03 Aug Escape the City to Broughton Country Estate
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll probably know that a few weeks ago I was invited to a lovely media event at Broughton Country Estate. At the time, we were living in the area and had already seen the signs leading to the new estate but hadn’t yet visited. Knowing that new and exciting things hardly ever pop up in Sea View, I decided to come out of hibernation and attend the event, where I was shown around their incredible facilities and inspired to spend the night away, to celebrate D’s 30th Birthday.
Broughton Country Estate is nestled between trees, surrounded by breathtaking views that show off the best parts of nature; lots of wildlife, the soft hum of birds and the refreshing scent of the forest. It is the perfect example of luxury enveloped by the beauty of nature. Besides the outstanding surroundings, the buildings themselves are most impressive and boast stunning grounds, an infinity pool, fine-dining restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the main house with 5 double rooms, and 3 self-catering chalets.
Being a family of 4, we stayed in one of the self-catering chalets, which include an open-plan lounge, small dining area, and beautifully quaint kitchen which has the basics for a weekend away from the hustle and bustle of the city. There are 2 bedrooms; one with a double bed, and the second with two single beds, each with their own dressing table and remote controlled electric fan (great for the summer.) The décor is carefully thought out and Scandinavian-inspired giving the charming chalet a modern and fresh twist, while seamlessly fitting in with its surroundings. Outside, there is a stunning undercover veranda, with comfortable patio furniture and a braai area for friends and family to enjoy, while soaking up the views.
The chalets are simple and a nice way to reconnect with loved ones, especially if it’s more than just you and your partner. I personally like that Broughton Country Estate is a short drive from PE. It’s perfect for when you want to get away but can’t, because life is crazy demanding, so you escape from the city, clear your mind, catch your breath and soak up what nature has to offer, while still being close enough to home, in case life calls.
However, if you really want to make it a weekend to remember, I suggest booking one of their five double rooms, at the main house. Although I didn’t get to stay there, I do feel like it’s the perfect getaway for you and your significant other and takes everything, the chalets have to offer, up a notch.
The Main House is conveniently located right by reception, across from the fine-dining restaurant and has the view of their infinity pool. Downstairs, they have 3 beautifully decorated lounges, each boasting luxury while still managing to be comfortable (you don’t feel like it’s too fancy to enjoy!) One of the lounges even features a beautiful fireplace to warm you up on a cold winter night, while enjoying a warm beverage served by the friendly restaurant staff. The lounges lead to a dining area, which opens to a deck that is great for enjoying breakfast, while soaking up the morning rays and soft sounds of all the birdlife.
Upstairs, each of the double rooms are beautifully furnished and feature en-suite bathrooms, with double showers, underfloor heating, and a bath straight out of a movie. The bedroom is large, lets a lot of light in and opens up to spectacular views of the grounds and surrounding area, the bed looks fit for a princess while small details like a capsule-coffee machine add to the luxury of the space.
Admittedly, we had both boys with us and I am convinced that I’d probably have enjoyed my stay so much more had the kiddos stayed with granny for the night. Nothing against my kids – and certainly nothing against Broughton Country Estate – but kids have this funny way of turning absolutely everything into a life-threatening danger zone. So, instead of properly enjoying my stay, I was worried about all the open plugs, the microwave and TV that was within Eli’s reach. I think that it’s an ideal escape for parents with kids who are a bit older than mine, but super perfect for adults – whether on a group staycation or a romantic night away in one of their double rooms.
A highlight of my visit was their fine-dining Country restaurant. If not for the stay, you must visit Broughton’s incredible restaurant that is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Each meal is made and prepared by an extremely talented chef who takes care in presenting every meal in the most exquisite way. (Foodie Instagrammers get your cameras ready!) It’s tough to decide what was my favourite part; breakfast was amazing but, I was lucky that Axl was full half-way through his dessert so got to enjoy my dessert and his – winning! While the restaurant does not include anything for kids on the menu, the chef very kindly made the boys crumbed chicken strips and chips that were easily the very best I have tasted – I seriously wished I had ordered myself the same!
When you take a step back and combine the views, surroundings, luxury accommodation and incredible fine-dining experience, there’s nothing that Broughton Country Estate hasn’t yet thought of. I do hope to return sometime soon to enjoy one of their double rooms, while the kids get a sugar high and keep granny and grumps busy for the night.
* Disclosure: I was provided a stay at Broughton Country Estate in exchange for a blog post. The staff were unaware of my review and gave me no “special” attention. In fact, the host hasn’t read this post, until after publishing.