Hooves up for the ladies!…

It’s my favourite month of the year – although Women’s Day is only celebrated as one day (9 August), us ladies have somehow managed to turn it into Women’s Month and I for one, am not complaining! I am also not complaining about African Pride Irene Country Lodge’s Awesome August Promotion as we are going to have everyone staying a little longer.

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My Moo Club (moms with calves) and I have been anxiously awaiting August to roll around so we can take full advantage. At our latest get-together in the field opposite the barn, when we were supposed to be mooing over parenting tips and skills, instead all we could chat about was what Destination Irene has to offer us gals this month…

We’ve diarised the 3rd of August 2016 as our next Moo Club meeting but have secretly booked a Ladies Day Off Package at Camdeboo Day Spa (don’t tell the bulls!). I was so relieved to hear that the spa is open on both public holidays this month – 3 and 9 August – as only after making the booking did I realise it was voting day! I’ll be sure to cast my hoof vote early on the 3rd so I can make it back in time for my Ladies Day Off Ultimate Rejuvenation: a Milk Moisture Hand Ritual, Milk Moisture Foot Ritual, Tech Neck Massage as well as a Soothing Scalp and Face Massage. Some of the other moms in our group have opted for different packages available this month (Ladies Day Off Relaxation or Ladies Day Off Luxury) but we’ve all agreed that we will meet in the garden for the light meal with refreshments included in all the packages, so we can enjoy each other’s company.

The Bulls Club (apparently the dads need a club too!) were a little mooortified at the thought of looking after all the calves whilst we sneak off for the day but, as always, us moms have planned a fun morning so they don’t have to get their horns in a knot!

An outing to Irene Dairy Farm is always a winner – whilst the bulls enjoy a craft beer at The Barn Restaurant, the calves will be climbing the jungle gyms and exploring the rest of the farm. Again, I confirmed that the farm is open on both public holidays this month (what would the bulls do without us?).

We didn’t want our bulls to feel too left out (the men get a little jealous that we have a whole month dedicated to the ladies), so the Moo Club gals and I decided to treat them to a couples evening out at the Meadow Green Restaurant. Word in the fields is that they’ve just launched a new A La Carte Menu which I know Bill is going to be mooorse excited to try first hand. Our Local is Lekker evening is booked and we will certainly enjoy the experience of a little hearty fine dining in Destination Irene (Moother-in-law has agreed to babysit in exchange for a Ladies Day Off Package!).

Bill doesn’t know it, but I’ve also booked us a Romantic Rondezvous package at African Pride Irene Country Lodge for later in the month. After these cold, dry winter months of working hard in the fields, and because I love him so much, this romantic package is just what we need. Luxury accommodation with breakfast and a five course dinner in the Meadow Green Restaurant are all the standards we enjoy at African Pride Irene Country Lodge but what makes this one a little more romantic is the picnic lunch under the oak tree and the selected spa treatments at the Camdeboo Day Spa – I’m going to have one very happy bull!

We’ve been spreading the news of Women’s Month Destination Irene offerings through to neighbouring farms as, like all ladies, we love a good excuse to get spoilt.

Cheers to all the mooovelous ladies out there…

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The Stall – Night Market @ SouthDowns

The Stall

To all of you who have been missing out on “The Stall” night market at Southdowns, here are the dates for the next few months for you to diarise!

30 June

28 July

25 August

29 September

27 October

24 November

Be sure not to miss out🙂

And to anyone interested in exhibiting you are welcome to contact Stalls organiser, Gareth Christie on 072 155 3924

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Oak Bar

Bring on the Gluwein! During the coming winter months this is the ideal place to cuddle up in front of the fire place.

Ideal for pre and post dinner drinks and one can sip away the night while enjoying one of the lodge’s light meal offerings.

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Grazing our way through winter…

You either love it or hate it but one thing is for sure, winter means us ladies can hide a few extra kilos under our coats which is extremely useful when all the cold weather prompts comfort eating!

Mooira rang me last night to say that she would like to escape the cold weather in the Midlands (they moved to greener pastures earlier this year and yes, it’s even colder there!), so we’ve decided on a moovelous, well-deserved cows weekend. I caught a sneak peek at Camdeboo Day Spa’s Winter Bliss special and when I mentioned it to Mooira she was moorse excited. I mooed, ‘’Mooira, it’s a SIX Timeless Skin Treatment (great for our winter coats) followed by a Taster Buff & Go, then we will put our hooves up and enjoy a cup of tea with a slice of cake for only R835 per person,” and her response was, “Moofect!”

