Roses & romance at the beautiful Kurland Hotel

The colours and comfort of the five-star Kurland Hotel were just what we needed. Being welcomed with bubbly in a room lined with books, comfy chairs and bowls of beautiful roses set the scene for a weekend of luxury and relaxation. It felt like coming home to Grandma’s house, where she had filled the house with flowers, hauled out the silver and prepared a banquet for her beloved family.

bubblyArrivalOur suite was beautiful, the air subtly enhanced with the fragrance of fresh roses…

suitesuite detailBathroom…the view enticing, drawing us out of the beautiful interior onto our private verandah – complete with recliners and a splash pool, all that was missing was the G&T, which I’m sure could easily have been arranged.

suite viewBut high tea called – decadent chocolate cake and dreamy cappuccinos…

high teacakeWalking through the expansive estate one is acutely aware of the equestrian lifestyle that Kurland is renowned for with it gloriously green paddocks, perfectly groomed horses, creeper clad stables and the Kurland Polo Pavilion – where the fast paced, ‘sport of kings’ is played.

polo pavilionestatehorsesA great way of exploring is on horseback, on foot or by quad bike, the latter adding a spot of adrenalin to the elegantly tree-lined and extensive road network.

getting aroundWe had the privilege of getting beneath the surface of the luxury, rose petals and romance that is so obviously Kurland. Executive Chef Leon Coetzee gave us a tour of the extensive herb and organic vegetable, the fields of organically grown honeybush and rooibos tea – which are used to produce Mandela Tea (in collaboration with the Long Walk to Freedom brand), the floating bee hives as well as the organically fed beef herd.

herb gardentea and beefDining at Kurland is a treat. The soft lighting of the Homestead verandah, complemented by candle light and roses, was perfect for a romantic evening of fine cuisine and fabulous service.Each course plated to perfection, a culinary work of art with flavour to match.  It’s little wonder that Leon’s diverse culinary skills and creative flair have once again seen the Kurland Hotel restaurant honoured with an American Express Platinum Card Fine Dining Restaurant Award.

diningBreakfast each morning is  a feats for the eyes, as fresh fruit and delicate slices of smoked salmon vie for attention. And then there’s the menu…

breakfastOne cannot help but notice the vases of roses everywhere… and you’ll often find the lovely Wapsie in the garden with an armful of roses.

wapsierosesWith its beautiful spaces filled with rose petals and romance Kurland is perfect for lovers, yet with its outdoor activities and heaps of space its absolutely perfect for families too.

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