A day at Bosjes Farm

Bosjes Chapel

A few weeks ago, my sister and I embarked on a spontaneous road trip to the Breedekloof Valley. We wanted to visit Bosjes farm and see the iconic chapel. The 183-year-old farm is a mere 90-minute drive from Cape Town.

Bosjes Chapel

For the longest time, I’ve wanted to see the iconic Bosjes chapel. Designed by Coetzee Steyn, this remarkable piece of architecture mirrors the curves of the mountains. Nestled between the Slanghoek and Waaihoek mountain range, the chapel is visible from every angle on the farm. Bosjes chapel is inspired by Psalm 36:7, made to honour God and blends in beautifully with the landscape, mountains, and surrounding area.

When my sister and I arrived at the chapel, both of us walked (separately) for about 2 hours in the garden. The path is quite reflective and (unintentionally) encourages you to meditate. From the moment I saw the chapel, I forgot about everything and escaped into a quiet meditative state.

The chapel at Bosjes farm

The iconic chapel at Bosses farm

The chapel mirrors the mountains at Bosjes farm

Stunning views of the chapel from the side at Bosjes farm

The inside of the chapel at Bosjes farm

Views of the surrounding mountains inside the chapel.

Before we left for the restaurant, one of the farmers allowed us to enter the chapel. The pathway into the chapel is surrounded by water, which creates a beautiful walkway. The inside of the chapel is really simple, with the most breath-taking views of the surrounding valley.

Bosjes Kombuis

After the 2-hour walk, we decided to grab a bite at Bosjes Kombuis. The restaurant is situated further north on the farm. At this point, both of us worked up quite an appetite. We were seated inside the restaurant, with glass walls and a high ceiling, allowing us to see the chapel, farm, and surrounding mountains.

The views from our table at Bosjes farm

Outside wall at Bosjes farm

The outside wall features a Delft-inspired mural designed by Cape Town-based artists Lucie de Moyencourt and Michael Chandler. The Bosjes Tree of Life is made up of 366 tiles and depicts the fauna and flora of the farm and its surroundings.

The food experience at Bosjes Farm

Chef Pete Goffe-Wood (you may remember him as a judge on Master Chef SA) created this simple menu in the bistro-style restaurant. Bosjes restaurant is designed beautifully, both inside and out, with a relaxed atmosphere. The restaurant is open from Wednesday to Sunday, and is suitable for the whole family – they have kiddies and baby menu on request. We chose to sit inside, but there’s a terrace dining area outside as well. The wooden terrace is perfect for those hot Summer days, with a lekker vibe! I’d love to go back in Summer, book a table with a group of friends and enjoy the good food and wine.

The beef burger at Bosjes farm

200g Beef hamburger, bacon, brie and caramelized onion with hand cut fries (R130).

After my first bite, this beef burger immediately ranked into my top 3 burgers of all times! The charred flavour of the beef burger, with the sweetness of the onions, the creamy and buttery taste of the brie cheese created this deliciously balanced burger which nearly brought me to tears. It was damn good! The fries accompanying the burger was crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. I could not finish the burger, as the portion was huge, but opted to take the rest home.

Fresh trout salad at Bosses farm

My sister opted for a starter: Franschhoek trout fish cake, garden salad and lemon mayo (R90).

Final Thoughts on Bosjes Farm

The fluidity of the chapel is not only mesmerizing but memorable too! I love that the farm is designed and suitable for people of all ages, especially for families with kids. Both the burger and the chapel (I’m not even sure if you can put this into the same category) was iconic!

I really enjoyed the day at Bosjes farm and would love to return soon. Have you visited Bosjes farm? What was your experience like?

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Love and light,

Megan

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4 Discussion to this post

  1. Lalannie Knoll says:

    Stunning photos Megan.
    This place is on my to do list…
    The burger nearly brought you to tears… I hope there is a veggie burger that can make me cry!!

    • Lalannie, when you return to Cape Town, add Bosjes to your to-do list, I know you will love it!

      LOL! Not sure if there was a veggie burger, but I’m sure the chef can make it happen 🙂

  2. Tahlia says:

    What gorgeous photographs and that burger looked amazing! I am going to have to visit soon!

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