TRAVEL GUIDE - CAPE WINELANDS, WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA
map of Stellenbosch
is South Africa’s second oldest town, after Cape Town and is the sentimental
heart of the Winelands. Lined with shady oaks and beautiful gabled, white-washed
buildings the streets of Stellenbosch still have small irrigation channels
on either side of the older roads. In the past, these were used to water
gardens, as each householder had a time slot in which to divert the town’s
irrigation into their plot.
is very cultural and somewhat venerable town, while also displaying a decidedly
young and vibrant air.
are some interesting museums and many of the buildings, including some
of the hotels and restaurants, are national monuments and deserve a second
look. There is good mountain biking just outside the town, and there are
golf courses aplenty, but Stellenbosch is really all about wine.
town is virtually surrounded by fabulous cellars where you can do a tasting,
join a cellar tour, stock up your own personal cellar, and perhaps enjoy
a lovely leisurely lunch in the shade of some typical Stellenbosch oaks.
Some of the wine farms have become multi-purpose resorts with theatres,
restaurants, equestrian centres and much much more.
is close to Cape Town so it can be visited on a day trip, or you could
do a day trip to Cape Town or the Overberg from
Stellenbosch. The nearest beach is at Strand.
for a blast in the Winelands? Go on an informative Quad Biking Tour which
starts in the vineyards and ends in the cellar!
more info at www.quadrides.com - For bookings phone Hannalene or Merwe
on 084 874 8730
|Also see: Experience
the beauty of the Stellenbosch Winelands by Sarah Manners
BED & BREAKFASTS/GUEST HOUSES, CAPE WINELANDS, SOUTH AFRICA
accommodation in Stellenbosch
Guest Farm, Guest House, STELLENBOSCH
at the gateway to the Jonkershoek Valley in Stellenbosch, we offer the
tranquillity of country life with the convenience of the proximity of the
Stellenbosch village. Rozendal has been farming organically since 1994
and have for the past two years been using the bio-dynamic approach in
both our wine-making and farming. Auberge Rozendal is a family-owned and
run country inn offering 16 en-suite guest rooms. Relax at the pool
or enjoy a leisurely walk or hike in the adjacent forests and mountains.
Auberge Rozendal’s environmental and health-conscious approach to life
ensures clean air and pure water. No poisons are sprayed, while water is
sourced from an underground stream and enhanced by a water catalyser imported
from Germany, and noise pollution is lessened by the absence of television
sets and air-conditioning systems.
Guest Lodge, Bed & Breakfast, STELLENBOSCH
Avenues Guest Lodge is a
lovingly restored turn of the century home set in the heart of Stellenbosch.
We offer eight double en-suite rooms, with a choice of twin, double or
queen-size beds. Unwind with sundowners at the sparkling swimming pool
or catch up on news or sport in the TV lounge. Explore this student village
with its numerous museums, art galleries, curio shops, and historical buildings.
Sample the culinary delights of the region at various restaurants within
walking distance, or visit one of the many renowned wineries for a wine
tasting or cellar tour. Avenues is also located close to the University's
sports facilities and numerous health centres. Stellenbosch is the ideal
base from which to explore the nearby towns of Franschhoek, Gordon's Bay,
Hermanus, and Paarl.
Lodge, Bed & Breakfast, STELLENBOSCH
For the ultimate escape
and rejuvenation come to Eikendal Lodge, which is gracefully nestled amidst
lush vineyards on a working winery at the foot of the Helderberg near Stellenbosch.
It offers an idyllic winelands retreat to revitalise the senses. Unwind
in the lap of country-style luxury and indulge in a laidback 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.
Villa Guesthouse, Guest House, STELLENBOSCH
to Fynbos Villa Guest House, located in central Stellenbosch, 3 minute
walk to the historic town, University, River, Coetzenburg Sports Grounds,
Conservatoire, Botanical gardens, coffee shops and restaurants. Spacious
and elegant en-suite rooms, B&B or self catering. Reasonable tariffs.
Free Wi-Fi access, safe and secure parking. Swimming pool, lush garden,
bird watching. Great hospitality and breakfasts (also halaal and vegetarian).
Walking distance from University, Sports facilities, botanical gardens,
restaurants and coffee shops as well as Conservatoire. Bird watching and
solar heated pool on the premises. Honesty bar. Free Wi-Fi. Various museums
in close vicinity. Tours to the wine lands can be arranged.
HOTEL ACCOMMODATION, CAPE WINELANDS, SOUTH AFRICA
accommodation in Stellenbosch
Boutique Hotel, STELLENBOSCH
off Dorp Street (historical main street and village center of Stellenbosch).
Explore Stellenbosch on foot from here. Intimate 6 bedroom boutique hotel
with first class service and great food. Close to Cape Town (40 min), Franschhoek
(20 min), Paarl (20 min) Somerset West/ Strand (20 min) and Hermanus (55
min). Batavia, as well as the Cape of Good Hope, was a place of rendezvous,
a meeting place for ships and travellers, a place to gain access to fresh
produce and lastly, a place of restoration. Experience the Batavia
- reminiscent of the comfortable villas that hosted discerning travellers
and lordly merchants in the bygone days of the Dutch East India Company.
