Services

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.

Somneuk Exotic Thai Food & Sushi

Somneuk Exotic Thai Food & Sushi After a thirteen-year stint as chef and partner at popular Cape Town Thai food eatery Yindees, Wilivian Kontong packed her bags for suburbia and now entices the Winelands with her signature spicy curries. The sushi is melt-in-the-mouth fresh and the menu tempts with unusual offerings like bamboo hand rolls. Open: 9am-3pm, 5pm-late Mon-Sat. Main courses R90.

The River Garden Deli @ Lourensford Estate

The River Garden Deli @ Lourensford Estate The stylish garden terrace at Lourensford Wines looks out over manicured hedged gardens. The avo-green clipboard menu changes daily and Chef Tullishe Le Roux focuses on fresh, seasonal, locally produced fare (such as trout caught on the estate). The deli plies goodies like freshly baked farm bread and cheese from the estate’s own cheesery. Open 8am-5pm daily. Main...

Restaurant Mangiare

Italian-born Johann and Laura Mauri Innerhofer’s Mediterranean-style country kitchen nestling against the slopes of the Hottentots-Holland Mountains offers glorious views over False Bay and Strand below. Expect open-armed hospitality and fresh, seasonal, simple food prepared well. Think velvety potato gnocchi with Parma ham, sun-dried tomatoes and olives or beef-fillet...

Lady Phillips Restaurant

Lady Phillips Restaurant This colonially themed dame’s kitchen is headed up by Henrico Grobbelaar. The menu features locally sourced produce like seared springbok loin, Overberg beef fillet and False Bay crayfish tail. If you book beforehand, breakfast can be preceded by a guided walk around the historic estate (R10, min 10 people). They also whip up luxury 4-course picnics, to be enjoyed in...

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....

Reubens

Reubens Owner and chef-patron Reuben Riffel (of Fransch-hoek Reuben’s restaurant fame) has again struck gold with his latest culinary venture. Executive chef Aviv Liebenberg and pastry chef Christien van der Westhuizen clearly know what they’re doing, serving up palate pleasers like crispy roasted duck leg with spiced citrus jus or braised pork belly. Décor is minimalist chic...

Kolgans River Restaurant

Kolgans River Restaurant Give expression to dormant Huck Finn fantasies by escaping life’s stresses with a lingering boat trip along the Breede River. Watch the world glide by while you dig into hearty boerekos. Open 9.30-11.30am, noon-2pm, 5-7pm daily. Bookings essential. Main courses : Trip included Breakfast R75; lunch R120; dinner R150. No credit cards are accepted. How to reach: Take the...

Fraai Uitzicht 1798

A dusty dirt road takes you to this vineyard-flanked fine-dining destination. If you’re feeling flush, try the seven-course degustation menu. After all that indulging you might need a nap – luckily they offer some snazzy accommodation options. Open Noon-3pm, 6pm-close Wed-Sun. Main courses R100.

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.