Cape Winelands

For sophisticates - like myself - who have come to expect the finer things in life, the Cape Winelands are the only place to go. They cover a relatively small area of verdant valleys and vertical mountains that spring up out of the sea on the far side of the Cape Flats, about an hour east of Cape Town. Centred around the towns of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl, Wellington, Worcester and Robertson, this is the heart of the South African wine industry, encompassing more than 200 wine farms. And where there is wine there is food.... You will also find the best of a myriad of excellent restaurants in this chapter. My spirits were regularly raised in the Winelands (at the expense of my liver) on return stop-offs from long journeys into the hinterland.

Like the wine, it's a region best savoured rather than knocked off in a day trip from Cape Town. Allow yourself time not only for the food and wine but also for the landscape itself. There are dramatic individual mountains such as the Simonsberg and the Helderberg, which dominate the surrounding area. And several ranges of mountains make for great walking and birding and there are plenty of well-mapped footpaths available for burning off any overindulgence. Alternatively, make the most of the views by driving to the top of the Franschhoek or Bainskloof passes.

Teetotallers come for the history. The Winelands became one of the early beneficiaries of an expanding Cape Colony when Cape Governor Simon van der Stel first ventured here in the 1670s, modestly dubbing the area Van der Stel's Bush (which became Stellenbosch). Today there's a grand old gabled Cape Dutch house at every turn (of which more later) and many of these now operate as guest houses.

Accommodation in Cape Winelands

Listed by town/area where applicable (click to auto-scroll):
Ashton :: Franschhoek :: Franschhoek/Groot Drakenstein :: Hermon :: Klapmuts :: McGregor :: Nr. Paarl :: Paarl :: Rawsonville/Breedekloof :: Riebeek West :: Robertson :: Robertson/Montagu :: Somerset West :: Somerset West/Stellenbosch :: Stellenbosch :: Tulbagh :: Wellington

Ashton

Excelsior Manor Guesthouse
Excelsior Manor Guesthouse
Ashton

R565 smaller room, R720 for a luxury room and R825 for a luxury suite.

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Franschhoek

Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guesthouses
Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guesthouses
Franschhoek

R2,100 – R4,600 per cottage.

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Clementine Cottage
Clementine Cottage
Franschhoek

2 people sharing R650 pp per night, 3 people R600 pp, 4 people R550 pp. Minimum stay 2 nights. With regret no children 2-10 or pets.

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The Explorers Club, The Library and The Map Room
The Explorers Club, The Library and The Map Room
Franschhoek

R550 - R800 pp sharing (minimum rate per cottage applies). Laundry and cleaning service on request.

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Angala Boutique Hotel
Angala Boutique Hotel
Franschhoek

R2,200 - R3,700 per room/unit (sleeping between 2 – 4 people). Rates for singles & special offers on request.

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Riverside Cottages at La Bourgogne Farm
Riverside Cottages at La Bourgogne Farm
Franschhoek

One-bedroom cottage: R650 - R850 per night. Two-bedroom cottage: R1,100 - R1,300 per night.

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Nooks Pied-à-terre
Nooks Pied-à-terre
Franschhoek

Winter (May to October 2013) from R1,450 per night (for 2 sharing) to R1,850 per night (for 4 sharing) for the villa. Summer (Nov 2012 to April 2013) from R1,850 per night (for 2 sharing) to R2,500 per night (for 4 sharing) for the villa.

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Franschhoek/Groot Drakenstein

Lekkerwijn
Lekkerwijn
Franschhoek/Groot Drakenstein

R290 - R780 pp sharing depending on season and room. Quotes for singles on request. Minimum stays of 2 nights at weekends (Fri-Sat or Sat-Sun). Offers on occasion.

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Hermon

Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse
Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse
Hermon

R1,513 - R2,445 pp sharing. Singles + 20%. Wild Olive House R1,472 - R1,775 pp. Garden Cottage, R1,198-R1,330 pp for self-catering cottage. Rates include all meals and game drives. 0 - 3 are free, 4 - 15 half price in cottage.

