The 15 Best Places to Stay in Stellenbosch

The 15 Best Places to Stay in Stellenbosch Molenvliet Oosthuizen Family Vineyards

From winelands escapes to quirky boutique boltholes, these are our favourite places to stay in Stellenbosch.

This City of Oaks is, unsurprisingly, one of the most popular destinations in the Cape. With heritage architecture, world-acclaimed wine farms, superb restaurants, a vibrant museum and gallery circuit, swanky boutiques and even hiking trails, there’s more than enough to keep visitors entertained, no matter how long you stay. We’ve rounded up a range of accommodation options that’ll make your sojourn in this charming town one you’ll never forget.

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The dreamland villa: Le Jardin

Le Jardin: The Best Stellenbosch Accommodation
Le Jardin Interior: The Best Stellenbosch Accommodation
Le Jardin Rooms: The Best Stellenbosch Accommodation
Le Jardin Activities: The Best Stellenbosch Accommodation

Henrique Wilding

If you’ve ever dreamt of your own private playground, with lashings of luxury, cosy corners at every turn, and a warm sense of history, this hidden wonderland in the picturesque plains of the Devon Valley is it. Quirky yet stylish interiors, rolling lawns, a dam, and endless entertainment options for all ages make it a dream destination for adults and children alike. Whether you stay for a weekend or a week, this grand winelands home is one you won’t soon forget.
Facilities and services

  • a manor house with three en-suite bedrooms, an entertainment area, spacious living area, fully equipped bar, kitchen, formal dining room, office, library, and outdoor terrace
  • three outdoor pool suites, including a honeymoon suite, family room, and queen-size room
  • a number of balconies and relaxation decks
  • all rooms feature complimentary wi-fi
  • large swimming pool
  • outdoor sauna and steam room
  • tree walks leading to a treehouse-inspired seating area
  • glass conservatory where breakfast is served each morning (this can also be booked for private functions, hosting up to 40 people)
  • dam and eco-pool
  • zipline
  • outdoor pizza oven
  • Jacuzzi
  • teepee
  • gym equipment

Attractions Take a fresh dip in the eco-pool, or paddle around the dam in the rowing boat before settling in for a sundowner under the soft bristle of the trees with a homemade pizza. The little ones will be in their element with the zipline, fun toys, movie room, teepee, and swimming pool, while the fully stocked bar, Jacuzzi, and cosy relaxation areas mean the adults will be kept entertained, too. Those looking to get out and about will enjoy exploring the neighbouring Devon Valley wine farms, with the centre of Stellenbosch only a short 10-minute drive away.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Cost Manor House: From R17 000 per night (depending on season, exclusive use)
Pool Pavilion suites: From R4 000 per suite (depending on season)
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Where to find it Devon Valley Road, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

The sumptuous oasis: Molenvliet Oosthuizen Family Vineyards

Molenvliet Family Yineyard: The Best Stellenbosch Accommodation
Molenvliet Pool: The Best Stellenbosch Accommodation
Molenvliet Lounge: The Best Stellenbosch Accommodation
Molenvliet Room: The Best Stellenbosch Accommodation

Turning off the Helshoogte Pass into this magnificent estate on the banks of the Banhoek River, you’re immediately transported into a tropical paradise. Bali-esque ferns, palm trees, and perfectly manicured gardens surround a scattering of beautiful buildings spread across the 14-hectare property. As you enter, the view-drenched pool deck immediately catches your eye, but it’s the unbelievable grounds, friendly staff, and exquisite lodgings that really make this stay one you won’t ever forget. Guests have the choice between four different types of accommodation to suit various tastes and occasions, each one as alluring as the next.
Facilities and services

  • the Manor House has six double en-suite bedrooms, with vineyard and mountain views, and a communal swimming pool
  • the River Manor Boutique Guesthouse with four double en-suite bedrooms, with garden views
  • 13 en-suite Mountain View Suites with a private balcony and plunge pool
  • four double en-suite Guest Cottages with a balcony and forest views
  • all rooms feature a fully stocked mini bar, tea- and coffee-making facilities, air-conditioning, complimentary wi-fi, private safe, and a flatscreen TV with DStv
  • breakfast is served each morning at The River Manor and The Manor House
  • a golf cart transports guests across the estate
  • pool deck with a bar and lounging area
  • sweeping gardens and vineyards

