The Best Accommodation in Stellenbosch

The Best Accommodation in Stellenbosch Image: Clouds Estate

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, outstanding restaurants, museums, galleries, boutiques and 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 soujourn in this charming town one you’ll never forget.

The knockout villa: Luxe Oldenburg Homestead

Luxe Oldenburg Homestead – Stellenbosch Accommodation

Splendidly secluded in the Banhoek Valley, on the dramatic Helshoogte pass, this meticulously restored historic homestead is the ultimate luxe-winelands escape. The  200-year-old manor house’s lofty proportions, chic decor and state-of-the art appliances will impress even the most well-heeled globetrotters. And, while the house has been given an utterly modern overhaul, the homestead retains the charm and character of its Cape Dutch roots.
Facilities and services

  • 6 bedrooms, sleeps up to 12 guests
  • wireless internet access, air-conditioning and ceiling fans, flat-screen DStv, safe, underfloor heating in the bathrooms
  • dining room and living room with open fireplaces, and an open veranda
  • swimming pool
  • gym
  • fully equipped, eat-in kitchen
  • trained butler with concierge skills, and two housekeepers. Additional staff, such as a private chef, driver, childminder or personal trainer, can be arranged (at additional cost)
  • personalised wine tastings at the Oldenburg tasting room

Attractions Nearby wine estates and restaurants include Boschendal, Babylonstoren, Delaire Graff and Terroir at Kleine Zalze. The homestead itself is surrounded by gardens, vineyards and olive groves, in the midst of a beautiful farm that can be explored on foot, bike or horseback.
Cost From R28 200 per night (includes a Continental breakfast daily).
Minimum 2 night stay
Minimum 7 night stay from 20 December to 5 January
Where is it Oldenburg Vineyards, Zevenrivieren Road, Banghoek Valley, Stellenbosch

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The Design Destination: Clouds Estate

Cloud Estate – Stellenbosch Accommodation

Owned by a Dutch couple, who fell in love with Cape Town when they holidayed here in 2000; this boutique hotel sits atop the Helshoogte, one of the highest mountain passes in the land. Following a design overhaul, the hotel interior has been modified 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, a Blu-Ray player, a Nespresso machine and complimentary mini-bar
  • Each designer villa has a fridge stocked with a bottle of Clouds wine, a Nespresso machine, smart TV with satellite, and a Blu-Ray player
  • Two swimming pools: one for the villas and one for the hotel
  • free parking
  • free wi-fi
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner 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 SB. Foodies will be in seventh heaven, surrounded by some of the region’s best restaurants, and wineries, including neighbour Delaire Graff Estate, Boschendal for a picnic, 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.
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.
Where is it Clouds Estate, Helshoogte Road, Stellenbosch

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The Five Star Estate: Lanzerac

Lanzerac Stellenbosch Accommodation

After a fire severely damaged the hotel in May 2017, the 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 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).
  • 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.

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. There are also daily tours of the nearby township of Kayamandi, the proceeds of which are are used to support the local community.
Cost Classic Room: R6 850 for two
Luxury Room: R8 100 for two
Junior Suite: R9 950 for two
Suite: R12 450 for two
Where is it Lanzerac Wine Estate, 1 Lanzerac Road, Stellenbosch

The Forest Retreat: Rest at Chabivin

Rest at Chabivin – Stellenbosch Hotel

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:

  • 2 bedrooms, sleeps 4 to 6 guests
  • open-plan living area with DStv
  • open-plan dining area with a fireplace and kitchen, and a double sleeper couch

Vineyards Studio:

  • sleeps 2 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.
Cost Vineyard Studio: R1 300
Country Cottage: R1 900 – R2 500 (depending on season)
Where is it Chabivin Champagne & MCC House, off Blaauwklippen Road, Paradyskloof, Stellenbosch

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The central jewel: Oude Werf

Places to Stay Stellenbosch – Oude Werf

Situated on the famous Church Street, this two-century-old hotel was originally built in 1687, making it the oldest hotel in South Africa! Now the hotel seamlessly balances heritage charm and modern trappings. It’s within walking distance of some of the town’s most popular attractions, including the old church (established by Simon van der Stel in 1679). And if you need information on any of the other available activities, the hotel’s helpful staff is on hand (and willing) to advise you.
Facilities and services

  • 23 superior rooms, 23 luxury rooms and 12 deluxe rooms. Some of the rooms have a private patio or balcony
  • high-speed internet access and wi-fi
  • Rooms have flat-screen colour TVs with DStv, tea- and coffee-making facilities, and optional stocked mini-bars
  • swimming pool
  • in-room spa treatments by request
  • bar area
  • valet parking
  • well-equipped meeting / conference room.

