Stay + Play Stellenbosch: Unmissable Accommodation Specials

Stay and Play Stellenbosch Accommodation

Explore the Winelands in winter.

When the outside temperature plummets, Stellenbosch lays out a welcome mat with irresistible special offers at selected restaurants and accommodation. Stay & Play Stellenbosch, presented by Visit Stellenbosch (the official Stellenbosch tourism and information centre) and the Cape Winelands, collects together all the winter specials in one place, making it super easy to plan your stay.

So winter is the time to immerse yourself for longer in this historic university town – from the culinary and cultural to scenic outdoor activities and, of course, its famous wines (and wine-bar hopping). Book your stay and discover extra treats, such as a special dinner, spa treatment, wine tasting, art tour or even a bike ride – all guaranteeing a winter of indulgent pleasures. Whether you want to stay in town or the surrounding countryside, these are just a few of the hotels and guesthouses to choose from.

Bonne Esperance Boutique Guest House

Stay and Play Stellenbosch Accommodation
Stay and Play Bonne Esperance
Stay and Play Bonne Esperance Pool

Built in 1901, this charming Victorian home, on a quiet street corner in town, has had many owners over the years, collecting wonderful stories and anecdotes along the way. Now, as a contemporary guesthouse, it offers the perfect mix of historic charm, modern luxury and attentive service. There are 17 ensuite rooms kitted out with a hospitality tray with snacks, a Nespresso machine, minibar and smart TV. The communal lounge has a cosy fireplace, there’s a sun-kissed terrace overlooking the landscaped garden and pool, and breakfast is included.
Child friendly? Yes, 6 years and older
Pet friendly? No
The winter offer 25% off the usual rate until 30 September 2024 (minimum two-night stay).
Cost Rooms: From R1 545 per night
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Erinvale Estate Hotel & Spa

Stay and Play Stellenbosch Accommodation Erinvale Estate Hotel
Stay and Play Erinvale Hotel Bedroom
Stay and Play Erinvale Hotel Restaurant

Set in the heart of the Helderberg, with iconic wine estates and a golf course as neighbours, this award-winning hotel in Somerset West is a sanctuary of relaxation and rejuvenation. Suitable for both romantic and family escapes, it’s a true destination stay. There are suites, luxury rooms and loft rooms, all with a smart TV, Nespresso machine and Theravine toiletries. Treat your taste buds at any of the three on-site restaurants, enjoy a tranquil spa treatment, and cosy up next to the crackling fire while you’re treated to impeccable service.
Good to know The next Wine Maker’s Evening (a 7-course wine-paired dinner) is on 3 July 2024, featuring Ridgeback Wines.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes
The winter offer Your stay in a classic room includes breakfast. Valid until 15 September 2024. (In June and July, indulge in discounted winter rejuvenation spa treatments.)
Cost From R4 100 per person sharing
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Vergenoegd Löw Boutique Hotel & Spa

Stay and Play Stellenbosch Accommodation Vergenoegd Löw Boutique Hotel
Stay and Play Vergenoegd Löw Suite Pool
Stay and Play Vergenoegd Löw Restaurant

One of the earliest farms to be granted in the Cape (the grand homestead dates from 1773, a national monument), this wine estate between the mountains and sea has splendid views and atmosphere in spades, perfectly balancing tradition, authenticity and modern style. The four Vineyard Suites are modern cubes decked out in luxury – from the thick rugs and plush velvet headboard to the marble bathroom. You’re perfectly placed to enjoy the farm’s delights, from top restaurants (Geuwels and Clara’s Barn) and spa sessions to walking trails, incredible sunsets and the simple pleasure of accompanying the famous flock of Indian runner ducks on their daily waddle to and from the vineyards.
Child friendly? Yes, from 12 years old
Pet friendly? No
The winter offer Two nights’ stay with daily breakfast, a welcome or sundowner drink, a wine-tasting, an afternoon tea experience in the Homestead and a dinner. Valid until 30 September 2024.
Cost From R5 580 per person sharing for two nights
Note: SADC residents only
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Babylonstoren Hotel

Stay and Play Stellenbosch Accommodation Babylonstoren Hotel
Stay and Play Babylonstoren Hotel Patio
Stay and Play Babylonstoren Hotel Room

The gardens and restaurants of Babylonstoren require little introduction. This historic farm’s  lodgings allow you to get the full experience (and will please even the most design-conscious guests). Reflecting the Cape Dutch style, rooms come stocked with silky sarongs, L’Occitane grooming treats, sturdy wellies (for exploring), estate wine and jars of deli treats. The Farmhouse hotel is a beauty, with a library and butterfly collection, and 9 suites with four-poster beds, marble bathrooms and cast-iron fireplace stoves. Days begin with a real farm breakfast, and at day’s end freshly picked fruit boxes are delivered to your room. In between, there are those gardens, eateries, farm shops, wine-tastings, a beautiful spa and a large farm to explore – on bicycles, rowing on the dam, and with sundowner mountain drives.
Good to know It’s Italian Night on Monday, Tuesday and Friday at the Old Bakery.
Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
The winter offer A getaway for two in a Farmhouse suite, with breakfast included. Minimum two-night stay over weekends. Valid until 31 August 2024.
Cost From R12 200 per suite per night
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River Manor Boutique Hotel

Stay and Play Stellenbosch Accommodation River Manor Boutique Hotel
Stay and Play River Manor Boutique Hotel Bathroom
Stay and Play River Manor Boutique Hotel Bedroom

A five-minute stroll from the buzz of the centre, this boutique property on the banks of the Eerste River combines classic decor with an old-world charm that suits its small-town location perfectly. A peaceful ambience washes over you as you enter the two adjoining manor houses (one a former rectory, the other a Victorian town house), where friendly staff, immaculate interiors and picturesque terraces and gardens filled with water features await. There are 18 ensuite rooms, some with four-poster beds and a patio with outdoor seating. Guests have access to two pools, a library with a brandy bar, and a breakfast/all-day dining room.
Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
The winter offer A 30% discount on any room, with breakfast included. Valid until 15 September 2024.
Cost From R2 100 per person per night
Where to find it 6 – 8 The Avenue/Die Laan, Stellenbosch
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There are plenty more accommodation specials available as part of Stay & Play Stellenbosch, so check out the list and plan your winter Winelands getaway.
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Time of publication: 25 June 2024