When Hanniki Bruère moved from Graaf Reinet to Riebeek Kasteel she had no idea she’d soon be the owner of a life-sized resin cow named Mathilde. In fact, Hanniki says she now tells people she bought Mathilde and the property was thrown in free. A combination of this charming bovine sculpture and Hanniki’s love for Victorian design inspired the name of her luxurious B&B and décor & gift shop.
The Victorian Cow B&B offers stylish, elegant accommodation for singles and couples, whether for a romantic getaway or to enjoy country hospitality and a relaxing break. The suite is tastefully decorated with a king size four poster and beautifully embroidered white linen while the spacious bathroom complete with Victorian bath offers fluffy towels and luxurious goodies to make bath time bliss.
Hanniki is the quintessential host, welcoming visitors with fresh flowers, local wine and divine chocolates and making sure your stay is memorable. Start the day with a sumptuous breakfast in the courtyard of The Victorian Cow Tea Garden or on the veranda with views of the vineyards and mountains, before exploring the village and indulging in some retail therapy at the many quirky and interesting shops or heading out to the surrounding wine and olive farms where you can pick up a few bottles of the best wine, olive oils and olive products the Swartland has to offer.
Although The Victorian Cow has been open for only a year, Hanniki brings a wealth of experience from Graaf Reinet, where she owned and operated a thriving guest house. She moved to Riebeek Kasteel, she says, because she wanted to downsize in order to offer the personal touch she prefers. Also, she was keen to be a little closer to Cape Town.
SPECIAL MIDWEEK OFFER FOR B-GUIDED READERS
Hanniki is offering a midweek special of:
A minimum two-night-stay in the Luxury Suite for only R950 per night for two people, including a delicious country breakfast for two, as well as a complimentary bottle of wine on arrival.
If you’re looking to escape the city but don’t want to travel too far, Riebeek Kasteel is a mere hour’s drive from Cape Town.