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Tangleberry Cottage

One supposes that people like self-catering because they enjoy cooking. And if you do, then you’ll love Tangleberry Cottage. Situated forty-five minutes to an hour from Cape Town and 30 minutes from Cape Town International Airport, it’s a self-catering retreat recently established and fitted with excellent cooking equipment and food preparation utensils (click to view list) that would please any gastronome, chef or cook. The 2 bedroom-en-suite cottage, accommodating a maximum of 2 couples, is located in a romantic setting in the heart of the Elgin Valley. It’s completely private – partly encircled by a lake and surrounded by an edible landscape of almonds, walnuts, pecan, avocado, mango, fig, cherry and various fruit trees – all newly planted.

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Amenities

Gourmet Indoor Kitchen A 5 plate gas hob and gas oven. Extensive range of cooking equipment, appliances and food preparation utensils (Click to view list). Large wood-burning fireplace for delicious potjies or casseroles. 1.5 meter x 2.5 meter granite Island.

Why do the world’s best chefs choose gas? The reason is simple:
* There’s greater control over the temperature.
* Faster cooking times.
* Immediate and visual heat.
* Roasts are much juicier than when cooked in electric ovens.

Gourmet Outdoor Cooking Facilities includes a 900 mm wide wood burning oven and a traditional braai.

If you want to venture beyond pizzas, then why not bake beautiful breads – sweet savory kitkes, sourdough, French Baguettes, fragrant brioche, parathas, corn bread, or perhaps something unusual like Orange Pecan Tea bread or Roast Zucchini Coconut bread? Or turn out golden roasted vegetables, melt-in-your-mouth roasts and delicious pies. You can even enjoy guilty pleasures like creamy risottos, buttery paellas and smoked cheesecake with dollops of silky smooth Belgian dark chocolate laced throughout. Cooking in a wood burning oven or an open fire brings out unique flavours in each dish; the dry moist heat helps the smoke infiltrate the food, and the dry, humid atmosphere imparts a woody, nutty flavour to the skin on meat and vegetables. Be experimental and indulge.

The open plan country kitchen is adjacent to the sitting room area with an open wood burning fireplace. You’ll find a plentiful supply of chopped wood at a very reasonable price and you could almost play cricket on the large expansive granite central island table-top. But rather use it roll out the pasta – we can supply a pasta machine on request. And taking it a step further, flavour your pasta with beetroot, tomato, saffron, spinach or herbs from the garden. There is a moulli or a food processor to aid you and a range of 25 spices with which to experiment.

Outside Dining furniture is provided by a five piece patio set and umbrella.

Fruit and Vegetable garden – We’ve planted a variety of fruit, vegetables and herbs and when in season you are welcome to pick some for your culinary creations. There is nothing like fruit straight off the tree and vegetables out of the garden and onto your plate.

Appliances Bosch Stainless Steel fridge and freezer / food preparation utensils / ice machine / Rheninghaus 280mm Slicer (on request) / Kenwood Chef (on request) / Russell & Hobbs toaster / Russell & Hobbs coffee machine / Russell & Hobbs bread machine / dishwasher / washing Machine / tumble dryer / microwave / wall heaters in bedrooms and heated towel rails in both bathrooms.

Connectivity – WiFi.

Entertainment Flat screen TV / DSTV / DVD / iPod dock / Dual docking system/ CD player/ radio. There is an additional charge of R50 per day for the DSTV. Please notify prior to arrival.

Environment

Tangleberry Cottage is surrounded by fruit orchards and vineyards. When spring arrives you’ll find yourself encircled by a carpet of pastel blossom. Summer brings the colour blue, rosy cheeks and grasshoppers in merry moods. The Overberg holds the largest Blue Crane population in the world and you’ll awake to the sounds of several hundred bird species. All the farms in the area are part of the Groenland Water Scheme and I like to call our delicious, sweet tasting water that flows down through the upper regions of the Hottentots Holland mountains and valleys, ‘Fynbos water’ – it’s cool and sweet as a mountain stream.

