Vrede en Lust Wine Estate

Vrede en Lust is a picturesque wine farm that has been in operation since 1688. Throughout the course of history, the farm has changed hands with 18 families, and the current are doing a longstanding history proud with unmatched hospitality and pride.

Situated in Franschhoek, at the foothills of the Simonsberg, Vrede en Lust offers visitors a fantastic day out, boutique accommodation, and the opportunity to celebrate life’s most important occasions with finesse.

Weddings

There are packages available for weddings which include the venue and accommodation for you and your party. There is a Vineyard Terrace with a permanent roof structure and frameless windows, which is attached to the historic cellar, where the kitchen can be found.

Accommodation

  • The Manor House: This is a beautiful, 300-year old luxury house, that can accommodate up to 8 guests in the 4 bedrooms. The house is surrounded by the luscious green gardens and crystal pool.
  • The Jonkmanhuis: With 3 spacious cottages, each sleeping 4 guests, this is a great option for those who wish to enjoy staying next to the vineyards and oak trees. Each cottage has a living room and two en-suite, individually styled bathrooms.
  • The Vineyard Rooms: 10 luxury en-suite rooms with the option of king or twin beds, all luxuriously decorated.

Activities

  • Wine Tastings
  • Hiking
  • Cycling
  • Mobile Spa

Food

LUST Bistro & Bakery is headed up by Chef Jean Pierre Smith, offering breakfasts and lunches to guests and visitors. The menus are filled with healthy, yet hearty options. The interior is beautifully decorated with modern, Swedish design and features a deli where guests can purchase jams and the like.

Crown Birthday Celebration

LUST recently celebrated their crown birthday, inviting partners and media to an event that showcased the wine estate, the restaurant, the function venue and the accommodation. The experience was phenomenal – from being shown our beautiful room, which had a balcony opening up right onto the vineyard, to seeing bottles of wine and Lindt slabs on the bed. After enjoying the room, we headed for drinks and dinner, where we had a memorable night filled with good food and entertainment. For starters we enjoyed yellowfin tuna on a slab of watermelon, with crumbed feta to finish. For mains, my partner enjoyed the softest spinach gnocchi while I opted for the beef and gratin. For desserts, we dived into a table filled with delicacies, with everything from an actual cake made of cheese rounds, to macaroons and epic, raspberry-dashed chocolate brownies. All of our dishes went down well with Paul Cluver Wines. Once the night drew to a close, we headed back to our room where we enjoyed the serene setting. In the morning, we cycled around the farm and swam before sadly departing, hoping to return again soon.

For more information, please visit www.vnl.co.za or www.lustbistro.com.

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