Love Rosendal Festival 2016 programme

The village’s famous and fabulous ‘Love Rosendal Festival’ takes place once again in the month of love from 12 to 14 February. This year it will centre around new things in town – the reopening of the hotel, the restoration of the Cultural Village, Dahla Hulme Studio & Die Stoor as well as the Kos-Huiskroeg Restaurant – with a focus on nourishing food and a wholesome lifestyle. After all, the village is relaxed, creative and beautiful – the perfect place to unwind. For full list of opening times for shops, restaurants and galleries, click here. Contact details at bottom of this page.

Friday 12 February

The various artists’ galleries, Kaboedel Crafts, Studio Ben (also offers bicyles to rent), Michele Nigrini Studio, Kotzé Kunsgalery, Turksvy Trading, Drank-Apteek, shops and DH & H Studio & Die Stoor (also serving as festival’s info centre with maps/programmes) will be open during the day.

In the afternoon a clean-up by children, with a focus on recycling, will take place. They will compete for prizes as a token of Rosendal/Mautse’s appreciation.

The newly renamed hotel ‘The Hound & Rose’ will host a cheese, wine, ‘lurve’ cocktails and finger snacks evening. R120 pp

At the Kos-Huiskroeg a ‘Moulin Rouge’ themed dinner and dance is sure to get everyone in the mood for love. Look forward to traditional Afrikaans snacks/dishes, karaoke with Vrystaat Boertjie and prizes for the best dressed. R100 pp

At Waya Waya Tavern in Mautse, drinks, laughter and pool.

Look out for the street performers on stilts and playing with fire.

Saturday 13 February

Rosendal’s galleries and shops will be open for browsers and buyers, while the local boeremark will offer pancakes, moerkoffie, biltong, home-baked foods, farm butter, spiral potatoes and arts & crafts. For those feeling active in the afternoon, the local tennis club will welcome you with open arms. Even if you only want to be served a drink while watching other people serving balls. Also, look out for the street performers on stilts or playing with fire.

The Hound & Rose Country House
While a few classic motorbikes roll in, the day starts with a brunch buffet – a variety of hot and cold dishes, pâtés, cheeses, cold cuts fruit platters, cereals, yoghurts, Scrambled eggs, eggs Benedict, bacon, steaklets, mushrooms, roast vine tomatoes quiches, salads. Stalls at the hotel will include organic cheeses, honey, herbs, rusks, biscuits, cooldrinks, arts & crafts, the making of perfume, a clothing exchange and masseuse (one can always relax even more), books, trousers, goose down products and decorated pieces of furniture. Not to mention weavers and spinners in action, a talk about all the caves and ancient sites right on the village’s doorstep, as well as new permaculture project outside Rosendal.  The hotel will offer an à la carte menu during the day – hamburgers, prego rolls, salads, peuselplanks, stuffed pita, deli sandwiches. All will build up to the evening’s ‘Stoep-Stomp’ party – dance, skoffel, cha-cha, pas de deux, but celebrate lurve!! Lamb and ‘Cheekon’ on the spit, salad buffet and Malva pudding with ice cream. R130 pp. A jol of an ending to another glorious day in the Eastern Free State, with a fire performance and magic show thrown in to top it all.

Sports field
All children are invited to the enclosed sports field close to the town’s entrance. Expect a fun-filled day that will keep the children happy in a safe environment, with the entertainment including free-for-all games, a giant puppet play, face painting, kite flying, soccer tournament, netball and wire car competition. And the street performers that will amaze with their tricks, pranks and other performances.

Cultural Village
The newly renovated and fenced-in village with its shops, food and craft stalls will be officially re-opened.

Kos-Huiskroeg
Will have an à la carte menu on offer throughout the day, with a mutton potjie & pap/rice for dinner.

Waya Waya Tavern
Shisha nyama (barbeque), music and the cheapest quarts in the southern hemisphere.

Sunday 14 February – Valentine’s Day!

From 10am to 12pm a record number of inhabitants from Rosendal and Mautse will open their eclectic houses for visitors to pop in for a drink and a chat. Meet the inhabitants, see their creative living spaces and find out why the village is so special to them.

