Baden Valley, Montagu, South Africa
When we arrived in Cape Town we hired a car and drove north for 194 km to the Baden Valley, just past Montagu. The Knipe family arrived here from Northern England in 1854 and have lived in this valley ever since. John and Louise's son, Richard, is the sixth generation of this family to live on the farm. The Knipes grow grapes for wine and apricots; they also run a resort club as the farm has a natural hot spring. The photo is the view from Kathy's stoep.
After breakfast on the first day, David and I went for a walk around the complex and met up with Martin and Eric who were building a new ablution block ready for the up-and-coming holiday weekend to celebrate Heritage Day. Then we went with Kathy, Louise and baby Richard to the Mooi Valley Suiwel (Cheese Factory) where Louise works. We had lunch there at their newly opened restaurant with the most amazing views over the mountains.
Later that evening, David, Eric and I lazed in the hot pool, fed directly from the hot spring, whilst watching buck leaping from rock to rock on the surrounding mountains - bliss! We finished up with drinks at Martin and Carine's house before dinner at Kathy's - a perfect end to a perfect day!