WINELANDS Copyright Mikael Porsklint

With its magnificent natural beauty, its rich cultural heritage and its world-renowned wines - the Winelands Region in the Western Cape is synonymous with all the best that the Cape has to offer.

A 45-minute drive from Cape Town take you to the Winelands where splendid mountains form a dramatic backdrop to lush vineyards and gabled Cape Dutch homesteads steeped in history. The grand heritage and sumptuous restaurants have earned the Cape Winelands the right to call itself South Africa’s culinary capital.

Experience the hospitality and beauty, visit some of the many wine farms, or stroll down a beautifully restored street in one of the historical town centres and visit the museums and monuments that pay homage to our proud history.

The Cape Winelands region is the source of many legendary Cape wines, the produce of row upon row of grapevines, many of which were first planted hundreds of years ago. Join the winemaker on a tour of his cellar where the harvest is lovingly transformed into every wine lover's delight.

Copyright Mikael PorsklintFranschhoek‘s excellent restaurants are renowned at home and abroad. Add stunning mountains, galleries and antique stores to paint a picture of the hospitality that characterises this small town.

With its historical charm, culture, architectural heritage, wine and one of the largest solid rocks in the world, Paarl Mountain, Paarl is bursting with breathtaking scenery and offers the fitter tourist a choice of cycling and nature trails.

Wellington is famous for its dried fruit, wine estates, olive tasting and leather factories. Don’t miss out on a scenic drive up Bain’s Kloof Pass.

Robertson – the “Garden Town of the Boland” – is the largest wine-producing area under irrigation in South Africa. Robertson is famed for its superior wines and some of the country’s top racehorse studs have been raised and trained here.

Apart from a wide choice of wine estate cellars lined with top-class wines, visitors will discover a variety of locally produced cheeses, olives, export-quality fruit and organic produce to sample and buy.

 

 

Selected Winelands Accommodation

(We work with ALL quality suppliers, not only the ones listed below)

Auberge Clermont

This stylish country guesthouse offers accommodation in the beautiful Franschhoek Valley on a historic wine and fruit farm.
Surrounded by magnificent mountains, and only a few minutes from the centre of the quaint village, Auberge Clermont offers luxurious accommodation as well as peace and seclusion for the discerning traveller.
Auberge Clermont has a tennis court for the energetic, a sparkling pool overlooking plum orchards and leisurely walks through the vines and along the oak lined river.
Delicious gourmet country breakfasts are served under the 18th century oak trees or in the charming courtyard dining room.
In addition, Clermont offers self-catering accommodation in a historic villa. Step back in time and enjoy this secluded, beautifully appointed old Cape farmhouse with large covered terrace overlooking the plum orchard, vineyards and Franschhoek mountains. This villa has 2 bedrooms and a large loft room and bathroom – ideal for children.

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Six luxurious en-suite rooms, including a gorgeous honeymoon suite, are individually decorated in the colours and moods of Provence. Underfloor heating, air-conditioning and ceiling fans ensure year round comfort. The rooms are tastefully appointed while maintaining an authentic Cape winelands charm.
The romantic Honeymoon Suite is set within an old wine cellar. This spacious suite has a large bath, double showers and a king-size bed beneath a hand painted ceiling of clouds and birds.
Our Loft Rooms are light and stylish and offer spectacular views across the Franschhoek valley. These rooms have a tree-house like feel set amongst the branches of a centuries old oak tree.
The charming Garden Rooms have direct access to the gardens around the guesthouse and have views over the vineyards and orchard.

 

Facilities

Facilities: Free WiFi
Room Facilities: Satellite TV, Airconditioning, Under floor heating, Ceiling fans, Coffee & Tea making facitlites and Mini bars
Services: Laundry, Baby sitting, assistance with booking of excursions and restaurants.

Eikendal Lodge

For the ultimate escape and rejuvenation, Eikendal Lodge, gracefully nestled amidst lush vineyards on a working winery at the foot of the Helderberg near Stellenbosch, offers an idyllic Winelands retreat to revitalise the senses.

Unwind in the lap of country-style luxury and indulge in a laid-back al fresco breakfast by the pool, soak up the romantic glow of the fireplace or set foot on a hiking trail through the vineyards.

Our philosophy is focused around the personal preferences of our guests with each visit specially tailored to ensure a flexible Winelands experience. We strive in making every stay a memorable one with exceptional yet unpretentious, personalised service and a homely atmosphere, giving each guest a sense of ownership.

