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Graciously Restored Retreat in Stellenbosch, Cape Winelands, South Africa

River Manor Boutique Hotel & Spa
6 – 8 The Avenue 
Stellenbosch 7600
Cape Winelands
Western Cape
South Africa

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River Manor Boutique Hotel & Spa, Stellenbosch, Cape Winelands, Western Cape, South Africa
River Manor Boutique Hotel & Spa, Stellenbosch, Cape Winelands, Western Cape, South Africa

River Manor Boutique Hotel & Spa is a graciously restored retreat at the leafy heart of historic Stellenbosch in the Cape Winelands. 

18 rooms, B&B.  River Manor nestles quietly under Stellenbosch’s ancient oaks beside a river, just 2 mins walk from the town’s historic centre. South Africa’s second oldest settlement, it is an ideal base for exploring the Western Cape and its renowned winelands. Just 30 mins from Cape Town, its calm ambience will lull you – as will River Manor’s pampering spa.

For the more active, mountains, vineyards, golf & cheetahs await. Breathtaking golf and hiking are just 10 mins drive away – as are Stellenbosch’s 100 or so wine farms. The challenge is choosing; but River Manor has experts on hand with tailored tours to suit.

If history’s your thing, Stellenbosch provides – the Village Museum is a model of its kind & several of the nearby wine farms boast historic manor houses as well as exquisite restaurants. But for now, imagine a coffee at ‘The Blue Orange’ (5 mins stroll), before a browse along historic Dorp Street (1 min) before taking in the Village Museum (7 mins). Then perhaps a cooling dip followed by a twilight concert at Oude Libertas amphitheatre (5 mins drive). And that’s just day one… For other days, Cape Town beckons with its historic Waterfront & Robben Island Ferry (40 mins drive). Or visit one of the Cape’s 50 beaches (15 - 60 mins), Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens (40 mins – a must), Cape Point (90 mins) and many other options! Welcome to Stellenbosch and the Western Cape!
River Manor Boutique Hotel & Spa, Stellenbosch, Cape Winelands, Western Cape, South Africa

River Manor is a luxurious and restful base from which to explore the Cape and its many attractions. It has a range of rooms to suit all pockets.

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River Manor Boutique Hotel & Spa, Stellenbosch, Cape Winelands, Western Cape, South Africa

The facilities at River Manor are of the highest quality & include:

  • Secretarial services, including wireless ADSL for guests account and other services through reception
  • Full English & Health breakfast in our dining rooms or on the terrace
  • Mini Bar
  • Two comfortable lounges with fireplaces
  • A secluded balcony & two verandahs
  • Our resident Spa offering a full range of therapies & treatments (see Health & Wellness)
  • Two patios & two swimming pools with mountain views
  • Supermarkets, pharmacies, internet cafés, restaurants & coffee shops a few mins walk away in the centre of Stellenbosch (see Wine, Dine & Dance for all the possibilities…
  • Full taxi/touring/airport transfer services available
  • Afrikaans, English & basic French & German spoken.
For longer stays or for guests travelling with much luggage, we strongly suggest confirming reservations in the Superior Rooms. It is not always possible to change room types upon arrival during the High Season (Sept to April) owing to the busy nature of this time of year.

There is a considerable difference between the room types re the size of the rooms and bathrooms. While facilities and services are similar in all the room types, owing to the Historical nature of both manor houses, all rooms are unique in size and appointment, which is part of the charm of our property creating an ambience of “Country Chic” accommodation.

These are beautiful, spacious rooms ideal for guests celebrating special occasions or wishing to enjoy added luxury and comfort.  Most bathrooms are generous in size, with many having original Victorian baths / with separate shower.

These are our 'standard' room types, of medium size and generally twin-bedded. They are considerably smaller than the Superior rooms. The en-suite bathrooms are either bath or shower only. For longer stays or for guests travelling with alot of luggage we strongly suggest confirming reservations in the Superior Rooms.

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River Manor Boutique Hotel & Spa, Stellenbosch, Cape Winelands, Western Cape, South Africa
River Manor Boutique Hotel & Spa, Stellenbosch, Cape Winelands, Western Cape, South Africa
PETIT ROOMS: (as the name implies these are small approx 17-20square metres)
Not Air-conditioned, overhead ceiling fan. 
Not recommended for long stays.
These rooms are small, double bedded with en-suite with shower only.
The rates are inclusive of our Health and English breakfast, which can be enjoyed at the poolside or in the dining room and conservatory.
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River Manor Boutique Hotel & Spa, Stellenbosch, Cape Winelands, Western Cape, South Africa

Both buildings have Historical Monument Status (Listed buildings) with all rooms unique in size and appearance, which we believe is part of the charm of our establishment. 