From noon, The Hound & Rose Hotel will offer its ‘High Love Feast’ – 16 part buffet featuring pâté selection, salads, cheeses, soups, ‘Boer la baise’ fish casserole – mussels, prawns, line fish, & clams, chicken roulade stuffed with heart shaped vegetables and minted barley, crispy pork belly with roast apples and pears, lamb curry served with sambals, fettuccine with wild mushrooms (vegetarian), Creme à la coeur – heart shaped cheesecakes, creme brûlée with berries, Cape brandy puddings, Bohemian meringue mountain, ice cream with berry sauce, tropical fruit salad. R200 per adult, R120 for children under 12.

Kos-Huiskroeg will offer its à la carte menu from 9am.

Follow that up with a relaxed walk through the village with its beautiful sandstone church (service at 9:30am), just to remind you why you will want to return again and again.

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For The Hound & Rose meal bookings,
sms (only) Mark on 082 330 6346,

or call Pauline on 016 366 0084.

To exhibit at the hotel (free), contact Dewald on 082 387 5896.

For Kos-Huiskroeg bookings and exhibiting at the Boeremark (free),
contact Yolanda on 082 660 5443.

Love Rosendal Feesprogram 2016

Die dorp se beroemde en fabelagtige ‘Love Rosendal Fees’ vind weereens plaas in die liefdesmaand vanaf 12 tot 14 Februarie. Vanjaar se fokus is op die nuwe dinge in die dorp – die heropening van die hotel, die restourasie van die Cultural Village, Dahla Hulme Studio & Die Stoor asook die Kos-Huiskroeg Restaurant – met die klem op voedsame kos en heilsame lewenstyl. Die dorpie is immers rustig, skeppend en pragtig – die perfekte plek om jou siel te verkwik. Vir ‘n volledige lys van die openingstye van winkels, restaurante en galerye, kliek hier. Kontaknommers heel onderaan op hierdie blad.

Vrydag 12 Februarie

Die kunstenaars se galerye, Kaboedel Crafts, Studio Ben (het ook fietse te huur), Michele Nigrini Studio, Kotzé Kunsgalery, Turksvy Trading, Drank-Apteek, winkels en DH & H Studio & Die Stoor (ook die fees se infosentrum met kaarte/programme) sal oordag oop wees.

In die namiddag is daar ‘n rommel-opruim vir kinders, met die klem op herwinning. Hulle sal ook om pryse kompeteer as klein dankie-geskenke van Rosendal/Mautse.

Die hotel, nou herdoop na ‘The Hound & Rose”, bied kaas, wyn, ‘lurve’ skemerkelkies en vingerhappies in die aand aan. R120 pp.

Die Kos-Huiskroeg lok almal na ‘n ‘Moulin Rouge’ aand met ete en dans, wat meer het mens nodig om jou geliefde mee te bederf? Wees reg vir aand van tradisionele Afrikaanse geregte, karaoke met die Vrystaatse Boertjie en pryse vir die bes-geklede. R100 pp

By die Waya Waya taverne in Mautse, word jy verwelkom met drankies, musiek en pool.

Kyk uit vir straatvertonings met steltlopers en mense wat met vuur speel.

Saterdag 13 Februarie

Rosendal se galerye en winkels staan gereed vir besoekers terwyl ‘n boeremark onder meer pannekoek,  verskeie kunsvlyt, biltong, tuisgebak, plaasbotter, ‘aartappels op stokkies’ en moerkoffie aanbied. Vir die diegene wat smiddags aktief voel, sal die plaaslike tennisklub jou met ope arms ontvang. Selfs al wil jy net ‘n drankie bedien word terwyl jy kyk hoe ander mense balle dien. Kyk weer uit vir die straatvertonings met steltlopers en mense wat met vuur speel.

