Making dreams a reality

05 September 2019 | Business

A short drive from the city centre on the airport road, is Droombos – THE venue you’ve been dreaming of to host your special event.
With our recent visit to the estate after their official opening, we were warmly welcomed by banqueting manager Lawren Pringle.
She tells us that the estate was originally developed by well-known local architect Desmond Howard, and that around a year ago Mirinda and Kallie van der Merwe took over. “At that stage things were not much more than a shell and it took almost a year to get everything operational and to the point where it is today,” she says.
Now, Droombos’ small but dedicated team can ensure that you find the perfect package for your wedding, a corporate event or perhaps a romantic getaway with your significant other.
To experience what Droombos can offer, Lawren takes us on a quick tour of the property. Our first stop is The Red Gallery (or Rooie Galery) which is the perfect location for smaller events or a church ceremony for between 10 and 250 people. During our visit, the space was used for an exhibition featuring work by local artists.
Next was The Lounge, where you can enjoy a cold one or something more sophisticated from the wine or whiskey selection. Adjoining is The Library, which is perfect for smaller conferences, private dinners or intimate celebrations.
The Black Barn – Droombos’ flagship venue is a huge space for weddings, large conferences or that birthday bash you’ve been dreaming of. Here they can accommodate between 180 and 500 people and the space also features its own kitchen.
Last but not least, is The Restaurant (open from Tuesday to Sunday) serving breakfast, lunch and dinner prepared by one of their four chefs, serving a la carte meals or special menus on request.
While Droombos is a venue for special events, the estate also offers ten luxurious rooms, each with its own bathroom and veranda. Named after herbs, each unit boasts its own unique décor and design features, including luxuries like a Nespresso coffee machine and Egyptian cotton linen.
To add to the magic, the Droombos Garden boasts two massive lawns, a variety of trees (including 140 apple trees and two acacias that are more than 400 years old!), colourful blooms and a herb garden that is growing by the day. “We’re really looking forward to using our own herbs and veggies in the kitchen,” Lawren says.
All organics are disposed of in their on-site compost heaps.
What makes Droombos extra special is that most buildings are singular rammed-earth structures, featuring handiwork by local craftsman who work with rosewood, marble and red Kalahari sand. No wonder then that the estate also has its own workshop, where bespoke wood and steel items can be created in a jiffy.
Having hosted big events for corporates like Hollard, Debmarine, Standard Bank and Old Mutual, along with more intimate affairs like the launching of opera sensation Emily Dangwa’s CD, Droombos can cater to your every need.
Lawren says they have everything you could possible need for your event, from food and drinks to decor, or they can arrange with suppliers to create a special package for you.
For more info, visit droombosvenue.com or call 083 288 8352.

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