As Tangleberry Cottage is half surrounded by water, you will hear the Cape Ghost Frogs in chorus. Rarely seen, their harmony is a deep baritone that takes on a louder pitch in summer as the male frogs go in search of a female companion – love is in the air. Their tenacity runs throughout the night with a melody of croaks and grunts and if not successful that night, throughout the following day.

Psst! If you listen carefully between the froggy croaks at night you may be able to make out the nocturnal African Clawless Otter (Aonyx Cadences). This shy animal is rather slow and clumsy as it prefers to go unnoticed, but keep a sharp lookout for its glowing eyes at night.

Activities nearby: All info available at Elgin Tourism www.elginvalley.co.za.
*  Bird watching
*  Quad bike Trails
*  Mountain bike trails
*  Canoeing and rowing
*  Water skiing at Momfam River Lodge
*  Kayaking at the Eikenhof dam
*  Bass fishing fishing at Momfam River Lodge
*  Wine tasting
*  Horse-back riding
*  Whale watching in Hermanus.
*  Elgin Valley wine route
*  Overberg wine route – which includes the famous vineyards of the Elgin and Grabouw valleys and the Walker Bay region.
*  Meandering walks
*  Golf at the Arabella Estate
*  Kloofing trails at Riversonderend, Suicide Gorge and Elandskloof
Visit www.elginvalley.co.za for more exciting activities.

Annual Events and Attractions:
*  Grabouw Appletizer Apple Run (April)
*  Elgin Blossom Mountain Bike Ride (October)
*  Elgin Rose & Garden Festival (November)
*  Grabouw & Elgin Freshwoods Garden Open Day (November)
*  Elgin Country Tours
*  Four Passes Fruit Tour
*  Pale Moon Apple Winery
*  Paul Cluver Wines and Amphitheatre
*  Windermere Apple Cider
*  Duncan’s Roses
*  Applethwaite Church
*  Oak Valley Flowers
*  Terra Madre market
Visit www.elginvalley.co.za for more exciting activities.

How to find Tangleberry Cottage:
Travel along the N2 from Cape town to Grabouw. At the Peregrine Farm stall turn right into Vijoenshoop Road and travel down 5 kilometers until you reach Highlands Road – turn left. Travel 2 kilometers and on your right, in the middle of a bend you’ll see a sign 360 Degrees farm, turn right. Travel 300 meters on a dirt road and you’ll see the sign, Tangleberry Cottage. Veer right and down a cobble stone driveway and you have arrived.

Room & Rates

A 50% EFT deposit of the total amount is required to secure your reservation. Kindly email your proof of payment and we will confirm your reservation. The balance paid prior to arrival with proof of payment.

Please contact through the email, info@tangleberrycottage.co.za or phone +27 (0) 83 260 4632 to find out if Tangleberry Cottage is available.

Terms of Cancellation:

* In the event of premature departure the full original booking will be charged.
* Cancellation 0 – 14 days before date of arrival or no-show, guests will forfeit 100% of deposit paid.
* Cancellation 15 – 28 days before date of arrival, guests will forfeit 75% of deposit or 25% of full quoted value.
* Cancellation 30 days – 3 months before date of arrival, guests will forfeit 50% of deposit.
* A 5% administration fee will be levied on all refunds.
* Should refunds be required to be sent via a Swift account an additional minimum levy of R185.00 will be charged.

Arrival times: 2PM (unless pre-arranged)
Departure times: 11AM (unless pre-arranged)

Please note: Rates are a guide and subject to change.

“Tangleberry Cottage” – 2 Bedroom Cottage
Seasonal : 01/1/2017 to 01/1/2018 except 1/12/2017 to 15/1/2018 – Rate: R850.00 ppspn or negotiated.

