The Best Wine Farm Stays in The Cape

The Best Wine Farm Stays in The Cape

Panoramic vineyard vistas, sumptuous comfort, and a relaxed rural ambience define these scenic sojourns found on some of the Cape’s most spectacular wine farms.

The Cape is blessed with some of the most beautiful wine farms in the country, indeed the world, with over 300 vineyards dotted across the peninsula.

All offer spellbinding views, naturally, and superb wine; some have stupendous farm kitchens where delicious dishes are concocted; while a select few boast luxurious lodgings designed to elevate any wine-farm experience to the next level.

We’ve rounded up our favourite farm getaways – from quaint hilltop cottages to five-star designer dwellings hidden away in the vineyards – all of which are dream destinations in their own right.

Have you stayed at an out-of-the-ordinary winelands property that you think we should know about? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

Find a wine-farm stay in the following areas

Stellenbosch
Franschhoek
Paarl
Constantia

Stellenbosch

Lanzerac

The setting Rolling vineyards, lush gardens and the Jonkershoek mountains surround this three-century-old wine estate in Stellenbosch, creating a certain type of peace and quiet that can only be experienced away from the city. In addition to exquisitely refurbed rooms, and a spa that knocks the socks off even the most well-heeled resorts in Europe, this five-star destination boasts three dining venues, each with their own distinctive character, and a cutting-edge tasting room.
There’s also a cigar bar, modelled on old Victorian gentlemen’s club and officers’ messes of yore, featuring a roaring fireplace and a carefully curated selection of wines, craft beers and spirits, as well as a variety of small plates.
The lodgings The 53 rooms and suites are individually and stylishly decorated, with all the modern facilities and creature comforts needed to make your stay memorable, such as a fireplace and fully stocked minibar.
Things to do 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 of the town. The Manor Kitchen is where guests can enjoy opulent buffet breakfasts, dinner, afternoon tea, and sumptuous Sunday lunches, while the Lanzerac Deli is perfect for lazy nibbles under the trees.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R5 250 per night for two guests (depending on season)
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Where to find it Lanzerac Wine Estate, 1 Lanzerac Road, Stellenbosch

Delaire Graff

Delaire Graff Pool Winelands Accommodation
Delaire Graff Lounge Winelands Accommodation
Delaire Graff Room Winelands Accommodation

Setting Perched at the top of Stellenbosch’s Helshoogte Pass, the majestic Delaire Graff Estate beckons for those seeking a spectacular spot to kick up their feet. Overlooking the awe-inspiring Banhoek Valley, this beautifully appointed Winelands escape features a selection of individual lodges centred around ultimate comfort and relaxation, with a top-drawer spa ensuring all your worries melt away.The estate is known for its two on-site restaurants: Indochine, an Asian-inspired restaurant headed by Michelin-trained chef Virgil Khan; and Delaire Graff Restaurant, which features classic bistro favourites with South African twists.In addition to daily breakfast, rates include complimentary laundry service and transfers, as well as bubbly and canapés served each evening in your lodge.
The lodgings There are five luxury lodges, each varying in size and splendour, namely the Presidential Lodge, Superior Lodge, Luxury Vineyard Lodge, Deluxe Garden Lodge, and the recently built Owner’s Villa (which sleeps eight and is perfect for groups). All lodges feature complimentary wi-fi, a fully stocked bar fridge, private terrace, fireplace, vineyard and mountain views, a TV with DStv, and a private pool.
Things to do Aside from being an exquisite place to rest your head and enjoy a superb wine tasting, Delaire Graff is the full package when it comes to fine-dining in the winelands. In addition to a superb day spa, there’s an outdoor swimming pool, gym, sauna and steam room.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R17 000 per night for two people (depending on season)
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Where to find it Helshoogte Road, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

Bartinney Vineyard Cottages

Bartinney Vineyard Braai Winelands Accommodation
Bartinney Vineyard Lounge Winelands Accommodation
Bartinney Vineyard Room Winelands Accommodation

