylandts that surround a coffee table by Amatuli atop a jute rug from Weylandts.

Dylan paved the deck with a klompie-like brick that recalls a Mediterranean terracotta feel while remaining truly South African.

The home itself is steeped in history, edging up against a boulder-heavy spot on the mountain, which in a former life was known as Botany Bay, this cavernous worker’s cottage was attached to the manor house next door. Determined to respect the history of the site, Dylan chose to incorporate the rocky surrounds into the design. ‘We wanted to accentuate the boulders,’ he notes. ‘We framed it in the kitchen, and at night it lights right up. It’s quite spectacular.’ The boulders also make their way into the softs of the interior, with boulder-shaped felt cushions tastefully popped on couches and chairs. From the facade, this home could be a sophisticated hotel on the Champs-Élysées but inside Dylan sought out materials that speak to South Africa. At the entrance, a

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Textures mix in the entrance hall. The light is a custom designed light from his Studio, the ball cushion was custom made by Studio Dylan Thomas and Dylan sourced the vessels from Amatuli.

custom Bofred mirror with a fringe of black mohair hangs above a traditional riempie bench. ‘It’s about a tactility of textures and mixing contemporary design with really old-world pieces. The only rightangled elements are the door frames and windows, everything else is organic,’ Dylan explains, and the design intention is evident in every corner of the space, but most apparent in the second-level kitchen. This is the home’s veritable heart, and at its core is the pièce de résistance – the heavy marble island. ‘Through the whole project, the homeowner was prescriptive about only a couple of things and one of those things was the stone,’ Dylan says, brushing the honed, porous slab with his fingertips and pointing out the little crystalline fragments that make it unique. ‘It ended up becoming this feature that we both loved and serves as a different kind of detail. It acts like a serving tray, but it also adds more authenticity to the house,’ he explains. The blue is reflected throughout the home in a clever painted

The marble island fashioned from marble sourced at Womag is the centrepiece of the kitchen. Behind the stove a window highlights the boulders outside, making them a feature within the home.

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floor lining inspired by a trip to Spain. It all comes back to the flooring in this design and both Dylan and the homeowner credit the black brick as the key to unlocking this home’s potential. ‘The balcony becomes an extension of the inside space, and in turn the indoors feels breezy and light.’ The second epiphany came in recognising the black aluminum shutters’ effect on the tactility of space. ‘When you slide the shutters back, there is this overwhelming sense of exposure,’ the homeowner says and Dylan elaborates, ‘When you close them but keep the slats open, you still get the incredible view, but there is texture at play. You don’t ruin the view you just accentuate it.’ For a designer whose modus operandi is to create considered, stylised

At the other end of the balcony an informal dining area is just the spot for morning coffee. Dylan topped the table with Zimbabwean stone and the chairs are from Crema Design.

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Above: ‘You can see that there are different worlds that collide,’ says Dylan of the dining zone that sits at the back of the house. Hanging above the Pierre Cronje table, the light is Flos and the chairs are from Weylandts. Dylan topped the table off with vessels from Amatuli. Left: Dylan is a master of detail and on the coffee table in this lounge, one of his carefully constructed vignettes is all about material play. The gold knot from Cecile & Boyd is the perfect complement to the vessels from Country Road and Amatuli. A rug from Mae Rugs adds a soft touch underfoot.

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Dylan’s love for texture feeds into even the smallest of displays. The coral Block & Chisel bowl holds glass beads from Amatuli.

Left: Neutral tones and earthy textures in the master bedroom. The plinth-like headboard was made using geometricstyle tiling. The side table was custom made by Studio Dylan Thomaz. The lamp is from Block & Chisel and the ceramics are by Mareli Esterhuizen. Below: Dylan has used framing as a device throughout the home to capture and highlight natural detail. The bathroom has a view out to the brush and boulders outside. Outfitted in marble it is a truly elegant zone. A delicate gold lining subtly accentuates the sense of glamour.

vignettes, Dylan’s aesthetic signature is also all about lifestyle. ‘Even though I create quite curated, precise spaces, they are imbued with authenticity,’ he explains, pointing out a set of thin bronze vessels currently placed a little too far apart for his liking, Dylan explains, ‘It doesn’t have to live like it’s precisely curated. It still looks good.’ What makes this such a successful project wasn’t just Dylan’s expert eye for curation and attention to detail, but the way he created a home that is geared to how she lives. SV

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THE ART OF Lagom is a Swedish concept, which translates as “not too little, and not too much” — it’s essentially the idea of embracing moderation for the sake of real happiness. BY JENNIFER CAMPBELL

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ost of us could do with more balance and less frivolity in our lives, which is perhaps why the Swedish concept of lagom is gaining mainstream and global popularity for its simple approach to happiness. In her book Lagom, author Niki Brantmark describes the philosophy as the ability to live a balanced, slower, and fussfree life; it’s about avoiding the superfluous in favour of focusing on only that which is essential. So, how can we realistically embrace lagom on a day-to-day basis?

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home. In the spirit of moderation, however, it’s not essential to tackle the entire job in one go. Instead, avoid overwhelming yourself, and take it slow by gradually clearing your home of things you don’t use. Minimalism, to an extent, forms part of the philosophy, and a small, practical wardrobe is also a key aspect of lagom. Simplify your collection by going for versatile pieces that can work in a number of ways. Sticking to a few good quality, long-lasting pieces also tends to be more economical than opting for fast fashion in the long run, plus it’s better for the environment too.

