For many years the Riebeek Valley was one of those well kept secrets that only a few in-the- know Capetonians kept to themselves. But since the now renowned Olive Festival (held at the beginning of May each year), and some seriously good wines have put it firmly on the map, it has become the sought after destination for wine and food lovers, an escape for those wanting a blissful few nights away, and the go-to place for brides to say “I do”.
If you’re travelling from the Mother City, the road to Riebeek Kasteel can be somewhat uninspiring until, of course, you reach the top of the Bothmaskloof Pass. What lays before you is nothing short of a sight for sore eyes…the picturesque beauty of the Riebeek Valley, with its vineyards carpeting the slopes and olive groves nestling around unexpected corners.
Once you’ve travelled the winding road down the pass you’ll turn left toward Riebeek Kasteel and Riebeek West. It is on this road, just a short distance past the church, that you’ll find the captivating Café Felix & Old Oak Manor. Dating back to around 1860, Old Oak Manor is one of the oldest homesteads in the dorp, and in every way typifies the grace and tranquillity of the high Victorian era. Today it oozes laid-back calm, with traditional French country design everywhere – from iron four-posters and creaky wooden dressers to the odd slipper bath, making each room as original as the next.
You’ll not find a hint of ‘don’t touch me’ fussiness here; just a homely, lived in style with a touch of quirkiness thrown in for good measure. Old Oak Manor offers five bedrooms (two luxury with private patio, two standard, and the Loft which can also accommodate families). There is also a swimming pool for those hot summer days, a cosy lounge for all guests to enjoy, and a wood-burning stove to keep you warm for those cold winter days.
Step across the pretty courtyard with its huge 150 year old oak tree, ornamented by a delightful water feature and wild garden, and you’ll enter the highly acclaimed Café Felix restaurant. This is cottage style meets Provencal at its best, with antique weathered tables, white washed wood ceilings, ornate metal chairs and retro tablecloths. The setting is amazing for eating al fresco in the summer months, or if there’s a chill in the air, the warmth from the wonderful antique wood burner makes dining in restaurant a cosy affair.
From the moment you enter Café Felix you will feel the charm of the place. It’s almost tangible. Some describe it as that ‘home from home’ feel; and yet others insist it’s the warm welcome, the friendly staff and consistently good food that makes it stand apart. It has been chosen, over the years, by numerous brides as their perfect wedding location and has hosted innumerable private functions.
Café Felix and Old Oak Manor is quintessentially country and a landmark in the beautiful Riebeek Valley.
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