Just a short drive from the bustle of Cape Town, are the fertile valleys which encompass the wine regions. The picture-postcard towns of the Winelands are characterised by their distinctive white washed Cape Dutch style buildings. Accommodation in the Winelands is in smaller, more intimate properties that have been chosen to reflect the traditional hospitality of the region.
Le Quartier Francais is set in cosmopolitan Franschhoek, a bustling gourmet centre with cafe lined streets, and is famous for its restaurants. Mont Rochelle and the lovely Auberge Claremont, are both set in their own extensive grounds, amongst peaceful vineyards. The pace of life in Franschhoek is less frenetic than down town Cape Town, with an emphasis on relaxation, wine and gourmet cuisine.
In Stellenbosch there is a wide variety of hotels and guest houses to choose from, both in the town and on the outskirts. If you prefer to leave the car behind, River Manor and Summerwood Guest House are centrally located so that you can walk to the restaurants and shops in the centre of town.
All the properties offer fantastic facilities, such as spa treatments, swimming pools and beautiful countryside to explore. (Not to mention all that wine tasting on your doorstep!) Golfers are well catered for in this area with many superb courses to choose from, such as Pearl Valley near Franschhoek, and De Zalze Golf Club which is on the outskirts of Stellenbosch.
Located at the far end of the Franschhoek Valley, this delightful guest house is set on an historic vineyard and fruit farm with cape dutch style architecture. It is a short stroll into Franschhoek town centre for the shops and restaurants.
An elegant converted Victoria Cape-Dutch homestead located just off the main road through Franschhoek Valley. Large, well appointed rooms and bathrooms and superb home made breakfasts, Avondrood House is just a short walk to Franschhoek.
La Petite Ferme
On the side of a mountain overlooking the Franschhoek valley, stand La Petite Ferme Guest Suites, an award-winning restaurant and winery. Renowned for its delicious lunch menus, La Petite Ferme also offers excellent B&B accommodation.
La Clé des Montagnes
Set just off the main Franschhoek High Street is the superb La Clé des Montagnes Estate. The private villas each have their own pool, dining area and lounge. Butlers and chefs are on hand to cater to your every whim, or choose to self cater.
Le Quartier Français
An ideal base from which to explore the surrounding winelands, Le Quartier Francais is a country retreat located in Franschhoek. The town is renowned as the gourmet capital of the Cape, and Le Quartier keeps with this tradition.
Mont Rochelle was acquired by Richard Branson in July 2014. After an extensive refurbishment it reopened in 2015 with a new, bright airy feel and a new lease of life, it is perfect for exploring the Cape Winelands or for a Cape golfing holiday.
River Manor with its National Monument status comprises two historical houses set in the picturesque aak-lined “Avenue”. The guest house is a mere two minute stroll from Stellenbosch centre with its galleries, street cafes and restaurants.
Summerwood Guest House is situated in the historic university town of Stellenbosch, nestled between mountains and rivers and is the perfect base from which to explore the Winelands, Cape Town and its spectacular surroundings.
The Village at Spier
The Village at Spier Hotel is set on the banks of the Eerste River, on the Spier Wine Estate just outside Stellenbosch. It is an ideal location to explore the Winelands or play golf on the local courses such as De Zalze or Pearl Valley.