Attractions Charming Church Street is rich in history and culture, with an abundance of art galleries, coffee shops and restaurants. For breakfast, a visit to the nearby Boschendal Oude Bank is highly recommended, where you can get wood oven-baked bread and the best coffee in Stellenbosch. If you have time, you won’t regret booking a game drive at Villiera Wines, or visiting the lions and leopards at the Vredenheim Big Cats Park.
Cost R3 456 for 2 people sharing (breakfast included). Guests have the option of choosing contemporary or traditionally decorated rooms.
Where is it Oude Werf Hotel, 30 Church Street, Stellenbosch

The historic hotel: Coopmanhuijs Boutique Hotel & Spa

Stellenbosch Hotels Coopmanhuijs

Awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 5 years in a row, Coopmanhuijs has earned its place in the top 10% of hotels worldwide. Set in a converted manor house on Church Street, the hotel provides a glimpse into the heart and soul of this old University town. Elegant decor, old-world charm and warm hospitality put guests at ease instantly, and the hotel’s highly acclaimed Helena’s Restaurant is an excuse to never leave. But when you do feel like venturing out, the town’s restaurants, museums and art galleries are a few steps away.
Facilities and services

  • 16 rooms with free wifi, fully stocked minibars, air conditioning and flat panel satellite televisions.
  • spa, sauna and steam room
  • enclosed courtyard with swimming pool
  • wine lounge and bar
  • buffet breakfast served daily
  • valet parking
  • conference rooms

Attractions Church Street, a district rich in culture and heritage, lies on your doorstep, while the winelands are a short drive away.
Cost Petite: R2590
Standard: R2990
Classic: R3290
Luxury: R3590
Deluxe: R3990
Rates vary, depending on season and subject to availability.
Where is it Coopmanhuijs, 33 Church Street, Stellenbosch

The farm escape: Spier Wine Estate

Hotels in Stellenbosch Spier Wine Estate

Ducks paddle along a peaceful stream surrounded by lush lawns in this picture of bucolic paradise. The four-star Spier Hotel is the epitome of old-world sophistication. And with a host of family-friendly activities available, it’s also a great place to holiday with children. Founded in 1692, the estate has changed ownership since then, but remains a family-run farm that supports local producers and prioritises sustainability and environmentally friendly practices.
Facilities and services

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily at the Hotel Restaurant
  • Farm-to-table food is served at Eight Restaurant
  • Hoghouse BBQ & Bakery provides freshly baked breads and pastries, and meat platters
  • The Werf hosts regular markets, festivals and functions on its expansive lawn
  • wine-tasting room
  • Eight To Go Deli offers pre-packed picnic baskets (or create your own from the available selection)
  • spa
  • Several venues available for conferences and business meetings
  • free wi-fi

Attractions The farm hosts a wide range of family-friendly events, such as the Spier Outdoor Movie Nights and The Spier Craft Market, situated next to the Tasting Room. For something different, visit Eagle Encounters, where birds of prey are rehabilitated and released back into the wild. It also has a children’s playground where rabbits, tortoises and piglets roam. Or do a segway tour of the winelands.
Cost Rates vary, depending on the type of room or special offer.
Where is it Spier Wine Estate, R310 Baden Powell Road, Stellenbosch

The Vineyard Fantasy: Sugarbird Manor

Sugarbird Manor: Stellenbosch Accommodation

On the outskirts of Stellenbosch in the majestic Devon Valley lies Protea Hill, a 20-hectare protea and 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

  • Six luxury bedrooms of differing sizes
  • Four stylish self-catering cottages with a fully equipped kitchen, lounge-dining area, and outdoor patio
  • All rooms feature complimentary wi-fi, air-conditioning and ceiling fans, flat-screen DStv, safe, heating, tea- and coffee-making facilities, and Healing Earth toiletries
  • Infinity pool for the four cottages
  • A decadent farm-fresh breakfast is served each morning (with real linen napkins)
  • A 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 desire, 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 grapes. Her award-winning Botanica chenin recently won five stars in the Platter’s Guide, so be sure to ask for a tasting (and buy a few bottles) while you’re there!
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)
Where is it Sugarbird Manor at Protea Heights Farm, Devon Valley Road, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

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The gourmand’s choice: Majeka House & Spa

Accommodation in Stellenbosch – Majeka House

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 of Cuvée) took over the reins at Makaron Restaurant in 2016, with Pete Goffe-Wood as consultant chef. Makaron’s contemporary South African flavours, coupled with top-drawer wines, immaculate interiors and 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. The space includes well-equipped boardroom with free 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.
Cost Premier Collection: R1 210 – R1 800 (per person sharing, depending on season)
Garden Alternative: R1 580 – R2 100 (per person sharing, depending on season)
Mountain View Selection: R1 790 – R2 700 (per person sharing, depending on season)
Poolside Choice: R2 150 – R3 100 (per person sharing, depending on season)
Where is it Majeka House & Spa, 26 – 32 Houtkapper Street, Paradyskloof, Stellenbosch

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Time of publication: 01 February 2017

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3 Responses to “The Best Accommodation in Stellenbosch”

  1. Kleigh

    What a pity to not mention Delaire Graff Estate. An ABSOLUTE stunner and the only Relais & Chateaux in the winelands of SA. x

  2. Sharlene Lawrence

    I cant see where you mention the name of the feature image – where is that