30th June 2016 at 12:46 pm


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Oak Bar

Bring on the Gluwein! During the coming winter months this is the ideal place to cuddle up in front of the fire place.

Ideal for pre and post dinner drinks and one can sip away the night while enjoying one of the lodge’s light meal offerings.

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Grazing our way through winter…

You either love it or hate it but one thing is for sure, winter means us ladies can hide a few extra kilos under our coats which is extremely useful when all the cold weather prompts comfort eating!

Mooira rang me last night to say that she would like to escape the cold weather in the Midlands (they moved to greener pastures earlier this year and yes, it’s even colder there!), so we’ve decided on a moovelous, well-deserved cows weekend. I caught a sneak peek at Camdeboo Day Spa’s Winter Bliss special and when I mentioned it to Mooira she was moorse excited. I mooed, ‘’Mooira, it’s a SIX Timeless Skin Treatment (great for our winter coats) followed by a Taster Buff & Go, then we will put our hooves up and enjoy a cup of tea with a slice of cake for only R835 per person,” and her response was, “Moofect!”

I’ve also mentioned the fact that vouchers for various packages for Camdeboo Day Spa can be bought online to Bill, in the hope that he and Stan (Mooira’s bull) would think to book some surprise spoils for their ladies – sometimes our men need a little nudge in the right direction!

Mooira was worried about leaving the herd behind as the calves will be on school holidays and Stan can’t really cope with them on his own, so they’ve decided to make a long weekend of it and take advantage of the Family Fun Getaway package that African Pride Irene Country Lodge still has on offer. The calves will have a complimentary interleading room and they eat breakfast for free.

As I mentioned earlier, this winter weather makes us hungrier than usual but as always, at Destination Irene we are spoilt for choice… on the menu for our weekend:

The African Pride Irene Country Lodge Buffet Breakfast is a scrumptious way to start any winter day. Home roasted plunger coffee or a pot of international tea served at the table on arrival will do well for a start. Bill also suggested it to Stan as a great venue for ‘potential new business’ breakfast meetings whilst he’s here.


Lunch time is a breeze with the Irene Dairy Farm offering a great lunch menu so Mooira and I can ensure everyone is well fed. The calves will run around whilst the fresh winter air and warm winter sun will do them good.

Friday evening (4pm to 7pm) we will be tucking into the BBQ Lakeside Special Menu. (Also available on Saturdays from 11am to 7pm.)  A unique American-Style BBQ prepared by Executive Chef, Hanroe Erasmus, who acquired his skills from travelling and cooking in the USA, with a selection of the finest Craft beers – Bill and Stan are going to love this evening out.

Saturday Night Live promotions at Meadow Green Restaurant are the perfect night out where the entire buffet is a Chefs theatre – you can see the food being freshly made, plated and served. Bill is especially impressed by the spectacular range of wines on offer by the glass from the vinoteque walk-in cellar. Saturday night… sorted.

Before Mooira and her herd head home, Sunday Lunch (Meadow Green Restaurant from 1pm to 3pm) is booked.Mooira and I aren’t too worried about the extra kilos under our coats, that’s what spring time resolutions are for!

Keep warm everyone… till next month!


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