Paardeplaats Nature Retreat



Cell: Brian 082 416 1379  Gerda 079 515 7799

Farm Cell: 079 694 9462



With your host Brian Whitehorn

Saucy Chef Cookery Courses are aimed at those who enjoy fellowship and share a passion for food – not for food snobs or critics, but for people who derive pleasure and fun from the process of planning, preparing and presenting food, and of course, enjoying the pleasures and ambiance created around the table.

Our hands-on workshops are not only demonstrations, but rather an invite to a fun party, and meal, enjoying the process while learning. Participants are taught to handle the heat in the kitchen, without burning their fingers, and they receive all the recipes, relating to the course.

Saucy Chef One Day Courses are held on the farm, and are normally planned around a luncheon accommodating up to 18 people. This can be made up of individuals, groups of friends, birthday parties, or work colleagues, or even year-end or team building functions.
Day Courses cost between R200 and R500.00 per person, which includes the food, all the recipes for the day, a glass (or two) of an appropriate wine. (non participating friends or partners can join in for the lunch at R200.00 per person)

Saucy Chef Weekend Courses are intended for couples or friends who share a mutual interest in  culinary pleasures. The focus is on fellowship and the courses are intended to be fun, and very sociable, based on the fellowship of friends.

Apart from the fun and games in the kitchen and around the table, Paardeplaats also has many getaway alternatives on offer, such as walking, hiking, mountain biking, birding, wild flowers or just relaxing with a good book and a glass of wine.
Weekend Courses normally cost between R2000 and R2500.00 per person sharing, which includes all meals and accommodation in 4 en suite rooms. With hands–on, guest participation in the preparation, all meals are planned, and recipes provided for all we prepare in the kitchen, and then enjoyed around the table.

All you need to bring along are your own appropriate wines (Brian can help with suggestions) and drinks for the weekend: Prices are dependent on numbers and the type of food planned for the weekend. A 10% discount, for groups of 8 pax, would apply.

NOTE: To make your ‘on line’ booking easier, Paardeplaats now has a ‘YOKO’ credit card system, for Master & Visa cards.

Enquire with Brian.

Some One Day courses planned for 2019 are:

Obviously some of the themes are seasonal, but the possibilities are endless and personal or group needs can be taken into consideration, even at fairly short notice. Please feel free to discuss this with Brian.

– Salad Days

– Autumn comfort

– Winter Food for the Family

– Healthy,  Spring Ideas

– Summer Inspiration

– Festive Ideas for a Traditional South African Summer Christmas ‘onder die suiderkruis’

Saucy Chefs’ having fun in the kitchen with host “ou Brian”:

A few of Brian’s ideas, for themes, for Weekend Courses are:

– The South African Outdoor Tradition

– Uncomplicated Entertaining at Home

– Health Food without Compromise

– French Provençale Food

– Practical Breakfasts & Dinner Ideas for Caterers

Note: All the relevant and related recipes are provided to the participants, and form the foundation of a fun experience.

Catered Paardeplaats ‘Surrey’ Picnic Menu Options:

One of our prime, fun activities, for families, groups or team building exercises on Paardeplaats is a ‘Surrey Tractor Picnic ‘.  Spend 5 hours in nature, enjoying some of the most beautiful scenery we have to offer in our country, travelling at a slow pace! Picnics are either catered or self catered. For some ideas for catered picnics see below:


Note: One can ‘mix & match’ from the menu’s below. Most are suitable for up to 12  to 14 pax. All would need a minimum of 10 pax. Picnics take from 4 to 6 hours, starting from 9 am.  I would need at least a couple of days to plan and prepare. All options can include the option of a well chilled and matched white wine or “Anvil Ale House”(Dullstroom) beer at an extra cost of R50 – R60pp (depending on choices)

If you have any special requests, please discuss with Brian, or you can come up with your own ideas and I will do my best!

Remember we’re on a picnic, in nature, and it’s all in the name of fun! So enjoy yourself!


Breakfast / Brunch Picnic (9am – 2pm)

1.        Fresh squeezed orange juice,

 Home made muesli, yoghurt and fruit, toast, cheese & preserves

 Bacon, eggs, sausages, mushrooms and tomato in various forms (discuss with Brian)

Coffee                                                            R200pp or R225pp with sparkling wine


Midday Picnics (10am – 3pm)

2.  Braai: Mezze platter- Spanokopita, hummus, tsatsiki, olives
Boerewors, lamb rib, chicken, ratatouille, pap, garlic bread. 
Fruit salad & vanilla yoghurt                           R250pp

3. Samis: home-made mayonnaise, egg & tomato.
cucumber, dill and cream cheese

 Fruit juice or cool drinks (chilled)

Seasonal Fruit basket                                  R200pp

4.        Pate Maison with baguette
Basil Pesto, tomato & garlic oil

Fruit juice or cool drinks (chilled)

Seasonal Fruit basket                                  R200pp

5.        Salade Niçoise with ciabatta and olives

Fruit juice or cool drinks (chilled)

Seasonal fruit basket                                   R250pp

6.        Salade de Truite Fume’ with a creamed horseradish sauce & ciabatta

Fruit juice or cool drinks (chilled)

Seasonal fruit basket                                   R250pp

7.        Dalewood Grand Brie with nuts, green figs & a fruit garnish served with Ciabatta. This needs 2 weeks to order. (sufficient for 12 or more people)

Fruit juice or cool drinks (chilled)

Seasonal fruit basket                                   R300pp

8.        Gazpacho with a baguette
Gaucomole & prawns served on a lettuce leaf with a small salad garnish

Fruit juice or cool drinks (chilled)

Seasonal fruit basket                                   R250pp


For the more health conscious (all served cold):

9.  (Vegetarian) Hummus, olives & ciabatta.

Lentil & Burghul Fritters with Tsatsiki
Gorgonzola with Honey & Nuts

Fruit juice or cool drinks (chilled)

Seasonal fruit basket                                   R250pp

10.      Tabbouleh Salad
Herbed, grilled, chicken breasts with pan-fried Halloumi & Pita 

Fruit juice or cool drinks (chilled)

Seasonal fruit basket                                   R250pp

11.    Spinach & Feta filo pastry
Served with an origanum marinated lamb chop & tsatsiki

Fruit juice or cool drinks (chilled)

Seasonal fruit basket                                   R250pp   

How to find us:

(See our Diagrammatic Route Map at “Contact & Rates”)

Paardeplaats Nature Retreat is situated on the Longtom Pass (R37), 12 km from the Lydenburg Wimpy. The gate is on the left hand side, at the “JESUS” hill. Turn in at the gate (undo the clip, the gate is not locked) and travel on the gravel road for about one kilometer to Lucas’ stone house (on right), continue another 100 meters, and keep left at the fork in the road, to the bottom of the hill (about 500 meters). Keep left at the boom, and continue for another 200 meters to the house. Please use our diagrammatic route map from the website (at ‘Contact & Rates’), if you are not sure.

See you there!