Blog - December 2015

Tulbagh Valley is a charming

historic town with a wealth of

Cape Dutch Architecture.

Set in a beautiful landscape,

Tulbagh is famous for its

heritage and magnificent

country living. Tranquility

is the operative word in

this place of tradition, scenic

beauty and majestic mountain

ranges. Church Street, home to

32 Provincial Monuments,

constitutes the largest

concentration of Provincial

Monuments in one street in South Africa.

Tulbagh hosts the most charming and memorable of country weddings. The valley’s natural scenery, relative secludedness and its quaint, old-world village atmosphere all conspire to provide a beautiful backdrop for country weddings.

Accommodation ranges from four star guesthouses and three star bed and breakfasts, self catering cottages as well as luxury tree houses. Stay in the village or near the surrounding mountains on working fruit farms or family wine estates. A range of lodgings in the old village clustered around historic Church Street are also available. 

Art and craft browsing and pub culture are equally enticing as well as visiting the many museums. Taste handcrafted Belgian chocolates, olives and cheese. Gourmet restaurants ranging from Cape Country Cuisine, Continental cuisine and Mediterranean Cuisine will delight the culinary senses. Visit Crystal Cave for a variety of succulents, gemstones, crystals, beads and gifts. The main street of Tulbagh boasts a theatre in a beautifully restored Victorian Building – regular shows entertain locals and visitors alike. The Christo Coetzee Gallery has the largest collection of Christo’s works for sale of any gallery worldwide – tours by appointment 11h00. Bird watching, horse riding, hiking, mountain biking, fishing and scenic drives are but some of the pleasures awaiting nature lovers! In the surrounding area you can go on a zipslide adventure, book a scenic steam train trip through Michell’s Pass or visit a big five game reserve.

Tulbagh’s Wine Route has never been more exciting. The route is dotted with both the gracefully old and the conspicuously new estates that have been home to generations of the same family and are institutions in the local industry and market, are interspersed with architecturally designed state of the art new cellars belonging to outside investors, as well as a handful of micro-producers and boutique wineries – proof that Tulbagh’s terroir has been earmarked by those in the know.

Tulbagh has various events throughout the year – Christmas in Winter in June, Tulbagh Spring Arts Festival in September, Tulbagh Horse and Wildflower Show in September / October. A monthly Country Market and Summer Concerts with top South African artists performing in the Church Street Gardens, November – March.

Tulbagh is only 80 minutes’ drive from Cape Town where you can explore the Witzenberg Valley and be reminded that escaping is fun and getting away has never been so easy!