Setting Nestled on the scenic slopes of the Botmaskop Mountain in the Banhoek Valley, these immaculately restored 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 shed on site, and a small, passionate team of staff who are on hand to assist you with anything you may need during your stay.
The lodgings There are four cottages varying in size, all of which feature fully equipped kitchens, with open-plan dining and lounge areas, complimentary wi-fi, Netflix, and tea- and coffee-making facilities. Three of the cottages also boast a private terrace, leading onto a braai area for alfresco dining. The spacious, stylish interiors and wonderful sense of privacy of each unit makes for the ideal Winelands getaway.
Things to do The surrounding mountain-biking and hiking trails are a nature-lover’s dream. Stellenbosch’s town centre is a 15-minute drive away, should you want to spend a few hours browsing the boutiques and galleries. You’ll also find Bartinney’s buzzy wine bar in town.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Cost Luxury Loft: From R1 500 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
Vineyard Cottage: From R3 500 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

Clouds Estate

Clouds Estate Winelands Accommodation
Clouds Estate Pool Winelands Accommodation
Clouds Estate Room Winelands Accommodation

Setting 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.
The lodgings Guests have the option of staying in a luxury hotel room, or one of the semi-detached villas, all of which come with satellite TV, complimentary wi-fi, a Blu-Ray player, Nespresso machine and a complimentary mini-bar (Designer Villa guests receive a stocked fridge with a bottle of Clouds wine). There are two swimming pools (one for the villas and one for the hotel rooms). Breakfast is included, and an à la carte lunch and dinner is served daily in the hotel’s restaurant.
Things to do 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 neighbouring Delaire Graff Estate, Boschendal, Tokara and Babylonstoren. 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 From R2 400 per room per night (depending on season)
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Where to find it Clouds Estate, Helshoogte Road, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

Molenvliet Oosthuizen Family Vineyards

Molenvliet Vineyards Room2 Winelands Accommodation
Molenvliet Vineyards Winelands Accommodation
Molenvliet Vineyards Room1 Winelands Accommodation

Setting Turning off the Helshoogte Pass into this magnificent estate on the banks of the Banhoek River, you’re immediately transported into a tropical paradise. 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. Breakfast is served each morning at The River Manor and The Manor House, and there’s a golf cart to transport guests across the estate.
The lodgings There are four accommodation types designed to suit various tastes and occasions, each one as alluring as the next. The Manor House has six double en-suite bedrooms, with vineyard and mountain views, and a communal swimming pool, while The River Manor has four double en-suite bedrooms, with garden views. The 13 en-suite Mountain View Suites each have a private balcony and plunge pool, while the four double en-suite Guest Cottages have balconies and forest views. All rooms feature a fully stocked mini bar, tea- and coffee-making facilities, air-conditioning, complimentary wi-fi, and DStv.
Things to do 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! The estate also features a scenic pool deck with a bar for lazy afternoon lounging.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R2 495 per couple sharing per night (depending on season)
Please note There is limited availability until January 2020
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Where to find it Old Banhoek Road, Helshoogte Road, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

Bush Lodge at Hidden Valley Wines

Hidden Valley Bush Lodge Pool Winelands Accommodation
Hidden Valley Bush Lodge Winelands Accommodation
Hidden Valley Bush Lodge Room Winelands Accommodation

Setting Perched on the slopes of Stellenbosch’s Helderberg mountains and surrounded by rolling vineyards, this modern-luxe villa at Hidden Valley Wines epitomises countryside tranquility. With breathtaking views as far as the eye can see, the lodge is the perfect place to immerse yourself in endless nature (and lashings of modern luxury).
The lodgings A wooden deck, with a pool and braai area, connects the main building with the two-bedroom cottage across the way. The lodge is for exclusive use only, and includes three en-suite bedrooms (depending on how many guests you have booked for), an open-plan living space with a TV and a fireplace, a six-seater dining area, and a kitchen. The villa is fully self-catering, yet in a secluded setting like this it’s all you could dream of.
Things to do Hidden Valley boasts some of the best views in and around Stellenbosch, and this lodge offers a front-row seat! Immerse yourself in endless nature, enjoying the nearby picnic spots, and walks in the surrounding nature trail. The highly acclaimed Overture Restaurant by Bertus Basson is situated a stone’s throw away from your driveaway should you wish to make a dinner reservation, while the wine tasting centre is a great place to sample some of the estate wines. There’s even an on-site sculpture studio for lovers of art, while the family-friendly Blaauwklippen and Root 44 Markets are a mere five minute drive away.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R3 800 per night for two people sharing (depending on season and duration of stay)
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Where to find it Hidden Valley Wines, Annandale Road, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

