Eat, Sleep, Do In Stellenbosch…where the Jonkershoek and Simonsberg mountains tumble to a historical little town that is surrounded by vineyards that produce some of the world’s best wines. This is where character, culture and flavour come together to create a beautiful destination with a charming vibe. Although it’s only about an hour from the city centre of Cape Town, Stellenbosch is a world and a destination of its own.
There’s something special about staying here. It’s just different. It’s undeniably gorgeous, and there’s a fizz about it. An adventure that’s about to erupt like a cork out of a champagne bottle.
So, whether you’re after some serious fizz or a relaxing weekend getaway, Stellenbosch has plenty of variety when it comes to your eating, sleeping and ‘doing’ itinerary. We’re highlighting just a few of our favourites:
Whether you’re after 5-star luxury or 3-star comfort, Stellenbosch has a range of lovely options.
Making the most of its exquisite setting, this exclusive lodge is all about bringing the outdoors in with its clever use of glass and space. The log fireplace, swimming pool, deck and outdoor braai area complement the elegant décor and understated luxury. Wine tastings, cellar tours and scrumptious meals can be enjoyed on site for a real treat. Picnics can be arranged, and the area is surrounded by picturesque walking trails.
This opulent hotel is on a private estate, offering all the tranquillity and elegance that you need for a real spoil. It boasts breath-taking views of the vineyards, a solar-heated lagoon pool and swimming pool, a coffee and wine bar, and a gym. It’s perfect for a quick retreat, a honeymoon, or a summer holiday in style.
This historical building dates back to 1713 and promises its guests an experience that combines sheer luxury and comfort. This is where contemporary chic meets timeless elegance and the focus is on the beauty of the natural world. The rooms have air-con, heated floors and private balconies; while the hotel also has a swimming pool and a spa.
Perched in the pretty surrounds of an olive and wine farm, this manor house and its guest cottages are all about providing a peaceful getaway that is just minutes from the local attractions. The estate’s dam is the perfect place for a morning swim or some bass fishing, while the swimming pool is also irresistible on summer days. The property has walking, running and hiking trails too, as well as gorgeous picnic spots. You can even arrange a wine tasting during your stay. Bliss.
If you’re after a little Cape Dutch elegance that dates right back to the 19th century, this manor house will enchant you. The rooms and cottages are comfy and a little indulgent all at once. Each of the rooms has heated floors, air-con, satellite TV, Wi-Fi and spectacular views. This spot is actually situated between Stellenbosch and Somerset West, a little closer to Cape Town.
A little Tuscan charm in the heart of Stellenbosch never hurt anyone, and this guest house is a particular treat. It’s a little eclectic, a little classic, and a lot of love. All of the rooms have something quite special; whether it’s a jacuzzi or a fireplace. And, although it’s quietly nestled in a secluded cul-de-sac, Villa Grande is within walking distance from many of Stellenbosch’s restaurants.
Book your gorgeous lodgings here and spend your days tasting wines, picking grapes in the vineyards, and even learning to fly-fish at the hands of the pros. Each stylish room has a private terrace, air-conditioning and lovely amenities. They’re individually decorated to create a uniquely gorgeous setting and the swimming pool is ideal for sweltering summer days.
Its breath-taking panoramic views of the mountains and valleys set The Stables apart. It is only a few minutes from the centre of Stellenbosch and the award-winning vineyards and wine estates for which the Winelands are known. Each of the elegant rooms has an en-suite bathroom, heating, air-con, Wi-Fi and home comforts.
Rosenview has a real farm-charm and is a stunning getaway for family holidays, honeymoons or quick retreats. Each room has fantastic facilities, including air-conditioning. There are also gorgeous picnic spots and indoor braai areas, a large pool for hot days, and a pretty dam, where some awesome bird-watching can be enjoyed.
This is where old meets new in a delightful blend of comfort and convenience. The rooms are tasteful and each equipped with an air-con, heating and flat-panel TV. This is an ideal base from which to enjoy the local wine estates, restaurants, boutiques, cocktail bars and galleries of Stellenbosch. Most of these are within walking distance.
Whether you’re after world-class food and wine pairings or a freshly-brewed cuppa on the pavement, Stellenbosch has a spot for you to sit down, relax and indulge in the deliciousness.
For some fine dining and spoils, try the Backsberg Estate Cellars or the Dornier Wine Estate. These make for excellent date nights or memorable venues for special occasions, and diners can look forward to some truly spectacular dishes. These are even better when perfectly paired with a local wine.
For something a little different, the Boerebraai Restaurant at the Middelvlei Wine Estate offers an authentic South African barbecue experience. Enjoy delicious local favourites along with renowned wines, all in the spirit of family and fun. De Warenmarkt is home to a fabulous combination of food and wine. Sip on champagne and sample fresh oysters, head to the deli for fresh bakes and novel finds, or sit down and indulge in moreish salads, platters, grills and tapas-style delights. Another lovely option for families is to head to Hillcrest Berry Orchards to pick berries, and then relax at the tea garden or restaurant for delicious treats and unrivalled views.
While the laid-back vibe has a lot to do with Stellenbosch’s appeal, there is so much to do here. Of course, wine tastings and cellar tours are at the top of most travel itineraries. And so they should be. This is an epicentre of world-class red, white, and sparkling wines. But, more than this, it is home to some awesome attractions and activities. These include:
- Eagle Encounters at Spier Wine Farm – watch raptors soar through the air, get up close to some incredible species, and learn more about them at this sanctuary.
- Old Nectar Gardens – these pretty landscaped gardens are famous for their abundance of trees, colours, and the birds they attract. Wander through them at leisure to enjoy the natural beauty and serenity.
- Botanical Gardens – this is the oldest botanical garden in the country and is well worth spending a morning or afternoon breathing in the fresh air and walking amongst the gorgeous flora.
- Scootours – for a fun, eco-friendly way to see Stellenbosch, hop on these non-motorised scooters.
- Go on an electric adventure – the exclusive e-bike experience are tours through the winelands on bikes.
- Visit the art galleries – Stellenbosch has a number of galleries in which the work of local talents and better-known crafters is showcased.
- Visit the craft market at Spier – for a world of incredible arts and crafts, both classic and contemporary, this craft market is a must.