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From 3-4 September at Gooding’s Groves you can share in our
special olive tasting and pairing with the best wines from
our valley in our Barn where we will also be exhibiting art
by local upcoming artists. And if you want to linger a
while, Mareaze will prepare a ploughman’s platter for two
including our olives, bread, cheese and cold meats to enjoy
with a bottle of wine at the value price of R65.
Don’t miss this weekend, book
Our Women’s month special!!
Luxury Ladies’ Pamper weekend – 27 and 28 August 2011
Gooding’s Groves is offering a one-night pamper weekend for ladies
to celebrate women’s month. Join us for a weekend where you and your
friends can be pampered by a luscious treatment – introducing Dr
Hauschka organic skincare, a range of 100% certified natural and
Pamper yourself with a full-body aromatherapy massage or hot stone
therapy treatment, with a luxurious organic Dr Hauschka facial
treatment. The combined massage/facial treatment lasts two hours.
are offering this Luxury Ladies Pamper weekend at
a discounted price of R930 per person (valued at R1300)! In addition
to a facial and full-body massage per person. You also get one
night’s accommodation, a light supper and a health breakfast. Each
lady will also receive a goodie bag containing Dr Hauschka skincare
and body products and information about the range.
poet Finuala Dowling who wrote “Homemaking for the
Down-at-Heart; journalist and travel writer Douglas Rogers,
author of the book “The Last Resort: A Memoir of Zimbabwe”;
and John Maytham, Cape Talk’s afternoon drive show host are
among the esteemed guests that will be hosted by Gooding’s
Groves for the Franschhoek Literary Festival this weekend.
to say that we are all very excited about the literary
celebrities arriving this week and we would like to wish
them a warm welcome to our wonderful Franschhoek Valley! Be
sure not to miss the highlight of our Franschhoek calendar –
The Literary Festival!
person sharing including soup, home-made breads and a glass
of wine served at the fireplace. The special also includes a
neck and back massage by Mobile Beauty in the comfort of
your warm room at a 25% discount price.
Gooding’s Groves welcomes new
Mareaze Stead has taken over
as estate manager at Gooding’s Groves Olive Farm and B&B
from 1 January this year. She is an experienced guest house
manager who has owned and managed various guest houses in
her hospitality career. Prior to joining Gooding’s Groves,
Mareaze managed the four star Morning Side Cottage in Tokai.
Mareaze is a new breeze at Gooding’s
Groves and she looks forward to welcoming you as guests on
our farm. Mareaze will also be playing a significant role in
the various Gooding’s Groves community projects and will be
acting as banqueting manager of The Barn conference and
function venue on the farm.
Wonderbags from Gooding’s
Groves assist feeding schemes
Feeding in Action
is a feeding programme coordinating body operating in the
greater municipal are of Stellenbosch in the Western Cape.
At present, the organisation provides approximately 3 300 people with either one cooked
meal per day, or regular food parcels and supplementary food
supplies. They operate more than 30 distribution points
which include 21 soup kitchens, six schools (±2 000
learners) and four clinics.
function and conference facility at Gooding’s Groves Olive
Farm was officially opened on Saturday, 21 August 2010.
Attended by many loyal friends and business partners of
Gooding’s Groves and business representatives from various
companies as far afield as Riebeeck Kasteel, Cape Town and
Yzerfontein on the West Coast, the opening was a great
success despite winter’s cold and wet best.
were entertained by a local Groendal youth choir, Sondelani
(meaning come closer), which is one of Gooding’s Groves’
community projects. This choir will participate in a music
festival at Grahamstown later in the year and their
performance at the opening of The Barn was part of their
fundraising for this trip. Catering for the event included
wines from the neighbouring La Provence estate and an
assortment of hot and spicy curries cooked in the Gooding’s
Groves environmentally friendly Wonderbags. The distribution
of Wonderbags, a bag that offers electricity-saving cooking,
into disadvantaged communities and to local Franschhoek-based
feeding schemes is another element in Gooding’s Groves
continuing community outreach programme.
is a fully-equipped conference and function venue that can
accommodate 10-50 guests depending on the format of the
event. It is also ideal for small wedding receptions,
celebrations or art exhibitions and private dinner parties.
The venue combines the charm of a rustic barn with the
functionality of a minimalist industrial look and feel and
is scenically situated among the olive groves on the banks
of the farm dam.
information about The Barn and the conference and wedding
Looking for a private spacious Villa for you
and your Bridesmaids to spend the night before your big day?
the perfect place for you! This French country styled villa
with two bedrooms and two en-suite bathrooms also has an
open plan kitchen and lounge with fireplace. The lounge has
double French doors leading onto the patio and garden. The
villa has a large screen television with DVD player and DSTV.
The main bedroom has a queen size wrought iron bed and is
nice and spacious for pre-wedding preparation, make up and
dressing. The en-suite comes with a bath and shower and
French doors open up on to the lovely garden with olive
trees and private splash pool. A complimentary bottle of
Champagne and a cheese, olive and bread platter will be
awaiting you. On the morning of your big day you can have
breakfast made down at the Villa or we can arrange a snack
platter and refreshments. We have so many sites on the farm
for lovely photographic opportunities as well as special
set-ups for bridal pictures.
service on your special day is aimed at making sure that you
and your wedding party enjoy every moment! We also have
lovely B&B accommodation in our eight room guesthouse for
any extra guests. To get more information or to make a
booking please call us on (021) 876-2158 or contact Leigh at
Bastille Festival - a celebration of freedom!
into account that South Africa will be winding down from the
hype and festivities of World Cup 2010, what better way to
paint the town red, white and blue and join in ‘A
Celebration of Freedom’. Not forgetting, it’s the only time
of the year you’ll be forgiven for wearing a beret.