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Klapmuts

Mitre's Edge
Mitre's Edge
Klapmuts

R1,250 - R1,450 for the whole unit. R250 for the sleeper-couch.

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Natte Valleij
Natte Valleij
Klapmuts

B&B R340 - R380 pp sharing. Cellar Cottage, R560 - R650 per night/whole cottage. Vineyard, R600-1400 per night/whole cottage.

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McGregor

Tanagra Wine and Guest Farm
Tanagra Wine and Guest Farm
McGregor

R350 - R475 pp for self-catering; R450 - R475 for B&B.

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Nr. Paarl

Ridgeback House
Ridgeback House
Nr. Paarl

B&B R510 – R750 pp sharing. Singles R750.

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Paarl

Amberg Guestfarm
Amberg Guestfarm
Paarl

Berg 1: R425 pp sharing; Berg 2: R700 pp sharing; Mountain View: R375 pp sharing; Stone: R550 pp sharing; Poolside: R350 pp sharing. Open between November 1st - April 30th.

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Rawsonville/Breedekloof

Eensgevonden Vineyard Cottages
Eensgevonden Vineyard Cottages
Rawsonville/Breedekloof

R350-R550 pp sharing

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Riebeek West

De Langenhof Guest House
De Langenhof Guest House
Riebeek West

Verandah rooms: R420 - R440 pp sharing. Singles R480. Garden rooms: R520 - R540 pp sharing. Singles R580.

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Robertson

Mallowdeen Gardens
Mallowdeen Gardens
Robertson

R425 - R580 pp sharing. Highly discounted rates for longer stays.

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Orange Grove Farm
Orange Grove Farm
Robertson

R1000 – R2500 per unit per night.

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Tierhoek Cottages
Tierhoek Cottages
Robertson

From R650 per cottage (2 pax) - R 2,500 (10 pax).

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Olive Garden Country Lodge
Olive Garden Country Lodge
Robertson

Rooms & family suite: R495 - R825 pp sharing. Honeymoon suites: R850 - R1,050 pp.

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Robertson/Montagu

Fraai Uitzicht 1798
Fraai Uitzicht 1798
Robertson/Montagu

Cottages: R850 – R950 pp sharing. Suites: R550 – R750 pp sharing. Singles on request.

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Somerset West

The Vintner's Loft
The Vintner's Loft
Somerset West

R1,800 for entire loft, max 4 pax.

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Blaauwheim Guest House
Blaauwheim Guest House
Somerset West

Suites, R750 - R850 pp for 2 sharing. Singles R1,050 - R1,200. Shiraz, R650 - R750 pp for 2 sharing. Singles R950 - R1,050.

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Seringa House
Seringa House
Somerset West

R450 - R650 pp sharing.

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Somerset West/Stellenbosch

Longfield
Longfield
Somerset West/Stellenbosch

R600 to R800 per person per day sharing. Single supplement by arrangement.

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Stellenbosch

The Beautiful South Guest House
The Beautiful South Guest House
Stellenbosch

R320 - R650 pp sharing.

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Plumbago Cottage
Plumbago Cottage
Stellenbosch

2 people sharing R450 pp per night; 3 people R350 pp per night; 4 people R300 pp per night. Singles on request.

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WedgeView Country House & Spa
WedgeView Country House & Spa
Stellenbosch

R550 - R1,095 pp sharing. Executive Honeymoon Suite: R2,195 – R2,995; Garden Family Suite (sleeps 4): R2,195 – R3,295 Family unit R2,750 - R4,195 for whole unit.

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Tulbagh

Villa Tarentaal
Villa Tarentaal
Tulbagh

R475 - R550 pp sharing B&B. R425 pp sharing self-catering. Singles on request.

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Wellington

Dunstone Country House
Dunstone Country House
Wellington

R600 - R950 pp sharing. Singles R750 - R1,100. Extra bed in room: R200 - R300.

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Kleinfontein
Kleinfontein
Wellington

R1,400 - R 1,700 pp sharing. Single supplement + 20%. Includes all meals, all drinks and laundry.

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Oude Wellington Estate
Oude Wellington Estate
Wellington

R480 - R550 pp sharing. Single R600.

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