Mont Angelis

Mont Angelis Winelands Accommodation
Mont Angelis Lounge Winelands Accommodation
Mont Angelis Room Winelands Accommodation

Setting Dusty roads, lush vegetation, horse paddocks and towering mountains epitomise the breathtaking Blaauwklippen Valley, which is home to this quaint retreat of six cottages. Once original farm dwellings, now beautifully renovated guest cottages, Mont Angelis offers a reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the town centre, while still being close enough for action-seekers. Spacious dwellings, picturesque surrounds, and a lovely laidback atmosphere make this self-catering stay a dream destination.
The lodgings There are nine cottages of varying sizes, each of which has a private terrace overlooking the vineyards and mountains, an en-suite bathroom with a walk-in shower (no bath), a fully equipped kitchen, air-conditioning, and an outdoor braai, with select cottages featuring a wood-burning fireplace for chilly evenings. Guests also have access to complimentary wi-fi, shaded parking, and the sparkling pool.
Things to do With nothing but the tranquillity of the countryside on your doorstep, you can’t help but let the surrounds wash over you. And yet, the food and cultural hotspots in the centre of Stellenbosch are only a short drive away for those seeking a buzz. Should you like to stretch your legs, there are a number of wonderful mountain-biking and hiking trails in the area, 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 275 per night (depending on season)
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Where to find it Upper Blaauwklippen Road, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

The Homestead at Oldenburg

The Homestead Oldenburg Winelands Accommodation
The Homestead Oldenburg Yard Winelands Accommodation
The Homestead Oldenburg Room Winelands Accommodation

Setting Splendidly secluded in the Banhoek Valley, on the dramatic Helshoogte pass, this meticulously restored historic homestead is the ultimate luxe-winelands escape. The Homestead’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.
The lodgings The house features six bedrooms (it sleeps 12), and boasts a formal dining room with an open fireplace, a fully equipped eat-in kitchen, living room and gym. Outside, a sun-kissed open verandah with a built-in braai looks onto the sparkling pool, sweeping vineyards and rolling lawns. The Homestead’s unique and enviable location in the depths of a valley, with impossibly easy access to endless nature, is an unexpected bonus for nature-lovers.
Things to do A Homestead-style breakfast is served daily in the kitchen, and guests are invited to enjoy a complimentary wine-tasting at the Oldenburg tasting room. A trained butler-concierge and two housekeepers will ensure all your needs are met. Additional staff, such as a private chef, driver, childminder or personal trainer, can be arranged at an additional cost.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R24 530 per night (depending on season, exclusive-use only)
Minimum two-night stay
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Where to find it Oldenburg Vineyards, Zevenrivieren Road, Banhoek Valley, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

Sugarbird Manor

Sugarbird Manor Winelands Accommodation
Sugarbird Manor Lounge Winelands Accommodation
Sugarbird Manor Room Winelands Accommodation

Setting On the outskirts of Stellenbosch in the majestic Devon Valley lies Protea Heights, a 20-hectare protea and vineyard 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 might believe you were in the heart of rural Italy. 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!
The lodgings There are nine luxury bedrooms of differing sizes, and three standard rooms in the main building. Outside are four stylish self-catering cottage suites, each with a fully equipped kitchen, lounge-dining area, and an outdoor patio (as well as complimentary wi-fi, air-conditioning, DStv). Two swimming pools (one for the main building and one for the cottages) boast unfathomably beautiful views of the valley.
Things to do The large garden, swimming pools and plethora of walking paths on the estate mean you don’t actually have to leave, but should you wish to broaden your horizons, there are hiking trails and wine farms aplenty just on your doorstep.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R2 500 per unit 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 Manor House at Quoin Rock

