About Tanagra Wine and Guest Farm
Tanagra is an idyllic wine and guest farm with character in the McGregor Valley providing a stylish and yet authentic countryside experience in tastefully furnished accommodation for the wine and nature lover. Tanagra is a wine farm surrounded by vineyards, indigenous fynbos and mountains. It is located 4.5 km outside McGregor and adjoins the Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve.
The best thing to do at Tanagra is to simply rest and unwind from the stress of city and work life with a good book and a glass of wine at your private patio, in the shade of the giant wild fig tree or at the pool in the garden. In the evening guests may enjoy a crackling fire (on the cooler days) and at night a spectacular Karoo night-sky. Tanagra farm is 78ha in size and a large part of it has recently been conserved as part of the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative (BWI).
Most parts of the farm are accessible by various walking / hiking trails (also great for mountain-biking), which can easily be extended into the neighbouring Vrolikjkheid Nature Reserve. It is a great place for bird-watching (172 species have recently been specified). The quaint 19thc village of McGregor is located just 5 km further up the road (which ends there!) and is a great spot to experience country hospitality at its best. The whole area is very well known for its abundance of wine estates, which welcome guests for wine-tastings. Guests staying at Tanagra may get their own personal introduction to the Tanagra wines and spirits (Grappa and Eau de Vie) from the Tanagra boutique winery & distillery from owners and hosts, Robert & Anette.
Tanagra offers six units, three cottages (Garden Cottage, Hill Cottage, Faraway), two apartments (Bottlebrush and Gumtree) and the Loft studio. Most units are located around the old historic Tanagra homestead and the boutique wine cellar. The Hill Cottage sits in the midst of fynbos overlooking the vineyards with spectacular views into the McGregor valley. Faraway is a new addition to the farm cottages, an eco and architect’s house located at the most solitary spot on the farm – just fynbos and mountains and silence.
All units have their own unique character, are tastefully furnished with the intention to provide a naturally elegant farm ambience (see eg stone structures, reed ceilings, carefully chosen equipment) and boast scenic views on mountains and / or dam. Please note that most units sleep two adults (exceptions possible for Loft studio, the Garden Cottage and Gumtree Apartment on request); Faraway has two en-suite bedrooms and sleeps four persons (extra beds possible for children).
Units are let on a self-catering basis. Guests may put together a breakfast basket with homemade / local products available at the farm (please enquire) or enjoy breakfast in one of the restaurants/cafes in McGregor (5 minutes; one in walking distance to Tanagra).
Spacious and tastefully furnished one-bedroom cottage (sleeping two adults) situated close to the swimming pool while still providing privacy. Fully equipped separate kitchenette (gas hot plates), en-suite bathroom (toilet and shower), fireplace (indoors) and large private and covered verandah with inbuilt fireplace/braai and scenic views right onto Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve.
Bottlebrush and Gumtree Apartments:
Two charming, spacious and tastefully furnished one-bedroom apartments (sleeping two adults each) as part of the large guest wing attached to the old Tanagra homestead. Wooden floor and high vault reed ceilings make these apartments light and airy. The kitchens are fully equipped (gas hot plates). Fireplaces (indoors). Private entrance and a private (and covered) verandah with scenic views on the mountains. En-suite bathrooms with electrical plugs (toilet, walk-in shower and bath in Bottlebrush; toilet and shower in Gumtree). Private braai places at the cottage (in the garden).
Very spacious studio above the old Tanagra winery with adjoining large wooden and sunny deck providing scenic views over the mountains and the beautiful farm dam. En-suite bathroom (toilet and shower). Fully equipped kitchenette. Indoor fireplace. Private outdoor braai and hammock close to the dam.
Private and romantic cosy cottage set amidst indigenous fynbos and overlooking the Tanagra vineyards with breathtaking views over the McGregor valley. Fully equipped one-bedroom cottage with large kitchenette area, open fireplace, en-suite bathroom (toilet, walk-in shower and bath). Private plunge pool with scenic views in valley. Large shaded verandah with fireplace / braai.
Most secluded of all cottages, this is a two bedroom architect's house (both bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms), built in the style of a Cape Dutch Langhuis in a conserved area of Karoo veld and fynbos and run on solar and wind energy. Large panorama windows allow an unobstructed view into the pristine landscape from wherever you are in the cottage. Separate lounge / kitchenette (fully equipped) with open fireplace. Two spacious and shaded verandahs in front and back of the house with attached plunge pool and spectacular views on the mountains and into the Robertson valley. Two braai (barbecue) areas outside.
Your hosts Anette and Robert will give you a warm and personal welcome and gladly show you the farm and introduce you to the Tanagra wines and grappas in private tastings (see also ‘wine and grappa experience at Tanagra’ below). Guests have the choice between keeping privately to themselves (all units secure your privacy) or joining each other in the garden (and winery). The units are fully serviced every third day (linen change every 6 days). English and German spoken.
• King-size beds (Queen bed in Hill Cottage; one Kingsize bed and two twin beds in Faraway)
• Private patios / verandahs with scenic views
• Open fireplaces (indoors) and outside braais
• Fully equipped for self-catering: bed linen, bath towels, pool towels, and fully equipped kitchen
• Coffee / tea facilities
• Information file about farm and area
• Free Wi-Fi (not at Faraway)
• Units all non-smoking (though guests are of course welcome to smoke outside)
• Private parking (undercover)
• Swimming pool (with braai area) (private plunge pools at Hill Cottage and Faraway)
• Garden with sun loungers and deck chairs and featuring a magnificent old wild fig tree providing pleasant shade on hot summer’s days
Please note that we deliberately did not equip the rooms with TV to stress the peaceful and private character of your countryside escape. (Rugby or cricket matches can be watched with the locals at the Old Post Office Pub in McGregor).
Wine experience at Tanagra
Tanagra is a boutique wine cellar producing hand-crafted distinctive wines (mainly noble red wines) maturing in French oak. A boutique distillery has been at work since December 2009, producing top-range European style Grappas and Eau de Vies. You are welcome to explore the vineyards and get personally introduced to the cellar and the Tanagra wines by the owners and your hosts Anette and Robert.