I’ve also mentioned the fact that vouchers for various packages for Camdeboo Day Spa can be bought online to Bill, in the hope that he and Stan (Mooira’s bull) would think to book some surprise spoils for their ladies – sometimes our men need a little nudge in the right direction!

Mooira was worried about leaving the herd behind as the calves will be on school holidays and Stan can’t really cope with them on his own, so they’ve decided to make a long weekend of it and take advantage of the Family Fun Getaway package that African Pride Irene Country Lodge still has on offer. The calves will have a complimentary interleading room and they eat breakfast for free.

As I mentioned earlier, this winter weather makes us hungrier than usual but as always, at Destination Irene we are spoilt for choice… on the menu for our weekend:

The African Pride Irene Country Lodge Buffet Breakfast is a scrumptious way to start any winter day. Home roasted plunger coffee or a pot of international tea served at the table on arrival will do well for a start. Bill also suggested it to Stan as a great venue for ‘potential new business’ breakfast meetings whilst he’s here.


Lunch time is a breeze with the Irene Dairy Farm offering a great lunch menu so Mooira and I can ensure everyone is well fed. The calves will run around whilst the fresh winter air and warm winter sun will do them good.

Friday evening (4pm to 7pm) we will be tucking into the BBQ Lakeside Special Menu. (Also available on Saturdays from 11am to 7pm.)  A unique American-Style BBQ prepared by Executive Chef, Hanroe Erasmus, who acquired his skills from travelling and cooking in the USA, with a selection of the finest Craft beers – Bill and Stan are going to love this evening out.

Saturday Night Live promotions at Meadow Green Restaurant are the perfect night out where the entire buffet is a Chefs theatre – you can see the food being freshly made, plated and served. Bill is especially impressed by the spectacular range of wines on offer by the glass from the vinoteque walk-in cellar. Saturday night… sorted.

Before Mooira and her herd head home, Sunday Lunch (Meadow Green Restaurant from 1pm to 3pm) is booked.Mooira and I aren’t too worried about the extra kilos under our coats, that’s what spring time resolutions are for!

Keep warm everyone… till next month!


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Celebrating MOOtastic fathers this June

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I’m sure all the MOOthers out there enjoyed MOOther’s Day just as much as I did this year. Not only were all my wishes for a fun-filled Destination Irene experience fulfilled, but Bill went the extra field and treated me with an additional Camdeboo Day Spa Voucher which I will probably use during the winter to ensure my coat gets the treatment it deserves in this cold weather. I returned to my MOOtherly duties the next week feeling MOOrse relaxed and the delicious milk I produced was proof thereof.

After another busy day of grazing in the pastures yesterday, I arrived at the barn only to find a note attached to my bale of hay: MOOve over Mom – June is Daddy’s turn for spoils! No doubt Bill had something to do with my calves reminding me that 19 June 2016 is Father’s Day…

Attached to the note was a list of activities that Destination Irene has on offer, proof that it’s not only me that loves this destination, and I was so excited to see that there are so many ways to spoil Bill on this special day.

African Pride Irene Country Lodge is still running their Family Fun Promotion. Bill and I love to get away from the calves every now and then but when we do, they always MOOan that they are being left out. If I book this promotion, the calves will enjoy the weekend as much as we will. The package includes accommodation, a complimentary interleading room so the calves don’t feel completely alone, scrumptious full breakfast buffet for all of us and two hours of calf-minding services to ensure Bill and I can have a quiet romantic dinner.

Family Fun Winter 2016

But then I saw that Meadow Green Restaurant is offering a Father’s Day Lunch and I got even more excited. MOO’s around the pastures have been that Meadow Green Restaurant has recently launched a Smoked BBQ Menu within their buffet and I know that Bill would just be over the MOOn if he could get a taste of that. At R350 per person, this lunch is sure to win Bill’s heart over especially since it includes a welcome drink for Dad’s on arrival and a craft beer voucher for them to redeem at any point during the lunch.

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Of course, Bill won’t openly admit it to the other bulls in the field but he’s a fan of Camdeboo Day Spa and this Father’s Day I’ll be sure to include a Hot Rock for Men treatment in his bag of gifts. A self-heating sugar back scrub with steam, 30 minute back, neck and shoulder massage with hot rocks and an application of a muscle relief gel for circulation will certainly do. I think I’ll sneak in an extra voucher too so he can join me when I book to relax and rejuvenate my winter coat.

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Oops, I nearly forgot father-in-law! I know how much he loves the Irene Dairy Farm and their Father’s Day Lunch Buffet looks MOOlicious. For just R239.95 per person (R119.95 for calves under 12 years old and calves under 6 years old are free), the menu includes salads, veggies, seafood, carveries and everyone’s favourite, dessert. Dads will also get a gift – 1l of farm fresh milk which they will certainly enjoy.