The en-suite rooms have all been stylishly furnished in keeping with the theme "Colonial charm with a touch of Africa". Each is equipped with the necessary modern conveniences and the added comforts of complimentary Port and Sherry trays along with soft toweling bathrobes.

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In the French spa tradition relax, rest and restore the inner being while enjoying ravishing breakfasts that nourish without adding inches. At River Manor Boutique and Spa you may indulge in either an active Spa programme, or enjoy the complete relaxation of one our body or beauty treatments all within the quiet and calm of our country garden.

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River Manor Boutique Hotel & Spa, Stellenbosch, Cape Winelands, Western Cape, South Africa
The Spa at River Manor has grown to include a variety of Treatments and Packages, making use of the Theravine Product House, a unique product range that uses extracts from Vine Plants. This product range has proved to be most popular with guests, complimenting our situation in the Winelands of South Africa and being a truly South African Company (based in Stellenbosch).   Please enquire re our Spa Midday Delight offer!!!!

It is essential to pre book treatments as the times get booked up rather quickly - we would not want our guests to miss the opportunity to indulge in true pampering at our intimate Spa.



With today’s pace of life becoming ever more demanding and stressful, more of us seek a sanctuary in which to escape. Although touch therapies and massages have been around for centuries, never before has the quest for wellness and harmony been as great. A 30 minute massage is recommended with the body envelopments to enhance effects of our body wraps at an additional cost.

The “Elixir” Massage 60 min/90 min 
This Signature Treatment combines various traditional body-touch techniques (Swedish massage, lymphatic drainage, reflexology and deep tissue manipulation) to transform your body into a state of total renewal and relaxation. Aromatherapy oils are blended according to your needs.
Traditional Massage 60 min
Reduces tension and relieves the negative effects of everyday stress. The classic Swedish body massage technique is used to relax the muscles, increase circulation, soothe tired muscles, and induce an overall sense of well-being.
Deep Tissue Massage 60 min
Releases chronic patterns of muscular tension. This massage technique uses slow strokes, direct pressure, or friction usually on a focused problem area. This is applied with greater pressure and at deeper muscle layers than the traditional Massage.
Aromatherapy 60 min/90 min
Essential oils are selected to suit personal requirements, using a specialized relaxing and restorative massage technique.
Back and Neck Massage 30 min
This is a “rapid tension release” treatment, using a special massage technique with slow strokes focusing direct pressure on problem areas. The result is increased circulation to the back and neck area allowing an overall sense of well-being.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage 60min
The Vodder Method is used to detoxify the body and to stimulate lymphatic drainage.
Reflexology 60 min
With focus being on the feet, this oriental treatment applies a pressure point massage technique to relieve stress and tension. It will restore energy and improve circulation throughout the body.

The Spa

For centuries, Spa Body Therapy treatments have been embraced for their revitalizing and therapeutic effects. Using sophisticated product technology and body envelopments, these treatments detoxify the body, destress the mind and revitalize the skin.

Purifying Back Treatment 45 min
This cleansing, relaxing and tension release treatment concentrates on those particular spots usually unreachable. A back “facial” that includes cleansing, exfoliation, massage and masking.
Heavy Leg Treatment 30 min
A specialty treatment for clients who have just completed a long trip or flight. It is excellent for sufferers of  oedema or poor circulation of the legs.

Full Body Exfoliation and Sunless Body Bronzing 45 min
A full body exfoliation precedes application of the body bronzer, which will leave your skin with an even healthy natural glow.
Theravine Relaxing Body Gel Wrap 60 min
This treatment is recommended as an anti-stress treatment. It is a wonderfully nourishing treatment that will leave the skin feeling smooth and soothed.
Theravine Contouring Gel Wrap 60 min
An unique blend of essential oils for contouring and body firming. This treatment focuses on customizing application for problem areas.
Theravine Purifying Body Clay Wrap 60 min
This treatment is devised to cleanse, invigorate and hydrate the body. This treatment not only benefits the skin but also leaves you feeling relaxed and uplifted with the use of essential oils.
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Full Body Exfoliation 30 min
Theravine Bath Treatments 30 min
Enjoy a relaxing hot spa bath with added essential oils or vine extracts.
Relaxing Hair and Scalp Treatment 30 min
A deep, relaxing and invigorating massage treatment for the scalp ending off with a hair pack treatment.


Our skincare therapists are highly qualified and trained to provide the utmost in professionalism. The following treatments focus on achieving the optimum skin well-being. They begin with a thorough consultation to assess your individual concerns so that we may provide you with the most appropriate treatment, ensuring that your experience is all you would expect it to be and more!

