Opstal Stay: Hot Tubs with a View at these Cabins in Breedekloof

Opstal Stay: Braai Area

Soak up the scene.

Tucked between the Slanghoek and Badsberg Mountains, surrounded by endless nature, Opstal Estate is a tranquil place, where a cluster of modern mountain cabins provide cosy, stylish nests for some real R&R, no matter what time of year you visit.

Woven into the fabric and history of the Slanghoek Valley, this seventh-generation property (dating back to 1847) offers an idyllic stayover that combines magnificent scenery and true country-style hospitality.

The lodgings

Mountainside Hot Tub Accommodation: Opstal stay 2022

The five modern, self-catering cottages are perfectly (and privately) positioned to maximise the valley and mountain views, with large picture windows and sliding doors, and unspoilt nature just footsteps away.

Opstal Stay: Accommodation Bedroom
Opstal Stay: Accommodation Fireplace
Opstal Stay: Hot Tub View

Inside, the contemporary open-plan architecture and quality furnishings provide a comfortable home-from-home (and it’s good to know the water in the taps comes fresh from a mountain stream). An outdoor deck with a luxurious Kol-Kol hot tub sets the scene for an unforgettable and relaxing stay.

  • The Barber and Carl Everson cottages each sleep 4
  • Lang Jan, Nellie’s Needle and Lady Ansie cottages each sleep 2
  • bathroom with shower
  • quality bed linen and towels supplied
  • fully equipped kitchen with gas hob
  • living area with a slow-combustion fireplace
  • indoor and outdoor dining tables
  • sheltered outdoor deck with a braai
  • wood-burning hot tub (plunge pool in summer)
  • outdoor shower  (in the two-sleeper units)
  • complimentary firewood bundle

While you’re there

Opstal Stay: Hiking Trails

Opstal is a working wine farm, producing three ranges (Sixpence, Estate and Heritage) – find your favourite by booking a tasting, then take a few bottles back to your cottage to enjoy on your deck. Chef PJ Lombard offers a seasonal menu of country-comfort classics at the restaurant, so guests can treat themselves to breakfast (from 9am to 11am) or lunch, which includes pizzas and platters. Sunday lunch is a local highlight.

Opstal also offers an Opstal Vars (fresh box) of seasonal goodies made on the farm or sourced from the area’s small producers – items such as honey, mushrooms, free-range eggs, jams and sauces, olive oil, herbs and coffee.

The farm itself is yours to explore on foot or by bicycle, or book an adventure on the trekkertrein (“tractor train”), which winds its way through the vineyards with a stop for a picnic on the farm. During harvest time, guests are welcome to join in the farm activities.

The Breedekloof itself is one of the Cape’s hidden gems, with a wine route comprising almost more than a dozen wine estates to explore, as well as a distillery, farm stalls, restaurants and more in Rawsonville, the area’s central hub. Outdoor lovers will relish the activities in the area: mountain-biking, fly-fishing and birdwatching.

Cost From R1 750 per night (two-sleeper cottages)
From R2 300 per night (four-sleeper cottages)
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Where to find it Slanghoek Road, Rawsonville, Breedekloof

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Time of publication: 22 April 2022