G&Tea Weekends Hosted by The Light House

Something very special is happening this winter!

The Light House Boutique Suites has teamed up with Paarl’s award-winning distillery, Wilderer Gin, to stir things up with their special G&Tea Winter Weekends in May, August and September 2018.

Lovers of the ‘good life’ and craft Gin are invited to experience the luxury of a weekend at The Light House, an elegant boutique guest house located in the historic town of Paarl, while savouring a special Gin experience – Wilderer Gin-cocktail options and a live distillation process presentation.

“We are excited to be partnering with Wilderer, South Africa’s most awarded craft distillery, says Darrol Buckton, The Light House’s General Manager.

“Johan Mönnig, its head distiller will be giving insights into the production and concept of gin, while distilling a batch of The Light House’s own Fynbos gin, LIVE, for all guests to taste and enjoy.”

The live distillation presentation will demonstrate all the intricacies involved in making world-class gin and while you are taking it all in, some amazing G&T’s, showcasing just how versatile gin can be, not just in summer, but in spring and winter too, will have been prepared for you to sample.

Be prepared to savour a few of these cocktails which will change for each weekend: Negroni – Wilderer fynbos gin, Campari, Martini Rosso Vermouth, orange slice or peel to garnish; Pineapple & Curry leaves – Wilderer fynbos gin, fresh curry leaves, pineapple wedge, rounded off with Indian tonic water; a Spiced Apple Warmer – Wilderer fynbos gin, warm Apple juice, cinnamon and star anise; Hot Gin & Tonic – Wilderer fynbos gin, tonic syrup and boiling water, served with  an orange wedge ; Blueberry & Thyme – Wilderer fynbos gin, blueberries, grapefruit and thyme and a Peachy G&T – Wilderer fynbos gin, canned peach slices, peach syrup topped with Indian tonic water.

The ‘G&Tea’ weekends are scheduled as follows:

18 to 20 May,

10 to 12 August, and

21 to 23 September

The weekends are dependent on a minimum booking of three rooms or six persons.

The Itinerary

Friday evening will be for guests, in their own time, to explore Paarl’s restaurants; and on the Saturday a special Gin ‘experience’ has been developed for guests to enjoy:  this will include a participative live distillation experience, three or four different (winter / spring) gin cocktails, and a scrumptious full afternoon tea is part of the Saturday gin experience which will be followed in the evening by an informal light dinner at The Light House.

So, if you’re looking for something a little different, something distinctly distinctive, and something out-of-the-ordinary, look no further… the Winelands – what better place to visit in winter….cosy fires, wintery walks, good books, great restaurants…and weekends at The Light House Boutique Suites.

Contact The Light House Boutique Suites for rates and to book.

Tel: +27 21 863 4600  |   Email: reservations@thelighthouse.co.za

Address: 2 Lille Street | Courtrai | Paarl 7646 | Cape Winelands

The Light House Boutique Suites, a hidden gem in the Cape Winelands, is located in the historic town of Paarl, a mere 45 minutes from Cape Town and a stone’s throw from Franschhoek and Stellenbosch.  The elegant boutique guest house offers both luxury and comfort for the discerning traveller with its five creatively themed and well-appointed and tastefully decorated suites including the Bridal/Honeymoon suite for that romantic breakaway; all with bespoke furniture. Outdoors features a large swimming pool and a sun terrace in a tranquil garden setting and activities in the surrounding areas include biking, trail hiking and horse riding.  The Light House Boutique Suites, centrally located – close to the N1 and to Paarl’s Main Road – can accommodate up to 10 guests. Children – 12 years and older are welcome. When booking the exclusive use of the villa children of all ages are welcome.  Free Wi-Fi and on site private parking is available. 

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Wilderer Distillery

Visit Wilderer Distillery and witness some of the world’s finest grappa, gin and eau de vie (schnapps) in the making. Pop in and experience how the best raw materials and cutting-edge German distilling equipment are used to create the products that have made Wilderer famous. The distillery was founded in 1995 by Helmut Wilderer, South Africa’s ‘father’ of craft distilling. Having been awarded numerous international awards, Wilderer has become a brand of choice for connoisseurs around the world. Today, his son, Christian, together with head distiller Johan Mönnig, build on Helmut’s legacy and continue to craft the true ‘spirit’ of the Cape. The Distillery’s latest offering, an exciting blending experience, enables gin lovers to create their own infusions using six different base ingredients, and add a personalised label to the bottle.

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