Quoin Rock Manor House Winelands Accommodation

Setting Historic charm meets modern comfort at this picturesque Manor House perched on the slopes of the majestic Simonsberg mountain range. The sweeping mountain views can also be enjoyed from Gåte restaurant and wine lounge, and the newly built function venue overlooking the estate vineyards. For a day trip, the historical town centre of Stellenbosch – brimming with shops, restaurants and bars – is only a short 9km away.
The lodgings Hidden away from the busy wine lounge and restaurant, the exceptionally located Manor House offers panoramic views as far as Table Mountain and False Bay, as well as a unique vista onto the Simonsberg mountain range from a courtyard pool area. This exclusive, tranquil haven accommodates 14 people across four double en-suite bedrooms, and a grand honeymoon suite. Lavish styling includes imported Italian furniture, crystal chandeliers, silk curtains and antique cabinets. Dutch finishes are offset by artwork by locals such as sculptor Joanne Doyle. Other features include an opulent formal dining room with seating for 14 guests, a lounge with a large fireplace, and a lovely and bright breakfast room where breakfast is served each morning. There’s also a separate guest cottage adjacent to the main house, consisting of two spacious en-suite bedrooms, a comfortable living area with a gas fireplace and a fully equipped kitchen. Guests will also have access to the sauna, a swimming pool surrounded by beautifully manicured gardens designed by landscaper Francesca Watson, chauffeur and helicopter services, a private chef and beauty treatments on request.
Things to do Simply lounge by your private pool with a glass of Quoin Rock wine and a good book, or learn about the ins and outs of the award-winning wine making with a food and wine pairing at the wine lounge. For an extra special evening, enjoy a whirlwind culinary experience at the signature Gåte restaurant.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R150 000 per night, exclusive use only (depending on season)
Packages range from bed and breakfast to full board for a minimum stay of two nights
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Where to find it Quoin Rock, Knorhoek Road, Knorhoek Valley, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

Franschhoek

La Residence

La Residence Pool Winelands Accommodation
La Residence Winelands Accommodation
La Residence Room Winelands Accommodation

Setting Nestled among sweeping vineyards, orchards and olive groves in the heart of the Franschhoek Valley, this 12-hectare estate is the epitome of countryside elegance. Elegant interiors curated by Liz Biden complement the breathtaking surrounds, while warm, professional service makes this hidden hideaway all the more desirable for a luxurious Winelands retreat.
The lodgings There are 11 stylishly adorned suites (Luxury and Superior) within the main hotel, each of which sleep two. Outside, the five, larger Vineyard Suites offer a secluded sense of privacy for families or friends traveling together. Each suite is individually decorated with its own colour scheme, Provençal antiques, magnificent artworks, and tasteful lashings of modern splendour, while select Vineyard Suites feature a private pool and outdoor dining area.
Things to do La Residence is home to two scenic swimming pools, a luxurious spa, a well-known restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, and a wine-tasting cellar. Keep an eye out for roaming wildlife, such as miniature horses, springboks, guinea fowl and strutting peacocks. Complimentary transfers are available for those looking to explore the boutiques, restaurants and art galleries in the town centre, or some of the neighbouring wine farms.
Child friendly? Yes (children over 10 in the main hotel; children of all ages in the Vineyard Suites)
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R6 500 per person per night (depending on season, includes breakfast)
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Where to find it La Residence, Elandskloof Private Road, Elandskloof Farm, Franschhoek, Western Cape

Leeu Estates

Leeu Estates Winelands Accommodation
Leeu Estates Yard Winelands Accommodation
Leeu Estates Room Winelands Accommodation

