Hotel, Guest House, B&B

Capelands Estate

Cosy, affordable self-catering cottages on a serene and rambling farm that overlooks the whole of Somerset West and the sea from its mountain perch above. The Italian owners run a great on-site restaurant. At the time of going to print, luxury suites with sublime views of False Bay were being built higher up on the mountain. A small spa was also in the works. Rates R125...

Bezweni Lodge

Bezweni Lodge This lodge is perched high up in the Hotten-tots-Holland mountain range, surrounded by sprawling fynbos fields and boasting spectacular views over the Cape Peninsula. Relax in the jacuzzi, treat yourself to an in-house massage, indulge in afternoon tea, or explore the neighbouring wine farms. Rates R750-R1 000.

Rosendal Wellness Retreat

Rosendal Wellness Retreat A serene spa retreat tucked away beside a quiet dirt road. Spacious suites feature sexy décor and mammoth baths. Each has its own vine-covered veranda with views of the farm dam and rim-flow pool. Pamper yourself silly at the on-site spa (their strangely soothing signature treatment involves being rolled up in a sheet and rocked by two therapists) or dig in at the fine-...

The Robertson Small Hotel

The Robertson Small Hotel The brainchild of acclaimed chef Reuben Riffel, this historic Victorian manor house turned swish five-star boutique hotel is the talk of the town. When booking, ask for one of the poolside suites – these open onto a private veranda where day-beds beckon. The wooden deck of the veranda spills over a welcoming, elongated pool – allowing patrons to lounge by the pool in...

Rivierzicht Resort

Rivierzicht Resort This riverside resort boasts luxury tented accommodation on wooden decks built cheek by jowl along the river. Fully self-catering, the tents come with everything you’ll need for a lazy weekend away (like bar fridges, crockery and electricity). There are also pretty campsites and tempting wooden cabins. How to reach: R60 towards Robertson, turn right at the first Goree/...

Hanepoot Huisies

Hanepoot Huisies These two former grain silos on a wine farm just outside Robertson have been converted into three stylish, self-catering apartments with spacious, wooden look-out decks, fireplaces and mind-blowing views of the Goree Valley below. The Du Toit family who runs the farm are charming hosts – and interested guests will be treated to a tour of the cellars and hear stories...

Excelsior Manor

Excelsior Manor This erstwhile ostrich palace oozes regal charm. The secret is locked in the details – from the warm welcome you get when you walk in the door to the romantic dinners and creative breakfasts prepared by the in-house chef; the wine-tasting sessions in front of the fireplace; the pool with a view, and those rollicking self-drive golf cart trips through the vineyards....

Zomerlust Guest House

Zomerlust Guest House The interior of this statuesque Edwardian suitably mirrors its old-world façade with heavy drapery, winding wooden balustrades and a miscellany of Persian rugs scattered about. The lovely grounds are jotted with lollipop rose bushes, fountains and loads of little secluded inlets, making it the perfect spot for your afternoon tea. The peckish can dine at in-house...

The Villa

The Villa This modern mansion has an immaculately furnished interior lit by floor-to-ceiling windows, an enviable local art collection, epic marble-clad bathrooms and a pool affording a pretty impressive view of the mountainous Paarl basin. The best thing of all? You have the whole house to yourself! Rates R4 500-R8 500 (sleeps 10). No credit cards are accepted.

Ridgeback House

Ridgeback House Barricaded from the out-side world by row upon row of Langverwacht Farm’s vineyards, the contemporary country house basks in tranquil silence. The airy rooms are decorated in demure hues, with plushly uphol-stered headboards and private patios affording that extra feel of luxe. Rates R550.

Paddabult Country House and Self-catering Cottages

Paddabult Country House and Self-catering Cottages If you’re feeling froggy then go ahead and jump at the chance to stay at this luxurious guesthouse in the vines. Ten suites are clad in stylish mono-chromatic hues, boasting all the amenities you’d expect from a four-star establishment. The opulently decorated dining room opens up onto a vast patio overlooking an enormous pool and the spectacular surrounds. If you’re...

Grande Roche

Grande Roche A golf cart wouldn’t be an altogether inappropriate mode of transportation to get you around this vast historical estate, boasting a 360-degree view of the Paarl valley and its granite outcrops. Stippled in amongst the manicured lawns, the executive rooms are decorated in modern, slick furniture and artworks, whilst the terrace suites offer more of a country flair....

Diemersfontein Country Estate

Home to the by now legendary chocolate coffee pinotage, this iridescent white Cape Dutch, overlooking a stud of horses chomping at the estate’s grassy pastures, evokes images of the plantation houses of the American South. Equally ethereal are the en-suite rooms, kitted out in country prints, billowy drapes and old Cape furniture. A stroll around the immaculately...

Bovlei Valley Retreat

Bovlei Valley Retreat Take your pick of picture-perfect backdrops at this serene estate standing at the foothills of three majestic mounts, and thicketed with guava orchards, English lavender and vineyards. The floral-themed suites and cottages are decked out in four-star finery, whilst the breakfast held at the grandiose manor house is a filling affair. Rates R575.

Bakenhof Guest House

Bakenhof Guest House The haughty Romanesque portico of this luxury wine estate hideout belies the cool, contemporary décor of the interior. Choose between five roomy suites, each boasting their own patio and mountain-and-vineyard vista. Lounge around the crystalline pool during those sweltering Wellington days, or take a stroll around the sprawling grounds. Rates R771-R1 003.