One of the simplest ways to apply lagom in a practical sense is to get rid of unnecessary clutter in the

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TAKE REAL BREAKS In Sweden, the social ritual of fika translates to “taking a break for coffee and enjoying a small treat.” While this might sound like a simple coffee break — something you probably already do regularly anyway — Niki suggests that there is much more to it than having a quick sip between work tasks. “It’s a moment to relax and catch up with others away from the stresses and strains of everyday life,” writes Niki. “Fika can be a way to pause, relax and connect — with your yourself, your loved ones, colleagues or a book.” Just as lagom has, at its essence, a real sense of simplicity, so fika does not need to be overly time consuming and complicated. It’s about taking a moment to slow down at some point in the day and taking a real, unrushed break from your routine tasks.

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WORK SMART Many of us are guilty of getting wrapped up in a culture that glorifies being busy, but working long hours does not necessarily equate to better productivity. In fact, according to research that was performed using time-tracking and productivity app DeskTime, the most productive 10 percent of users all take effective breaks, with the most productive people following what is known as the 52:17 rule — working for 52 minutes at a time, and breaking for 17 minutes, before returning to their tasks. The study found that those individuals with the highest productivity rates did not even work full eight-hour days — instead, working smarter with frequent breaks produced better results than working longer hours. The key to this productivity, according to the study, is working with purpose for shorter periods of time and resting regularly and properly — this means actually walking away from your computer and doing something other than work for the 17-minute break. A little bit of exercise, a chat with a colleague, or a stroll outside are all great ways to recharge. SV

EMBRACE BALANCE READ Lagom: Not Too Little, Not Too Much: The Swedish Art of Living a Balanced, Happy Life by Niki Brantmark WATCH How to Make Work-Life Balance Work by Nigel Marsh on TEDx

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With the beginning of a season comes the inspiration to try something new, so why not start in the kitchen? Chef Charmaine Lilje has put together some fresh flavours, ideal for spring. As the weather warms, whip up some spicy dishes paired with light, crispy greens; and swap rich soups for a cool gazpacho. When it comes to treats, you can’t go wrong with seasonal fruits — pack some sweet berries into a batch of wholesome muffins for a tasty snack.

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SPICY CHICKEN CAPRESE SALAD WITH BLACK SESAME AND SWEET CHILLI DRESSING Chicken prep 4 free-range chicken breasts 1 tsp coriander powder 1 tsp turmeric powder 1 tsp cumin 1 tsp chilli flakes 1 tsp medium curry powder 2 tsp brown sugar or honey 2 tsp chopped, fresh coriander 100 ml olive oil ½ lemon squeezed For frying 100ml vegetable oil 20g butter Method 1. Mix all the ingredients together and rub the fillets with the marinade, allow the chicken to marinade for 4-12 hours or overnight 2. Preheat a frying pan over a medium high heat 3. Add the oil and then the

butter and allow the butter to brown 4. Place the seasoned chicken breasts in the pan and fry each side for 5 minutes 5. Remove from the heat, allow to cool Dressing prep 4 tbsp sweet chilli 4 tbsp soy sauce 4 tbsp olive oil 4 tsp honey ½ lemon squeezed 1 tsp chopped parsley 1 tsp chopped coriander 4 drops sesame seed oil 2 tsp toasted and chopped cashew nuts Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well

200g cherry tomatoes cut in half ½ purple onion thinly sliced 2 avo’s halved and dressed with a good drizzle of olive oil and a squeeze of ½ lemon 100g mozzarella cubed A handful of basil leaves 4 tsp black toasted sesame seeds 1 tsp honey Salt and pepper to taste Method 1. Combine all the salad ingredients together, the more rustic the better 2. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and gently toss 3. Place the sliced chicken breasts on top of the salad 4. Garnish with basil leaves and fresh lemon wedges

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TOMATO GAZPACHO Ingredients 1 red pepper washed, deseeded, roughly chopped 1 green pepper washed, deseeded, roughly chopped 1 cucumber washed and roughly chopped ½ purple onion peeled and roughly chopped 6 large fresh tomatoes washed and roughly chopped 500ml tomato juice 410g tin whole peeled tomatoes 4 tbsp tomato puree 1 garlic clove crushed Salt and pepper to taste ½ fresh chilli chopped 6 basil leaves Vegetable stock as required Basil pesto and sunflower seeds to garnish, optional Method 1. Combine all the ingredients (except the vegetable stock) and blend until smooth 2. Add vegetable stock as required if your gazpacho is too thick 3. Season to taste 4. Refrigerate until cold (great to do in advance for a dinner party) 5. Serve with a dollop of basil pesto and some crusty homemade bread

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BANANA, BERRY AND FLAXSEED MUFFIN Ingredients 3 cups cake flour 1.5 cups castor sugar 20ml baking powder ½ tsp cinnamon 1 tsp salt 3 eggs 100ml vegetable oil 100ml melted butter 250ml almond milk 1 tsp vanilla essence 1 cup fresh blueberries 3 ripe bananas smashed 1 tsp flaxseeds Method 1. Sift your flour and baking powder with cinnamon 2. In a separate bowl add all your wet ingredients together including the banana and mix well 3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until a batter has formed 4. Grease your muffin tins 5. Divide the batter evenly between the muffin tins 6. Place in preheated oven of 180C and bake for 20-30 minutes or until a skewer comes clean when you push through the middle 7. Remove from the tin and allow to cool 8. Serve with butter and raw honey

