Moment of Gratitude
Here’s a happy find – beautifully decorated and luxurious rooms on a wine estate near Stellenbosch in the Western Cape. Primarily a wedding venue, Brenaissance Wine State offers sophisticated accommodation in rooms overlooking a pretty chapel, vineyards and mountains beyond.
French country-themed rooms with stylish black and white décor are cool and inviting. The large, white porcelain tiles, silver-framed mirrors, sparkling chandelier and clean white linen have a calming, and at the same time pampering effect. A felt throw, provincial style cushions and thick-pile grey carpets lend warmth and texture to the scene.
For once I am not travelling alone for work. I celebrate this pleasing situation by booking us into the “Bridal Suite” at Brenaissance, a romantic luxurious room decorated in cool white, silver and grey.
The walls are painted in quirky, wide silver and white stripes and the white-painted exposed roof trusses add instant character. The bathroom has a gorgeous slipper bath, double vanity, double shower and chandelier. The room is well situated at the far end of the row of rooms, with a private patio complete with loveseat.
We sit outside appreciating the view and the marvelous rich, oak-matured red wine produced on the estate. As our cheeks turn rose-coloured, so do the mountains, lit by the gradually setting sun.
The Jewish concept of Dayenu comes to mind – “it would have been sufficient”. Dayenu is said or sung in gratitude for leading us this far in life - if we had only received this freedom, that would have been enough. And of course the song implies that we have received so many more gifts than that. We cannot know what the future brings, but for that which we already have received we are grateful – for bringing us safely to this moment in time, for our freedom, for our relationships and for our life and energy.