Attractions The elegant Victorian-meets-modern decor is exquisite, while the attentive service and feeling of escapism is, arguably, this estate’s main attraction. So breathtakingly beautiful are the grounds and the accommodation, you’ll struggle to find a reason to leave. But if you’re keen to get out and about, there are numerous wonderful wine farms in the area, offering tastings and lovely lunches. And, of course, the cultural town centre is a short drive away!
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Cost The Manor House rooms: From R2 996 per single guest per night (depending on season)
From R4 495 per couple sharing per night (depending on season)
The River Manor rooms: From R1 863 per single guest per night (depending on season)
From R2 795 per couple sharing per night (depending on season)
Guest Cottages: From R1 663 per single guest per night (depending on season)
From R2 495 per couple sharing per night (depending on season)
Mountain View Suites: From R2 663 per single guest per night (depending on season)
From R3 995 per couple sharing per night (depending on season)
Please note The property is fully booked until January 2020.
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Where to find it Old Banhoek Road, Helshoogte Road, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

The winelands retreat: Bartinney Vineyard Cottages

Bartinney: The Best Stellenbosch Accommodation
Bartinney Room: The Best Stellenbosch Accommodation
Bartinney Interior: The Best Stellenbosch Accommodation
Bartinney Activities: The Best Stellenbosch Accommodation

Nestled on the scenic slopes of the Botmaskop Mountain in the Banhoek Valley, these immaculately restored classic Cape-style vineyard cottages exude charm and authenticity. The historic working wine farm they’re built on boasts awe-inspiring views of the Drakenstein and Simonsberg mountain ranges, with a tasting cellar on site, and a small passionate team of staff who are on hand to assist you with anything you may need during your stay.
Facilities and services

  • four cottages varying in size
  • all feature fully equipped kitchens, dining and lounge areas, wi-fi, Netflix, and tea- and coffee-making facilities
  • three cottages feature private terrace and braai area
  • wine-tasting bar
  • swimming dam
  • hiking and mountain biking trails

Attractions The spacious, stylish interiors and wonderful sense of privacy of each unit makes for the ideal Winelands getaway, while the surrounding mountain-biking and hiking trails are a nature-lover’s dream. For those looking to spend a day or evening in Stellenbosch’s town centre, it’s a short 15-minute drive away.
Insider info Bartinney has a buzzy wine bar in the town centre.
Good to know The farm often hosts full-moon dinners and acoustic performances under the stars.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Cost Luxury Loft: From R1 450 per night (depending on season), make a booking via AirBnB
Vineyard Cottage: From R3 200 per night (depending on season), make a booking via AirBnB
Candlewood Cottage: From R3 200 per night (depending on season), make a booking via AirBnB
Wild Olive House: From R3 850 per night (depending on season), make a booking via AirBnB
Where to find it Helshoogte Road, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

The luxe hidden hideaway: Bush Lodge at Hidden Valley Wines

Bush Lodge: The Best Stellenbosch Accommodation
Bush Lodge View: The Best Stellenbosch Accommodation
Bush Lodge Lounge: The Best Stellenbosch Accommodation
Bush Lodge Room: The Best Stellenbosch Accommodation

Perched on the slopes of Stellenbosch’s Helderberg mountains, and surrounded by rolling vineyards, this picturesque villa at Hidden Valley Wines epitomises countryside tranquility. The villa is fully self-catering, which is ideal in a secluded setting like this. No interruptions, and sweeping views of the valley, vineyards, and Table Mountain in the distance make this luxury lodge a perfect private paradise.
Facilities and services

  • three en-suite bedrooms
  • open-plan living area with a flat-screen TV and fireplace
  • six-seater dining area
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • wooden deck with a pool and braai area
  • complimentary wi-fi