Chef Charmaine Lilje is the proud owner of two Cape Town favourites — Chardonnay Deli and Dalebrook Café. Both of these foodie havens characterise Charmaine’s love for authentic dishes made with fresh ingredients and lots of love. At Dalebrook Café near Kalk Bay, you can expect a breakfast menu packed with nutritious and tasty choices — think avo smash with sourdough rye, salmon gravlax and poached eggs; a raw energy bowl made with almond butter, banana, apples, dates, flaxseeds, honey and coconut milk; and fresh oysters. The café also serves up some great lunchtime dishes, like a falafel bowl with roasted aubergine, brown rice, hummus, slaw and salsa; pork belly with citrus jus; and mussels with cream and white wine. Located in an upmarket farmstall in Constantia, Chardonnay Deli serves light meals, as well as a selection of homemade rustic cakes and breads. All of their baked goods are made onsite, so you won’t want to miss the chance to try a slice — think lemon with yoghurt icing; vegan coconut chocolate cake with espresso; and baked cheesecake with assorted toppings, including berry, caramel, chocolate and passion fruit. SV

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ne of the oldest white wine grapes in South Africa, and still today the most widely planted, Chenin Blanc is quite rightly being promoted as a national treasure. Over the past decade or so, there has been a huge resurgence in the punting of Chenin as one of the local wine industry’s unique selling points, and for good reason.

A CHECKERED HISTORY The variety is grown in most regions, a legacy from the days when KWV controlled the industry, and Chenin Blanc was the go-to grape for making pretty much every alcohol product imaginable: cheap and cheerful bulk wine, brandy, gin and even perfume. This has led to modern winemakers being spoilt for choice in terms of the diverse terroirs from which they can source their Chenin fruit. The fact that vast tracts of old vines of 30 years and older are still around is another bonus.

As is the case with all things abundant, some Chenin Blanc wines are certainly better than others. Offerings vary from budget-quaffers, fresh and dry varietals that are made to drink within a year, right up to singlevineyard wines aged in wood with a statuesque structure and a showy flavour profile to rival Chardonnay.

THE BEST FINDS Although I keenly glug the aforementioned style of offerings from wineries such as Perdeberg, Windmeul and Orange River Cellars, the fuller and more stylish Chenins currently available are truly impressive. A fine example is the Riviersteen 2017 from Doolhof in Wellington, the name being a quaint play on steen as Chenin Blanc was more commonly known a few decades back, and this Afrikaans word’s meaning of “stone”, as in River Stone. The Wellington region is renowned for Chenin Blanc excellence, and this relatively

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sures new label from the Doolhof winery shows that the variety is well-suited here, having a traditional home in the area of mountains, valleys and rolling hills. Riviersteen is made from three rows of vines from Doolhof’s only Chenin vineyard. As one can imagine, the grapes are treated with the gentle coaxing and fuss similar to that which the Japanese reserve for Kobe beef cows. The fruit is gently hand-picked, presumably to the tune of early-morning birdsong, hand-sorted and fermented in second and third-fill French barrels. Once fermented, the juice is kept in the barrel and on the lees for nine months before being lovingly bottled. Extreme delicacy is the pronounced feature of this Chenin. The colour is straw, with a light green hue. The aroma is of fresh-

cut flowers and a light salty seabreeze. In the mouth, everything is restrained, elegant and very pretty. Yes, there are notes of melon, honeycomb and citrus with a sunny edge of fynbos, but that is not what rules here. The wine is fresh, refined and beautiful to drink — a real OldWorld European style of class and brilliance. It’s totally delicious, and I confess I drank the entire bottle, making a second opinion on the experience impossible.

FINE AND FABULOUS Talking old school and classic, one might as well mention the enormous Rabelais, a red wine which stands at the top of the vast and reputable range of wines offered by Thelema in Stellenbosch. Rabelais 2015 , which is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with a splash of Petit Verdot, is named after the

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eponymous 16th-century French writer that created a motley array of fictional characters who held court in the mythical Abbey of Thélème. Like the author and his characters, the Rabelais 2015 is larger than life. First up, the 2015 is turning out to be a monstrously good Cape vintage. Then there is the Cabernet Sauvignon, a fine example of what can be done with the grape originating from the Simonsberg. Add 18 months of ageing in new French oak barrels, tight-grained for extra power, and the Rabelais comes with great expectations of the Dickensian kind. And it delivers. The wine is firm and large, with an opulence that could be described as immodest were it not so deliciously personable. Everything a lover of good red wine expects is found here: crushed blackberries augmented by intriguing dimensions of pine needle and cigar box. Supple, long tannins make it a firm, yet kind drink. The finish lasts longer than the memory of a teenager’s first kiss, and as a gastronomical partner, the Rabelais 2015 will make any edible offering simply glorious.

