This town redefines the classic, weekend break
Stellenbosch is famous for its art galleries, adventure activities, entertainment, shopping and, of course, stunning wine estates. Because this town deserves more than just a day trip, there are a number of luxury hotels, B&Bs, backpackers and camping spots, sure to make your Stellies weekend break memorable.
Devonvale Lodge and Golf Resort
Nestled amidst Stellenbosch’s grand mountains and rolling vineyards, Devonvale Golf and Wine Estate’s charming four-star lodge offers a comfortable, upmarket place to stay for groups on golfing vacations, families with kids, visiting tourists and business travellers (the estate boasts two large conference venues) alike. Three different stylishly-adorned, well-equipped accommodation alternatives are on offer: basic hotel-style rooms, self-catering apartments and double-storey holiday homes (golf packages are available for this option). What’s more, the championship 18-hole golf course, French-focused restaurant, glistening swimming pool and communal braai facilities on-site all go towards making for an especially memorable time away.
Unique tip: Boasting an outdoor gazebo and two sizeable function rooms alongside its lodge, Devonvale estate is also ideal for a destination wedding.
Devonvale Golf and Wine Estate | Bottelary Road | Stellenbosch | Western Cape | +27 (0) 21 888 4734
Kleine Zalze Lodge
An overnight at the four-star Kleine Zalze Lodge, accommodation just minutes away from the heart of Stellenbosch, is more than just a chance to indulge in some serious shut-eye in a storybook setting. The intimate hotel – it has fewer than 50 rooms – is perched on one of the region’s most lauded working wine farms, above a championship 18-hole golf course and within walking distance of one of the most consistently rated top 10 restaurants in South Africa. Thus, whether you’re looking for a good round on the green, a world-class culinary experience or a leisurely day tasting internationally recognised vintages, distraction is within easy reach from the doorstep of this charming country-style lodge. What’s more, hiking, mountain biking and jogging trails weave their way through the property’s ranks of Chenin Blanc, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon vines.
Unique Tip: Bring your swimming costume (bathing suit)! There’s no better place to drink in the undulating Stellenbosch scenery than from the lodge’s glamorous rim-flow swimming pool.
Strand Road (R44) | Stellenbosch | Western Cape | +27 (0) 21 880 0740
Rent a three-bedroom villa, featuring a lounge, dining room, fully fitted kitchen and private pool. At the hotel’s fine dining restaurant, Makaron, head chef, Anri Diener, cooks culinary delights, to be enjoyed by a roaring, winter fire, or alfresco in the summer. Try Magret of duck breast, with rocket leaves and spiced red figs picked from the garden, finished off with a sprinkling of toasted, macadamia nuts.
Unique tip: the Sanctuary Spa uses Vitaderm, with therapeutic, natural plant extracts and essential oils.
26 – 32 Houtkapper Street | Paradyskloof | Stellenbosch | Western Cape | +27 (0)21 880 1549
Knorhoek Guest House
Knorhoek Guest House features eight rooms, including a family and honeymoon suite, in what was originally the stables, blacksmith room and coach house on the farm. Each room has a private stoep or balcony and is tastefully furnished with brass chandeliers and warm, polished terracotta tiles. The traditional, home-y style is apparent here too: antique plates on the walls and other elements like old photographs. There are also two self-catering cottages with names like Rose and Lavender – each of them have a braai area.
Unique tip: the estate makes fabulous wine; Wine Tasting: Mon to Sun 10:00 – 17:00 (R15 for 5 wines; free if you buy a bottle of wine). Knorhoek Wine Farm | Knorhoek Road | off R44 | Koelenhof | Stellenbosch | Western Cape | +27 (0)21 865 2627
Black Horse B&B
In one of five spacious and contemporary, en-suite, studio apartments you’ll find twin beds, a kitchenette, DSTV, wireless internet and stunning artworks hanging from the walls. You can pop down to local deli, Cupcake, for breakfast. Or head to nearby Rock Room for a cocktail or two.
Unique tip: dine at a variety of different restaurants, downstairs at the Blackhorse centre.
Corner of Dorp and Market Streets | Stellenbosch | Western Cape | +27 (0)21 882 8995
The central location, calm atmosphere and helpful staff make this the ideal pit-stop for backpackers wanting to explore Stellenbosch. Stay in a double en-suite room with a comfy, queen-sized bed, spanking-fresh linen and bathroom facilities. Relax in one of their hammocks; poolside.
Unique tip: discover the Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl Winelands on an Easy Rider, specialist wine tour of four different estates. Your tour includes cheese tasting, a cellar tour and lunch at a restaurant (R400 per person).
193 Banghoek Road | Stellenbosch | Western Cape | +27 (0)21 887 0048
Mountain Breeze Caravan Park
This peaceful caravan park has 70 well maintained stands with ample electricity points, water sources and braai facilities. Tall trees shade children from the South Easter wind on their adventures in the play park, which includes trampolines and an indoors TV room.
Unique tip: an ideal base camp from where to venture to Strand beach, the historic town of Stellenbosch and six, world class golf courses.
Strand Road (R44) | Stellenbosch | Western Cape | +27 (0)21 880 1700
African Valley Estate
Where lush, green gardens surround a large, sparkling swimming pool, 12 luxurious suites feature a spacious bathroom and private adjoining lounge, with satellite television and an open fireplace.
Unique tip: each one of the 12 rooms are named after the months of the year, decorated with seasonal fruit and vegetables.
Helschoogte Road | Stellenbosch | Western Cape | +27 (0)21 882 8369