Here at Greatest Africa, we are often asked where to find luxury vineyard escapes in the Cape Winelands, just one hour away from Cape Town. With so many world renowned vineyards to choose from and five star luxury that’s up there with the world’s best, it’s no easy task to pick just a few but, without any further ado, here are our top 5.
1. Grande Roche Hotel
Set at the foot of the magnificent Paarl Rock, the Grande Roche Hotel is brimming with history. Dating back to 1715, this 23-hectare farm has been restored to its original Cape Dutch former glory and granted national monument status. This is a working farm and you can expect a range of luxurious accommodation options, a spa, gym and sauna, timeless elegance in the award-winning restaurant and the Cape Winelands on your doorstep.
2. Grand Dédale Country House
Nestled in the corner of the stunningly beautiful Groenberg, Limietberg and Hawekwa mountain ranges, at the foot of the Bainskloof Pass, Grand Dédale Country House is a magical destination. Exquisitely restored and privately owned, there are six rooms and a honeymoon annex to choose from, each with their own style. Explore the village of Wellington, hike up the picturesque pass, go trout fishing, walk through the vineyards and taste the wine, or hire a mountain bike… there is so much to do in this region.
3. La Residence
If you are after something awe-inspiring, grand and opulent, La Residence could be the perfect place for you. It forms part of the Royal Portfolio, together with Birkenhead House in Hermanus and Royal Malewane in a private game reserve that adjoins the Kruger National Park, and all three have been so cleverly created by Liz Biden. From glittering chandeliers and plush upholstery to antique and eclectic furniture and original art, Liz Biden has carefully curated every little detail with the result being a place so special – almost theatrical – that you won’t quite believe your eyes.
4. Delaire Graff
Looking for something seriously impressive? Look no further. Set high up on the Helshoogte Pass above Stellenbosch, Delaire Graff is truly magnificent. The accommodation is state-of-the-art; with two restaurants, two boutiques, a gallery, more incredible art inside and out, a spa, heli-pad and a world-class winery. Leaving no stones unturned, Laurence Graff has made it his mission to dazzle each and every visitor. Choose one of the ten lodges and either switch on the under-floor heating during the winter months or freshen up in your own plunge pool when the weather is steamy.
This 48-room hotel is steeped in history and character. Just a few minutes outside of Stellensbosch, Lanzerac Estate is a 300 year old private working wine estate, set in the Jonkershoek Valley. The exquisite collection of Cape Dutch buildings offer the perfect retreat for any couple looking for a little peace and quiet. The lawns and vineyards are extensive, with superb views from every room, and four pools and numerous restaurants to choose from. This is a great option for those who love hiking and want to set out on foot to enjoy the mountains and panoramic views. If a winter getaway is on the cards, Lanzerac is a good choice – open fireplaces and red wine all whilst being surrounded by antiques and stories of old. Oh, and there’s a spa. Keen? Contact Greatest Africa for more info.
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