On our extended road trip from Jo’burg to Cape Town some wonderful treasures were discovered. The encompassing feeling at Foster’s Manor in Oudtshoorn is one of nostalgia. Appreciation was tinged with regret that we no longer live in a time where craftsmen took real pride in what they created, even the term craftsman is generally rendered obsolete.
I uttered many “ooh”s taking in the wrought iron balconies, the carved staircase, the wooden panelling and the incredibly high pressed ceilings. All very oohish.
I can’t say that the lady at the front desk embodied hospitality, she did not offer up much in the way of restaurant suggestions for supper. We did however manage to find the most lovely restaurant Nostalgie, on Baron van Reede street, the name perfectly in line with the nostalgia which I was feeling. It was the perfect place to enjoy the last night of 2015. The hospitality at Nostalgie was 2nd to none and not being members of the selfie stick club a kind gentleman even took a family picture of us. We loved our extremely well priced meal and really appreciated the willingness to adapt what our little boy (with egg allergy) wanted. The ambiance, sitting under trees in the garden was lovely.
In the morning, the buffet breakfast at Foster’s went down very well and sustained us well into the day. We left Oudtshoorn, happy that we had discovered two gems. A perfect way to see out the old and bring in the new.