IN THE NEWS:
Russells on the Port launched their new Guest Lodge with nine spacious suites on 23 November 2017, offering a tranquil stay for group tours, families and couples in an idyllic location a mere ninety minutes’ scenic drive from Cape Town. Russells on the Port is a touch of warm elegance that must be experienced when visiting Port Owen in Velddrif on the West Coast of South Africa. This is the place to take that break and enjoy the beautiful Berg River Basin.
Russells on the Port boasts nine new luxurious en-suite bedrooms, increasing their accommodation to fifteen double rooms which sleep thirty guests plus additional sleeper sofas in some of the suites to accommodate children or extra adults. The en-suite bathrooms have enormous showers and a few have the addition of a bath.
Accommodation at the guest lodge is inclusive of breakfast, WiFi, satellite channels, flat screen TV, air-conditioning (in most rooms), refrigerator, coffee station, private balcony (river view rooms), swimming pool, secure private parking, 24-hour CCTV and BBQ area.
The rates are extremely affordable with garden view or river view double suites. The honeymoon suite includes breakfast, champagne on arrival, private patio and entrance. Some of the rooms have interleading doors for families, as well as direct access to the pool.
The new addition is a twenty-meter stroll from the main building and the 90 seater restaurant which offers an upmarket dining experience. The excellent menu is seasonal and has fresh contemporary dishes with global influences. Flavours are big and natural, focusing on the essence of the main ingredient, with a fusion of local and international flavours and cuisines.
They have their own kitchen garden and pride themselves on preparing fresh produce. The menu includes seafood, lamb rump, crispy pork belly and locally sourced game prepared by renowned chef, Charl Coetzee, the on-site ‘food artist’. For guests looking for something more casual, there are gourmet wood-fired pizzas and flatbreads to be enjoyed with an ice cold draught beer or cocktail while soaking up the magnificent view of the Marina teeming with birdlife.
Russell Foster, owner of Russells on the Port, is an entrepreneur who hails from the North East of England. Over a decade ago he ventured to the West Coast of South Africa where he planned to retire after falling for the West Coast in a big way. He became a respected member of the Port Owen community by initiating a soup kitchen and becoming involved with various organisations such as animal welfare.
Foster’s initial idea was to open a restaurant on his doorstep where he could enjoy first-rate food and wine with supreme service. Little did he realise how popular the restaurant would become with visitors coming from Langebaan, Elands Bay, Cape Town and even Hermanus.
He then decided to take the plunge and expand to a successful guesthouse and has now added nine additional luxury suites. There are amazing plans for the future of Russells on the Port including charters up the Berg River and around the dazzling St Helena Bay.
The Grand Opening of the Guest Lodge was attended by various media, West Coast entrepreneurs, Capetonians and MC’d by Guy McDonald, radio personality from Magic 828 based in Cape Town.
Find Russells on the Port on the Foodie & Berg Route:
Tuesday to Saturday: 08:00 until 21:30 | Sundays: 08:00 until 19:00
Opening hours of the Guest House
7 Days a week | Where: 1 Bronwen Avenue, Port Owen, Velddrif