I have been trying to visit as many interesting places in Pretoria for the last few months before I leave for the UK and in my last week the boyfriend and I decided to have a spontaneous adventure day on Monday a short while outside of the city. The place we visited was the wonderfully charming Rosemary Hill and what a perfect way to spend a spring morning.
I’ve heard so many people saying they would love to visit this working farm and nursery that doubles as a tea garden and wedding venue, but very few people have actually been. Let me tell you, Rosemary Hill is definitely worth the drive and R10 toll (if you want to take the highway otherwise the old Cullinan road is in very good shape after it’s refurbishing the last year).
As I said we were there on a Monday, which was naturally not very busy (to be honest we were the only people at the restaurant) but the farm itself was teeming with activity. We could even hear the children from the Waldorf School which is also on the grounds in the distance and we were allowed to roam the grounds at our leisure.
The grounds are truly something special, from the barn style wedding venue to the built gazebo surrounded by the flowery shrub maze. You discover wood sculptures made from trunks and branches intertwined as you listen to the wind swoosh through the tall pine trees. You can’t imagine that you are less than 15 minutes from the city when there.
We had a lovely lunch at the tea garden (with the best coleslaw I’ve had in years) and of course, I had to try the tea. My bourbon vanilla rooibos tea came in the most interesting tea infuser and I had to get a lesson in how to “pour” my tea from the bottom of my infuser into my cup.
You have to be careful as you can’t see how much tea you have in your cup when pouring but it adds to the excitement of this new experience. The menu differs slightly during the week and over weekends, with weekends being a bit more extensive and please note that they are only open until 14:00 over the weekend. The Rosemary Hill High Teas looked like such a treat. These are done in group bookings starting at 2 people and going up to 50, and the menu looked absolutely mouth watering. It would definitely be a wonderful idea for a bridal shower or just to spoil the women in your life.
The farm also caters for the more adventurous with their 6km, 10km, and 26km mountain bike trails. Adults pay R30 to use the trail and for R15 children can enjoy themselves under supervision at the play area. The very popular mountain bike night race is held at the farm and I’ve heard many a cyclist rave about how much fun it is. I haven’t done the trail myself, but the boyfriend has and says it’s definitely one to do if you want to have a good cycle outside the city.
Overall Rosemary Hill is the perfect little get away for a few hours. As a farm girl myself I loved seeing the people from the farm going about their daily tasks and it reminded me that there is a simpler way of living, we just need to embrace it. So take the time, bring the kids to a restaurant where they can run around and have a cup of tea at Rosemary Hill Farm.
The Loud Library gives a ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ out of 5 heart rating for Rosemary Hill Farm