CURRENT TRIUMPHS Let’s not forget the New World. The growing fingerprint of the New Zealand wine industry has reached South Africa, with a

number of labels being imported from the Land of the Long White Cloud. Sauvignon Blanc dominates that country’s wine industry pretty much the same way the All Blacks overpower their opposition, and the expression of Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc has led to tremendous success in European and American markets. One of the easier-to-find New Zealand wines in the Cape is the Rimapere Sauvignon Blanc, made by one of Rupert & Rothschild’s half-sister farms in Marlborough on the South Island. It is also available for purchase and tasting at Rupert & Rothschild’s winery between Paarl and Franschhoek, and I always suggest wine lovers experience juice from other nations to broaden the horizons. The Rimapere Sauvignon Blanc 2016 is New Zealand Sauvignon in a bottle. Just one sip is required to give the taster an immediate impression of the style of Sauvignon Blanc, which has allowed the Kiwis to own this category internationally. Intoxication begins on the nose with loud scents of asparagus, cut grass and nettles — like a walk through a green forest after the rain. This visceral expressiveness continues onto the palate. A dry, stony wine, it is rim-full of lyrical flavours including green apple, sweetpeas, melon and pear. And they are not flavours one has to search for in the dreamy space of memory and remembrance of things past — New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc shouts, screams and rattles these tastes about with the kind of brash confidence one expects from that land way down south. In with the old, and in with the new. SV

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aunched very recently in April 2019, Gorgeous George is a boutique designer hotel tucked into two lovingly restored heritage buildings on St George’s Mall in the historic, cultural, and culinary heart of Cape Town. The hotel’s interior is the creative effort of a constellation of local artists and designers brought together by German owner Tobias Alter. One such artist is Lucie de Moyencourt who hand-painted the 1,800 ceramic tiles that now adorn the walls of the foyer, depicting a map of the city; another is David Brits, whose painted murals add colour, depth, and intrigue to walls throughout the hotel, including the interior of the bell tower on the pool terrace. The outcome of this artistic collaboration is a grand masterpiece that is quirky, chic, cheeky, tranquil, fashionable darling, and, of course, gorgeous!

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MEET GEORGE… Gorgeous George has 20 studio apartments, eight one-bedroom suites, and four two-bedroom suites, all trendily dressed and kitted out with the usual mod cons and luxuries. The suites have a consistent South African contemporary design aesthetic, which is framed by raw, industrial elements, like the exposed ceiling pipework and original steel or wood window frames. Handpicked treasures, velvety drapery, and patterned rugs add personality and pops of colour. The bathrooms are equally impressive – some even feature freestanding Victorianstyle bathtubs. All are stocked with designer fragranced soaps and creams that are biodegradable and vegan-friendly. A kaleidoscopic floral carpet winds its way through the hotel’s sleek, black corridors like a river of paint. In no other place on Earth have I been so bewitched by the floor and if it weren’t for the guide showing me around the hotel, in my trancelike state I very likely would have walked straight into a wall.

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION Gorgeous George exists at the very epicentre of Cape Town. In every direction, the Mother City’s famed attractions, historical sites, restaurants, and bars line the streets. Towards Table Mountain,

there is the Company Gardens, Iziko Natural History Museum, and South African National Gallery. Towards Lion’s Head, Long Street’s

bar scene and foodie favouriteBree Street unfurl at your feet with the cultural gem of Bo-Kaap a stone’s throw beyond. Then, there’s the vibrant shopping street of St George’s Mall and a vast buffet of artisanal coffee shops, uniquely flavoured eateries, food and craft markets, and sexy cocktail bars, making Gorgeous George oh-so-desirable in the eyes of visitors to the Cape.

GIGI ROOFTOP RESTAURANT AND BAR On the topmost floor of the hotel you’ll find Gigi Rooftop, a jungle-inspired lounge, bar, and restaurant where hotel guests can take their meals, sprawl out on the enormous couches, or lounge by the pool, and day visitors

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are encouraged to “come for breakfast and stay for dinner.” On the covered veranda, the ceiling drips with textured woven baskets and planters with moss beards, while large palm trees lend their verdant fronts to the oasis-like atmosphere. It all works together to create a tranquil, green space that appeals to the subconscious’ need to feel close to nature. Inside, the restaurant has a decidedly different feel of an 18th Century gentleman’s lounge with a rugged, industrial edge. Chef Guy Bennett, previously of The Restaurant at Grande Provence in Franschhoek, heads up the kitchen of Gigi Rooftop, crafting seasonally and locally inspired dishes that are both healthy (read: guilt-free) and delicious. Behind the bar, inventive cocktails are proudly brought to you by well-known mixologist, Jody Rahme.

A PLACE YOU’VE GOT TO MEET Gorgeous George exudes history, fashion, and charm and presents as a work of art. More than that, however, it feels personal… like someone’s warm, colourful, and perhaps a little eccentric personality has been transposed onto its physical interior. And after spending a few hours poking about the hotel and sitting down to lunch at Gigi Rooftop, I wish that there were more people in the world with personalities like Gorgeous George. SV

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simple LIFE Relaxed and quaint, Stanford offers visitors the chance to really embrace village life. Located a little after Hermanus, the charming little town is well worth a visit for its great food and wine, and pretty scenery. BY JENNIFER CAMPBELL

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urrounded by mountains, and just half an hour’s drive from the coast, Stanford is the kind of place that’s ideal for those looking for a laidback weekend. Simply relax in the village itself or explore the surrounding area to enjoy some gorgeous views and fresh country air. Whatever you do, make sure that you sample some of the food and wine that the region has to offer — you won’t regret it!