Setting On the slopes of the Dassenberg mountains lies a 100-hectare wine farm with an immaculately restored Manor House, boasting sublime views of the surrounding vineyards, gardens and fynbos beyond. Owned by Indian entrepreneur Analjit Singh, this estate is one of four farms he acquired after a serendipitous visit to Franschhoek in 2010, during which he felt “a deep sense of belonging, of energy, a sense of place.” (Incidentally Singh means lion in Sanskrit, which translated into Afrikaans is leeu.)
The lodgings The six classically styled rooms, dressed in subtle shades of taupe, vanilla and cream, offer an air of luxe comfort. The subdued palette – no doubt chosen to blend discreetly into the surrounding landscape – is offset by Deborah Bell’s striking sculpture, Artemis and Dog I – III that takes centre stage on the manicured lawn below the Manor house, adding the requisite drama and edge.
Things to do Go for a scenic stroll through the Bokkie Garden before relaxing at the serene, view-drenched spa,where you’ll find a deliciously inviting heated swimming pool. The acclaimed Dining Room restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and there’s a wine-tasting studio for oenophiles and leisurely drinkers. The Signature wine tasting from the Mullineux and Leeu Family Wines Studio is included in the room rate. A three-minute complimentary shuttle takes you to Franschhoek’s pretty high street. Or, if you’re feeling energetic, cycle into town on one of the estate’s bicycles, which are free for use by guests.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R8 750 per room per night (depending on season)
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Where to find it Dassenberg Road, Franschhoek, Western Cape

La Chataigne

La Chataigne Winelands Accommodation
La Chataigne Kitchen Winelands Accommodation
La Chataigne Room Winelands Accommodation

Setting Near a tree, by a river, there’s a cottage in the woods. Well, there are five cottages… surrounding a pear orchard… with beautiful views of the vineyards and mountains in the distance. Owned by Swedish born Richard Parkfelt and his wife Julie, the original workers’ quarters and stables have been stylishly renovated and turned into monastic (yet supremely chic) self-catering lodgings. Nestled among fruit groves with beautiful views of the vineyards and mountains in the distance, the property boasts scenic walks and an intimate environment to unwind.
The lodgings Guests have the choice of staying in one of five luxury self-catering cottages spread across the farm. There are three riverside cottages, Chestnut (sleeps two), Marron and Kastanje (each sleep four), and two recently introduced Scandi-chic stable cottages, Blanc and Noir, which epitomise contemporary comfort and style. All cottages feature an en-suite bathroom, fully equipped open-plan kitchen (stocked with good-quality cutlery, crockery and glassware), and an open-plan lounge and dining area with a fireplace. Outside, each of the riverside cottages has a spacious patio with a built-in braai area overlooking a river and an enchanting forest of pear trees, while the stable cottages have an elevated south-facing deck with a private pool, overlooking the mountains.
Things to do Soak up the sun on the tranquil pool deck, or take a stroll through the vegetable garden and vineyards before settling in with a glass of wine on your private patio. There’s even a boules court for some light-hearted competition, and a selection of homemade treats and estate wine available for purchase. And, of course, the Franschhoek town centre is just seven kilometres away for those seeking a buzz.
Child friendly? Yes, however, there are some safety hazards (such as an unfenced pool and river). Only Marron and Kastanje allow for children under 14 years; all other cottages cater for children 14 years and older.
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R1 400 per cottage per night (depending on season)
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Where to find it La Chataigne Wines & Guest Cottages, R45, Franschhoek, Western Cape

Boschendal

Boschendal Winelands Accommodation
Boschendal Pool Winelands Accommodation
Boschendal Bedroom Winelands Accommodation

