Thursday, 15 November 2012

MIDLANDS MEANDER (Part 2)





On to our next stop, but not before we navigated around some fallen trees and debris in the road...a stretch of about 2kms along the Curry's Post road seems to have been hit the hardest by the mini tornado the afternoon before. As we drove along we could see several mature trees that had been uprooted, boundary fences and fencing poles strewn around.....and some of the area was without power,but fortunately Terbodore Coffee Roasters....had electricity!





Terbodore was established in 2004 in the KZN Midlands by Marian Macaskill. As the business grew she was joined by her husband Mark, and more recently by their son, Michael. Both Marian and Mark come from hospitality backgrounds and understand the need for a good cup of coffee.Terbodores main roastery is situated in the KZN Midlands and they recently opened their second roastery in October 2011 in the Winelands of Franschhoek. 
The restaurant opening its doors at the beginning of 2010. We didn't eat, but I must say that the food coming out on the plates, looked as good as it sounded on the menu. On our next visit we will make this our lunch stop for sure...
Guests are encouraged to take their time and unwind with an award winning cappuccino on the lawn, under the huge pecan nut trees. The one of which has sadly  been taken out with the storm....
"Unwind and take our time" is exactly what we did as we just sat and sat and sat...my better half was drinking cappuccino's and I had a "delish" Whisky Dom Pedro...purely for medicinal purposes though, as I had a bad cough! They also have a small retail section where you can buy all their blends and flavoured coffee's like Hazelnut,Amarula and Irish Cream to name but a few... 
It was so peaceful and relaxing that we could have sat there all day, but we had lots more meandering to do...

*Terbodore is child friendly, but not dog friendly, so be warned.. do not even think of smuggling your little "pooch" in...as the sign on the entrance gate clearly states- not to!








Where did we go next.....Oh! yes we decided to go quite a few kilometres down a dirt road much to the "better halfs" anoyance to visit Kleinberg Wines which sell quality, value for money wines from Kleinbosch Estate. 

As with several of the places on the meander, it seems as though the owners or crafters just leave "clueless individuals" to run their businesses...in this instance when we arrived in the shop, no conversation took place with the assistant other than a "hello" , whereas we should have been given some explanation as to the wines origin, range, prices etc... 

What a waste of time it was! p.s.the wine tasting was free...but wait for it, only if you bought "a case of wine"!

They did have a lovely cute cottage though for rental and they also offer a range of country activities like horse riding and clay pigeon shooting...




Kleinbosch Estate

St Ives Estate


St Ives Restaurant, Accommodation & Fly Fishing Estate was our next port of call and "very nice" it was.. 
The Midlands region is a must visit place for any fly fishermen out there...as the choice of privately owned & stocked dams are endless...
The restaurant, accommodation  and the grounds were very well maintained and you could see that St Ives prides itself on this fact.
If you don't want to eat in their restaurant then you can pre order picnics or braai packs and enjoy a relaxing day by the dam under a thatched roof lapa whilst the kids can play safely on the jungle gym or trampoline...they even have an animal touch farm, so everyone is catered for!


     


To be continued....


www.terbodorecoffee.co.za

www.kleinberg.co.za
http://www.stives.co.za

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