EAT LOCAL Like so many small towns in the Western Cape, Stanford has some great food options, especially if you love local flavours. Graze Slow Food Café, located in the village itself, serves up produce from the restaurant’s farm garden with a menu that changes often. Expect wholesome, seasonal dishes like carrot and cardamom soup, pumpkin and cauliflower curry, and saffron and turmeric poached pears. The team also runs self-sufficiency and foraging workshops from time to time, so be sure to chat to them about upcoming dates on your visit. For a lovely day out with the family, try Klein River Cheese Farmstead. The farm offers a wide range of artisanal cheeses, as well as some lovely picnic menus made up of items from their deli. Choose from delicious treats like fresh ciabatta, farm-grown nasturtium pesto, spicy beetroot chutney, and crunchy cucumber pickle. Grab a basket and find a spot on the beautiful farm — what better way to spend a spring afternoon?

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TRY THE WINE While we are certainly spoilt for choice when it comes to wine in the areas surrounding Cape Town, Stanford has some surprising gems of its own. One of the most pleasant spots to while away a weekend afternoon is Stanford Hills Estate, where you can enjoy a range of boutique wines, including a Pinotage, a Shiraz and a Sauvignon Blanc. There’s also a restaurant with gorgeous views over the Stanford valley, which serves deli breakfasts and lunches made with local, organic and free-range ingredients. As an added bonus, the space is child and pet-friendly, so you can bring the whole family along!

While you’re in the area, it’s well worth stopping at Raka, where you can taste some award-winning wines in an intimate venue. The farm’s Raka Biography Shiraz 2016 and 2017 and the Raka Quinary 2017 all won awards at The National Wine Challenge Top 100 competition earlier this year, so be sure to try those.

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The entire village of Stanford, a small riverside village in the Overberg, was declared a Heritage Site, and is ideally positioned for those looking for a laid-back getaway in a quaint and historic village.

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EXPLORE THE AREA While it’s likely that you’ll be tempted to adapt to village life and slow right down in Stanford, there is plenty to keep you busy if you’re feeling active. The Stanford Walking Trail or wandelpad stretches along the banks of the Klein River and through the town. The route boasts beautiful scenery, as well as the chance to see some diverse birdlife. It’s also possible to explore the river by kayak or canoe, but if that sounds a little too much like hard work, consider a boat cruise instead. Boat trips along the Klein River can be arranged for groups and include braai facilities as well as other activities like tubing on request.

If you happen to be in town on the last Friday evening of the month, be sure to check out the Stanford Sunset Market. The event is held on the historic market square and is packed with artisanal foods, craft breweries, gift stalls, and live music. It’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy village life, stock up on local products and have some fun outdoors. SV

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INSPIRATION Italy conjures up dreams of romance and history, fine food, and beautiful landscapes. BY JENNIFER CAMPBELL

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hether you’re a foodie, a history buff, an art lover, or simply want to enjoy a taste of the good life, Italy is certainly a top destination. To explore a range of what the country has to offer, try and visit a few of the cities — each region offers something slightly different and unique.

A TOUCH OF ROMANCE Charming and packed with architectural wonder, Florence is the capital of the Tuscany region, and well worth a visit for its ability to make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. In fact, the entire city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it’s easy to see why — it’s packed with historic art museums, medieval chapels and stunning basilicas. If you’re looking for a place to stay, consider Arte Boutique Hotel. It’s located in the city’s beautiful centre, just a short walk from the cathedral and the Accademia Gallery. Each of the rooms has been tastefully decorated in an elegant and modern Italian style, making it a comfortable base from which to explore the city. Florence is surrounded by

St Trinity Bridge, a Renaissance bridge on the river Arno and Ponte Santa Trinita in Florence which is the oldest elliptic arch bridge in Europe Left: The Fountain of Neptune

vineyards, making it a food and wine heaven. One of the dishes for which the city is known is tagliatelle funghi porcini e tartufo, a pasta tossed with truffle and porcini mushrooms, both of which are local ingredients. In fact, locally grown produce features on many of the city’s menus, so be sure to try dishes made with ingredients like fresh tomatoes, olives, aubergines and herbs sourced from the area.

Above: Vineyards and olive trees in Chianti (Florence) Left: The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore was completed in 1434 and is the fourth largest church in the world

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A HISTORIC GEM Famous for its ancient sites and awe-inspiring landmarks, Rome is a dream for anyone interested in history. Some of the city’s top sites include the world-famous Colosseum, Roman Forum and Pantheon, as well as the Vatican and St Peter’s Basilica. It’s possible, however, to soak up a sense of the past by simply spending some time on foot and wandering the streets — imagine Baroque era fountains and

piazzas, stunning churches, and an abundance of sculptures and frescoes. No trip to Italy’s capital city would be complete without indulging in some of the region’s famous food and drink. For a taste of classic Roman street food, nothing beats a slice of pizza — thin, crispy crusts and simple flavours like tomato and basil are a popular choice, but you’ll find plenty of options to suit your palate at any local pizzeria.