The setting One of the Cape’s oldest wine estates, dating back to 1685, Boschendal boasts some of the most beautiful surrounds in the Cape Winelands, with dramatic mountain vistas visible from the lush lawns. In addition to award-winning food and wine offerings, the estate features lovely accommodation.
The lodgings There are 42 farm cottages scattered across the property, each of which features the perfect blend of contemporary finishings and rural charm. Guests have the choice of staying in the 10-sleeper Rhodes Cottage (complete with its own outdoor dining area, private swimming pool, and private butler), one of the seven stylishly renovated Werf Garden Suites, the tranquil six-sleeper Trout Cottage, 18 quaint two-bedroom cottages at The Retreat, or the 14 popular Orchard Cottages – flaunting majestic mountain views and a shared swimming pool.
Things to do An abundance of wonderful activities await, suited to couples and families alike, Foodies will be in heaven with the acclaimed Werf Restaurant on their doorstep; outdoor enthusiasts will relish the hiking, mountain-biking and horse-riding trails; oenophiles and culture vultures will have loads to explore during farm, cellar and vineyard tours, and of course, wine-tasting in the estate’s regal Manor House. There are also scenic farm picnics in the rose garden. And let’s not forget the Tree House at Boschendal, an exceptional outdoor edu-play centre and one-stop adventure zone for children, offering an awesome array of fun and educational activities for kids between four and 14 years old.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R6 300 per night (depending on season and accommodation type)
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Where to find it Boschendal, Pniel Road R310, Groot Drakenstein, Franschhoek

La Petite Ferme

La Petite Ferme Winelands Accommodation
La Petite Ferme Room Winelands Accommodation
La Petite Ferme Bathroom Winelands Accommodation

Setting With arguably the best panoramas of the Franschhoek Valley and surrounding mountains, this intimate four-star boutique hotel has always had a decidedly well-heeled reputation, despite its laidback ambience and one-and-all appeal of its vineyard-facing front lawn. Perched on the northern slopes of the Franschhoek Mountains, all of the rooms, as well as the charming glass-fronted restaurant, boast spellbounding valley and vineyard views.
The lodgings There are nine rooms ­in total – five recently refurbished Vineyard suites, each with their own private pool overlooking the valley, and four Manor House rooms that open onto a shared pool. Not surprisingly, all rooms are decked out with the requisite mod-cons – uber-comfy beds (ours was a delicious oversized king), a living room, mini bar, TVs, DVD players, and so on.
Things to do There’s loads to do on the estate: pool-lounging, leisurely walks, strenuous hikes, a complimentary guided vineyard tour where guests can taste a selection of exclusive estate wines, and mountain-biking with one of the estate’s fleet of bicycles. There’s also a view-drenched on-site restaurant that serves a delicious selection of daily dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R3 013 per room per night (depending on season)
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Where to find it Franschhoek Pass Road, Franschhoek, Western Cape

Gite Franschhoek

Gite Franschhoek Winelands Accommodation
Gite Franschhoek Lounge Winelands Accommodation
Gite Franschhoek Room Winelands Accommodation

Setting This working farm situated below the slopes of the scenic Franschhoek mountains is a dream come true for discerning travellers looking to escape the noise of city life. Although it’s only a five-minute walk from the town centre, the sweeping vineyard vistas and tranquil countryside atmosphere make Gîte a wonderful reprieve. Each gîte (French for cottage) is fully self-catering, so you’ll likely want to book a meal at one of the many restaurants in town.
The lodgings There are just three luxury one-bedroom suites. Each stylish unit comes with a kitchen, a dining area, air-conditioning and complimentary wi-fi, as well as a private porch and Kol-Kol hot tub – perfect for soaking up the 360-degree valley views with a chilled glass of SB.
Things to do Simply lazing around on the view-drenched porch or inside your hot tub with a good book sounds ideal to us, but those looking to get out and explore the area can visit the clutch of neighbouring wine farms, or take a drive into town and browse the quaint shops, cafés, and galleries.
Child friendly? No
Pet friendly? No
Cost? From R1 400 per unit per night (depending on season)
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Where to find it Cabriere Street (entrance via Village Artisan in Cabriere street), Franschhoek, Western Cape

Holden Manz Country House

Holden Manz Winelands Accommodation
Holden Manz Lounge Winelands Accommodation
Holden Manz Room Winelands Accommodation

