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.

Cape Winelands Accommodation

Listed by town/area where applicable (click to auto-scroll):
Franschhoek :: McGregor :: Paarl :: Rawsonville/Breedekloof :: Riebeek West :: Robertson :: Robertson/Montagu :: Somerset West :: Somerset West/Stellenbosch :: Stellenbosch :: Wellington ::

Franschhoek

Clementine Cottage

Clementine Cottage

Franschhoek

2 people sharing R750 pp per night, 3 people R700 pp, 4 people R650 pp. Minimum stay 2 nights. With regret no children 2-10 or pets.

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Willow Cottage

Willow Cottage

Franschhoek

R1,500 per night for 2 people, R500 per each additional person (sleeps 4). From Oct 1st R2,000 for 2 + R500 for additional guests. Regret no children under 12 years old. Minimum 2-night stay.

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Nooks Pied-à-terre

Nooks Pied-à-terre

Franschhoek

May to Oct: R1,650 per night (2 sharing) to R2,150 pn (4 sharing) for villa. Nov to April: R2,350 pn (2 sharing) to R2,650 pn (4 sharing) for villa. 3 nights min stay. Discounts for longer stays.

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The Explorers Club Collection

The Explorers Club Collection

Franschhoek

R750 to R3,325 pp sharing. (minimum rate per cottage applies). Laundry and cleaning service on request.

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McGregor

Tanagra Wine and Guest Farm

Tanagra Wine and Guest Farm

McGregor

R425 - R800 pp sharing (self-catering).

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McGregor Country Getaways

McGregor Country Getaways

McGregor

R275 - R600 pp sharing.

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Paarl

De Kleijne Bos Country House

De Kleijne Bos Country House

Paarl

B&B R375 - R750 pp sharing. Singles on request.

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Mooi Bly Vineyard Cottages

Mooi Bly Vineyard Cottages

Paarl

R350 to R600 pp sharing. Minimum stay 2 nights.

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Amberg Guestfarm

Amberg Guestfarm

Paarl

Berg 1: R700 pps; Berg 2: R1,050 pps; Mountain View: R600 pps; Stone: R800 pps; Poolside: R600 pps; Studio: R600 pps. Talblik 1 and 2: R1,900 pps.

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Rawsonville/Breedekloof

Eensgevonden Vineyard Cottages

Eensgevonden Vineyard Cottages

Rawsonville/Breedekloof

R400 - R600 pp sharing.

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Riebeek West

De Langenhof Guest House

De Langenhof Guest House

Riebeek West

B&B R450 – R650 pp sharing. Singles R550 - R700.

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Robertson

Orange Grove Farm

Orange Grove Farm

Robertson

R1,700 to R4,200 per unit. Full board option starting at R1705 pp includes dinner, B&B, high tea, 1 nature drive per day, basic mountain bikes.

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Olive Garden Country Lodge

Olive Garden Country Lodge

Robertson

B&B - rooms & family suite: R495 - R825 pp sharing. Honeymoon suites: R850 - R1,050 pp. Self-catering garden rooms R395 pp sharing.

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Robertson/Montagu

Fraai Uitzicht 1798

Fraai Uitzicht 1798

Robertson/Montagu

Cottages: R1,050 – R1,350 pp sharing. Suites: R700 – R1,050 pp sharing. Singles on request.

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Somerset West

Blaauwheim Guest House

Blaauwheim Guest House

Somerset West

Suites: R950 - R1,250 pp for 2 sharing; singles R1,595 - R1,895. Self-catering: R875 – R1,175 pp for 2 sharing; singles R1,525 - R1,825. Shiraz: R800 - R900 pp for 2 sharing; singles R1,200 - R1,400.

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Somerset West/Stellenbosch

Longfield

Longfield

Somerset West/Stellenbosch

R700 - R980 pp sharing. Single supplement by arrangement.

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Stellenbosch

Gemoedsrus Farm

Gemoedsrus Farm

Stellenbosch

R650 - R850 pps (B&B), Cottage R900 pps (S/C) plus R650 extra adult). Breakfast hampers/dinners at extra charge on request for S/C guests.

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Rozendal Guest Farm

Rozendal Guest Farm

Stellenbosch

Suites: R865 - R950 pp sharing. R1,040 - R1,140 for singles. Cottage: R2,660 - R2,930 per night.

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Wellington

Dunstone Country House

Dunstone Country House

Wellington

R675 – R3,000 pp sharing. Singles R900 – R3,000. Extra bed in room: R250 – R450.

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5 Mountains Lodge

5 Mountains Lodge

Wellington

B&B: R620 pp sharing. Singles R992.

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