Attractions Hidden Valley boasts some of the best views in and around Stellenbosch, and this modern-luxe lodge has the ultimate front-row seat. Immerse yourself in endless nature, enjoying the nearby picnic spots, and walks in the surrounding nature trail. The fact that Bertus Basson’s feted Overture Restaurant happens to be on the estate is a boon for foodies.
Child friendly? No children under 12
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R13 500 per night (depending on season)
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Where to find it Hidden Valley Wines, Annandale Road, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

The world-class resort: Delaire Graff Estate

Delaire Graff: The Best Stellenbosch Accommodation
Delaire Graff Pool: The Best Stellenbosch Accommodation
Delaire Graff Lounge: The Best Stellenbosch Accommodation
Delaire Graff Room: The Best Stellenbosch Accommodation

Perched at the top of Stellenbosch’s Helshoogte Pass, the majestic Delaire Graff Estate beckons to those with a taste for the finer things in life, seeking a spectacular spot to kick their feet up. Overlooking sweeping views of the Banhoek Valley, this beautifully appointed winelands escape features a select number of individual lodges centred around ultimate comfort and relaxation.
Facilities and services

  • four separate luxury lodges, each varying in size and splendour, namely the Presidential Lodge, Superior Lodge, Luxury Vineyard Lodge, Deluxe Garden Lodge
  • a recently built villa opening in mid-2019 (subscribe to our newsletter for up-to-the-minute details)
  • all lodges feature complimentary wi-fi, a fully stocked bar fridge, private terrace, fireplace, butlers kitchen, vineyard and mountain views, a TV with DStv, and a private pool
  • a superb day spa with a sauna and steam room
  • two on-site restaurants
  • outdoor swimming pool and gym
  • daily breakfast
  • complimentary laundry service
  • complimentary transfers
  • estate wine tastings
  • sparkling wine and canapés are served each evening in your lodge

Attractions Aside from being an exquisite place to rest your head, Delaire Graff is also the full package when it comes to fine-dining in the winelands. The estate is home to two restaurants: Indochine, an Asian-inspired restaurant headed by Michelin-trained chef Virgil Khan – whose theatrical dishes offer an experience for the senses; and Delaire Graff Restaurant which features classic bistro favourites with South African twists, and ingredients picked daily from the estate’s own greenhouse and vegetable garden.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Cost Deluxe Garden Lodge: From R17 000 per night for two people (depending on season)
Luxury Vineyard Lodge: From R19 850 per night for two people (depending on season)
Superior Lodge: From R23 600 per night for two people (depending on season)
Presidential Lodge: From R38 650 per night for four people (depending on season)
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Where to find it Helshoogte Road, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

The design destination: Clouds Estate

Cloudes Estate: The Best Stellenbosch Accommodation
Cloudes Estate Pool: The Best Stellenbosch Accommodation
Cloudes Estate Dining: The Best Stellenbosch Accommodation
Cloudes Estate Room: The Best Stellenbosch Accommodation

This boutique hotel, owned by a Dutch couple, who fell in love with Cape Town when they holidayed here in 2000, sits atop the Helshoogte, one of the highest mountain passes in the land. Following a complete overhaul, the hotel interior has been updated to take full advantage of the estate’s location, with the rooms and dining area providing spectacular views of the valleys and vineyards below.
Facilities and services

  • accommodation options include luxury hotel rooms and semi-detached villas
  • each room has a smart TV with satellite, Blu-Ray player, Nespresso machine and complimentary mini-bar
  • each Designer Villa has a fridge stocked with a bottle of Clouds wine, Nespresso machine, smart TV with satellite, and a Blu-Ray player
  • two swimming pools: one for the villas and one for the hotel rooms
  • free parking
  • complimentary wi-fi
  • breakfast is included, and an a la carte lunch and dinner is served daily in the hotel’s restaurant

