Keeping the theme of going away for at least one weekend a month this year (Jacobsbaai, Mossel Bay, Barrydale, Stanford), June was no different with a three night stay in the Far Hills Country Hotel just outside of George on your way to Wilderness.
Having taken both the Friday and Monday off from work, we got a nice early start on our adventure, heading up the N2 and making our way towards the Garden Route. Following the recent wet weather, the hills and fields were starting to look greener already, and overall the scenery was much improved from the last time we headed that way back in April.
Halfway through what was quite a pleasant drive thus far, just as we were entering Buffeljagsrivier (outside Swellendam), we pulled over at the Rolandale Restaurant and Farm Stall for a bit of a lunch break – giving the girls an opportunity to run around and stretch their legs while we waited for the other half of our holiday party, Monty and Cheryl, to join us from Bellville for the last leg of the drive.
If you’ve never stopped at Rolandale before, then you’ve missed out. It’s the perfect halfway stop for trips through to Mossel Bay or George, has a massive grass and play area for the kids to run around on, is very dog friendly, and happens to serve good old ‘roosterkoek’ – at very good prices – all day long!
Chantelle and I got comfortable in the homely restaurant section while Jessica and Emily ran around exploring outside.
We had a bite to eat and then joined the girls in playing outside, before Monty and Cheryl eventually turned up, having been held slightly up by all the trucks on the Ashton route that they were travelling.
Of course, it was only fair that they too had a spot of lunch, meaning that our halfway stop ended up being quite a ‘stop’! :)
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(Oh, we stopped there on the way back again, though that time around the weather was wet and overcast. The cat had the best spot in the house – right next to the fireplace!)
Related Link: Rolandale Farm Stall