Travel and a bit of shopping
First published in Diversions, Spring 2017
While Walkersons Hotel & Spa might – at the first mention of the name – evoke images of splendid accommodation and trout fishing there is even more to experience and lure you to this magnificent establishment just outside of Dullstroom.
If you have learnt to fly fish – Walkersons has patient guides passionate about the art of fly fishing – or have caught enough rainbow trout (Walkersons has no less than 14 lakes and dams stocked with trout) you could go walking on more than 3000 metres of paved pathways to explore the 800 hectare estate. You might even see some zebra and antelope.
Early risers – whether they go trout fishing or walking – should pack a camera as even the most jaded photographer will be in awe by the reflections of the trees, stone buildings and hills in the dams and lakes.
I’m not too sure that I should confess to this but apart from accompanying a friend who took lessons in trout fishing so that I could take photographs, I chose to bask in all the luxury around me.
The hotel building itself as well as the lakeside suites were inspired by a Scottish country manor.
I guess then that no-one can blame me that I spent my time sitting on the terrace admiring the view, reading a book on my suite’s large veranda, having a sherry with fellow-travellers in front of a cosy roaring fire and ending off the evening at Peggy’s Bar.
That is what Walkersons does to you – it allows you to relax completely so you end up feeling as if you have been here for a few days longer than it has actually been.
Walkersons is also a place that connoisseurs – and food lovers – should add to their list of places to go to enjoy inspired menus and food and wine pairing dinners.
Dinner is served at the Flying Scotsman where award-winning chef Adri van Wieringen pairs dishes like the following: a trio of trout with Bellingham Sauvignon Blanc as a refreshing starter, crispy duck with black cherry sauce on potato croquettes (one of the restaurant’s signature dishes) accompanied by Baleia Tempranillo and the pièce de résistance – on our visit – was raspberry and lemon ravioli with black pepper and balsamic berries and as key accompaniment home-made sherbet. The sherbet together with the bubbles of a glass of Boschendal Grande Cuvée Brut seemed to do a little dance on my tongue. It’s worthwhile coming back to Walkersons for this alone, I mused happily.
But things got even better when I returned to my room. A hot bubble bath awaited me with a marigold floating amid the bubbles. How on earth did they time it this well, I wondered but not for too long. It was sheer bliss – it felt like a second massage after the one I’d already had earlier that day at the Walkersons Spa.
Walkersons Hotel & Spa allows you to indulge in the scenery, the ambiance and the food and wine. And for those who feel the urge, in some activity too.
To book call 013 253 7000 or send an email to email@example.com