The Quarters at White Light
Every now and then, I have to pinch myself because I really do love what I do. It’s not always easy (in fact its often very very hard) working as a blogger and freelancer, but every so often there’s a day so wonderful that it reaffirms in my head that I’m doing something that is worth the hard work and all the hecticness of constantly hustling for work. Last Sunday we were invited to stay at The Quarters at White Light, and it was undoubtedly one of those special days.
I’ve long been a fan of The Forum Company and their iconic South African venues. Turbine Hall and The Campus have their own special charm, but this was the first time I got to visit their premier wedding venue, White Light, and I completely fell in love with it. Sprawling lawns outside, high wooden ceilings inside, and large windows everywhere make it the kind of light, bright, canvas for you to create your perfect wedding – and did I mention they have a stunning outdoor glass chapel? You know I love a glass chapel.
As beautiful as the incredible White Light venue is, we weren’t there for a wedding – though I’ve got a feeling that people will be racing to book this venue – so if you do, invite me, okay? Our night in Lanseria was all about experiencing The Quarters at White Light, which is The Forum Company’s new onsite accommodation offering. Made up of five separate garden suites, it’s brand new and beautifully decorated – think lush furnishings, tasteful art, and incredible signature pieces. I’m just about ready to hire whoever decorated The Quarters to come and redo my entire home. It’s just a short stroll from the White Light wedding venue, and with its views of the gardens and surrounding countryside, it’s perfect for the bridal party hosting their special day here, or even just for a weekend away with friends.
One of my favourite things about The Quarters is that, although there are five different suites, and although they all fit perfectly together in the style of the cottage, each room is individual and lovely in its own way. Our room was all about dark wood and huge mirrors, while others had more of a focus on grey accents or woven wicker. The cottage is also built with ample socialising space (my BEST) with a lounge area that opens up onto the extensive patio areas, and a built-in outdoor fire pit for the evenings. There is also a small purpose-built kitchen where you can store milk for your tea (read as: store your booze) but the kitchen isn’t built for self-catering – and when you taste the incredible food that’s available at White Light, you won’t want to cook for yourself anyway.
The main suite is particularly lovely – with an elegant four-poster bed and white finishes, you can just picture it as being the most romantic honeymoon suite for your wedding night if you end up getting married at The Quarters. And if you’re just there with friends or family for the weekend, you’re gonna want to fight to get this room.
With it’s focus on art, luxury, and style, it was also kinda incredible to discover that the team behind White Light are also incredibly passionate about great food. We were fortunate enough to eat two meals while staying at The Quarters – dinner on Sunday night, and breakfast on Monday morning. In a word, the food was AMAZING. Embracing the concept of farm-style tables and sharing, our dinner table was overwhelmed with countless platters of fresh vegetable dishes, the most mouth-watering lamb and fish plates, and about a thousand other tasty combinations. And when it came to breakfast the next morning, we were treated to handmade muesli, delicious fresh coffee, and a full English breakfast. I was in heaven.
The awesome thing is that, from this weekend, you can also enjoy the amazing talents of the chefs from White Light and The Kitchen at L’Antico Giardino, even if you’re not going to a wedding there. L’Antico Giardino will now be opening on Saturdays and Sundays for both breakfast and lunch – and believe me, it is well well worth the short drive to Lanseria. There’s ample outdoor seating space if the weather is lovely, and space for your kids to ride their bikes around if you’re cyclists. The all-day breakfast includes wonderful things like Sourdough crumpets, and if you’re slightly hungrier later on, there are heartier options like three rivers salmon trout or free range rib eye of beef available from 11am to 3pm – perfect for a luxury Sunday lunch. And on the last Friday of every month the kitchen will also be open from 3pm to 6pm for afternoon drinks and snacks – the best way to end off a long week.
If you’re interested in hosting your wedding or weekend away at The Quarters at White Light, it’ll cost you R9,000 a night – which is pretty incredible for 10 people and including an amazing breakfast. Honestly, I’m already planning on gathering my family for our own lovely weekend there.
Tel:+27 (0)11 575 3888