Angelo, one of our reservations superstars, was lucky enough to enjoy a stay at the peaceful and beautiful Under Oaks, nestled in the heart the Paarl vineyards. Surrounded by the Drakenstein Mountains and shaded by ancient oak trees, it’s far enough from the city to make you feel like you’re really getting away without requiring long travel time. We’ve narrowed it down to just seven reasons why Under Oaks is a fantastic option for that relaxing escape from Cape Town…
An exquisite setting
It’s hard not to feel completely relaxed from the moment you arrive, mainly because the landscape is quite simply breath-taking. The endless farmlands, rolling vineyards and picture-perfect mountain range have a calming effect on the mind, while the sweet scent of lemon tree blossoms are like an instant, refreshing happiness injection. Of course the majestic oak trees steal the show with their trunks and branches that seem to whisper stories of days gone by.
Kids will love watching the cows and horses grazing in the distance, or playing in the play area. There’s even a pool, perfect for cooling off or just relaxing and catching some rays next to, all while listening to the sounds of the birds chirping. Enjoy a picnic in the lush grass too if you’d like.
Situated on the outskirts of Northern Paarl, Under Oaks provides the perfect base from which to explore this part of the Cape Winelands and enjoy a variety of activities such as horse-riding, interactive food tours, nature trails, mountain-biking and golfing at one of the many world-class courses close by. The little town of Paarl is itself worth a visit as you explore the local stores, restaurants, buildings and sites of interest.
Food and wine plays a huge part in any Winelands getaway with things being no different here at Under Oaks. Angelo was invited to the tasting room, the recently renovated Private Cellar, to indulge in a Turkish delight and vino pairing – a unique experience indeed. It’s a great way to sample some of the boutique-style wines produced on the farm by master winemakers and dedicated staff ensure your tasting is both a delicious and informative one.
There are also other pairings on offer such as ones with chocolate and pizza, for a real slice of la dolce vita. Kiddies can also join in on the fun with juice and sweeties being provided for the little ones so that they don’t feel left out. You can arrange your tasting before your stay or upon arrival – either way, it’s definitely a must!
High ceilings, sparkling chandeliers, plush linens and sumptuous textures are just a few of the delights that await you in your room. Each is like a private oasis, providing a serene space in which to relax, unwind and take in the beauty of your surrounds. Some of the rooms have a private patio offering spectacular vineyard, dam and mountain views – the best place to sit and reflect at the end of the day. It’s a perfect example of understated elegance meets farm-style charm.
On-site pizzeria (and tasty food in general)
It really doesn’t get much better than having your very own pizzeria a few steps away! You can experience true Italian hospitality in the heart of the Paarl Winelands here at the original Jonkmanshuis. Pop there for a delicious dinner where you’ll sample some of the tastiest wood-fired pizzas you’ve ever had. It’s fab for a family dinner or intimate get together for a special celebration.
Breakfasts at Under Oaks are just as scrumptious with freshly-made croissants and rolls being baked daily. Tuck in as you admire the amazing backdrop around you between bites.
At the end of the day you can stay at the most beautiful of places, but if you’re not taken care of by a friendly and dedicated team, chances are you not going to enjoy your stay nearly as much. Expect a warm welcome from the staff at Under Oaks with your every need being tended to throughout your visit. If you have any questions about the area and activities, rest assured there’ll be a friendly and knowledgeable person ready and waiting to help make your stay a memorable one by providing all the information you need.
The little ones will love it
We don’t need to expand too much on this one as we’ve already mentioned quite a few examples of why kids will love a stay at Under Oaks too. You’ll be able to sit back and truly enjoy your stay knowing that the littlies are occupied and happy.
“Under Oaks is an absolute treat for a time out to rejuvenate and enjoy Paarl at this perfect location. Take the opportunity to buy a bottle of the branded Under Oaks wine, chill and enjoy!” - Angelo.
Book your stay at Under Oaks today and go and see for yourself what all the fuss is about.