Cape Town is home to some incredible getaway destinations, but the Cape Winelands has to be home to some of the most luxurious and mind-blowing properties. Wine with a view is what you can expect with rolling vineyards and robust wines all eagerly waiting to be explored. Not sure where to head to? Here are five Stellenbosch farm stays that will have you packing your bags.
“Escape” is the keyword when describing Hidden Valley Wines’ Bush Lodge. It’s a luxurious retreat away from the city that’s nestled amongst endless vineyards and lush greenery. Perched against the Helderberg Mountain in Stellenbosch, views and endless tranquillity is the name of the game, with guests being treated to some spectacular sunsets as they relax on the deck and slowly watch the sun dip behind the rolling hills.
The lodge has a cabin-like feel that blends in with its natural surroundings, but this is far from your average cabin. Bush Lodge offers all the luxurious amenities you could dream of, including a swimming pool, log cabin fireplace (for those chilly nights), and a gas braai.
- Price: Depending on the season, prices start at R4 500 per night
Self-described as “the jewel of the Cape Winelands,” Delaire Graff is all that and more. They offer a range of luxurious accommodations that vary in size and opulence but rest assured that they all offer spectacular views of the rolling Banhoek Valley below. Kick up your feet and enjoy a glass of bubbly as you watch the sunset beyond the horizon on your private terrace, or linger a little longer as you enjoy a refreshing dip in the heated plunge pool. Delaire Graff Estate is renowned for its two incredible on-site restaurants.
The Delaire Graff Restaurant offers a classic bistro-style menu whipped up by a Michelin-trained chef, and the second ensures that your Indo-Asian cravings are satisfied, thanks to Indochine Restaurant. Spend your days exploring all that this estate has to offer, with incredible mountain views and relaxing spa treatments all on offer.
- Price: Depending on the season, prices start at R12 500 per night
Babylonstoren has become a favourite amongst sustainability enthusiasts and holidaymakers. The farm itself is massive, offering endless activities to indulge in and a range of accommodation that’s homey, luxurious and wrapped in tranquillity – the perfect way to spend a weekend getaway. Babylonstoren’s accommodation is a beautiful mix of modern and historic, providing guests with a contemporary interior design that’s nestled within Cape Dutch exterior. It was also voted one of the top hotels in Africa, according to Conde Nast readers.
But let’s not forget their incredible food. Babylonstoren is famous for their farm to table approach, offering guests a delicious and rich dining experience that ensures they know exactly where the ingredients come from. Everything is grown right there on the farm. They host regular workshops and have a number of walking and running trails for those looking to burn some extra calories before chilling out at the on-site spa. With plenty to do and see, Babylonstoren is a real luxurious treat.
- Price: Depending on the season, prices start at R11 000 per night
Stepping into Hazendal’s Homestead is like travelling back in time. The accommodation offers a sort of rustic luxury that’s sprinkled with bits of modernity, reminding you of the period that you’re actually in. It’s ideally located within the Stellenbosch Winelands, with tranquillity and escape being the main objectives when choosing to stay at this incredible Cape Dutch homestead. Get an authentic taste of country living by enjoying a delicious meal cooked up by a dedicated private chef before indulging your tastebuds on the terrace, which overlooks the lush garden. Guests are also treated to a private butler – for extra convenience and luxury. The homestead has five bedrooms and is capable of accommodating 10 adults and two kids. Art and wine tours on the estate are included when choosing to stay here.
- Price: Depending on the season, prices start at R19 950 per night
Cosy is one word that you’d use to describe Bartinney’s gorgeous cottages. However, cosy doesn’t mean they’ve skimped on luxury as their accommodation boasts a contemporary, eclectic farmhouse charm that’s dripping in luxury. Surrounded by the Drakenstein and Simonsberg mountain ranges, guests are treated to some incredible views, with guests able to explore the farm’s hand-tended vines and indigenous fynbos.
When you’re not discovering what this expansive farm has to offer, make sure you head to their tasting room for a chance to sip on their wines, all paired with scented fynbos to help bring out the flavours of each glass. For the avid outdoorsman, grab your hiking boots and walk amongst the vines or hike through the estate’s winding trails. It’s the ideal way to escape the big city and let go of your worries.
- Price: Depending on the season, prices start at R26 600 per night
Picture: Delaire Graff Estate