Perched on the majestic mountainside of the tranquil Banhoek Valley, which connects Franschhoek and Stellenbosch, lies De Zeven Guest Lodge – a stunning sojourn boasting awe-inspiring views of verdant vineyards in front, and fynbos-dotted slopes behind it.
It’s here where pristine surroundings create a splendid sense of seclusion, and an expertly executed mix of plush, contemporary-country decor and friendly, attentive service will make you wish your stay would last forever.
An intimate number of just 11 rooms offer utmost comfort, while a scattering of communal relaxation areas – all beautifully decked out and with floor-to-ceiling panes allowing the views to permeate – enhance the appeal.
- four Pool Suites with large glass sliding doors overlooking the swimming pool and mountains beyond
- seven Manor House rooms spread across the property, varying in size and splendour (select rooms feature an indoor fireplace and a private outdoor courtyard)
- each room features a king-size bed, en-suite bathroom, tea- and coffee-making facilities, a hairdryer, air-conditioning, and complimentary wi-fi
We woke to the sound of birds tweeting outside, before settling in for a delectable breakfast of homemade delights, served on the view-drenched deck: freshly brewed tea or coffee, oat and yoghurt pots, fresh fruit, pastries, cheese and cold meats, and a variety of hot breakfast options.
The panoramic swimming pool is the only place to be on hot summer days, followed by a destress session in the sauna, or a beauty and wellness treatment with a view, or in your room. The plethora of mountain-biking and hiking trails right on your doorstep makes this a nature lover’s dream.
Those looking to get out and about will enjoy the scattering of acclaimed wine farms in the area, offering wine-tasting, lunch, high tea or dinner. Stellenbosch central – lined with shops, restaurants, and galleries – is a short 10-minute drive away for those looking to immerse themselves in the historic town’s cultural centre.
All this and more make De Zeven Guest Lodge an escape we won’t soon forget.
Distance from CT 1 hour
Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Where to find it Zevenrivieren Road, Stellenbosch, Western Cape
Uncover the hidden gems of the Cape by subscribing to our weekly newsletter.