Blanco is a great family getaway
Everyone loves Blanco Guest Farm. In fact, I have never heard anyone say otherwise. It’s a holiday destination known for its total relaxation, great food, beautiful country surroundings and a place to meet good people.
Blanco Guest Farm is a registered Nature Reserve and is situated just off the R344 between Tarkastad and Adelaide. The farm is 14 km from Tarkastad, 269km from East London and 320km from Port Elizabeth.
Owned by husband and wife team, Kim and Chris, Blanco, for short, truly focuses on providing a perfect family holiday. The great kid’s entertainment and the nannies that are on hand to assist, ensure that mom and dads have a chance to relax too.
Kim says, “Our vision is to provide country-style hospitality at its very best! And our mission is to create an environment where guests can relax, unwind, have fun, feel free, recharge and hence rejuvenate themselves from the challenges of everyday life.”
Blanco offers packages that include not only the accommodation, but also a full English breakfast, country-style lunch and a five course dinner.
“We know how much the fresh, outdoor air can take out of you so we also provide mid-morning and mid-afternoon teas with tasty treats,” says Kim.
Blanco is not licensed so guests can bring their own drinks and they will be allocated space in the fridges at the bar, the Blanc-O. This becomes an interesting place to hang out, make friends and enjoy great company. The Blanc-O also features a snooker table and darts board.
The accommodation, in cosy cottages, is comfortable rather than luxurious and reflects the 100-year old country-style charm. The cottages are serviced and refreshed every day, have their own private bathrooms and are equipped with heaters for the cold months and fans for the warmer months. There are also tea and coffee stations but don’t expect TV as there are so many better things to do!
For a more upmarket accommodation experience, Blanco has recently added the Manor House which consists of four spacious units and a wonderful communal lounge and dining room area. Each unit is completely private for individual families and each has its own garden or private balcony.
“Alternatively, for a group of 4 families to take the house together, it works beautifully as, added to the spacious rooms, it boasts a tasteful and spacious private lounge with a magnificent fireplace for the winters and a dining room area for everyone to congregate. As a holiday destination, one could not ask for more comfort whilst having the full farm experience at the same time. Dining still takes place in the main Blanco dining room,” adds Kim.
Tucked away at the foot of the Winterberg mountains, Blanco has a beautiful setting and a wide range of outdoor and nature pursuits.
Kim says, “It’s equally perfect for those who simply want to relax, unwind and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of life away from the hustle and bustle of the city.”
Facilities include tennis courts, squash court, 9 hole chip and putt golf course, olympic-size bowling green, sauna, trampoline, snooker table, tennis, kiddies and teenagers games rooms, horse riding, game park, hiking trails, exquisite fishing dams nearby, birdwatching, 4 by 4 trails, mountain bike trails and a kids playgrounds.
As if this is not enough, Blanco caters for children of all ages – there are tractor-cart rides to be had, farm animals to be fed and nannies to help out.
The Eastern Cape has many wonderful destinations but for a family getaway few top Blanco Guest Farm. My advice is to get the Blanco experience as soon as you can and just keep going back as many families do.
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