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Cape Winelands

An hour’s drive northeast of Cape Town is an expanse of the most beautiful countryside in South Africa, with jagged mountain peaks and lush valleys lined with vineyards. Historic towns, quaint villages and gracious Cape Dutch homesteads are to be found in the Cape Winelands.

Stellenbosch is South Africa’s oldest town and its rich history is evident in the beautifully preserved architecture along oak-lined Dorp Street. This university town has a cosmopolitan atmosphere and youthful buzz. It is the gateway to the Stellenbosch Wine Route, which has over 100 members, from centuries-old wine estates to cutting-edge boutique cellars.

The charming village of Franschhoek was settled by the French Huguenots three centuries ago. Its striking scenery seduces all who visit, while lovers of superior food and wine are spoilt for choice in the ‘gourmet capital’ of South Africa, with its plethora of wine estates, award-winning restaurants and intimate bistros.

Paarl is the largest of all the Winelands’ towns. A stronghold of the Afrikaans language, Paarl is home to a number of historical wine estates and its quiet country atmosphere ensures a restful visit.

Highlights during any trip to the Cape Winelands include:

  • A wine and chocolate tasting
  • View cheetahs and birds of prey
  • Explore museums, craft initiatives and art galleries
  • Go hot-air ballooning over the vineyards or horse-riding
  • Golfing on world-class courses or fly-fishing in mountain streams

Cape Winelands Accommodation

  • Spier

    Spier’s iconic location in the heart of the famous Stellenbosch Winelands combined with its 4-Star accommodation and extensive range of on-site amenities makes this a destination of choice for travelers to the region. Village-style buildings, lush green lawns and spacious rooms situated next to the calming Eerste River are the defining characteristics of the Spier Hotel. Situated just a 20-minute drive from Cape Town International Airport, the hotel provides the perfect base for exploring the Cape Winelands.

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  • Babylonstoren

    With a glorious historical heritage dating back to 1692, no-one could have predicted Babylonstoren’s exuberant rebirth after its restoration or the fact that the experiential traveler would respond so emotively to its holistic ethos, which has very little to do with wine tasting, and more to do with feeding the senses. It’s this intelligent vision that has redefined and rebranded the Cape wine estate experience forever, by celebrating the simple pleasures of farm life, but with designer cred that is layered throughout.

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  • Grande Provence

    Tucked away among the vineyards of Franschhoek, Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate offers an exceptional hospitality experience for the world’s most discerning travelers. With untold activities and exclusive travel packages,
    guests can relax, recuperate, and findtranquillity here without straying too far from the madding crowd. Welcoming, attentive staff, and meticulous attention to detail make both The Owner’s Cottage and La Provençale a home away from home in one of the cultural hubs of the Western Cape.

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  • Mont Rochelle Hotel & Vineyard

    Mont Rochelle, opened in September 2014, is the latest addition to Virgin Limited Edition’s luxury hotel collection. In an area internationally renowned for its winelands and stunning scenery, Mont Rochelle boasts a unique hilltop setting and private vineyard in the heart of Franschhoek and just an hour's drive from downtown Cape Town. Children of all ages are welcome at Mont Rochelle. The grounds at Mont Rochelle cover about 100 acres and guests are welcome to go exploring.

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  • Oude Werf Hotel

    A landmark in the heart of Stellenbosch – wine capital and university town – Oude Werf blends Georgian origins, with 4-Star luxury and 21st century comforts. The hotel boasts 58 styled rooms and an enclosed garden. Rooms range from en-suite classic, superior and superior plus rooms, to signature deluxe rooms centered on a 200 year-old inn, with enclosed garden and pool.

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  • Avondrood

    This picturesque guest house is just an hour’s drive from Cape Town and located in peaceful Winelands country known for its gourmet wine and food offerings – the Western Cape’s Franschhoek valley. Avondrood’s original Victorian-styled Cape Dutch homestead promises guests a beautiful and indulgent stay with a rich historical feel of French Huguenot culture combined with all of the modern luxuries and amenities one could possibly desire. The expansive gardens are private and scenic surrounding a large pool, heated Jacuzzi, and outdoor breakfast veranda that boasts views of the mountains.


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  • Leeu Estates

    Leeu Estates, with its manicured gardens and vineyards, boasts breathtaking views of the Franschhoek valley. This exclusive 21-room five-star hideaway has exceptional interiors equipped with the latest technology and luxurious amenities. Innovative cuisine showcases the finest locally sourced produce in creative fusion dishes with vibrant world flavours. Leeu Spa and award-winning boutique winery, Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines, available for tasting at The Wine Studio, complete a truly immersive experience.