The Hound & Rose Country House
Die dag begin met ‘n liplekker brunch buffet wat jou met die nodig krag sal omgord vir die dag wat voorlê, terwyl ‘n paar klassieke motorfietse hul opwagting maak. Die hotel huisves ook talle stalletjies met onder meer organiese kase, kruie, heuning, beskuit, koeldranke, tuisgemaakte koekies, kunsvlyt, die maak van perfuum, ‘n klere-uitruilmark, kunswerke, masseuse (om nog beter te kan ontspan), vereprodukte, boeke, broeke en versierde meubelstukke. Om nie eers te praat oor wewers en spinners in aksie, ‘n voorligsessie oor die grotte en argeologiese terreine reg op die dorp se voorstoep of die nuwe permakultuur-plaas buite die dorp nie. Die hotel sal ‘n à la carte spyskaart deur die dag aanbied, maar als bou op na die aand se ‘Stoep-Stomp’ partie wat ‘n lam-en-hoender-spitbraai, slaaibuffet, nagereg, dans en vuurvertoning/kulkunsies insluit – ‘n jol wat nog ‘n pragtig Oos-Vrystaatse dag sal afsluit. R130 pp.

Sportveld
Alle kinders word uitgenooi na die omheinde sportveld naby die dorp se ingang. Wees reg vir ‘n pretdag wat die kinders gelukkig sal hou in ‘n veilige omgewing, met die vermaak wat speletjies, ‘n poppe-vertoning, gesigverf, vlieërs, sokkerkompetisie, netbal en draadkarkompetisie insluit. En die straatkunstenaars wat almal se oë gaan rek met hul kulkunsies en vertonings.

Cultural Village
Die pas gerestoureerde en omheinde toerisme-trekpleister met winkels en kunsvlyt-stalletjies word amptelik heropen.

Kos-Huiskroeg
Bied ‘n à la carte spyskaart dwarsdeur die dag, met ‘n skaappotjie & pap/rys vir aandete.

Waya Waya Taverne
‘n Warm Shisha nyama (braai), musiek en die goedkoopste koue bier in die suidelike halfrond.

Sondag 14 Februarie – Valentynsdag!

Vanaf 10vm tot 12nm sal ‘n rekordgetal inwoners van Rosendal en Mautse hul eklektiese huisdeure oopgooi vir besoekers om in te loer vir ‘n drankie en klets. Ontmoet die inwoners, sien hul skeppende leefruimtes en vind uit waarom die dorpie só spesiaal is.

Vanaf 12nm is die ‘High Love Feast’ te vier by The Hound & Rose Hotel – ‘n 16-gang buffet wat ‘n perfekte naweek op nog ‘n hoë kulinêre noot afsluit. R200 pp, R120 vir kinders onder 12

Die Kos-Huiskroeg is van 9vm oop en bied ‘n à la carte spyskaart.

Volg dit op met ‘n rustige wandeling deur die dorp met sy pragtige sandsteenkerk (erediens om 9:30), sodat jy onthou waarom jy weer en weer sal wil terugkeer.

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Vir The Hound & Rose etebesprekings,
sms (slegs) Mark op 082 330 6346,
of bel vir Pauline op 016 366 0084.

As jy wil uitstal by die hotel (gratis), kontak Dewald op 082 387 5896.

Vir Kos-Huiskroeg-besprekings en uitstal by die Boeremark (gratis),
kontak Yolanda op 082 660 5443.

Welcome to the Free State’s best kept secret | Welkom by die Vrystaat se besbewaarde geheim

The gorgeous village of Rosendal is set on the edge of the Witteberge, which forms part of the foothills of the magnificent Maluti mountains. It’s a photographer’s paradise, a hamlet where artists and writers find their inspiration. It’s also a place where friends and families gather to reconnect over great food, where children can safely ride their bikes on the dusty roads, and the more active can walk or ride on the surrounding farms.

The pace of life is slow here, it’s the perfect antidote to those needing a break from the big lights of the bright city.

Rosendal is just over three hours from Johannesburg, and two hours from Bloemfontein. It’s situated between Senekal and Ficksburg, and not far from Fouriesburg and Paul Roux. One adventurous way to travel from Gauteng, is via the Riemlandroete from Sasolburg – www.riemlandroute.co.za.

Rosendal looks forward to welcoming you – this gem of a village is one of South Africa’s most beautiful, unique villages – without a doubt, the Free State’s best kept secret.

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