Attractions Under the supervision of award-winning wine-maker Donovan Rall, Clouds cultivates a variety of fine vintages for wine enthusiasts to sample, including its signature Pink sauvignon blanc. Foodies will be in seventh heaven, surrounded by some of the region’s best restaurants, and wineries, including neighbour Delaire Graff Estate, Boschendal, Tokara, or Babylonstoren for a farm-fresh meal.
For those seeking a spa treatments Clouds will arrange a golf-cart ride to the neighbouring Delaire Graff’s spa. Other activities include hiking and biking in the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve, golf, or a helicopter ride over the winelands.
Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Cost Standard Room: R2 250 – R3 600 (depending on season)
Luxury Room: R2 950 – R4 500 (depending on season)
Deluxe Room: R 3750 – R5 700 (depending on season)
Superior Room: R4 750 – R6 500 (depending on season)
Deluxe Villa: R3 500 – R4 950 (depending on season)
Cloud Nine, 1-Bedroom: R4 250 – R6 400 (depending on season)
Cloud Nine, 2-Bedroom: R5 950 – R10 900 (depending on season)
Note No children under 16 are allowed in the hotel, and no under 12s in the villas.
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Where to find it Clouds Estate, Helshoogte Road, Stellenbosch

The five star estate: Lanzerac

Lanzerac: The Best Stellenbosch Accommodation
Lanzerac Lounge: The Best Stellenbosch Accommodation
Lanzerac Rooms: The Best Stellenbosch Accommodation
Lanzerac Bathroom: The Best Stellenbosch Accommodation

After a fire severely damaged the hotel in May 2017, this three-century-old wine farm has emerged more beautiful than ever, with exquisitely refurbed rooms, a spa that knocks the socks off even the most well-heeled resorts in Europe, three dining venues with their own distinctive characters, a tasting room, and loads more.
Entering the striking Governor’s Hall, with its lofty proportions and breathtaking mix of heritage features, traditional furniture and modern luxuries, you get a sense of what’s in store: five-star luxury, warm service, and unfathomably tranquil surrounds.
Rolling vineyards, lush gardens and the Jonkershoek mountains surround the estate, creating a certain type of peace and quiet that is only experienced in the countryside. And yet, its close proximity to Stellenbosch central means that guests have the best of both worlds.
Facilities and services

  • The 53 rooms and suites are individually decorated, elegantly furnished, and equipped with modern facilities and creature comforts, such as a fireplace, mini-bars, DStv, and wireless internet.
  • The Manor Kitchen recreates the look and feel of the old distillery that once occupied this space, with shiny steel equipment, the whistle of bubbling pots, and steam rising from the kitchen. Here, guests can enjoy opulent buffet breakfasts, dinner, afternoon tea, and sumptuous Sunday lunches.
  • The Taphuis pays homage to the era of its founder, hotelier David Rawdon, who opened the bar in the 1960s. A popular watering hole, and a place where many a tale has been told, The Taphuis offers guests a gourmet pub-style menu in relaxed surroundings.
  • The elegant Craven Lounge is a cigar bar modelled on old Victorian gentlemen’s clubs and officers’ messes. Here, beside the roaring fireplace, guests have their pick from a carefully curated selection of wines, craft beers and spirits; as well as a variety of small plates from the tapas menu.
  • Lanzerac Deli offers fine coffee, all-day breakfast, pastries, gourmet sandwiches and platters; which can be enjoyed indoors or outside on the terrace, in view of the majestic Oak trees and vineyards.
  • The luxurious Lanzerac Spa offers a range of rejuvenating treatments, and the use of its indoor heated swimming pool and Jacuzzi.
  • The Lanzerac Tasting Room offers hotel guests a complimentary wine tasting of five vintages from the estate’s own range, as well as a tour of its winery (the world’s first bottled pinotage was produced on this estate)

Attractions Lanzerac sits in the foothills of the Jonkershoek Valley, granting easy access to the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve and the smaller Assegaaibosch Nature Reserve. Guests can immerse themselves in the beauty of the region with guided walks and bike rides in the reserve, or explore the history of Stellenbosch with a guided walking tour that focuses on the culture and architecture of the town.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Cost Classic Room: R6 850 for two
Luxury Room: R8 100 for two
Junior Suite: R9 950 for two
Suite: R12 450 for two
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Where is it Lanzerac Wine Estate, 1 Lanzerac Road, Stellenbosch