The Food and Wine Marquee open from 12 noon until 5pm, is
always the focal point which draws people to the hub of
activity, where visitors can sample fine wines from some of
Franschhoek’s award-winning wine estates and indulge in
mouth-watering dishes created by the Valley’s highly
acclaimed chefs. Sample a wide selection of cuisine, ranging
from: oysters, sushi, local and French cheeses to
charcuterie, hand-made chocolates and salmon trout from the
Not to be missed is the festival’s comprehensive sporting
element featuring the usual, popular traditions and
activities of: boules, Franschhoek minstrel parade, and a
barrel-rolling contest. A farmers’ market, craft market
stalls, musicians and children’s activities are also
included in the line up of festival celebrations. For those
wanting to appreciate French heritage in comfort, the
Screening Room at Le Quartier Français will be screening
movies throughout the weekend.
Known throughout the world for its fine cuisine,
Franschhoek’s award-winning restaurants will also be
offering special menus exclusively prepared for this annual
So, with something for everyone, make a weekend of your
visit, taking full advantage of the many Bastille
accommodation packages on offer. Come celebrate the
universal triumph of freedom. C’est la vie!
A R100.00 per person entrance fee allows you access to the
Food and Wine Marquee, which includes a tasting glass and a
complimentary booklet containing 10 tasting coupons.
Thereafter all tastings will be charged on consumption.
Tickets can be purchased through
Groves Winter special – pay for two nights and get the
third night free of charge!!
person sharing per night– R550 single
sherry by the fire on arrival
English breakfast with fresh fruit, home-made muesli, home
baked breads and home-made jams
tasting at La Provence wine farm
tasting and complimentary bottle of olives
fresh baked bread at the fire on any of the evenings of your
includes two nights over a weekend and Sunday night free of
Groves Olive Farm and B&B recently launched a community
upliftment initiative in association with Natural Balance –
producers of the Wonderbag. The Wonderbag is a
heat-retention cooker that requires only enough heat to
start the cooking process. Because of its insulating
properties the bag retains the heat and completes the
cooking process with no further electricity needed...
opening of Gooding's Groves Bed & Breakfast
story of Gooding’s Groves Olive Farm is a tale of romantic
dreams of olive groves, good food, wine and friends and lots
of hard work – this dream has come true for Malcolm and
Salomé Gooding, but this is only the beginning.
Malcolm Gooding, a Johannesburg-based television and radio
voice artist, visited the world-renowned Cape Winelands
years ago, he purchased a piece of land in the Franschhoek
Valley and bravely took the first step in turning a lifelong
passion to plant his own olive trees on his own farm into
years ago, Malcolm and Salomé decided to extend the little
farmhouse to make room for guests to share the joys of the
good things in life: breathtaking views, gentle walks
through the groves, sunsets by the dam and, of course, the
taste of good wine and olives.
long-awaited launch of the Gooding’s Groves B&B happened on
22 December 2009 – a beautiful Sunday afternoon in the
Franschhoek Valley. T he festive atmosphere of Christmas and
summer holidays and the Christmas break abounded.
Complimented by delicacies such as nuts, fresh-baked
breads, cheese, colourful bowls of fruit and lots of
olives.. With the smell of boerewors on the fire, cold beers
and wine around the Lady Ann Barnard-style pool, and live
music by the talented duo, NUKA, on the back verandah,
everyone was clearly sharing in the dream and enjoying the
abundant hospitality of Gooding’s Groves and its people.
Malcolm and Salomé had much pleasure in inviting the Franschhoek
community, their fellow tourism partners, to share in the
launch of their venture. Salomé says: “We understand that
being part of a tourism community such as Franschhoek
requires building good relationships, even more so when
you’re the new ‘kids on the block’.”
Guests came from Cape Town, Blouberg, Somerset West and
Montagu to celebrate, and to have a sneak preview of the
fully restored Cape Victorian Manor House with its eight
guest bedrooms and comfortable reception rooms. Here guests
can relax and take in the panoramic views of the Simonsig-,
Drakenstein, Franschhoek and Wemmershoek mountains from
The first guests had the pleasure of staying over for the
‘complete experience’. Says television producer Mariette
Cloete: “Gooding’s Groves offered everything a Johannesburg
city dweller like me needed to relax. I especially valued
the views, the simplicity and coolness of the spacious
bedrooms with their high ceilings, and the tranquillity of
the farm. They offer a wonderful breakfast with home-baked
bread on a verandah overlooking the olive grove and the
This sensuous event was merely the first of many more
romantic sunsets, breathtaking views, happy people, friendly
chatter, good wine, good food, the great taste of the
Gooding’s Groves olive oil – an open invitation that will
appeal to all your senses at Gooding’s Groves Olive Farm and