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 :: Tulbagh :: Wellington ::

Franschhoek

Nooks Pied-à-terre

Nooks Pied-à-terre

Franschhoek

May to Oct: R1,650 per night (2 sharing) to R2,050 pn (4 sharing) for villa. Nov to April: R2,050 pn (2 sharing) to R2,550 pn (4 sharing) for villa. 3 nights min stay. Discounts for longer stays.

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Angala Boutique Hotel

Angala Boutique Hotel

Franschhoek

R2,783 - R4,675 per room/unit (sleeping between 2 – 4 people). Rates for singles & special offers on request.

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The Explorers Club, The Library and The Map Room

The Explorers Club, The Library and The Map Room

Franschhoek

R615 to R2,700 pp sharing (minimum rate per cottage applies). Laundry and cleaning service on request.

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Willow Cottage

Willow Cottage

Franschhoek

R1,500 per night for 2 people, R500 per each additional person (sleeps 4). Regret no children under 12 years old. Minimum 2-night stay.

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Clementine Cottage

Clementine Cottage

Franschhoek

2 people sharing R700 pp per night, 3 people R650 pp, 4 people R600 pp. Minimum stay 2 nights. With regret no children 2-10 or pets.

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Riverside Cottages at La Bourgogne Farm

Riverside Cottages at La Bourgogne Farm

Franschhoek

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

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McGregor

Tanagra Wine and Guest Farm

Tanagra Wine and Guest Farm

McGregor

R325 - R650 pp sharing (self-catering).

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Paarl

Amberg Guestfarm

Amberg Guestfarm

Paarl

Berg 1: R450 pp sharing; Berg 2: R700 pp sharing; Mountain View: R400 pp sharing; Stone: R550 pp sharing; Poolside: R400 pp sharing; Studio: R400 pp sharing. Open betw' Nov 1st - Apr 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: R445 – R455 pp sharing. Singles R540. Garden rooms: R545 - R560 pp sharing. Singles R700.

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Robertson

Mallowdeen Gardens

Mallowdeen Gardens

Robertson

R495 - R745 pp sharing B&B. R420 - R670 pp sharing self catering. Highly discounted rates for longer stays.

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Tierhoek Cottages

Tierhoek Cottages

Robertson

From R800 per cottage (2 pax) - R 3,900 (10 pax).

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Excelsior Manor Guesthouse

Excelsior Manor Guesthouse

Robertson

Between R700 pp sharing in a smaller room and R1,000 pp sharing in a luxury room.

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Orange Grove Farm

Orange Grove Farm

Robertson

R1,275 to R3,600 per unit.

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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: R1000 – R1200 pp sharing. Suites: R650 – R950 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: 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

WedgeView Country House & Spa

WedgeView Country House & Spa

Stellenbosch

Rooms R695 - R1,295 pp sharing. Executive/Honeymoon & Courtyard Suites: R2,750 – R3,500; Family Suites: R2,650 – R4,800; Presidential Suite R4,000 - R4,500 (low season) - R6,750 - R7,750 per suite (high season) per night.

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Rozendal Guest Farm

Rozendal Guest Farm

Stellenbosch

Suites: R750 - R790 pp sharing. R900 - R945 for singles. Cottage: R1,000 - R1,100 pn for singles (R1,300 - R1,430 for 2, R1750 - R1,925 for 3, R2,200 - R2,400 for 4).

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Tulbagh

Villa Tarentaal

Villa Tarentaal

Tulbagh

R625 - R675 pp sharing B&B. R525 pp sharing self-catering. Singles on request.

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Wellington

5 Mountains Lodge and Spa

5 Mountains Lodge and Spa

Wellington

B&B: R620 pp sharing. Singles R992.

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Dunstone Country House

Dunstone Country House

Wellington

R660 - R1,045 pp sharing. Singles R825 - R1,210. Extra bed in room: R220 - R330.

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