Sasfin Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival Package


Welcome to a weekend of wine, bubbles and the finer things in life! Plettenberg Bay is doing it again, we are so excited for the second Sasfin Plett Wine & Bubbly.

Last year we experienced the first Plett Wine & Bubbly, which was a great success and everybody who was there had a wonderful time. So this year’s festival is sure to be a great fine affair.

There will be plenty to sip and taste with more than ten local wine producers from the surrounding area and all our local food gurus showcasing their artisan cheeses, breads and canapé platters.

We are so very much looking forward to the festival, that we have put together a special Wine & Bubbly Package offer for those wishing to travel to Plett for the festival!

Getaway to Plettenberg Bay for the Sasfin Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival with our Cornerway House Package deal.

Cornerway House Wine & Bubbly Weekend

Package includes:

2 Nights Stay at Cornerway House Bed & Breakfast

Delicious English breakfast.

A weekend pass to the Sasfin Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival with 10 tasting vouchers per day, R20 off your first bottle of wine and a commemorative Wine & Bubbly flute valued at R350pp

ONLY: R1300 pp 


Just to add a bit more class and a bit more bubbly we will be able to taste bubbles from one of France’s oldest champagne houses, Piper-Heidsieck, the official champagne of the award-winning Oscars.

The week before the festival will be filled with activities, presentations and tastings on most of the wine farms.

An event not to be missed… taking place right here in Plett on our beautiful Central Beach.

Bubbly & Oysters     Sun & Sea   Ocean & Mountains   they all go together rather well!

Date: 09 and 10 October 2015 Venue: Central Beach Plett Times: 09 Oct 13h00 to 20h00 | 10 Oct 12h00 to 20h00 No persons under the age of 18

Email us now to redeem this exciting package deal:


Spring is Special in Plett



Come and enjoy Plett in spring with the sun rising earlier and setting later, the promise of warmer weather. Relax and enjoy our special discounted rates, it’s a good time to visit Plettenberg Bay. Our garden is waking up and beginning to show us some lovely new blossoms. After a long winter it is always nice to see the beginnings of spring.





Spring is the ideal time to escape for a little rest and relaxation. Our spring garden at Cornerway House is just magnificent and we are just a 7 minute walk away from Robberg Beach and close to all Plett’s favourite restaurants.  So spoil yourself and come and stay, take advantage of our Spring Special.

Black Eyed Susan

Black Eyed Susan






Food and Wine is Poetry at Plett Food Film Festival

Reza & Karen Dudley



We have just experienced the second  annual Plett Food Film Festival which ran from 9th -11th July.

Cheese & Wine

Cheese & Wine

Wow what a lot of fun and superb entertainment.  The organisers Plett Tourism, and iKasi Media did an exceptional job in presenting this festival. It showcased Plett at its best.  Our little town became a bustle of live entertainment excellent food and classic movies . You would have been forgiven if you thought you were elsewhere.

The second night we were treated to a Cheese & Wine, an amazing spread of local cheeses made by our fine artisans like Alje from Fynboshoek in the Tsitsikamma and my Italian neighbour Marco from Ice Dream Land with his delicious Gorgonzola. All accompanied by artisanal breads from  LeFournil. The table was bending under the spread! Plett Winelands showcased their wine and sparkling bubbly accompanied by canapes  from local chefs. The White House screened “ A Year in Burgundy” . We do hope our Plett Winelands make history like Burgundy.

The final  evening  was an evening of hot spicy delight, with my favourite Chef Reza Mahammad doing a cooking demonstration of “Sweet Potato Cakes” while reciting one of William Makepeace Thackerays poems.   The movie ”The Lunchbox”  an Eastern delight set in Mumbai was full of rediscovering ones hopes and dreams.

Reza reciting Thackerays poem

Reza reciting Thackerays poem

We were treated to an array of Indian dishes created by Reza and his team of local cooking  girls.

My highlights were meeting Reza and the delicious dessert – ice cream …Cardamom infused Pistachio & Almond made by our very own Ice Palazzo.  A wonderful way to end an evening and a fantastic festival.

Cardamom,Pistachio & Almond infused Ice Cream

Cardamom,Pistachio & Almond infused Ice Cream

So if you missed this year you best make a plan to be here in 2016. Promised to be even bigger and better.

