The great thing about living in fast-paced Joburg is that within an hour’s drive one can escape to the bush, mountains, lake or river, and that’s exactly what the husband and I did last year.
We spent a fabulous weekend at Budmarsh Boutique Hotel. Nestled in the green rolling hills of the Magaliesburg, Budmarsh is a small luxury hotel with a big focus on fine dining. The food was fantastic! Every night we were spoilt with a six course meal prepared with fresh seasonal ingredients and loads of attention to detail. Small delightful plates ranging from silky soups (a roasted tomato soup with rosemary foam was one of my favourites) to stacked rainbow trout mains to dessert trios… delightful!
We spent most of the weekend relaxing on the lawn watching the resident ducks go about their business, sleeping and most importantly, eating. We returned to the city rejuvenated and super relaxed, but if you do like to explore the surrounding areas there is plenty to do, like visiting the Black Horse Brewery and Restaurant for a couple of beers and hearty food under the trees (read the review here).
Not only was the food sublime, but the service was impeccable too. The staff were considerate, accommodating and went out of their way to make us comfortable, Budmarsh makes for the perfect romantic weekend away!