Men’s Exclusive Facial Skincare 60 min
This deep cleansing treatment is followed by an exfoliation, extractions (if necessary), a massage and a masque; leaving your skin clean, toned and revitalized.
Express Cleanse 45 min
This express treatment is ideal for those looking for rapid results in the minimum of time. It consists of a cleanse, exfoliation and a mask.
Standard Facial Treatment 60 min
The various stages of this treatment will be personalized according to the changing needs of your skin and will include a cleanse, steam, an exfoliation, massage and a mask.
Advance Deluxe Facial Treatment 75 min

  • Theravine Deluxe Anti-Ageing Facial
  • Therapack Nutritional Facial

A collection of especially designed Treatment Regimes
The “Debutante” 2 hrs 40 min
These Treatments are perfect for first-time Spa guests.
Luxurious Full Body Grapeseed Exfoliation (30 min)
Aromatic Hot Spa Bath (30 min)
Traditional Full Body Massage (40 min)
Spa Deluxe Facial (60 min)
Fresh Fruit Juice
The De-Stress-Express  1 hr 30 min
De-stressing tune-up after a long day.
Relaxing Hair and Scalp Treatment (30 min)
Aromatic Hot Spa Bath (30 min)
Back and Neck Massage (30 min)
Fresh Fruit Juice
The Renaissance  2 hrs 20 min
The focus is on the body and a powerful rejuvenation treatment.
Aromatic Hot Spa Bath (30 min)
Theravine Relaxing Body Wrap (70 min)
Traditional Full Body Massage (40 min)
Fresh Fruit Juice
Serenity   5 hrs
Enjoy a wonderful day of extra-ordinary indulgent treatments.
Theravine Purifying Body Clay Wrap (60 min)
Aromatic Hot Spa Bath Treatment (30 min)
Signature “Elixir” Full Body Massage (60 min)
Spa Deluxe Pedicure and Manicure (75 min)
Spa Deluxe Facial (60 min)
Spa Breakfast  (45 min)
TimeOut  2 hrs 30 min

The few minutes of luxury!

Spa Deluxe Facial (60 min)
Spa Deluxe Manicure (30 min)
Aromatherapy Treatment (60 min)
Fresh Fruit Juice

The Executive Renewal  4 hrs 30 min
A Selection of Treatments for that special professional.
Aromatic Hot Spa Bath Treatment (30 min)
Deep Tissue Massage (60 min)
Spa Deluxe Pedicure and Manicure (75 min)
Spa Deluxe Facial (60 min)
Spa Breakfast  (45 min)
A Manicure, pedicure, waxing or tinting finish will add the final touches to a perfect body make-over.


The Wellness Membership Programme is aimed at the regular Wellness participant. Rates and Privileges have been designed to meet the wishes of the once off Membership Fee. A Membership becomes active with the payment of a once off Membership Fee. Special Membership Rates incorporating savings up to 25 % per treatment have been formulated and apply to all treatments purchased during membership. See attached Rate Sheet. There no further monthly or annual subscriptions during the active membership period. The only pre-requisite to keep the membership active and to enjoy the below listed privileges, is for the member to purchase at least one treatment per month.

Membership Privileges

A Membership will entitle you to:
1.  A choice of a traditional massage or an annual subscription to a Health magazine. Either Longevity or Finesse.
2.  10 % rebate on all non-discounted Treatment Packages purchased.
3.  Enjoy Membership product rebates and special promotions.
4.  Purchase Gift Vouchers at Membership Prices.
5.  Pass on your Membership Prices to your guest visiting a Spa for the first time. This applies to all purchased Touch Therapies and Treatments or Wellness Packages on the first visit only.
6.  A 50 % reduction on all your treatments when you bring a minimum of 3 full paying guests with you.
7.  Enjoy Priority booking for peak periods.
8.  Personal beauty and spa consultation.
9.  Invitation to New Product/Treatment launches and events.
10. The Membership entitles you to enjoy the same privileges at all Spa alliance Hotels and Resorts.

Recreation & Activities:
  • Steam Bath
  • Golf
  • Swimming Pool
  • Bird watching
  • Hiking
  • Mountain biking
  • Wine tasting
  • Health Spa
  • Of Historic / Literary or Architectural Interest
River Manor is delighted to announce the addition of Stylish Self-Catering or Bed and Breakfast apartments in both Cape Town (Mouille Point) and Garden Route (Mossel Bay) to the River Manor Collection of Cape Stays! 

With panoramic, ocean Views and centrally located, both are proving to be most popular.

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River Manor Boutique Hotel & Spa
6 – 8 The Avenue 
Stellenbosch 7600
Western Cape
South Africa

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