St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome is the largest church in the world and well known as a place of pilgrimage

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The Roman Forum is a rectangular forum surrounded by the ruins of several important ancient government buildings at the center of the city of Rome

From left: the Pantheon, Piazza Navona and the Spanish Steps. Piazza Navona, built in the 1st century AD, is one of the largest piazza squares in Rome with three impressive fountains

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THE CITY OF WATER Venice and its network of canals are world-famous, and although it’s a popular destination, it’s still possible to enjoy the city’s stunning natural setting and architectural heritage. It’s a place to be explored slowly — take your time wandering the labyrinth of canals, islands and narrow streets because you never know what unexpected gems you might stumble across. An afternoon stroll is sure to reveal churches, art museums, and charming artisanal shops. You’ll certainly want to see the sites from the water while you’re in the city, and there are plenty of transport options to choose from — water buses do regular routes on the Grand Canal and out to the islands, while public gondolas cross the Grand Canal at particular points. Thanks to its waterside location, Venice boasts plenty of dishes made with fresh fish, which are well worth a try. Sarde in saor is a sweet and sour appetiser made with fried sardine fillets, vinegar,

View of the Rio Marin Canal and below: Piazza San Marco with San Giorgio di Maggiore church in the background

onions, raisins and pine nuts and was originally made by Venetian sailors and fishermen in the Middle Ages, while Venetian-style seafood risotto is often made with squid ink and locally produced rice. Other trendy Italian destinations include the Amalfi Coast which stretches over 40 km’s down the Sorrento Peninsula with outstanding sea views, pebble beaches and a pretty landscape of pastel houses and green mountains; Milan, the fashion capital of the world, is also home to Leonardo Da Vinci’s painting, The Last Supper; Pisa to view the leaning tower; and the list goes on. It’s no wonder that Italy is a hot travel destination for 2019/20. SV The Amalfi Coast, a 50-kilometer stretch of coastline, is a popular holiday destination, with sheer cliffs and a rugged shoreline dotted with small beaches

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INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the four buildings that make up the cathedral complex in Pisa, Italy, called Campo dei Miracoli or Piazza dei Miracoli, which means Field of Miracles

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CRUISING THE LAGOON Cruise the Venetian Lagoon to really embrace la dolce vita. BY JENNIFER CAMPBELL

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Venice, the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. It has no roads, just canals – including the Grand Canal thoroughfare – lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces.

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he energy of Venice is exhilarating, but if you’re in the mood for something more relaxed on a trip to Italy, it’s well worth considering a barge cruise on the Venetian Lagoon. Seeing the sights from the water is a laid-back and peaceful way to enjoy the scenery, plus you’ll get to explore a number of pretty islands and towns along the way.

THE SIGHTS Most boating trips on the Venetian Lagoon begin in Casale, a pretty town characterised by Gothicstyle architecture — stock up on freshly baked bread and pastries here before setting off on your journey. From there, the river winds its way towards Padua, one of the country’s oldest cities and a great spot to see some of Italy’s best-preserved historical

THE LAGOON Spanning 55 000 hectares, the Venetian Lagoon itself is home to a unique ecosystem and is rich in biodiversity. The expansive body of water is enclosed by the Adriatic Sea and is actually the country’s largest wetland. Rich in birdlife, the lagoon was classified as one of the primary migratory bird refuges in Europe by the World Wildlife Fund and makes a refreshing change from the city. As you cruise between the archipelago of islands, you’ll pass through pristine natural surroundings, while small towns and villages will ensure that you don’t miss out on your cultural fix along the way.

View of the Orto Botanico di Padova at the University of Padua, the world's oldest academic botanical garden. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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The Scrovegni Chapel contains a fresco cycle by Giotto, completed about 1305

structures. If you choose to hop off here, it’s possible to visit one of the area’s wine farms by bicycle or explore the town’s famous Scrovegni Chapel. Venice is, of course, a must-see on the barging route. Take your time seeing the city, or simply watch it go by if you prefer to stay on board. Just a few minutes from Venice is Murano, a town comprised of several islands and

known for its glass-making industry. A creative hub, it’s a good spot to take a walk through colourful, character-filled streets. Other spots that are well worth a stop include Burano, also known as ‘Little Venice’ and well-known for its lace; Torcello, the first of the lagoon’s islands to be inhabited; Lido di Jesolo, a pretty beach town; and Concordia Sagittaria, an ancient city packed with historical sites.

Views from the church tower in Torcello

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The island of Murano is renowned for its long tradition of glass-making. Ferry-loads of visitors come to explore the Museo del Vetro, which tells the story of glass through the centuries, and to shop for locally crafted souvenirs

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THE BOAT It’s possible to hire canal boats from Le Boat, who offer a range of options. One of them is the Magnifique, and at 14.5 metres, it’s a great choice for a group of up to ten. The boat boasts a spacious sundeck with cushioned seats, a full-width swim platform and shade umbrellas, while the interior is beautifully appointed with wooden flooring and finishes. Each of the cabins is cleverly

designed to maximise storage space, and the communal saloon is perfect for relaxing — large picture windows let in plenty of natural light, and guests can enjoy a comfortable settee, dining area and fully equipped kitchen. SV To find out more about what Le Boat offers, take a look at their website www.leboat.co.za or call +27 (0)21 200 1838.