Poem to Curry

– William Makepeace Thackeray (1811 -1863)

Three pounds of veal my darling girl prepares,
And chops it nicely into little squares;
Five onions next procures the little minx
(The biggest are the best, her Samiwel thinks),
And Epping butter nearly half a pound,
And stews them in a pan until they’re brown’d.

What’s next my dexterous little girl will do?
She pops the meat into the savoury stew,
With curry-powder table-spoonfuls three,
And milk a pint (the richest that may be),
And, when the dish has stewed for half an hour,
A lemon’s ready juice she’ll o’er it pour.

Then, bless her! Then she gives the luscious pot
A very gentle boil – and serves quite hot.
PS – Beef, mutton, rabbit, if you wish,
Lobsters, or prawns, or any kind fish,
Are fit to make a CURRY. ‘Tis, when done,
A dish for Emperors to feed upon.

An Indian Feast

An Indian Feast


Plett Food and Film festival


It is that time of the year again when Plett goes a little MAD. Plett Tourism and Ikasi Media will be hosting the Plett Food Film Festival from the 9th – 11th July.

This festival takes place during our annual Mad Festival. This year we will see celebs like Reza Mahammad, the “Spice Prince“, who will be our host along with SA’s hot new upcoming actress Lika Berning, the festivals ambassador. Reza the spice prince will be cooking all things spicy for us. Reza will delight us on the final night with an Indian dinner and the movie “The Lunch Box” And of course my very favourite lady, Karen Dudley, from The Kitchen in Cape Town will be back this year. Karen who is so passionate about food and life will entertain us in a BIG Italian way on the opening night with delicious food accompanied by the screening of “Big Night.” Expect a lot more than the “Love Sandwich.”

Meeting Karen Dudley

Meeting Karen Dudley last year

So prepare for a 3 day extravaganza of food and wine prepared by world class chefs. There will be local artisanal cheeses accompanied by award winning wine from Plett Winelands All of this will be accompanied by fine music and awesome drama. All of this takes place during The Plett MAD – the Music, Arts and Drama Festival, which runs from the 25th June to the 18th July and is an event not to be missed. Here we see music, arts and drama – all things MAD!

Come and stay with us at Cornerway House and enjoy the festival and all the other activities that Plett has to offer.



Patrick Mavros come to Plett

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Patrick Mavros comes to Plett

It is with great excitement that we welcome Patrick Mavros to Plett. It was Robin Pelham-Reid the owner of Cornerway House that had the great idea to have an exhibition to raise  funds for Plett Aid Foundation/ Hospice Plett – an initiative that is very close to our hearts here at Cornerway House. Annabelle Lady Conynham, vice chairman with her enormous energy has put the show on the road. We will be hosting a private viewing at Cornerway House on Thursday 26th March. The public viewing will be on Friday 27th March from 10.00am to 5:30pm at The Plettenberg Bay Hotel.

Patrick Mavros is a great story teller and has many tales to tell. One of them is how his business came about. It began when he fell in love and carved a pair of earrings in the form of roses for his new bride. As Patrick says he went from baker, soldier to earring-maker in 3 minutes when he fell in love. The new earrings created an interest and grew into Patrick Mavros Silver Sculptors and Jewellery. Patrick Mavros is now famous for his wonderful silver sculptures, with over 200 pieces in his collection.

Patrick Mavros Dallas 2014

Matabeleland is where Patrick was born and brought up, here he fell in love with all the wildlife. He enjoyed sketching and absorbing all the natural beauty around him. He now lives with his wife Catja in Harare. They have four sons, who are all involved in the business. Ben and Patrick, junior, are at the workshop in Zimbabwe under the close watch of big brother Alexander, who lives in London and is head of retail and marketing. Forbes lives in Mauritius and directs all the jewellery collections. He has brought a new dimension to the business with his fantastic work in precious and semi precious stones. All working very closely together. Our African animals are a great inspiration to the Mavros boys. Finally the piece is mounted and cast in in sterling silver using the lost wax method. The mark is registered at the Assay office in the Goldsmith Hall in London. The finished piece is then packed in a silk pouch and black box, which is expertly gift wrapped, ribbons and all. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have quite a collection and little Prince George has his own collection of miniature animals.

