Country Pumpkin is the perfect stop-over

Along the famous Route 62 lies the friendly village of Barrydale. While driving through this friendly village, you will find it hard to miss the Country Pumpkin Farmstall, with its bright orange exterior.

This restaurant and farm market has become a popular stop-over for those travelling to the area. It offers a wide selection or organic products, from teas and oils to homemade soaps and dried fruits, the selections are endless!


Inside Country Pumpkin Farmstall

Their homemade ginger biscuits and coffee rusks are a staple favourite for returning visitors, and their honey is pure and well-priced.

Included with their handmade soaps is their fynbos hand cream, which has become a very popular product with the ladies.

As part of their skincare range, Country Pumpkin stocks some Aloe Ferox products. These products range from aloe-infused items such as juice, gel, moisturisers, cleansers, bitters, sunblock, lip balms as well as bath and shower items such as shower gel, bath gel and body lotions.

They also stock some interesting local South African drinks, from Ports to Witblitz, and even do the tasting themselves.


Country Pumpkin serves delicious meals

Should you be in the mood for a hearty South African meal, you can rest your feet at the Country Pumpkin restaurant. The restaurant has a laid back atmosphere and their friendly staff provide prompt excellent service.

The restaurant has a wide variety on offer, which includes hearty breakfasts and light lunches. The menu boasts delicious choices such as traditional Karoo lamb curries, Cape Malay Bobotie, Chicken Pot Pie and Venison dishes.

Their Sunday Roast is widely popular and often brings in a crowd eager to get a taste of their roast lamb, pork and vegetables as well as other delectable selections.

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Our team of journalists are seasoned travels and love visiting the myriad of exciting places around South Africa.  Whether it is off the beaten track or in the heart of the top attractions of the country, we’ll be there,

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Expensive is not always better.  Our team at Home Food and Travel will tell you that they have camped in areas with limited ablutions and had a wonderful holiday.  They have also spent a night in a five star hotel only to be disappointed because their expectations exceeded the experience.

The reason for your travels will also affect your choice.  A business trip requires different amenities to a beach holiday. 

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Restaurants with a good mix of service, food and ambiance

To my mind a great restaurant offers three things – excellent service, great food and a wonderful ambiance.  Of these, service is the most important. 

No matter that the food is delicious and the setting delightful, poor service can ruin the occasion.  However, great service combined with mediocre meal and a plane jane restaurant can still be a pleasant night out.

We’ve eaten in restaurants that are really dirty but with incredible food and couldn’t help but give a rave review.  We’ve also hardly noticed what we ate because the setting was just amazing.

However, the best restaurants come with the best of service, food and ambiance.

Spas are the ultimate relaxation aid

How do you know when you have had a great spa experience?  The answer, of course, is when you doze off on the treatment table. 

Well that’s our theory anyway.  It also doesn’t take a grand location with enormous facilities for a spa to be really good

A small, personal spa that is owner run can result in the best massage you have ever experienced.  However, the grand spas in five star hotels offer unsurpassed facilities in an environment that just makes the stress in your shoulders and neck melt away before you even finish checking in.


You don’t have to be an adrenaline junky to enjoy an exciting experience.  In fact, what are commonly termed adventure activities usually have incredibly high safety standards and unblemished safety records.

Ziplining, bungy jumping and shark cage diving are all very safe.  It’s just that our mind tells us we are craaazzzzyyyy to be doing this.

On the road to great places of accommodation, restaurants, spas and adventure activities

If you’re driving, be safe and make use of all the wonderful farm stalls that populate South Africa’s open roads.

If you overhear somebody asking a lot of questions or see someone taking photos of empty bedrooms chances are it’s one of our Home Food and Travel team members.

We’re out looking or those great places of accommodation, restaurants, spas and adventure activities.

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