Minimum rate 2 people sharing: (couple)
R750.00 per person sharing per night
R3,000.00 (2 people sharing x 2 nights)

Minimum rate 4 people sharing: (2 couples)
R650.00 per person sharing per night
R5,200 (4 people sharing x 2 nights)

Weekday rate for 2 people sharing (couple)
R650.00 per person sharing per night
R2,600 (2 people sharing x 2 nights)

Weekday rate for 4 pensionsers (2 couples)
R600.00 per person sharing per night

Tangleberry Bedroom One: Queen bed / Percale Linen / Paddle fan / Wall heater / Electric blanket / Tea/Coffee Tray / Double French doors leading to the veranda.
Bathroom-en-suite / Bath and separate shower / Heated towel rail / Private toilet / Bedroom views: Lake / Mountain

Tangleberry Bedroom Two: Queen bed / Percale Linen / Paddle fan / Wall heater / Electric blanket / Tea/Coffee Tray / Double French doors leading to the veranda.
Bathroom-en-suite / Bath and separate shower / Heated towel rail / Private toilet / Bedroom views: Lake / Mountain

Open area gourmet kitchen: 5 hob gas stove / 900 mm gas oven / 1.5 meter x 2.5 meter granite island with storage facilities / wood unit storage cupboards / Bosch stainless steel fridge and freezer / Bosch Bread Maker / Russell Hobbs Toaster / Ice Machine / Rheninghaus 280 mm Slicer (on request) / Kenwood Chef (on request) / Complete range of utensils, cutlery and crockery and cooking equipment / Microwave / Defy stainless steel Dishwasher / Defy washing machine / Defy tumble dryer

Open area sitting room: 2 x 2 meter leather sofas / 2 meter open wood burning fireside with cast iron pots for casserole and potjies and internal light fitting.

Outdoor gourmet cooking facilities: Wood-burning oven with Pizza Paddle / Traditional Braai / Barbecue with 900 mm braai grid.

The owner of Tangleberry Cottage reminds residents that they come to the cottage at their own risk. Tangleberry Cottage will not be held liable for any claims for injury or damage that can occur while they reside there.

Review

To submit a review, please email info@tangleberrycottage.co.za. You may include one image with your review (max. file size: 2MB)

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Beautiful cottage, lovely fireplace and the most comfortable beds. Fully equipped kitchen with everything that opens and closes. Stunning vegetable garden and best of all is that you can pick vegetables/herbs while staying there.
AJ du Toit, South Africa, Safari Now

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Idyllic private getaway for food and wine and outdoor enthusiasts
This cottage is so well appointed, totally private, full of exciting surprises like picking and eating organic apples, swimming in the lake and choosing from a vast array of fresh herbs growing in the garden. Not often you get more than you expected. The furniture and fittings are top shelf, so generously kitted out with everything you could possibly want or need! I can’t praise this spot enough! a few points to note: Kitchen, braai area and outside Pizza oven gets 5/5 (even had a bread maker!!!) Leather couches in comfy lounge with fire place and candles gets 5/5 Space and privacy and ambience gets 5/5 and the owner couldn’t be more helpful! So go!!! And you could probably stay there for a month! Next time I’m taking my mountain bike and bringing heaps of food and wine and i’ll stay for a week or two.
Revue on Flipkey, Trip advisor: Richard D from London

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Mike is an excellent host and the cottage is great. Was the perfect setting for our engagement and we will definitely be back soon!

Mike Scott and Jorga Jagger Hudson, South Africa

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“Beautiful large house, amazing kitchen and garden, lovely scenery.”
This is a lovely place to stay for a weekend getaway from Cape Town. It’s modern and spacious, yet also homely, private and peaceful :)

Fully equipped kitchen, our own vegetable/fruit/herb garden, braai and wood fire pizza oven, jetty overlooking a little dam, an abundance of apple trees and blackberry bushes a short stroll away, everything you could want for a relaxing, delicious and wine-filled weekend.

