Having lived in England for twelve years, I woke up this morning in sunny Cape Town with a sudden nostalgic longing to visit an English garden. My (British) husband and I used to visit Hampton Court Palace’s beautiful garden with its splendid roses, manicured lawns and luscious flowerbeds designed by famous Royal gardeners such as Capability Brown. It was therefore a great delight to find a serene and beautiful rose garden in the heart of Cape Town.
Chart farm is located just off the M3 next to Wynberg park. Upon arrival you are provided with a bucket and gardening scissors in order to pick your own roses. The rose garden itself is fragrant and beautiful in its variety and size but what makes it exceptional and uniquely Capetonian are the vines and mountains that surround it. My daughter and I had great fun walking through the roses and doing the picking, whilst my husband and baby boy enjoyed the views from under a shady tree. The hands-on engagement with the flowers is a stimulating experience for children and overall a relaxing activity that can be enjoyed by young and old.
We had lunch at the restaurant where we found the prices to be reasonable, the food delicious and the service prompt. The owner, originally from Surrey in England, came to our table for a friendly chat and welcome. There is a large choice of fresh cakes and scones and occasionally they even do gluten free scones (best to enquire when these would be available). Breakfast is served from 9am to 11am Mon-Fri and 9am-11:30am Sat and Sun. The eggs are free-range and the sausages are gluten free. Lunch is served from 12pm-3:30pm.
Whether it’s with your partner, your mother, your granny or your family, Chart Farm will provide a great experience, will satisfy any longings for English gardens, and will remind you just how beautiful Cape Town, and its roses, can be.