This boutique hotel is conveniently situated just off Dorp Street, the
historic heart of Stellenbosch.
Devon Valley Hotel, Hotel on Wine Farm, STELLENBOSCH
away in a shady, green and peaceful corner of the Stellenbosch Winelands
lies the Devon Valley Hotel situated in its own SylvanVale Vineyards. We
offer authentic, Contemporary Cape Cuisine with spectacular valley views
from the popular Vineyard Terrace and elegant evening dining in Flavours.
The Hotel has a 4-star grading and offers 38 tastefully decorated and newly
refurbished en-suite rooms. There are 3 Conference / Function venues available,
configurable to almost any seating requirement, and additional facilities
such as a Jacuzzi, 2 swimming pools, a communications centre with free
internet connectivity and wineless internet connectivity. The Devon
Valley Hotel’s signature restaurant, ‘Flavours’, has a gentle, homely ambience
and promises to offer guests and visitors authentic, contemporary Cape
cuisine in a picturesque setting.
Hotel Stellenbosch, STELLENBOSCH
in the heart of the winelands, in one of the most beautiful and heritage-conscious
towns in Southern Africa, Stellenbosch. With its Mediterranean climate,
scenic environment and well-maintained facilities, Stellenbosch is the
second-oldest town in South Africa and affectionately referred to as the
"Town of Oaks". Whether it is the magnificent backdrop of mountain ranges
you seek, perhaps just a scenic drive, wine tasting at wine farms or an
adventure-filled ride in a hot air balloon - you will never run out of
things to see and do. Based in a Science and Technology park, Techno
Park, this 176-bedroomed hotel is flanked by two international class golf
courses and a fine selection of wine farms. The north side of the property
faces the Stellenbosch and Helderberg mountains and, from the south, False
Bay and Table Mountain may be viewed in the distance.
Manor Boutique Hotel and Spa, STELLENBOSCH
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.
Hotel, Accommodation on Wine Estate, STELLENBOSCH
escape for body, mind and soul, Spier offers a combination of sybaritic
experiences - fine food, wine, music, art... a destination of great variety
that needs time to explore. Starting as a wine farm in 1692 in the
shadow of the Helderberg mountains near Stellenbosch, it has a cultural
heritage which it proudly preserves. The Village has been built
in Cape Malay style with 'homes' clustered around courtyards, swimming
pools, gardens and waterways. The 155 rooms are decorated in an unassuming
manner but furnished in luxury and providing a peaceful environment. The
gardens have been landscaped to exploit the magnificent setting, embracing
Spier's many features such as an 18 hole golf course, the riverside pub,
four restaurants with many cuisine choices, the Manor House with its fine
art collection, the cheetah park and horse riding through the vineyards.
SELF-CATERING / HOLIDAY RENTAL ACCOMMODATION, CAPE WINELANDS, SOUTH AFRICA
browsing accommodation in Stellenbosch
Esperance Studio Apartments, STELLENBOSCH
at the University of Stellenbosch and 5 minutes' walk from town centre,
Bonne Esperance Studio Apartments features well-appointed self-catering
accommodation in a historic building. The elegantly furnished apartments
will provide you with a TV, air conditioning and a patio. There is a full
a kitchenette with a microwave and a refrigerator. Featuring a shower,
private bathroom also comes with a hairdryer and free toiletries. You can
enjoy garden views. The property offers an outdoor pool and laundry facilities.
Free parking and WiFi are available. Bonne Esperance is 1 km from the Jan
Marais Nature Reserve.
at the Lake, Self-Catering Cottages on Wine Farm, STELLENBOSCH
Soverby at the Lake is located
a scenic half an hour drive through the beautiful Winelands from Cape Town
International Airport. Situated on an old working wine farm where one can
enjoy the tranquility and peace of the countryside, the original wine cellars
of 1907 have been transformed to provide refined living for honeymoon couples,
families, or friends enjoying the Cape Winelands together. Soverby on the
Lake offers three luxurious, beautifully appointed self-catering cottages
situated next to the farm lake. Each cottage features a private patio with
barbecue facilities, a fully equipped kitchen, lounge, bathroom with a
bath and shower, and satellite TV. Breakfast is optional and we also provide
daily cleaning services for guests' convenience.
Luxury Cottage, Self-Catering Cottage, STELLENBOSCH
Luxury Cottage offers the discerning traveler a country stay experience
within walking distance (less than 1.3km) from the historic centre of Stellenbosch.
This luxury cottage, suitable for up to 2 adults is situated next to a
beautiful farm overlooking Stellenbosch, the surrounding mountains &
vineyards. Come & relax on the spacious patio on the loungers
or dine at the 4 seater table shaded by a large umbrella while taking in
your surroundings & sipping on a glass of SA’s best. Stellenview
Luxury Cottage has an open plan lounge & kitchen that opens onto the
spacious patio with large windows so that you can even enjoy the breathtaking
views while inside from the kitchen or lounge. To assure absolute comfort
on those warm summer days you can make use of the air-conditioning, carefully
placed in the lounge so that it also cools down the bedroom.