The gourmand’s choice: Majeka House & Spa

Majeka House: The Best Stellenbosch Accommodation
Majeka House Rooms: The Best Stellenbosch Accommodation
Majeka House Restaurant: The Best Stellenbosch Accommodation
Majeka House Interiors: The Best Stellenbosch Accommodation

Its cool and quirky interior design earned the hotel a Condé Nast Award for Best Design Hotel in Africa & the Middle East in 2016, while its restaurant has also garnered numerous foodie accolades since it opened in 2008. Head chef Lucas Carstens (formerly Cuvée) took over the reins at Makaron Restaurant in 2016 and creates memorable dishes perfect for any occasion. Makaron’s contemporary South African flavours, coupled with top-drawer wines, immaculate interiors and warm country hospitality make eating here a delicious treat.
Facilities and services

  • 23 rooms, all individually decorated
  • each room has a flat-screen TV, mini-bar and Lavazza coffee machine
  • the Poolside Choice rooms share a semi-private pool, while the Mountain View Selection have views of the herb garden, fish pond and surrounding mountains
  • the beautifully designed M Lounge offers a range of cocktails and top South African wines
  • Majeka Spa, complete with landscaped gardens and a heated pool, offers solitude and rejuvenating health treatments.
  • well-equipped boardroom with wi-fi and a large flat-screen television

Attractions Situated close to the ocean and surrounded by historic wine farms, there is no shortage of outdoor activities, including hiking and mountain-biking trails. While the hotel lies in a secluded spot, it’s close enough for guests to drive into town to enjoy the wonderful restaurants, museums and art galleries.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Cost Premier Collection: From R1 300 per person sharing (depending on season)
Garden Alternative: From R1 700 per person sharing (depending on season)
Mountain View Selection: From R 2000 per person sharing (depending on season)
Poolside Choice: From R2 400 per person sharing (depending on season)
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Where to find it Majeka House & Spa, 26 – 32 Houtkapper Street, Paradyskloof, Stellenbosch

The chic central stay: Twice Central Guesthouse

Twice Central Guesthouse: The Best Stellenbosch Accommodation
Twice Central Guesthouse Pool: The Best Stellenbosch Accommodation
Twice Central Guesthouse Rooms: The Best Stellenbosch Accommodation
Twice Central Guesthouse Breakfast: The Best Stellenbosch Accommodation

A mere five-minute walk from Dorp Street, where a plethora of popular shops and restaurants await, this beautifully renovated guesthouse oozes modern comfort and style. As the name suggests, its central location offers an inside look into Stellenbosch culture, while its quiet, relaxed interior holds all the appeal of a peaceful winelands getaway. The guesthouse is owned by three friends with an immense passion for décor, food and hospitality, which shines through from the ever-changing gourmet breakfasts and attentive service, to the wonderful attention to detail within the rooms.
Facilities and services

  • seven modern bedrooms of differing sizes
  • a ground-floor room with large windows, three classic upstairs bedrooms, two luxury rooms with a balcony, and one private garden suite next to the pool (with seperate reserved deck chairs)
  • all rooms feature an open-plan en-suite bathroom, a mini-bar fridge, Africology toiletries, complimentary wi-fi, air-conditioning, flat-screen DStv, safe, heating, hairdryer, towels, and tea- and coffee-making facilities
  • plunge pool
  • communal open-plan lounge area with a selection of books and magazines
  • gourmet breakfast

Attractions The gorgeous décor (featuring tasteful pops of colour and modern accents), warm hospitality and superb breakfast make this stylish guesthouse a feast for all the senses. Its central location offers quick access into the bustling town centre, where an exciting selection of shops, restaurants, art galleries and bars await.
Good to know If you’d like to find out more about happenings in town, the Twice Central newspaper, placed in each bedroom, provides an inside look into new restaurant openings, nearby wine farms, and a directory on the surrounds carefully curated for guests.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R1 400 per night (depending on season, includes breakfast)
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Where to find it 7 Hamman Street, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

