Meet our General Manager - Kurt Fortune

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About Kurt Fortune

Meet the highly proclaimed General Manager of Lakeside Lodge & Spa, Kurt Fortune. Kurt  started working for the collection in 2017 as assistant manager for Lakeside Lodge & Spa and has since mastered the skill of customer satisfaction.

His vast wine knowledge is very beneficial to the brand and after 8 years in the industry one can say he has paved the way to a unique outlook on wine and service delivery.

Kurt has a genuine passion for wine and pays great attention to detail. He treasures family above all else and as a result has moved to Sedgefield to be closer to his lovely wife who is also responsible for the other half of the lodge. Together they make sure that Lakeside Lodge & Spa is the ideal destination to visit when in the Garden Route.

Some of his favorite hobbies are making the most of family time, gaming and playing the role of a computer technician.

Kurt is very excited about his new role as Lakeside Lodge & Spa General Manager and after having been thoroughly trained by Karl Petersen on the daily ins and outs of the establishment, he is a true asset to our team.

We welcome him with open arms and congratulate him on this position.

Business Woman of the Year 2019 - Penny Streeter OBE

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Penny Streeter OBE wins Business Woman of the Year 2019

The owner of Lakeside Lodge & Spa, a subsidiary of the luxurious Benguela Collection, also home to Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate, Penny Streeter OBE, has won yet another award. At the South African Chamber of Commerce Awards, Penny Streeter OBE won the Business Woman of the Year Award on 15 May 2019.

Who Wins this Prestigious Award?

The South African Chamber of Commerce Awards is a celebration of the best efforts and achievements of the South African community in the UK. To be considered for the Business Woman of the Year, is a remarkable achievement. Other finalists included female representatives from Coca-Cola, Sanlam UK, and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

The Business Woman of the Year award is given to a business woman who is achieving in business, either in her own company or as an employee, who is an inspirational leader, recognised in her field and is or could be a role model to other women.

Penny Streeter OBE’s Achievements

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Penny started off living in a homeless shelter with three children. Through sheer hard work and tenacity, she has since built a business empire from the ground up. Now Penny Streeter OBE is CEO of the A24 Group and the Benguela Collection.  She is one of the most successful women entrepreneurs in South Africa and the United Kingdom.

In 2006, Penny was honoured by the Queen of England, with the title of Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for "Services to Enterprise".

This record of success has been achieved all through her own efforts, with no bank loans or outside investors. She is a champion in the media, for her employees and for women in business, sharing her story and experience to help others.

Her core business, the medical recruitment agency A24Group, which she founded in 1996 has achieved outstanding results with a great business model which Penny created and evolved. Since 2016 she has also built a major wine, hospitality and leisure business across the UK and SA through the Benguela Collection.

#Slow Route Food Journey – Benguela Brasserie

Written by Lisa Leslie

This week's Slow Route Food Journey takes us to Benguela Brasserie & Restaurant at Lakeside Lodge, situated on the reed-fringed banks of the Swartvlei Lake, just a few kilometres from the Slow Town of Sedgefield. The view alone sets it apart from many other restaurants in the area, but aside from that, they recognise and implement many of the slow food principles which we are seeking to promote on this culinary journey. Their mouth-watering bill of fare is inspired by the seasonality and availability of locally produced ingredients.

Early every Saturday morning at the iconic Wild Oats Market in Sedgefield you will find Benguela's Executive Chef Kelly-Anne Pietersen on a mission. With her astute chef’s eye, she seeks out the freshest, most eye-catching seasonal produce available, and then designs her menu in accordance to what she manages to source. Other fresh ingredients are ordered directly from local farmers within the Greater Knysna or George area.

Kelly-Anne is best known for taking familiar French classics and putting her individual creative stamp on them by giving them a local, contemporary twist. She trained under several well-known local chefs and has worked in some of the most prestigious kitchens in South Africa, including the Cape Grace Hotel, Sofia’s Restaurant at Morgenster Wine & Olive Estate and Bertus Basson’s award-winning Overture Restaurant.

Kelly-Anne changes her menu every two to three weeks. This is due not only to the fact that her dishes are based on seasonal, available produce, but also because she needs to constantly feed her creative passion for culinary arts.
Benguela Brasserie serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, which can be enjoyed either indoors or out (weather permitting), where diners can soak up the splendour of the Swartvlei's broad liquid landscape.

Breakfast and lunch are entirely informal affairs  and in-line with the typical Brassiere style dining. So guests of the lodge or locals can head here before or after a day exploring the area and enjoy a casual meal outdoors. It may be “casual dining”, but the attention to detail is notable and the quality of the dishes is consistently high.

For dinner, they take it up several notches. The owners of Benguela Brasserie, (who also own Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate, a leading producer and wine destination at the start of South Africa’s Hermanus Wine Route) saw a need in the area for a fine-dining experience and therefore decided that they would place strong emphasis on ensuring that every single aspect of a person's 'dining experience' is catered for. Dinners here can best be described as an unhurried, sensory feast. The service is exemplary, the ambiance beautiful and the food fare sublime. And all the menu items can be perfectly paired with one Benguela Cove's award-winning wines.

The Grand Gatsby High Tea

Lakeside Lodge & Spa invites you to join us for our Grand High Tea on Saturday, 15th April 2017. This event takes place overlooking the serene Swartvlei Lake where guests at the establishment can choose between a selection of English finger sandwiches, sumptuous petit fours and a selection of aromatic, steaming pots of tea. Guests attending our Grand High Tea are urged to come wearing their fancy “gatsby” hats.

Our executive chef has become the heartbeat of the Benguela Brasserie & Restaurant, renowned for her French-inspired cooking with flavourful nuances. Her knowledge of cooking and baking reflects in her culinary skills to intrigue guests with her meticulously prepared menus.

Guests can unwind and tuck into the finest selection of delectables and sip on fragrant teas as they listen to the sweet sounds of our performing artist Shaza Greeff.