  1. A Family Fun Weekend Getaway for a Family of four at African Pride Irene Country Lodge
    2. A Romantic Date Night for Two at the Camdeboo Day Spa
    3. A Sunday Lunch for four at the Irene Dairy Farm
    See below for competition details.


With so MOOny options, I’m going to have to hit the hay and sleep on what to choose. At least I know that whatever we end up booking for Father’s Day, Bill is going to love being spoilt at Destination Irene.

Wishing all Dad’s a MOOtastic Father’s Day…

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Competition 1

Win: A Family Fun Weekend Getaway for a family of four at African Pride Irene Country Lodge by simply answering the below question below on their  Facebook Page 

Question: Name our new incredibly unique and delicious offering available at Lakeside on Friday and Saturday? 

Answer: Click here to post your answer

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Win: A Romantic Date Night for Two in front of our warm fire in the Camdeboo Day Spa, by  simply answering the simple question on their Facebook page

Question: Name any one of the retail products sold in our Camdeboo Day Spa

Answer: Click here to post your answer

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Win: You can win a Sunday Lunch for four at the Irene Dairy Farm by simply answering the simple question on their  Facebook page:

Question: Tell us what type of milk our Dairy Cows produce? 

Answer: Click here to post your answer


Congratulations to last month’s winners!

African Pride Irene Country Lodge – A delicious Sunday Lunch Buffet for two

Frank Montgomery 

Camdeboo Day Spa – Hot Rock for Men

Debbie Abrahams Roodt

Irene Dairy Farm –  R200 voucher to spend at the Irene Farm shop

Raymond Antoncich 

Please send an email to marketing@irenecountrylodge.co.za to claim your prize!!! 


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African Pride Irene Country Lodge’s Day Spa Named One of the Best by World Luxury Spa Awards 2015

African Pride Irene Country Lodge’s Camdeboo Day Spa has been named Best Luxury Hotel Spa and Best Luxury Day Spa in the 2015 World Luxury Spa Awards Country Winners category. Voted by guests and industry consultants over the past year this prestigious award is only given to the most exceptional establishments.

Nicholas Barenblatt, Group Marketing Manager, Protea Hotels and African Pride Hotels, said of this achievement “The commitment and work that the team at the Camdeboo Day Spa have shown over the past year is inspirational. Meticulous attention to detail, instinctive and intuitive service and dedication has seen this team reach new heights of success in this competitive industry.”

Recently appointed manager of Camdeboo Day Spa at African Pride Irene Country Lodge, Lina Phetla epitomises the luxury spa she manages, she’s serene yet vibrant, balanced and in control. Her secret, she believes lies in harmonizing and reconnecting both body and mind.

“With the stresses of modern day living, I firmly believe in regularly taking time to switch off and recharge both physically and mentally to keep life in equilibrium,” says Phetla.

She said the ethos of Camdeboo Day Spa is to provide guests with a calm, beautiful setting as well as expert therapists to enable complete rejuvenation and revitalisation.

Expanding the spa and refreshing the spa’s offering is an exciting task for the 32 year old who has been involved in the beauty and spa business for a decade. Before her latest appointment she was the head therapist at Camdeboo Day Spa.

A motivated, cheerful individual with a great sense of humour, Phetla looks forward to spreading awareness about the therapeutic benefits of spa treatments and helping guests unwind and rejuvenate, achieving ultimate wellbeing.

African Pride Irene Country Lodge is proud of the latest accolade garnered by the Camdeboo Day Spa. This sets a new benchmark of excellence and will ensure that guests at the African Pride Irene Country Lodge have the best spa experience possible.

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SAAF Museum Airshow – 9 May 2015

Airshow - 9 May

Air Force Base Zwartkops

» Saturday, 09 May 2015 @ 07:00am
» Tickets Adult/Child over 12 yrs: R50

The annual SAAF Museum Air Show has been scheduled and has been approved to take place on 9 May 2015.

This Air Show has proved to be a favourite on the annual Air Show calendar and has been awarded the Best South African Air Show for 2011, 2012 and third position in 2013, 2014 by the Aero Club of South Africa.

The Paramount Group SAAF Museum Air Show is known to attract up to 35 000 spectators and is a not to miss event for aviation enthusiasts.

We present a family atmosphere and costs are therefore kept affordable to promote attendance.

Children under the age of 12 enter free of charge.

Firearms and bottles are prohibited in the venue.