The elegant escape: River Manor Boutique Hotel

River Manor Boutique Hotel: The Best Stellenbosch Accommodation
River Manor Boutique Hotel Exterior: The Best Stellenbosch Accommodation
River Manor Boutique Hotel Interior: The Best Stellenbosch Accommodation
River Manor Boutique Hotel Rooms: The Best Stellenbosch Accommodation

Situated a mere five-minute stroll from the buzz of the town centre, this beautiful boutique hotel combines classic decor with an old-world charm that suits its small town location perfectly. A peaceful ambience washes over you as you enter to the two adjoining manor houses, where friendly staff, immaculate interiors and picturesque gardens await.
Facilities and services

  • 18 en-suite bedrooms varying in size
  • all rooms feature a small lounge, air-conditioning, flat-screen TV with DStv, complimentary wi-fi, complimentary bottled water and sherry, and Charlotte Rhys toiletries
  • two swimming pools
  • manicured garden
  • outdoor lounging area and terrace
  • daily breakfast
  • Sally Williams nougats are presented upon arrival and with daily turndowns

Attractions Relax by the pool or under the trees in the stunning garden with a good book and a G&T, or take a walk along the oak-lined streets to the fabulous restaurants, bars, shops, cafés and galleries in the heart of the town.
Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Cost Small Studio Rooms: From R1 990 – R2 360 per room (depending on season)
Standard Rooms: From R2 495 – R3 455 per room (depending on season)
Classic Rooms: From R3 215 – R4 485 per room (depending on season)
Superior Rooms: From R4 145 – R5 125 per room (depending on season)
Deluxe Rooms: From R4 795 – R6 120 per room (depending on season)
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Where to find it 6 – 8 Die Laan, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

The countryside cottages: Mont Angelis

Mont Angelis: The Best Stellenbosch Accommodation
Mont Angelis Interiors: The Best Stellenbosch Accommodation
Mont Angelis Rooms: The Best Stellenbosch Accommodation
Mont Angelis Pools: The Best Stellenbosch Accommodation

Quiet dusty roads, lush vegetation, horse paddocks and towering mountains make up the breathtaking Blaauwklippen Valley – home to this quaint retreat of six cottages. Once original farm dwellings, now beautifully renovated guest cottages, Mont Angelis offers a scenic oasis from the hustle and bustle of the buzzy town centre, while still being close enough for action-seekers. Spacious dwellings, picturesque surrounds, and a lovely laidback atmosphere make this self-catering stay an absolute dream destination.
Facilities and services

  • nine cottages varying in size
  • all rooms feature a private terrace overlooking the vineyards and mountains
  • all rooms feature an en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower (no bath), a fully equipped kitchen, air-conditioning, and outdoor braai
  • select cottages feature a wood-burning fireplace
  • complimentary wi-fi
  • shaded parking
  • communal pool

Attractions With nothing but the tranquillity of the countryside on your doorstep, you’re immediately immersed in a sense of peaceful reprieve. And yet, the food and cultural hotspots in the centre of Stellenbosch are only a short drive away for those seeking a buzz. The scenic surrounds offer a number of wonderful mountain-biking and hiking trails, while wine lovers will enjoy tastings at the nearby Dornier Wine Estate or Blaauwklippen Vineyards.
Child friendly? No children under the age of 12
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R1 500 per night (depending on season)
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Where to find it Upper Blaauwklippen Road, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

The vineyard fantasy: Sugarbird Manor

Sugarbird Manor: The Best Stellenbosch Accommodation
Sugarbird Manor Pool: The Best Stellenbosch Accommodation
Sugarbird Manor Lounge: The Best Stellenbosch Accommodation
Sugarbird Manor Room: The Best Stellenbosch Accommodation

