The vineyards and wineries of the Cape are surely one of the highlights when visiting the Western Cape. There is something special about tasting a crisp Sauvignon Blanc or a rich Merlot while seeing for yourself exactly where it was created.
With wines that are famous all over the world, the Cape Winelands are home to spectacular mountain backdrops, rolling vineyards and historic Cape Dutch architecture, not to mention world-class tasting rooms and restaurants in the most gorgeous settings. From Stellenbosch and Franschhoek to the Constantia valley (home to the oldest wine estate in the country at Groot Constantia), in this article we're bringing you a selection of wonderful winelands stays.
Hawksmoor House is located on Matjieskuil wine farm found near the town of Stellenbosch. This carefully restored Cape Dutch country retreat has 15 ensuite rooms, beautifully decorated each with its individual style. The 15 guest room’s forms part of the original buildings set around a central pool, ornamental pond and well-manicured gardens of this historic farm.
This elegant renovated 1920’s villa offers guests a serene retreat in a quiet, leafy suburb of Stellenbosch. The adults only Villa Grande Guest House lends individual charm to each of the 12 ensuite bedrooms. Enjoy a complimentary tray of port in the luxury of your room, and room service which is available until 10pm daily.
Roosenwijn Guesthouse, Caprivi
Roosenwijn Guest House is a beautiful Victorian-styled home built in 1904. This declared South African National Monument has been lovingly restored to give guests that old-world feeling while at the same time experiencing four star luxury accommodation in Stellenbosch. 15 stylishly decorated, luxurious, en-suite rooms are all furnished with beautiful antiques and some with a touch of African décor.
Eendracht Hotel is situated in the historic Dorp Street in the centre of the oldest part of Stellenbosch. This village hotel is within walking distance of restaurants, museums, galleries, theatres, and different sports grounds making this the perfect location from which to explore.
Set amidst tranquil surroundings with stunning views of the vineyards, Hoopenburg Guesthouse offers guests 5 stylish bedrooms on this boutique wine estate. Guests can sample the wines on offer, learn more about the winemaking process in the tasting rooms, and tour the cellars on weekdays.
Rozendal Cottages is just a 40-minute drive from the heart of Cape Town CBD - but it feels like a world of its own. The open spaces, surrounding chardonnay vineyards, unassuming hills, a sprinkling of houses and lots of clear sky, is an instant relaxant.
Five gorgeous farm cottages, bordering vineyards, each sleeping two guest, with lovely white linen, towels and beautiful views make these cottages the perfect resting place whether for travel, holiday or business.
There is so much more to Boschendal Estate, set in the heart of the Drakenstein valley, than first meets the eye. As one of the historic winelands icons, Boschendal has a rich history dating back some 300 years and has long been a favourite for lazy summer lunches at their picnic venue beneath the trees. However, this beautiful grande dame has been lovingly restored and reinvented by a new team of owners in recent years and now offers fabulous accommodation in the Werf and Orchard cottages scattered across the estate, as well as Clarence Cottage and the superb Rhodes Cottage which sleeps up to 10 guests and offers a full housekeeping service, private gardens and private swimming pool.
Batavia Boutique Hotel, is situated in a quiet area off Dorp Street, the historical Main Street and village centre of Stellenbosch. Guests can explore Stellenbosch on foot from this charmingly intimate and centrally located boutique hotel with first class service and great food. The Batavia offers nine luxurious en-suite bedrooms, a comfortable lounge, a dining room where sumptuous breakfasts are served, a meeting room for business travellers who wish to consult in comfort, and a swimming pool in a relaxed garden setting. Original antiques, eastern rugs, ostrich leather furniture, bright bay windows, local artworks, patio views and an excellent selection of wines evoke the richness of the town's Dutch-African heritage.
Set in a quiet road lined with ancient oaks, and a stone’s throw from the Eerste River, sits the River Manor Boutique Hotel and Spa. Whether it’s a romantic getaway, or simply quintessential South African hospitality that you are after, this is the destination for you. River Manor with its National Monument status comprises two historical houses boasting 18 spacious ensuite rooms, luxuriously furnished and stylishly decorated with antiques - which combine old world charm with modern conveniences. An Intimate Spa is set within the secluded gardens of River Manor where guests are able to indulge in true luxury and pampering. The Spa is professionally run by a team of therapists offering a range of health, beauty and relaxation treatments.
If you’re looking to explore the winelands towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, then you really can’t beat staying on the Helshoogte Pass – the beautiful winding road that not only links the two areas but also provides spectacular views in every direction. Clouds Estate is an undiscovered gem in the heart of the Stellenbosch / Franschhoek Winelands boasting breathtaking views of vineyards and mountains as far as you can see. The suites at Clouds Estate are very luxurious and really spacious with understated modern décor and design – the view is really the main attraction and you can even enjoy it from your bed. All of the luxuries and amenities you’d expect from a 5-star property are provided from luxury robes and indulgent bath products to beautiful linen and a very comfortable king size bed.