Titled Support, the piece depicts a pair of hands rising from the water to support the sides of the Ca’ Sagredo Hotel, a visual statement of the impact of climate change and rising sea levels in Venice

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ADVENTURE WHITE WATER RAFTING

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WHITE WATER RAFTING IN SOUTH AFRICA BY THEA BECKMAN

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THE BASICS The white water rafting season in South Africa is predominantly restricted to the rainy season when the rivers are engorged with rainwater and snowmelt. This means winter and spring in the Western Cape, and summer

Since specialist equipment and strict safety standards are an absolute must, it’s important to choose an experienced and reputable white water rafting company, such as: FELIX UNITE +27 87 354 0578 www.felixunite.com GRAVITY ADVENTURES +27 21 683 3698 www.gravity.co.za RIVER RAFTING SA +27 83 517 3635 www.riverraftingtrips.co.za SA FOREST ADVENTURES +27 21 795 0225 www.saforestadventures.co.za

The Palmiet River during the summer months. Photo by Delyth Angharad/Flickr

in the remainder of the country. “White water” is used to describe the tumultuous tumbling of water down an incline, over rocks, or through a narrow channel, which whips the river into a frenzy of white froth. These stretches of river flow super fast and require a little dexterity to negotiate, but that’s what makes it fun!

WHITE WATER RAFTING IN THE WESTERN CAPE The Palmiet River tumbles through the gorgeous Fynbos-carpeted mountains of the Kogelberg Nature Reserve and is runnable all year round but is most thrilling in winter. The Doring River is situated near Clanwilliam along the foothills of the dramatic Cederberg Mountains, from whence it receives snowmelt water and rainfall (best conditions here are from late August and September). Closer to Cape Town, the Breede River is good for rafting all year round and has mild rapids for beginners.

FURTHER AFIELD If you’d like the red-carpet experience of having everything taken care of, including camping, food, planning, permits, and even visas, a professional company is the only way to go.

Owing to its greater year-round rainfall, Kwa-Zulu Natal is perhaps best known for white water rafting in South Africa. In summer, the Upper Tugela, Buffalo, and Umkomaas Rivers offer exhilarating wild water rides. The province is also home to some of

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he fine spray of mountain water on your cheeks, the heady floral fragrance of fynbos, the spectacular river scenery whipping past, and the surge of adrenalin as your raft succumbs to the hungry pull of the river… white water rafting is an outdoor adventure that reinvigorates and occasionally gives an ice-cold dunking to the mind, body, and soul. You don’t have to have a shred of experience, either. If you’re up for spending the day or even several days careening past gorgeous countryside and tackling heart-thumping rapids, this is an extreme adventure you’re going to want to grab by the proverbials!

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the country’s most iconic canoe marathons, including the 50 Miler in December, the Dusi Canoe Marathon in January, and the Drakensberg Challenge in March. So, if a few hours of wild water adventure is a little too vanilla for your blood, you can put your trapezius muscles (and nerves) to the test with one of these intense races.

THE ORANGE RIVER The Orange River

Overnight camping at the Doring River.

No discourse on white water rafting would be complete without a brief ode to the Orange River, which forms the natural boundary between South Africa and Namibia and is notorious for delivering unforgettable multiday rafting adventures, rippling muscles, and bronze tans. For decades, Felix Unite has been running tours of the Orange River, making them one of the most practiced and professional companies in the area.

WET, WILD WILDERNESS South Africa might appear to be an arid country, but it is crisscrossed by an intricate network of thriving rivers systems, many of which offer intrepid explorers thrilling white water rafting adventures. And with the sheer number of professional companies making it ridiculously convenient to venture out, where you go is limited only by your imagination. SV

Left and this photo: The Doring River

The Breede River

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R-RATED The Volkswagen Golf R is a special kind of treat. BY VANN VAN STADEN

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e all have a little bit of an adventurer in us. It comes in all shapes and sizes. For some it’s taking a hike up Mount Everest, for others it’s making sure you finish your shopping before your free parking runs out. For others, on the other hand, it’s a little bit faster-paced than that. It’s being given the opportunity to own a car that comes stock standard with 228kW. For that, we have the powerful Golf R.

tailpipes have been strategically placed further out to the side of the car to highlight a wider appearance. Fine details such as Matte Chrome (or as an optional Carbon) exterior mirror housing caps lend a strong sporty feel to the car. This is all driven by 19-inch wheels. The Golf R is offered in the following colours: Tornado Red, Pure White, Atlantic Blue Metallic, Indium Grey Metallic, Deep Black Pearl Effect; Oryx; White Mother of Pearl Effect and the classic Lapiz Blue Metallic paint finish.

THE LEGACY The seventh-generation Golf R is as magnificent as always, with a striking design from nose to tail. A dynamic and sporty look has been created by the ‘R’ designed bumpers, coupled with LED headlights and LED taillights. The

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COMFORT UNCOMPROMISED When greeted with a car that is known for being a ‘sports car’, there is always the chance that your comfort within the cabin will be overlooked or compromised. The big emphasis lies typically in the performance of the vehicle. That, however, is not a problem for the Golf R. The Volkswagen designers and engineers managed to marry the elements. The custom Golf R seats are designed for both comfort and practicality. They are a snug fit for those tight corners and a comfortable companion for the long road. As with all the Golf

models, the infotainment systems, such as the optional 9.2-inch Discover Pro with gesture control, are also available. Standard on the Golf R is the Active Info Display, panoramic sunroof and drive profile selection, which includes the Sport Human Machine Interface (HMI) feature. Adaptive chassis control is an optional extra and offers the same function — Sport HMI. The Sport HMI of the infotainment system on the centre console shows current engine parameters such as power output and G-force in play.