On the outskirts of Stellenbosch in the majestic Devon Valley lies Protea Heights, a 20-hectare protea flower farm and vineyard grape farm that’s home to Sugarbird Manor. Like a scene straight out of Under The Tuscan Sky, the stylish guesthouse perches at the top of a vineyard-covered hill, offering exquisite views of the valley – if it wasn’t for the Helderberg, Simonsberg and Jonkershoek Mountains looming in the distance, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were in the heart of rural Italy. Phil, the resident pheasant, knocks at your door every evening to bid you goodnight, while a rooster’s call beckons you to breakfast – a farmyard paradise personified.
Facilities and services

  • nine luxury bedrooms of differing sizes and three standard rooms
  • four stylish cottage suites with a fully equipped kitchen, lounge-dining area, and outdoor patio
  • complimentary wi-fi, air-conditioning and ceiling fans, flat-screen DStv, safe, heating, tea- and coffee-making facilities, and Healing Earth toiletries
  • separate pool for the four cottages
  • a decadent farm-fresh breakfast is served each morning (with real linen napkins)
  • fully stocked honesty bar
  • warm, professional, and knowledgeable service

Attractions The stylish, pared-down interior, adorned with contemporary South African art and lashings of industrial-chic furnishings, makes the stay that much sweeter. A plethora of hiking trails and neighbouring wine farms offer an abundance of daily activities no matter your preference, while the sweeping vineyard and mountain views will have you feeling lost in a private countryside paradise.
Insider info American owner Virginia Povall moved to Stellenbosch in 2008, and is extremely passionate about her organic vineyards. Her award-winning Botanica Chenin Blanc recently won five stars in the Platter’s Guide for six years, so be sure to ask for a tasting (and buy a few bottles) while you’re there!
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Cost Rooms: From R2 500 – R3 100 per room per night (depending on season)
Cottages: From R3 400 per cottage per night (depending on season)
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Where to find it Sugarbird Manor at Protea Heights Farm, Devon Valley Road, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

The scenic sojourn: Banhoek Lodge

Banhoek Lodge: The Best Stellenbosch Accommodation
Banhoek Lodge Rooms: The Best Stellenbosch Accommodation
Banhoek Lodge Deluxe Rooms: The Best Stellenbosch Accommodation
Banhoek Lodge Pool: The Best Stellenbosch Accommodation

Perched on the edge of the majestic Helshoogte Pass, Banhoek Lodge boasts some of the best vistas in the Stellenbosch Winelands. Overlooking a sea of vineyards and towering mountains in the distance, you almost get the feeling of being in a quiet slice of Tuscany or Provence. Although just off the main road, an intimate number of just seven light, bright and airy rooms adds an air of being one with the valley, with nothing but the quiet charm of the countryside to keep you company. A short 10-minute drive from the town centre, and a mere stone’s throw from some of the best wine farms in the valley, this scenic guesthouse is a top choice for those looking for an immersive Stellenbosch escape.
Facilities and services

  • four luxury rooms
  • three suites
  • balcony or patio with mountain or vineyard views
  • all rooms feature an en-suite bathroom, gas fireplace, underfloor heating, air-conditioning, flat screen TV, and fully stocked mini bar
  • swimming pool
  • in-room spa treatments
  • breakfast served daily

Attractions Views, views, views! And, in addition to being a short drive from the historic centre, the lodge is close enough to the picturesque town of Franschhoek, should you feel like a daytrip. The renowned Tokara Wine Estate, featuring a top-notch restaurant, deli, and wine tasting centre is just down the road, while there are a number of walking, cycling, and horse-riding trails on your doorstep.
Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R1 900 per single person per night (depending on season)
From R2 200 per couple sharing per night (depending on season)
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Where to find it Helshoogte Road, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

The forest retreat: Rest at Chabivin

Rest at Cabivin: The Best Stellenbosch Accommodation
Rest at Cabivin Lounge: The Best Stellenbosch Accommodation
Rest at Cabivin Rooms: The Best Stellenbosch Accommodation
Rest at Cabivin Pool: The Best Stellenbosch Accommodation