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  • Leeu House
    Franschhoek Village

    Leeu House offers the appeal of a country guesthouse in the vibrant heart of Franschhoek village in the scenic Cape winelands. This 12-room five-star boutique hotel provides a private and luxurious oasis set in serene gardens, complete with a 15-metre heated swimming pool and stunning mountain views, from which to explore the myriad attractions of the village and surrounding valley. Globally-influenced cuisine features fresh local produce in creative fusion dishes.

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  • Delaire Graff Estate

    Delaire Graff Estate is an incredible art and wine destination in the slopes of the Helshoogte Mountains near Stellenbosch. The estate is located in a fantastic location with ten unique lodges, designed to provide the ultimate comfort and relaxation for the guests. Each lodge has luxury and modern finishes, heated swimming pools and incredible views. Here at Delaire guests are spoiled for choice with award winning wines, pampering at the spa and delicious food at either of the restaurants. Guests can also take part in vineyard walks or wine tasting or they can go on a historic tour of either Stellenbosch or Franschhoek.

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  • Majeka House

    If Stellenbosch is where you want to be then Majeka House is the perfect place to stay. With top class vineyards and restaurants, galleries, museums and interesting shops just a short distance away, Majeka House is in a prime location in Stellenbosch. The accommodation is luxurious, service is fantastic, there is an excellent bar and restaurant and a wonderful spa. The rooms have recently been redone and are therefore up to date with the latest trends, ensuring that your stay is one to remember. Guests at Majeka House can enjoy their meals at an award-winning restaurant with fresh, modern, French cuisine.

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  • The Arabella Hotel & Spa
    Hermanus, Cape Whale Coast

    The Arabella Hotel & Spa is not only located in a stunning natural setting but is in close proximity to a range of destinations and activities that will appeal to all ages and all tastes from golf and fishing to beaches and of course spotting the Southern Right Whales.

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  • The Grande Roche Hotel
    Paarl, Cape Winelands

    The Grande Roche Hotel boast tastefully designed luxury suites and rooms and are housed in various Cape Dutch style buildings offering understated elegance and comfort.   The Grande Roche Hotel is set against a mountain backdrop in the heart of the Cape’s historic Winelands and situated just off the main street in the gracious town of Paarl.

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  • The Last Word Franschhoek
    Franschhoek Village, Cape Winelands

    This exclusive five star historic residence is in the heart of Franschhoek village, the gourmet capital of South Africa. It’s only a minute’s walk from many excellent award-winning restaurants and numerous character-filled boutique-style shops and art galleries. There are ten luxurious rooms: eight superior double rooms and two pool suites.

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  • Franschhoek Country House & Villas
    Franschhoek Village, Cape Winelands

    The restored manor house and former perfumery dating back to 1890 is situated on the outskirts of Franschhoek and comprises 26 rooms and suites. All rooms offer luxury features and facilities and most lead out onto a private balcony or patio with views of the enchanting vineyards and mountains.  Guests can laze beside one of two pools or visit the boutique wine farms in the area. The in-house Monneaux restaurant, voted one of South Africa’s ‘Top Restaurants’, is known for its innovative modern French cuisine.  Attention to detail and friendly personal service complete the experience at this fine country retreat.

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  • La Residence
    Franschhoek Village, Cape Winelands

    The vineyards and mountains of the Franschhoek valley paint the stunning backdrop to the secluded retreat of La Residence. Situated on a private 30-acre working farm with vineyards, plum orchards, a private dam and fragrant gardens, La Residence offers 11 luxuriously furnished suites and six individually designed villas with palatial bathrooms and decorated with fine antiques, exquisite Persian carpets and an eclectic mix of objets d’art. At La Residence, world-class service is the order of the day.

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  • Le Quartier Francais
    Franschhoek Village, Cape Winelands

    Located in the heart of Franschhoek Village Le Quartier Français, a Relais & Châteaux hotel is the ideal base from which to explore the winelands. The hotel specializes in gastronomy and its world-renowned restaurant, The Tasting Room offers exciting tasting menus, allowing guests to experience local flavours with a difference. All the rooms and suites offer large beds, decadent fabrics and luxurious amenities. Le Quartier offers guests a warm ambience, generous hospitality, unforgettable cuisine and experiences that create lasting memories.

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