Hotel, Guest House, B&B

Palmboom Guest House

Palmboom Guest House Five en-suite bedrooms and one en-suite family bedroom in a converted residential house with patio, swimming pool and garden make this feel like a home from home. Having hostess Annalie Fourie personally make your breakfast to order in the morning makes it even more so. A woman’s touch is obvious in the small details like large bath sheets and a good selection of bedside...

Inverdoorn Game Reserve & Safari Lodge

About 60km outside Ceres, Inverdoorn covers about 11 000 hectares of bushveld, with free-roaming game including cheetah, hippos, rhinos, giraffe, blue and black wildebeest and various buck. Lions rescued from illegal canned hunting operations are kept in a sepa-rate enclosure as are cheetahs, which are part of a breeding and rehabilitation programme. Overnight guests...

Tree Tops Cottage

Tree Tops Cottage Make your way over the stone bridge for which this farm has been named and take a left up to the wooded hillock where an idyllic little self-catering cottage awaits. The light, oaky interior, with its pitched A-frame roof, is countryside-chic incarnate, but you might well want to spend your whole sojourn soaking up the tranquil, woodsy atmosphere from the elevated deck....

Majeka House

Majeka House The geometric lines and immaculately green lawns of this modern, five-star abode cut quite a prepossessing picture against the mountainous backdrop of the Paradyskloof Valley. The décor is done in equal measures of class and coolness, from the library’s dark leather chairs and the restaurant’s dramatic silver-and-teal wallpaper, to the suites’ demure damask-patterned...

Lanzerac Hotel & Spa

Lanzerac Hotel & Spa Nestled at the foot of the Stellenbosch Mountain, and next to the Eerste River, this estate is steeped in a history spanning over 300 years. The elegant Cape Dutch manor house and outbuildings house this five-star luxury hotel. The 48 rooms are elegantly decorated in muted hues and balconies overlook the relaxing pool. Stays include a complimentary cellar tour and wine-...

Eendracht Hotel

Eendracht Hotel This three-star hotel is located in the historical Dorp Street and thus a stone’s throw away from everything in town. The rooms are comfortable and decorated in a neutral palette. There’s a splash pool if the heat becomes too much and an elegant dining room and lounge with ladies bar. New self-catering units are situated five minutes’ walk away. Rates R459-R725. Self-...

D’Ouwe Werf Hotel

D’Ouwe Werf Hotel Hailed as South Africa’s oldest existing hotel, this four-star spot has a classic interior with yellow-wood floors and copper fittings. The charming rooms are fitted with gorgeous period pieces and all modern amenities. Dine in the 1802 Restaurant serving Cape fusion cuisine or lounge by the heated pool. This is old-world charm at its best. Rates R600-R965.

Coopmanhuijs Boutique Hotel & Spa

Coopmanhuijs Boutique Hotel & Spa Housed in historical Coopmanhuijs, this centrally located five-star hotel is brand spanking new. Fourteen classically decorated rooms and suites are kitted out with silk-filled duvets, 100% percale linen and flat-screen TVs. The spa (offering two treatment rooms, a petite sauna and steam room), heated pool and restaurant are open exclusively to hotel guests. Rates...

Avenues Guest Lodge

Avenues Guest Lodge Situated along one of the most beautiful avenues, this B&B offers eight en-suite rooms. Comfortable and very spacious, the interior is simple but clean. Watch TV in the dining room where breakfast is also served if the patio is too breezy. Rates R350-R450.

Volkskombuis

This restaurant is a Stellenbosch institution. The interior hints at traditional Cape Dutch with the copper implements on the walls and yellowwood furniture. Food-wise you can expect traditional Cape cuisine like bobotie and Meraai’s chicken pie. The menu offers some suggestions. A combined menu with De Oewer is available over weekends. Open Noon-3pm, 6.30-10pm daily....

Terroir

Don’t let the blackboard menu and bucolic surrounds fool you into thinking this is just another country café in the Winelands. Chef Michael Broughton’s French-inspired fare has racked up a ridiculous number of awards. From his signature prawn and mushroom risotto to his superbly sauced fillet with parmesan cream, each bite is a triumph. A culinary must. Open 12.30-2....

Moyo

A visit to the beautiful Spier estate isn’t complete without a lazy meal at this popular restaurant. Stake out a seat at one of the tree-top decks or in the exotic Bedouin tent, then dip into the bountiful Umdliva buffet table brimming with Pan- African fare. The waitrons double as face-painters, making for a fun, interactive dining experience ideal for visitors. There’s...

Willowbrook Lodge

Willowbrook Lodge Situated up against Somerset-West’s finest wine estates, Willowbrook boasts twelve garden rooms (with luxury amenities like fluffy towels, mini bar, Wi-Fi and under-floor heating). There’s also a swish, colonial-style fine-dining restaurant, complete with fireplace and grand piano. Rates R630-R2 500.

Ou Pastorie Boutique Hotel

This stylish boutique hotel is housed in one of the oldest buildings in town. It sports swish Victorian-inspired rooms and a sexy on-site bistro with a cosmopolitan menu and bright green couches lining the stoep. Rates R850-R1 550.

Erinvale Estate Hotel & Spa

Erinvale Estate Hotel & Spa This historic farm turned hotel still retains the grandeur of yesteryear – the main building, a Cape Dutch manor house, dates back to the 17th-century and the erstwhile horse stables have become guest accommodation. There’s a fine-dining restaurant and a traditional Irish pub serving Guinness on tap (Erinvale is ‘Irish Valley’ in Irish). The on-site hair salon and spa –...