At Eikendal Lodge, our hospitality is as inspiring and breathtaking as a true African sunset.

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Eikendal Lodge is SATOUR approved and has a 4 star grading from the SA Tourism Grading Council.

An AA Superior Establishment in the category Country-Style Retreats, Eikendal Lodge is also the proud bearer of the distinctive silver plaque awarded exclusively to establishments that uphold exceptional service standards by InnKeeper.com

Eikendal Lodge comprises of nine spacious en-suite bedrooms, each beautifully decorated with comfortable furnishings and flowing onto its own private terrace with all the noble cultivars at your doorstep, leaving one with a sense of oneness with the serene surroundings.

We also offer two inter-leading room options for families or friends travelling together.

Facilities

Facilities: Free Wi-Fi, Sparkling swimming pool
Room Facilities: Air-conditioning, Bar fridge, Patio / verandah / balcony Television
Services: 24 hour laundry service, Childcare / babysitting service, two hiking trails on the farm

Life and Leisure

Life & Leisure Collection offers a range of accommodation options tailored to suit individuals, families or large groups. The choice is yours to book either our select and sought-after bed & breakfast experience at our beautifully -appointed guesthouse in Stellenbosch; or make a reservation for any of our contemporary chic and fully equipped self-catering apartments in Stellenbosch, or in the sought-after Stellenbosch Winelands and again if you want to get away from it all, stay in our holiday apartments along Strand’s Golden Mile beach.

Your stay in any of Life & Leisure’s impeccably decorated guestrooms and apartments is characterised by every first-class amenity you might need. All of our rooms and apartments are designed and decorated by director and business-owner Margie Potgieter. These are a glamorous meld of contemporary designer chic. Sophisticated use of furnishings, colours and playful patterns create a unique collection of 7 guest rooms, one family unit and self-catering apartments.

We aim to cater to your exclusive lifestyle and travel needs by providing superior accommodation options for all travellers, be it for a leisurely vacation or business. Either or, we strive to make your stay as carefree as possible.

 

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At Life & Leisure you have options, you can either stay in one of our 7 luxurious rooms (one family unit with 3 rooms) in the Guest House or choose to stay at one of our self-catering apartments. We have a selection of bachelor apartments and one or two bedroom apartments.

Facilities

Facilities: Swimming pool, free parking, bbq (braai) facilities
Room Facilities: Luxury tea & coffee making facilities, honesty bar, bathrobes and slippers, cable TV channels
Services: Complimentary newspapers, free wi-fi, booking of wine tours, airport and dinner transfers, laundry service

Maison Chablis

This tranquil Georgian-style boutique Bed & Breakfast in the heart of dream-destination Franschhoek, just an hour out of Cape Town, is highly sought-after and rated “Upper four-star Luxury” by The Portfolio Collection.

Frequented by local celebrities, business people and discerning South African and international travelers this well-appointed, exclusive establishment is surrounded by majestic mountains and positioned within strolling distance of the quaint historic Franschhoek village centre, with its delightful street cafes, award-winning restaurants, museums and galleries and within easy reach of walking and horse trails. Maison Chablis is also an easy drive to many of the Capes celebrated wine estates, world-class golf courses and unspoiled beaches. Whatever you are in the mood for, the knowledgeable staff will point you in the right direction with tailor-made suggestions.

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Rooms

Each of the newly-renovated and beautifully decorated, seven contemporary bedrooms feature an en-suite bathroom, top of the range furniture and décor, luxury embroidered 100% cotton percale linen and individual DSTV

Facilities

Facilities: WiFi/ Secure Parking/ Swimming Pool
Room Facilities: DSTV/ 80cm Flat Screen TV/ Coffee/Tea facilities/Mini Fridge/ Private safe/ Airconditioning
Services: Discounted visits to Franschhoek Health Club

Majeka House Hotel

Owner-managed and blissfully private, Majeka House is an ideal base from which to explore the historical town of Stellenbosch with its interesting shops, galleries, museums, and alfresco café culture. Numerous famous vineyards and award-winning restaurants, dotted along the Stellenbosch wine route, are within striking distance. This prime location combined with luxurious accommodation, thoughtful service, a sophisticated bar and restaurant, a professionally run spa and spacious grounds to create what is undoubtedly one of the most stylish boltholes in the Cape Winelands.