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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Why You Should Take a Staycation (Featuring Pepper Tree Venue in Bloemfontein)


I was born and bred in Bloemfontein, a small city in South Africa and I won’t lie every time I come home to visit my family I tend to get a bit frustrated about my small city. I always feel like I’ve exhausted all the places I can go to and things I can do. However,  I was quite surprised to find out that there are actually quite a few places I’ve never been to or even heard of and Pepper Tree Venue being one of them!

Pepper Tree Venue and Guesthouse is a function venue that hosts weddings, parties, corporate functions and also offers a chapel for weddings. The name comes from the large Pepper Tree that grows in front of the venue.

The modern guesthouse has seven en-suite double rooms with private patios. It’s located northwest of Bloemfontein and is a 10 minute drive out of Bloemfontein, making it the perfect home away from home staycation!




My friend, Zee and I checked in, in the afternoon and arrived to wine, a welcome note, chocolate and hot chocolate to mention a few. Charne, the events coordinator and guesthouse manager was kind enough to show us around the venue and it’s facilities. There was even a small wedding ceremony happening on the day.




After our mini tour, we obviously had to take pictures before the sun set and a few instagram story videos because what’s a staycation without a few snaps? The one thing I looked forward to was lazing around and catching up with my girl and we did just that! The lovely thing about a staycation is that it’s the perfect excuse to laze around without feeling guilty. We bonded over wine, music and just had a good ‘ol girls night!



We were later treated to a mouth watering 3-course dinner meal in the dining room. 
Starter: Tomato soup

Main:Chicken, lamb, pumpkin fritters, vegetables ,rice and a side salad.


Dessert: Chocolate mouse served with Amarula.

During dinner Gerda, the owner  and Charne came to check up on us and definitely accommodated our every request. The one thing that stood out to me was the staff and top management’s hospitality. Everyone was so welcoming and made us feel right at home. After filling our stomachs we rolled back to our room and as you do on a staycation, we lazed around again.    
In the morning, I was spoiled with breakfast in bed.

After checking out from my room, I enjoyed a cup of green tea in the lounge area made specially by Robert, the co-owner.

I left feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and impressed by Pepper Tree’s ability to pay attention to the finer details and their ability to create a relaxed and homely atmosphere without compromising on creativity and class.

What a great way to get away without actually getting away!



      Why You Should Take A Staycation:
 
Perfect way to take a break from home or the city if you’re on a budget.
Perfect for Alone Time and Self care.
Perfect excuse to laze around without feeling guilty.
Able achieve zen without hopping on a flight.
One way to enjoy your city.
Offers you a new perspective on your city.

Love & Scribbles 
Wandi
 
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