Cosy, self-catering accommodation set beside a tranquil eucalyptus forest, only a few hundred meters outside the town centre, these lesser-known gems are located on a bubbly-producing boutique wine farm. The two units – one a cottage and the other a spacious studio with a wooden deck overlooking the vineyards – are well protected, with remote access for residents and guests only.
Facilities and services
Country Cottage:

  • two bedrooms, sleeping four to six guests
  • open-plan living area with DStv
  • open-plan dining area with a fireplace and kitchen, and a double sleeper couch
  • free wi-fi, built in iPad with an on-demand music library with Airplay wireless music

Vineyard Studio:

  • sleeps two guests
  • wooden deck that overlooks the vineyards
  • wood-fired, eco-friendly hot tub
  • fully equipped kitchen
  • indoor fireplace
  • mobile tablet loaded with Netflix, connects wirelessly to the TV
  • Spotify music library connected to a Bluetooth speaker

Attractions Hiking and cycling trails are easily accessible, and there’s a beach 15 minutes away. The award-winning De Zalze Golf Course is within walking distance, as well as some the region’s highly rated restaurants and wine estates. The Blaauwklippen Family Market takes place at Strand Road every Sunday, while the Root 44 Market comes to Audacia Wines every weekend.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Cost Vineyard Studio: From R1 300 per night (depending on season)
Country Cottage: From R1 900 per night (depending on season)
Check Availability + Book Direct
Where to find it Chabivin Champagne & MCC House, off Blaauwklippen Road, Paradyskloof, Stellenbosch

The bucket-list bolthole: Simonsberg Silos

Simonsberg Silos: The Best Stellenbosch Accommodation
Simonsberg Silos Interiors: The Best Stellenbosch Accommodation
Simonsberg Silos Lounge: The Best Stellenbosch Accommodation
Simonsberg Silos Rooms: The Best Stellenbosch Accommodation

Surrounded by the rich heritage of the beautiful Natte Valleij wine farm, this historic property offers a one-of-a-kind accommodation experience that’s definitely one for the bucket list! Once used to store surplus grain, the resident silo (soon to be two) has since been converted into unique lodgings with a contemporary interior and intimate living space suitable for two guests. Explore the lush gardens, historic wine cellars and homesteads against the backdrop of the Simonsberg Mountains before resting your head in quiet comfort.
Facilities and services

  • complimentary wi-fi
  • living area with a fridge, microwave, and tea- and coffee-making facilities
  • an oregon-pine staircase leads up to a bedroom where a queen-size bed awaits
  • a bathroom under the staircase with a shower, toilet and hand basin
  • swimming pool with towels provided
  • laundry facilities are available
  • daily cleaning service

Activities Enjoy bird-watching in Natte Valleij, which boasts around 180 species, or take a drive through the neighbouring nature reserve, which home to springbok, wildebeest and zebra. Activity-inclined guests will enjoy the nearby walking and mountain-biking trails, while wine lovers can savour a tasting in the estate’s tasting room, and even go on a tour of the estate’s cellars during season.
Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Cost R1 250 per night
Check Availability + Book Direct
Where to find it Natte Valleij Estate, Adam Tas Road, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

Researched by Kent Cloete, Nikki Benatar, Michelle de Bruin, and Matthew Flax

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The Inside Guide has made every effort to ensure that the information in this post was correct at the time of publication. However, we do not assume any liability caused by errors, such as price, cost, time, and location.

Time of publication: 05 March 2019

5 Responses to “The 15 Best Places to Stay in Stellenbosch”

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    barbara mackenzie

    Great article with stunning pictures and very inviting content. You might want to check out the Residence at Haskell Vineyards on Annandale Road? A beautiful and very charming luxurious 2 bedroom farmhouse and cozy one bedroom Cottage in the midst of the vineyards.

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    Magru Muller

    Hi Sumari
    Congrats, The Silis and Nattevalleij is just fabulous!
    Magru
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    Mpho Maphate

    Absolutely beautiful! Thank you

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    Ingrid Siddle

    Thank you- I look forward to your newsletters – Ingrid

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