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Jun

13

Ilanga Travel Visits The Winelands Part 2

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L’Avenir Country Lodge

L’Avenir Country Lodge is located at the foothills of the Simonsberg Mountain, five kilometres from the historic town of Stellenbosch and in the heart of the Cape Winelands.

Surrounded by vineyards and breath-taking views of the majestic mountains of Stellenbosch, this exceptional guesthouse offers wine tasting, 4-star accommodation and true South African hospitality all located on a serene working wine farm.

The lodge has 2 Icon Rooms with a little plunge pool, 4 Platinum Rooms (facing the pool) and 5 Classic Rooms facing either the mountain or garden. All rooms are en-suite with air-conditioning, ceiling fan and terrace.

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Akademie Street Boutique Hotel & Guesthouse

Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guesthouse is situated in Franschhoek and offers a unique guesthouse/ boutique hotel experience.

The guesthouse is family-owned and run and therefore offers guests very personalised service. One is welcomed by very friendly owners, and the enticing smell of baking bread.

There is a total of 6 rooms, each in a separate building which is surrounded by lovely gardens. Each has a pool. The rooms are furnished with stylish trimmings and are very well kept, clean and tidy.

There is a library and lounge in the main building.

The atmosphere of this guesthouse is very welcoming, and immediately makes one feel at home.

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Palmiet Valley Estate

Palmiet Valley Estate is nestled in the Paarl Valley, approximately 1 hours drive from Cape Town.

Situated on a 300-year old working wine farm, the estate offers beautiful gardens with a relaxing atmosphere and accommodation in an old Cape Dutch-style homestead.

We decided to have a little family get-away from the city and were welcomed with big smiles by Jowine (always so nice to put a face to the voice), who promptly showed us to our room – the honeymoon suite. We were left to relax and take a walk through the gardens where we also met Conrad – a proud and friendly ridgeback who is extremely friendly and gets along well with children.

The staff are all friendly and we enjoyed a glass of Palmiet’s very own wine in the company of the owner Margherite while watching the sun set on the deck overlooking the vineyards and mountains.

The rooms are spacious and decorated with rare and beautiful antiques, yet do not have an “over the top” feel. The beds are EXTREMELY comfortable and the bathrooms give a touch of modernity to the rooms, with the large shower head and chrome finishes to old-school-feel bathroom accessories.

The estate has a lovely, warm and homely feel to it. Guests are welcome to roam the gardens and vineyards and take in the beautiful scenery.

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Hawksmoor House

Hawksmoor House is located on a 220 hectare wine farm in Matjieskuil. The estate is quiet and serene. This is a working farm with horses, cows, porcupines, hawks, herons, pelicans and many other animal species. Hawksmoor House is the perfect place to unwind, and serves as a great base from which to explore the winelands.

MAIN HOUSE
The main house has 4 bedrooms, a main dining room and two living rooms – one with a television and one with an honesty bar and fireplace.

SLAVE COTTAGES
This building houses three rooms and originally served as the slaves’ accommodation. Unfortunately the original walls could not be renovated, but the foundations were used to create this annexe which is approximately 50 metres from the manor house. The terrace affords wonderful views of Table Mountain, and stunning sunsets.

DAIRY ROOMS
These two rooms are situated near the barns which were originally stables. They are about 50 metres away from the front entrance of the manor house, and share a terrace.

EDGE HOUSE
On the far end of the property the original sheds, now known as Edge House, consist of 6 rooms in total. The sheds were divided into various store rooms for tools, seeds, chemicals etc., hence the rooms have been named accordingly. Edge Green & Edge Blue form part of a cottage with a lounge, dining room and fully equipped kitchen.

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Oude Werf Hotel

The hotel is an historic building dating back to the 18th century, and has since seen many renovations. More upgrades still need to be done. However, since the building is a national monument, all amendments have to be officially authorised.

The building is situated in the heart of town, and is therefore ideally located for guests who want to explore the historic Stellenbosch town centre on foot. Bays in front of the hotel are not easy to find, but parking is available in a parking garage.

The entrance hall has already been extended. We had a look at the Superior Rooms which are both spacious and modern. Each room has a terrace or a balcony. The views are not great as they face towards the courtyard with the pool. This detracts from the element of privacy. The bathrooms have been renovated and extended as well, and are all in beautiful white tones which makes the rooms lighter.

The restaurant has been refurbished to give it a more modern look. More changes are still to come. The courtyard has not been changed. Plenty of tables and chairs offer guests the opportunity to enjoy coffee and cheese cake. The reception area is due to move to the front of the hotel, and the current reception area and staircase will be replaced by a glass elevator.

These are just some of the hotel’s future plans in order to meet the requirements and standards of a 4-star hotel.

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