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For Cape Town locals, a summer picnic under giant old trees on a wine farm is a Sunday favourite. The Cape Winelands is a wine-producing region within a half hour’s drive from Cape Town. Wines from these vineyards are making a name for themselves around the world. Neat rows of vines cover hills and valleys framed by Cape fold mountains, making...

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Angala Boutique Hotel & Guest House

Franschhoek
PPS from R 1,475
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Located in the heart of the Cape Winelands between magnificent mountains, Angala Boutique Hotel is a retreat for body, mind and spirit within pure, natural surroundings....


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Chocolate Box Gordons Bay

Gordon's Bay
5 Suites
Units from R 1,300

Chocolate Box is located in the seaside town of Gordon’s Bay, just 40 minutes from Cape Town. The views from this guest house are spectacular – sparkling oceans and blue...


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Franschhoek Boutique Hotel

Franschhoek
6 Suites
PPS from R 1,300

Found at the base of the picturesque Franschhoek Mountains along the popular Main Road of the village, Franschhoek Boutique Hotel sees old world sophistication meeting...


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Ashbourne House

Franschhoek
6 Bedrooms
PPS from R 825

Discover Ashbourne House, a meticulously restored Colonial retreat set in tranquil gardens with soaring mountain views in the heart of Franschhoek village in the Cape...


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Somerset Hill Guest House

Somerset West
9 Bedrooms
PPS from R 525

Somerset Hill Guest House is set on the slopes in Somerset West in the Cape Winelands with panoramic views of False Bay, mountains and Indian Ocean. Luxury accommodation,...


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Rusthuiz Guest House

Stellenbosch
7 Bedrooms
PPS from R 800

In the Cape Winelands, only 600 metres from Stellenbosch town centre, Rusthuiz Guest House offers excellent service and friendly tourist advice. Stylish, spacious...


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Les Chambres

Franschhoek
4 Bedrooms
PPS from R 675

Les Chambres is a beautifully restored home in the heart of Franschhoek village in the Cape Winelands and a two-minute walk to the main street and restaurants. Spacious...


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Gable Manor

Franschhoek
2 Deluxe Rooms, 3 Deluxe +Rooms and 1 Grand Suite, Self-Catering Options
PPS from R 870

Gable Manor is a stylish, modern guest house on the edge of Franschhoek village in the Cape Winelands. Spacious air-conditioned bedrooms and suites have king-size beds with...


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Elephant Lodge

Franschhoek
5 Bedrooms
PPS from R 800
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Elephant Lodge is set on a mountain slope and blessed with unsurpassed views of the Franschhoek valley and mountain ranges in the Cape Winelands, this spectacular Cape Dutch...


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Vine Guest House

Stellenbosch
8 Bedrooms and 1 Honeymoon Suite
PPS from R 420

Vine Guest House is a rural country retreat in the Cape Winelands on the outskirts of historic Stellenbosch. Spacious, cottage style air-conditioned bedrooms have a private...


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Manor On The Bay

Gordon's Bay
Self-Catering Options
PPS from R 550
Special Deal

Manor On The Bay was built in 1862 and later served as a summer residence for the famous Beit Family from Ireland. Today the tradition of Cape hospitality continues in this...


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Aqua Vista

Somerset West
5 Suites and 1 Bedroom
PPS from R 550

Set on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain in Somerset West with beautiful views of False Bay to Cape Point, Aqua Vista Guest House offers its visitors a chance to relax...


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Auberge Daniella

Franschhoek
3 apartments, Self-Catering Options
PPS from R 400
Special Deal

Feel as if you’ve escaped to the French countryside at this Franschhoek haven. Surrounded by the Middagkrans and Drakenstein Mountains, the lovingly restored Victorian...


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Auberge Daniella Manor House

Franschhoek
Manor House
Units from R 4,400

Escape to the French countryside at this lovingly restored Victorian homestead in Franschhoek, the beautiful food and wine capital of South Africa.

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Villas @ Franschhoek Country House

Franschhoek
12 Villa Suites
PPS from R 1,475

Overlooking the picturesque mountains and surrounding vineyards of the Franschhoek Valley in the Cape Winelands, the stylish Villa Suites offer a haven of opulent space...


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Franschhoek Country House

Franschhoek
14 Bedrooms and 12 Villa Suites
PPS from R 1,475

A delightful boutique hotel overlooking the beautiful mountains of the Franschhoek valley and surrounding vineyards of the Cape Winelands in the Western Cape. Stylish rooms...


