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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.

Aan de Paarlberg

Aan de Paarlberg Situated atop a steep hill, this geometric stone-finished giant affords visitors an exquisite vista of the Paarl Valley below. All the capacious wine-themed suites are finished in earthy tones with splashes of oranges and reds, but first prize definitely goes to the romantic Shiraz which has its own fireplace, open Victorian slipper bath and private garden. Rates R450-...

Drakenstein Lion Park

Drakenstein Lion Park Before you get all excited, this isn’t the kind of place where you can rough and tumble with cubs or stroke a jungle king’s mane. This is a rehabilitation centre for lions that’ve been bred in captivity and often times suffered abuse at the hands of circus bosses and zoo keepers. Nonetheless, you’ll be more than content watching these majestic predators from the safe...

Seasons Restaurant

The restaurant is divided into a tranquil pergolacovered courtyard and an inside space decorated with light-hearted artworks from the adjacent Thokozani Art Gallery (021 864 5050/www.thokozani.co.za/art). Seasons serves up Provençal fare with an Asian twist. Think gruyère fritters for starters and oxtail and pinotage potjie for the main affair. Open 8am-10pm daily. Main...

Proviant

With its wide weathered red stoep, this friendly farmhouse oozes boere-charm, and serves up lip-licking traditional fare with a huge helping of humour. Think frikkadelbroodjies (burgers), boerekaviaar (bone marrow) on freshly baked bread, Vaalies (boerewors, tomato sauce and pap) and even bokkos (salad). Open 8am-5pm Tue, Sat, Sun; 8am-10pm Thur, Fri. Main courses R70.

Oude Wellington

Oude Wellington The rustic setting of this tried-and-tested establishment can’t be faulted: from the oak-shaded outside seating with a team of alpacas frolicking in the distance to the cosy interior of the former brandy distillery. The chalkboard menu changes regularly, but you can expect hearty offerings like peppered kudu with red cabbage or crisp pork hock with plum sauce. Open 8am...

Noop

If it’s a sunny day, take a seat on the buzzing broekie-lace veranda, otherwise opt for a spot in the contemporary interior. The menu offers an epic collection like beer-battered fish; nooshi (sushi for first-timers); salads like the honey-dressed duck, bacon, avo, orange and caper salad; and country-fusion creations like pork neck stuffed with figs, chevin and cashews....

Marc’s Mediterranean Cuisine & Garden

This vibey eatery has stood the test of time on Paarl’s Main Road, and continues to draw hungry locals with Mediterranean meze platters, great steaks. Open Noon-3pm, 6-9.30pm Mon-Sat; noon-3pm Sun. Main courses R125.

Kikka

Kikka This colour-splashed café slash florist is a favoured breakfast rendezvous of Paarl’s cool crowd. The Bean in Love coffee is roasted just down the road and has a following all of its own; the syrup-sozzled French toast with crispy bacon a sure-fire satisfier; and the bountiful buffet lunch table is worth queuing for. Those with a sweet tooth are also spoilt for choice...

Lusthof @ Little Vineyard

A postage stamp-sized vineyard shelters this lovely garden coffee shop from the din of Paarl’s main drag, and is a must-stop for a cup of good freshly ground coffee and a slice of cake (the baked choco-late cheese cake and coffee choc tart are a treat) or quiche. There’s also a jungle gym and plenty of room for the rug rats to scuttle about. Open 8am-2pm Tue-Fri; 8....