Setting Set on a small wine estate at the top of the Franschhoek Valley, between the Franschhoek and Stoney Brook rivers, this hidden gem offers a wonderful sense of reprieve from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Walk amongst the vineyards, taste award winning wines, picnic beneath the oaks, and soak up the endless mountain views before resting your head in luxe-comfort at this scenic guesthouse.
The lodgings With comfort and relaxation a top priority, this five-star country house caters in luxurious style and attentive service. The five spacious suites are expertly fitted with stylish furnishings, and boast beautiful views of the rolling lawns, vineyard, upper Franschhoek Valley and mountains beyond, ensuring a sense of tranquil prosperity greets guests upon arrival. The extensive collection of contemporary South African art, all of which live seamlessly in the lofty, Cape Dutch-style building, adds to the uplifting atmosphere.
Things to do This (relatively) small wine estate is home to a state-of-the-art winery, award-winning restaurant, outdoor swimming pool and a serene spa (offering a wide variety of specialist treatments, ranging from hot-rocks to deep tissue) with a yoga studio. There’s also a tree-shaded river, where gourmet picnics can be arranged.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R3 255 per room per night (depending on season)
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Where to find it Green Valley Road, Franschhoek, Western Cape

Lily Pond House at Le Lude

Le Lude Lily Pond Room Winelands Accommodation

Setting Located on the edge of Le Lude MCC Estate is Lily Pond House, a farm villa whose simple white walls and elegant pillars set the scene. Inside, high ceilings, elegant decor and shuttered windows create a home that’s wonderfully reminiscent of a classic manor house. A short drive from the estate’s main building along the cyprus-lined dirt road, overlooking a tranquil, duck-dotted river, the home is the ultimate hidden hideaway.
The lodgings There are two identical bedrooms, on opposite ends of the house, divided by large wooden doors, which open onto a fully equipped open-plan kitchen stocked with utensils and pantry cupboard staples – and a chilled bottle of Le Lude MCC! The spacious open-plan living area leads onto the verandah, perfect for alfresco soirées. Outside is a private plunge pool lined by sun loungers, and an outdoor dining area with a braai and firewood.
Things to do Guests have access to their own private bridge across the river, leading to a short walk among the flowers and lily pond. The town centre, packed with sidewalk cafés, art galleries and shops is a short drive away, while the estate itself offers divine meals at Orangerie Restaurant, and of course, wonderful MCC tastings.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? On request
Cost From R5 400 per night per double room (depending on season, exclusive-use only)
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Where to find it Bowling Green Avenue, Lambrechts Road, Franschhoek, Western Cape

Paarl

Babylonstoren

Babylonstoren Winelands Accommodation
Babylonstoren Pool Winelands Accommodation
Babylonstoren Room Winelands Accommodation

Setting This picturesque farm, dating back to 1692, lies in the Drakenstein Valley in the heart of the Cape Winelands, almost halfway between Franschhoek and Paarl. In addition to producing excellent wine, the farm is also home a 3.5-hectare garden that supplies three restaurants, a serene Garden Spa, modern wine-tasting centre, boathouse with canoes, endless dirt roads (which hotel guests can explore on available mountain bikes) and a pervasive sense of tranquility that follows you everywhere.
The lodgings Contemporary creature comforts on a historic working farm make this stylish hotel a Winelands favourite. Guests have the option of staying in either the Farmhouse, Manor House, Fynbos Cottages, or Garden Cottages. All units reflect an authentic Cape Dutch style, and feature beautifully curated collection of books in every room, wood-burning fireplaces, silky sarongs, L’Occitane grooming treats, sturdy wellies for walking your way around, and complimentary bottles of Babylonstoren wines (best enjoyed at sunset on your picture-perfect private verandah in select cottages), presented along with a jar of mint-marinated olives. The larder in your room includes nuts and rusks, however the sundowner snacks delivered to the rooms may differ daily.
Things to do Where to begin! A destination in its own right, Babylonstoren boasts an abundance of attractions. Enjoy a farm-fresh breakfast at Babel Restaurant before taking a slow saunter through the Provençal-inspired garden, impeccably designed by Patrice Taravella. Lunch is served at the conservatory-style Greenhouse Restaurant, while a number of delicious goods can be found at The Farm Shop, which includes the Cheese Room, Meat Room and Lekker Room (where you can find an array of sweet treats and roasted nuts). The Farm Shop also features a selection of freshly-baked delights from The Bakery, which itself turns into a restaurant on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings. There’s also a glass-encased wine-tasting centre, Tuesday Tea Ceremonies, where you’ll learn how to brew your own herbal tea, a luxurious garden spa, and the newly introduced Spice Garden and Factory, which hosts the Scented Room, essential-oil distillery, soap factory, juicery and balsamic-vinegar cellar.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R6 600 per night for two people (depending on season)
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Where to find it Babylonstoren, Klapmuts-Simondium Road, R45, Western Cape