LEGENDARY Somehow, Volkswagen managed

to add more power to the seventh generation Golf R, increasing the power output to 228kW from 213kW — making it the most powerful Golf ever sold by Volkswagen South Africa. With its 2.0 TSI engine, it smashes 0 -100 km/h in 4.6 seconds flat.

SPENDING THE BUCKS Spending R676 000.00 on the 2.0 TSI R 228kW DSG is not a bad deal considering what you get. Top all of that with a 5 year/90 000km Service Plan, 3 year/120 000km warranty and a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty, and your next adventure just got a whole lot more exciting. SV

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SPORTY The all new Toyota Corolla Hatch is here. BY VANN VAN STADEN

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ne super-hot hatch has made its way to us — the all-new Toyota Corolla Hatch has arrived. The Corolla must be one of the most successful automotive models to date, and with that comes a lot of expectation. With the arrival of the much-loved Corolla Hatch, our expectations were not just met but far exceeded. This is how…

LOOKING THE PART The new Corolla Hatch’s contemporary design pays homage to its predecessors from yesteryear, like the Corolla Conquest and Avante, with a more modern and coming of age look. Key details that will get you excited include the bold nose that features all-LED lamp clusters; the bonnet has a compact feel with a narrow upper grille, which creates an immediate presence that says it means business. The grille houses a modern and sleek mesh design and highlights the Corolla’s width while generating a sporty and assertive look. The fantastic front design flows effortlessly to the back of the car. All-LED light clusters are positioned as far to the edge of the back as possible to highlight the width of the car. The rear end also has a rounded shape, which lends a muscular feel to the sporty Corolla. In all models, you are greeted with a roof spoiler and shark fin antenna. There are six colour options, with the newest options, including Scarlet Metallic, Oxide Bronze and Caribbean Blue.

FEELING IT The design direction followed in kitting out the cockpit has ultimately resulted in a spacious, modern and cohesive cabin, which is both functional and stylish. The instrument cluster has a slimline design to it. This has made more space for the driver to be positioned lower and closer to the car’s centre of gravity for a close and personal driving experience. A state-of-the-art and user-friendly infotainment system has been fitted. When sitting in the driver seat, you have that wrap-around feel that really highlights the sporty nature of the hatch. The seats have been designed for optimum comfort.

Shiftmatic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). 0 – 100km/h gets done in 9.5sec. This powerful 1.2-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine has an impressive fuel consumption of 6.1 litres per 100km for both manual and CVT variants.

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The new Corolla Hatch packs a proper punch within the hatchback segment, with 85kW and 185Nm driven by a sixspeed manual or a new 10-speed Sport Sequential

There are three models in the lineup, starting with the 1.2T Xs 6MT at R336 800.00 and going up to the 1.2T Xr CVT at R367 100.00. The new Corolla Hatch is certainly one of the top contenders in this segment. All models come standard with a 6-services/90 000 km Service Plan and 3-year/100 000 km warranty. Service intervals are set at 12 months/15 000 km. SV

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Somerset College is a leading independent, co-educational day and boarding school offering schooling from Grade 000 to Matric - IEB and Cambridge AS and A-levels.

Situated in the beautiful Cape Winelands, Somerset College is a welcoming, stimulating centre of learning where young people are guided by teachers of calibre to develop self-awareness and positive relationships. We endeavour to provide each child with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills to equip them to adapt and flourish in an ever-changing world. Innovation stands central to the educational approach

at Somerset College. In view of this, the newly opened ESTEAM Centre bears testimony to the College’s commitment to the pursuit of knowledge and the mastery of critical 21st century skills, powerfully partnered with cutting-edge technology and international connectivity. ESTEAM stands for Entrepreneurship, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics and is at the centre of Somerset College’s inspirational innovative approach to education. The Somerset College Cambridge Programme has achieved outstanding results. Our results have gained both national and international recognition, with our proud students having already achieved some of the highest Cambridge accolades. Somerset College Preparatory also follows the Cambridge International Primary Programme where English, Mathematics and Science form the core curriculum areas.

Education Programme is the Trek, a 27-day journey of self-discovery undertaken by all Grade 9 students in November each year, during which time they cover 360km on foot, in canoes and on bicycles. Trek is the only school adventure of this magnitude in South Africa. Every student is tested physically, mentally and emotionally, but reaches their destination safely, with new friendships, a strength of spirit and memories of a life experience that will stay with them forever.

We envisage a College which: As a school with a Christian foundation, the staff and students work in an environment based on strong values, spiritual development and a commitment to community service – all of which play a fundamental role in the development of responsible, caring individuals. At Somerset College, there is a keen focus on educating the whole child. Academics, Sport, Cultural Activities, Leadership and Spiritual Development, Environmental and Outdoor Programmes ensure that every student can flourish and explore individual talent in any number of spheres. The flagship of the Somerset College Outdoor

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