It’s also very easily accessible, close to all the Elgin wineries and a large farm stall which serves great coffee :) We hope to return again very soon.
Revue on Flipkey, Trip advisor: Genevieve

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Absolutely awesome! Not often the real thing looks just like the picture… but in this case its EVEN better!! Fantastic location, lots of attention to detail and the fully-equipped kitchen with all its utensils and gadgets would even satisfy Nataniel! And Mike is an awesome host! We enjoyed every minute and will definitely stay there again.
Carole Schulz, South Africa

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Tangleberry Cottage is a treat of a get-away. Nestled privately in the majestic Elgin Valley, it is luxuriously comfortable, cosy and you’ll love all the home-grown goodies, from lettuce, garlic and spring onions to varied fruits when in season, that you can pick and indulge during your stay. We can’t wait to go back again.
Laura Alan, Kalk Bay

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ROSSI’S SOSSIE

It’s not really about Elgin, where the greens, as Mike Rossi says, are greener in hue and shade and abundance than anywhere else in the country.

Rossi – as I call my friend – is not only an enormously talented photographer, but also a teller of such evocative foodie tales. And he cooks brilliantly – so much so that I can only but pretend to be his sous chef when he cooks.

I’ve had the privilege of dining at Rossi’s and his partner Bonny in Cape Town a number of times. The preparation is part of the thrill because the kitchen is a gourmand’s delight.

This is until I visited Tangleberry Cottage in Rossi’s green Elgin. We turn off the main road into the valley glistening with light refracted from the rains the night before. Blackberries, apple blossom and grape vines.

And in front of us further into the valley, the green-roofed cottage on the edge of a dam. Herbs, lettuces – and more greens – in abundance. We pick arms-full for a salad with supper.

Waterblommetjies, which Rossi sourced, lamb knuckle and merrily clinking bottles of wine are taken into the open-plan kitchen living room. There’s a large en-suite bedroom on either side and I dump my luggage in one and trumpet back to the kitchen and plant myself at the large central island to observe Rossi and Bonny.

This is my first weekend at their Tangleberry Cottage, designed and built especially if you, like me, are desperately tired of smart hotels and guesthouses, or B&Bs with creaky beds and over attentive owners. And of course, true to Rossi style, he’s designed it for the self-catering gourmand.

ROSSI’S SOSSIE

Rossi starts his chicken stock, which he intends to add to the Waterblommetjies Bredie later. “If you’re planning on a foodie weekend, always start with a stock pot,” he says.

Once the stock was well settled into itself Rossi passed the time preparing this dish, which I said should be called rather prosaically, Rossi’s Sossi.

Rossi came up with a much more charming title: A French beauty seduced by an Italian sausage.

Good Italian sausages (not too salty) and preferably Franco Esposito’s pork and wild boar sausages. Some cloves and sage leaves.

Prick the sassies then seal them by pan-frying them. Chuck in chopped onions and pan-fry. Add some chopped sage with their stalks. Stir and fry for about 10 minutes, then add some salt and baby potatoes.

Add some chicken stock and some wine if you wish. As soon at it simmers, lift the lid and allow to reduce. (Remember sassies burn easily so keep stirring).

Then the rest of the sage. You should now have ended up with a thickish sauce.

We didn’t have any sherry, so Rossi added some grated Granny Smith apples at the end. Genius. The green rounded it off perfectly.

Rossi doesn’t come with the deal, so the next time I’m there I might just do my Forty Cloves of Garlic chicken dish and add white wine from the many glorious estates in the area.

This is a winner.
Gwynne Conlyn, award-winning food and travel writer.

Contact

CONTACT: Michael Rossi
Mobile: +27 (0) 83 260 4632
Email: info@tangleberrycottage.co.za

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How to find Tangleberry Cottage:

Travel along the N2 from Cape town to Grabouw.  At the Peregrine Farm stall turn right into Vijoenshoop Road and travel down 5 kilometers until you reach Highlands Road – turn left. Travel 2 kilometers and on your right, in the middle of a bend you’ll see a sign 360 Degrees farm, turn right.  Travel 300 meters on a dirt road and you’ll see the sign, Tangleberry Cottage.  Veer right and down a cobble stone driveway and you have arrived.