Vondeling Wines

Vondeling Wines Pool Winelands Accommodation
Vondeling Wines Winelands Accommodation

SettingPerched on the scenic slopes of the Paardeberg Mountain in a quiet slice of the countryside, this working wine farm is a mere 45 minutes from Cape Town, and boasts panoramic views of the mountains and vineyards. Home to a historic Cape Dutch homestead, a beautifully appointed tasting room, and a quaint chapel, the estate is a wonderful choice for a discreet Winelands getaway or intimate wedding.
The lodgings The original farmhouse, hidden in a quiet corner of the estate, sleeps 14 guests in seven en-suite bedrooms. There’s also a fully equipped kitchen, open-plan dining room and lounge area with a cosy fireplace, an entertainment room with snooker and table-tennis tables, and satellite TV. There’s even a daily housekeeper who cooks breakfast and services the house during your stay. The Farmhouse is also an ideal spot for wedding parties to spend the weekend – a mere stone’s throw from the venue and chapel, and completely private.
Things to do Enjoy a peaceful stroll in the surrounding landscaped gardens, or take a refreshing dip in the 20-metre-long swimming pool before firing up the braai for an alfresco lunch. There are croquet and boules lawns, and a spot-lit tennis court, for those seeking light-hearted recreation. The tasting centre hosts wine-tastings and serves light lunches, and is rather nifty for stocking up on wine to take home.
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Cost From R1 4950 per night (depending on season, exclusive-use only)
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Where to find it Vondeling Wines, Voor-Paardeberg Road, Voor-Paardeberg, Paarl, Western Cape

Constantia

Silvermist Boutique Hotel

Silvermist Hotel Winelands Accommodation
Silvermist Hotel Pool Winelands Accommodation
Silvermist Hotel Room Winelands Accommodation

SettingHigh up on the slopes of the Constantiaberg mountains, is Silvermist Wine Estate, best known for the highly acclaimed La Colombe restaurant that’s found in its grounds. What many do not know is that this magical estate is also home to a beautiful boutique hotel that, despite its proximity to the city, feels like a remote retreat.
The lodgings The Silvermist Boutique Hotel features an intimate number of just seven individually decorated suites, each with an en-suite bathroom, small lounge with a wood-burning fireplace, and private outdoor patio, boasting sweeping forest, vineyard or valley views. There is also a larger unit, sleeping four guests in two bedrooms, and two three-bedroom private lodges, each with their own pool.
Things to do After enjoying a farm-fresh breakfast at Green Vine Eatery, the options are numerous: a scenic hike in the mountains, an exhilarating zipline through the trees, a lazy day by the pool, wine-tasting, bird-watching at sunset on your private patio, with a glass of wine… Make sure to reserve a table for lunch or dinner at La Colombe, a mere stone’s throw from your doorstep
Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
CostFrom R1 280 per unit per night (depending on season)
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Where to find it Silvermist Organic Wine Estate, Main Road, Constantia Nek, Cape Town, Western Cape

Research by Kent Cloete, Nikki Benatar, Michelle de Bruin, 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: 24 July 2019

3 Responses to “The Best Wine Farm Stays in The Cape”

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    Christo Bester

    I am shocked by these prices! Who can afford this?
    Inside Guide is a great site with amazing tips on things to see and do and great places to eat in our beautiful region. But it is clearly focusing on 0,01% (including the 9,900 $millionaires in this region, which equals 0,002%) of the population that can afford this.

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    Cindy Truscott

    Spoilt for choice with all the beauty of the Cape Winelands, marrying the new with the old.

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    Marianne Lancefield

    Love this!

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