Fancourt: The Garden Route’s hole-in-one experience

Posted by Imogen Searra on 9 September 2019

A weekend away at Fancourt in George is an experience unlike any other. Found just a 5-minute-drive away from the airport, a trip to the Garden Route has never been more accessible.

The presumption that Fancourt is just a place for golfers to enjoy a weekend away is not true. There is so much more to this fine establishment than it’s three pristine golf courses.

Fancourt Hotel. Image: Supplied

Fancourt Hotel, Golf Estate and Spa is completely family-friendly. For starters, there is a children’s entertainment centre with a day-care facility for the littlest ones. There are endless games, activities and exciting adventures to partake in, all under professional supervision. The indoor and outdoor pools will tucker out the tykes, while mom and dad enjoy their day of leisure.

The Spa at Fancourt is a haven for those looking to relax and unwind, whether poolside at the indoor Roman Baths or with a treatment or two. This award-winning facility offers a wide range of treatments, perfect for soothing aching muscles after a day on the course. There’s nothing like a sauna to help revitalise the body.

The Roman Baths at the Spa. Image: Imogen Searra

For the fitness fanatics, there is an indoor gym that has every machine necessary to keep your routine in check. There is also a 2.5km, 5km and 10km trail for runners and walkers to traverse the estate on.

Fancourt also offers a string of restaurants that caters to all dietary requirements. The delectable La Cantina, the Italian eatery on the estate, is the perfect place to carboload the night before a round. This is also where breakfast is served each morning. If you prefer a higher-end dining experience, then a visit to Henry White’s at the Manor House is essential. The creative cuisine on this menu pays tribute to endemic South African ingredients that tantalize the tastebuds of diners. Think kumquats, spekboom and lilly pilly.

The Manor House. Image: Supplied

Monet’s, the French bistro-style eatery, overlooks the Outeniqua golf course and the beautiful Outeniqua Mountains. This picturesque spot is situated near the spa, making it extremely easy to grab a bite after an afternoon of relaxation.

The ingredients for the restaurants are sourced within a 10km radius of Fancourt. The estate is committed to uplifting the local community and to supporting small business owners in the area in a sustainable way.

If your travel bug starts to bite and you want to explore the Garden Route more thoroughly, then meander down to the Old George/ Knysna road to Wilderness. Make sure to stop at the Deacon Bistro & Pause Coffee in George for your morning caffeine fix before heading off.

Along the way, you should visit the Map of Africa, a short detour from Old George/ Knysna road. On your way back, check out The Dolphin Point Lookout for breathtaking views.

The Map of Africa. Image: Imogen Searra

Dolphin Point Lookout. Image: Imogen Searra

The Redberry Farm, a 5-minute drive from the gates of Fancourt is a must-do when visiting George. The farm is jam-packed with children’s activities, and a restaurant that celebrates the scrumptious strawberry. There is nothing like picking your own strawberries and gobbling them up on the way home.

The strawberry smoothie is a perfect midday snack. Image: Imogen Searra

The accommodation at Fancourt is world-class, whether you stay at the Hotel or Manor House. There is a sense of complete freedom on the estate. You also feel as though you are the only person holidaying in this paradise. The rooms are designed for maximum comfort and complete privacy, with unobstructed views.

Inside a Fancourt Hotel bedroom. Image: Supplied

Inside a bedroom at the Manor House. Image: Supplied

When visiting or staying at Fancourt, you are placed in capable, professional and friendly hands. The staff are extremely welcoming and knowledgeable.

Travellers’ tip: Don’t be afraid to ask for directions, and if you do perhaps get lost, never fear: a helpful member of staff is always near.

Whether you’re wanting to play a round on Montagu, Outeniqua or The Links, kick back at the Spa, sample tasty eats, explore the Garden Route or to stay put and unwind, then a trip the Fancourt Golf Estate and Spa, the Garden Route’s hole-in-one experience, should be next on your travel itinerary.

 

 

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