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Maison Chablis Guest House

Franschhoek
7 Bedrooms
PPS from R 660

Owner James Calderwood, offers a warm welcome to Maison Chablis Guest House, a Georgian style Guest House, set behind white-washed walls in a secluded garden in Franschhoek...


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Auberge Clermont

Franschhoek
1 Self Catering Villa, 5 Rooms and 1 Honeymoon Room
PPS from R 975

Auberge Clermont offers luxurious accommodation in the beautiful Franschhoek valley. This historic wine and fruit farm is synonymous with peace and is a favourite...


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Klein Waterval Riverside Lodge

Franschhoek
10 Bedrooms and 2 Suites
PPS from R 645

**PLEASE NOTE that we are closed for renovations until the 1st September 2016**


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Life & Leisure

Stellenbosch
10 Rooms, Self-Catering Options
PPS from R 675

Life & Leisure offers an exclusive lifestyle experience in the heart of Stellenbosch. Choose to stay in one of two guesthouses or a self-catering apartment and enjoy true...


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Harold Porter National Botanical Garden
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Cape Winelands travel guide

For Cape Town locals, a summer picnic under giant old trees on a wine farm is a Sunday favourite. The Cape Winelands is a wine-producing region within a half hour’s drive from Cape Town. Wines from these vineyards are making a name for themselves around the world. Neat rows of vines cover hills and valleys framed by Cape fold mountains, making it a lovely area to drive in, as you stop off for tastings in atmospheric cellars. In one day you could visit a few farms, covering the areas of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek.

If you have a few days, you can’t go wrong with basing yourself in one of the towns and taking leisurely drives to see the others. Crucial tip for foodies: many of these elegant wine farms also have award winning restaurants so choose your lunch spot carefully. Franschhoek is especially known for its artisan food producers and restaurants, such as La Petite Ferme, Pierneef and The Tasting Room. Even if you’re not a wine drinker you’ll find plenty to do in the Winelands, including hiking and golf, outstanding concerts in Stellenbosch and plenty of unique shops on peaceful country streets.

The major triangle of the Winelands:

  • Stellenbosch – historic university town with a lively atmosphere thanks to the many students in residence. Quite a few world famous wine farms are here, such as Zevenwacht, Delheim and Spier, with its Cheetah and Eagle conservation centres. The town itself has some lovely art galleries and restaurants.
  • Paarl – busy Winelands town in the ‘Pearl Valley’ with plenty of wine estates to visit. Drive up to the fascinating Taal Monument (built to honour the Afrikaans language) and enjoy incredible views in all directions. Klapmuts is a less well known outpost of Paarl, but a great choice for families as it has a rural charm, as well as Butterfly World. Laborie is a good choice for lunch and has some classic wines.
  • Franschhoek – named ‘The ‘French Corner’ after the French Huguenot refugees who settled here in 1688, this is the prettiest Winelands village. Quite a few revered chefs have set up camp in town or on nearby estates. Franschhoek’s picturesque main road is crammed with markets, antiques and sidewalk cafés. The fabulous Franschhoek Motor Museum transports you to a world of vintage cars at L’Ormarins Wine Estate.

Great winelands outside of the triangle:

  • Durbanville: Before you get onto the traditional Winelands route, take a detour to the lesser known wine spot of the Cape northern suburbs. Wines from estates such as Nitida, Diemersdal and Durbanville Hills are beloved by Capetonians and well worth a taste – you may fill your suitcase with these.
  • Constantia: In the southern suburbs of Cape Town, Constantia feels quiet and rural, with greenery clinging to the mountainside. Lovely wine farms to visit are Buitenverwachting, Groot Contstantia and Contstantia Uitsig.
  • Somerset West – A relaxed but fast growing Cape Dutch town not far from Stellenbosch towards False Bay. A couple of very stately wine farms and a busy, built-up town centre make it an attractive base. Look out for festivals and events at Lourensford Wine Estate, which also has an excellent restaurant.
  • Hermanus: Around this town known for whale watching is a collection of small but passionate wine growers. The pretty Hemel-en-Aarde area is the spot to head for. Good choices to try are Hermanuspietersfontein, Southern Right and Hamilton Russell.
  • Wellington – Wellington also offers great antique hunting and cosy coffee shops. A dramatic drive across Bain’s Kloof Pass with its spectacular scenery makes the trip worthwhile.
  • Tulbagh – With a long history and beautiful veld flowers between April and October, Tulbagh is a popular wedding venue. You’ll find well-respected wine estates such as Drostdyhof and Twee Jonge Gezellen, and the village streets are lined with restaurants. If you’re there in winter, why not join in the 'Christmas in Winter' festival?