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We are so pleased and would like to thank Patrick Mavros, who has generously donated four pieces of Mavros jewellery as ticket prizes. The four winning tickets will be  drawn by Robin Pelham-Reid on Friday at 5. 30pm at The Plettenberg . We will be hosting Patrick and his wonderful representative Jessica, who has done a splendid job in orchestrating this great fund raiser.

Event Details:

Private Viewing:  (Invitation only) Thursday 26 March at Cornerway House

Exhibition & Fundraiser: Friday 27 March 10am to 5.30pmat The Plettenberg Hotel

Tickets and Enquiries: Lady Conynham  044 5335178

Robin Pelham-Reid  044 5333190

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More on Patrick Mavros

Win a weekend at Cornerway House – Rose Competition



Name this truly South African rose in the photo above and stand a chance to win a 2 night stay at Cornerway House in Plettenberg Bay.

We had such a wonderful response to our first “Name this Rose” Competition that we are having another round! To celebrate the New Year and the fact that all our roses are still blooming,  we captured this golden rose in our garden at Cornerway House. Can you tell us the name of this rose?

How to Enter:

1.Email your entry to with your name, answer & contact number – please title your email: Cornerway Roses

2. Only entries submitted via email will be entered into the draw. Responses on the Facebook page or post, will be deleted and disqualified.

3. View High Resolution photos of the rose: 


A 2 Night stay for 2 people at Cornerway House Bed & Breakfast, including breakfast valued at R2300.00


Terms & Conditions:

1.  The winner must be available to redeem the prize and travel to Plettenberg Bay.  If unable to do so, Cornerway House  reserves the right to reissue the prize to an alternative entrant. Air travel and other transport is not included in the prize.
2.  The promoter of this contest is Cornerway House Bed and Breakfast  in Plettenberg Bay.
3.  Anyone throughout the world may enter this contest, but the winner must make themselves available in Plettenberg Bay to claim the prize.
4.  There is no entry fee and entrants are not required to purchase any product to be eligible to enter this contest
5.  Closing Date for all entries will be 31st March 2015.
6.  No responsibility or liability will be accepted for entries not having been received by the closing time whatever the reason for non-receipt may be.
7.  Cornerway House reserves the right to cancel or amend this contest and these terms and conditions without notice to potential and actual participants in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law, regulation, pre-existing right or any other event outside of the reasonable control of  Cornerway House. Any such changes to the contest will, however, be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the same means used to communicate the contest.
8.  No cash alternative to any of the prizes will be offered. Prizes will only be transferrable at the sole discretion of Cornerway House and be subject to written confirmation by Cornerway House. Prizes are subject to availability at Cornerway House during the prize redemption period.
9. Correct answers will be entered into a draw with a final winner selected.
10.   Winners will be notified within 10 days of the contest closing date. The judges’ decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. If the winner cannot be contacted or does not claim the prize within 3 days of notification, Cornerway House reserves the right to withdraw the prize or select a replacement winner.
11.  Cornerway House will notify the winner when the prize can be redeemed and such prizes must be redeemed at times that are suitable for both winner and Cornerway House, depending on availability. Not to be redeemed in December 2015 or January 2016. Valid until  31st May 2016.
12. Employees of Cornerway House and their immediate family are not eligible for this contest.  



Plett’s very first and most famous wine farm, Bramon, is situated in the Crags. Making it the perfect afternoon treat for any day of the week as it is only a few kilometres from the heart of Plettenberg Bay. The estate began in 2000 and  is run by the Thorpe family and named after Peter and Caroline’s children, Bram and Manon.

With tables nestled among the vineyards and views of the Tsitsikamma Mountain Range, you’ll immediately get a picnic feel.  A menu made up of delectable cheeses, cold meats, patés, delicious organic salads all served with a hearty loaf of fresh homemade bread, and accompanied by the local wines.

Bramon Wine Estate is famous for their exceptional sparkling Sauvignon Blanc “cap classique,” the first to be produced in our country, making our beautiful Plettenberg Bay a Wine of Origin Region. The Methode Cap Classique was initially vinified by Graham Beck Wine’s very own Pieter Ferreira and is now under the care of Anton Smal from Villiera. Bramon is continuously striving at pushing the boundaries in the wine industry. The unique local climate and soil conditions makes this all possible.

