During the first properly hot weekend to hit Gauteng, we moseyed on over to the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel to enjoy some poolside picnicking. As it happened, we were there at the same time as the lovely Ashleigh Levin‘s cook book launch was taking place. Thanks to this serendipitous turn of events, we enjoyed an incredible harvest table of delights, all recipes from Ashleigh’s book, Home Cooked & Heart-warming.

 

 

Fairlawns is a lush, green oasis in the city. You wouldn’t know you are mere minutes from Sandton.

 

 

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel (Sandton)

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel (Sandton) - Red Carpet Treatment

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel (Sandton)

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel (Sandton) - City Oasis

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel (Sandton) - Oasis in the City

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel (Sandton) - Oasis in the City

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel (Sandton) - Oasis in the City

 


 

in their own words…

 

“Before Fairlawns became a boutique hotel in 1997, it was originally a ten-acre family home, owned by the Brenthurst Trust of Oppenheimer fame, sporting stables, a training rink, a cow (just one), geese, dogs, and two teenage children.  In 1994 the eastern section bounding on Bowling Ave was sold to developers and the residential estate known as Camelot was built on the site.  An offer from developers for the western section took a bit more soul-searching before being sold as it meant loosing not only an historical cottage, but the lunge rink and grazing, which in effect meant parting with the horses.

 

It was only once the family was left with the remaining three acres and the original homestead that Mr. Thacker decided to realize his dream of having a ‘country hotel’ – albeit in the heart of Sandton, the new CBD of Johannesburg.

 

The original accommodation block comprised 12 suites, each uniquely decorated. Apart from the African Suite, they are mostly euro-centric in their decorating with high ceilings, elaborate cornicing, tall doors and sumptuous fabrics.”

 


 

 

Cook book launch - Ashley Levin

Harvest Table at Fairlawns Boutique Hotel (Ashley Levin)

Harvest Table at Fairlawns Boutique Hotel (Ashley Levin)

Harvest Table at Fairlawns Boutique Hotel (Ashley Levin)

Harvest Table at Fairlawns Boutique Hotel (Ashley Levin)

Harvest Table at Fairlawns Boutique Hotel (Ashley Levin)

Harvest Table at Fairlawns Boutique Hotel (Ashley Levin)

Harvest Table at Fairlawns Boutique Hotel (Ashley Levin)

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel - Macarons

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel - Dessert

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel - Dessert

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel - Dessert

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel - Dessert

 

 

 

Our thanks to Fairlawns Boutique Hotel for this lovely invitation to come and enjoy a picnic, pool-side, at their incredible establishment.