Gates open at 07:00 am.


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Employee wins car @ African Pride Irene Country Lodge

Every year the staff at African Pride Irene Country Lodge works hard through the year to earn merit points on a merit system; they could then qualify and become one of the top 20 lucky employees to stand a chance to win a brand new car. No Management are eligible for this award. Herewith then the ceremony of this year’s staff merit award and congratulations to Robert Chauke who is this year’s winner and drives away with a brand new Chevrolet Spark!

The whole Merit Award Ceremony: 

Just the final:

Some pictures taken during the event:

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Wedding Showcase – 27 April 2015

On Monday 27 April African Pride Irene Country Lodge put on an amazing showcase for potential brides and grooms wanting to use the lodge for their wedding. It was an amazing day and thank you to all the suppliers, exhibitors and visitors who contributed towards the success of their very first Wedding Showcase .

It was a beautiful day filled with lots of excitement, live entertainment and a show- stopping Fashion Show by Godly Weddings.

Wedding Showcase - 27 April 2015

The Winning Couple – Congratulations!

Bridal Couples got to meet many exhibitors on the day which included; florists, event planners, entertainment, bridal wear, hair & beauty, videographers and much, much more. Herewith the list of exhibitors in case you did not make it on the day, click here…

Many prizes were also given away including an amazing Wedding at African Pride Irene Country Lodge to the value of R60000. Once again we would like to congratulate David Fernandes and his partner (soon to be wife) on winning this amazing prize. We cannot wait to host your special day at our property!!!

Don’t miss out on our next Showcase taking place on 24 September 2015. Make sure you take full advantage of this golden opportunity to come and chat to us about planning your perfect wedding.

Below was some of the suppliers, exhibitors and visitors visiting our little village!

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The Wedding Showcase – 27 April 2015

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Planning a Wedding?

At the showcase you will meet many exhibitors including florists, event planners, entertainment, bridal wear, hair & beauty specialist, photographers, videographers and much, much more!

For the full list of exhibitors, please click here…Wedding Showcase image2

This showcase will include the latest designs in bridal wear, accessories.

Read more about the day! Click here for the full layout of the day...

Our prizes are: WIN a wedding to the value of R60 000 as well as 30 other amazing other prizes up for grabs from photo & video shoots, bridal workshops, cake prizes, flower prizes,

Wedding Showcase Image5accommodation prizes, discount vouchers, beauty products, jewellery, spa vouchers and lots more.

On the day we will be having live bands playing on our main stage, a fashion show @ 13:00, free skin analyses at our spa, lovely food options to choose from, a beer tent, kids activities and Wedding Showcase Individual Flyermuch more fun. So even if you are not getting married and/or already married bring your family or friends, but come and enjoy the public holiday with us! We have something for every one.

However please note one thing we are a CASHLESS ENVIRONMENT and that means we do not take any cash or have any cash on our property, but all credit and debit cards are welcome. Thank you and look forward to seeing you there!Wedding Showcase image2

All the prizes to be won:
Stand a chance to WIN BIG on the day by entering into our amazing competition:
1. A wedding at African Pride Irene Country Lodge worth R 60 000 terms and conditions apply.
2. Two tickets to the next amazing African Wedding Showcase image3Embrace Bridal Workshop worth R 6 000.
3. A wedding planning package from Innovative Events to the value of R 6000.
4. A busker & DJ Package from Sonic State Production to the value of R 3500.
5. A couple photo-shoot from McLennans to the value of R 3500.Wedding Showcase Individual Flyer
6. A free consultation from Kolletjies Haas to the value of R 1500 inclusive of a R 500 voucher for décor hire. To see the full list of prizes, click here…

Main Stage Agenda:

10:00 Wedding Showcase Opening & Welcome
Havana Gas performing live
11:00 Prize Draw for spot prizesWedding Showcase image2
13:00 Fashion Show
14:00 Do Live performing live

Many fabulous prizes to be won on the day.

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Easter Sunday Lunch – 5 April 2015

On your arrival, indulge in a delicious Chocolate Chip Martini for Adults and a Strawberry or Chocolate Mini Shake for the Kids.

For lunch we are serving our talented Chef’s Speciality Easter Buffet, packed with old hearty favourites and delicious over the top chocolate indulgence accompanied by the enchanting piano tunes of our resident pianist.

A fun filled day is expected for all, with a kiddies Easter egg hunt and a surprise visit from the Easter Bunny.

Click on the link below to read more…..http://www.irenecountrylodge.co.za/images/PDF/easter%20sunday%20lunch%20flyer.pdf

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