Bramon is one of my favourite places to chill and enjoy good food and wine. It is ideally located and the best place to enjoy a relaxed laid back lunch after all the great activities the Crags has on offer.

Rose Gardens at Cornerway


Our gardens are one the best features at Cornerway House. Robin grew up with a love for gardens and flowers. His mum was a keen gardener and passed her love of roses onto her son. This passion led him to open a flower shop in Marlbrough, Wiltshire England. So when Robin relocated from England some 12 odd years ago, naturally he started to create a charming English sanctuary in the heart of South Africa, Plettenberg Bay.

With all the love and attention the gardens at Cornerway House receive from Robin and our two very special gardeners, it is no wonder that every year the blooms are brighter, bigger and more rewarding.

We have special roses that have been delighting us year after year, and some new ones that are blooming terrific. Earlier this year Robin ordered a variety from Ludwig Roses. Ludwig Roses was established in 1971, just north of Pretoria. From humble beginnings, lots of dedicated, hard work and passion Ludwig has grown a specialist nursery which has become the strongest rose brand in South Africa. They offer an amazing, huge variety of superior quality roses and will post to just about anywhere in the world.


We have grown one particular rose that is so beautiful, blooms quickly and then sadly fades. I think the scent of this bloom is so heavenly and truly depicts what a roses should smell like. The ideal rose from which to make rose water…

Rose Water:

Fill a saucepan with petals from strongly scented roses, include red ones.

Add enough water to cover petals. Bring to the boil and simmer for a few minutes.

Allow to cool leaving lid on to keep the perfume in.

Strain into jars with good tight lids.

Use rose water as a delicate perfume on your skin or sprinkle a little on your clothes.

I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden.’ Ruth Stout




Plett Wine & Bubbly

Plett wine&bubbly

Plettenberg Bay is about to experience their first Wine & Bubbly festival this weekend 3-5th October. Plett Tourism and the Plett Wine Growers Association have been working hard to showcase this wonderful event in our beautiful bay.

This event is going to be a celebration of Plett Winelands, which started about 14 years ago when the first vineyard was planted in the Crags, against the Tsitsikamma Mountains.
The Plett Wine industry has come a long way, we now have 16 vineyards producing award winning Sauvignon Blanc and Méthode Cap Classique. The Garden Route, with its ideal climate of cool wet winters, moderate summers and good soils is clearly perfect for the wine this region is producing. In 2005 Plettenberg Bay was named a South African ”Wine of Origin Region”
As they say….It is South Africa’s time to shine and we in Plett are going to do just that this weekend with more than 30 local wines and bubbly to sip savour & sea on the lawns of the Beacon Island Hotel. S A’s top local band, Watershed, will be there to entertain us. Local restaurants and chef Rich Rorich will delight us with their delicious food.

Come and spend the weekend with us at Cornerway House 2 nights @ R1250 includes full breakfast and ticket to Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival, including Watershed & branded bubbly glass.

Tickets are still available at Plett Wine & Bubbly

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Spring has Sprung in Plett

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From the time of our earliest forefathers, we have gazed in awe and wonder at the magic that is conjured by flowers and foliage – the colour and beauty of their shapes, their markings and the intricacies of their form. Plants are miracles of nature providing sustenance for the body and the soul. It is little wonder that we continue to celebrate their existence.”

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Taking a stroll along Plett’s beaches, it was with great excitement that we stumbled upon the wild freesia growing in the crevices of the Lookout Rocks on Wedge side of Central Beach. How they get to be there is truly a miracle. There is hardly enough space to contain their bulbs. They are mostly pollinated by bees. An excellent sign that spring has sprung in Plett!

Freesia alba are endemic to Southern Africa with over 16 species, they are found growing in sandy or stony soils, alongside dunes or on the edges of forests. They seem to like damp places and grow mainly along the coast from Hermanus to Plettenberg Bay. They are deciduous, so we have beautiful blooms now in spring and then they lie dormant in summer.

Colourful freesia growing in flower box

Colourful freesia growing in flower box


Cornerway House Garden

Cornerway House Garden

Spring Special at Cornerway House