Cape Winelands & Breede Valley

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Cape Winelands & Breede Valley

To the East of Cape Town surrounded by a semicircle of picturesque Boland mountains are the Cape Winelands. Dotted about in the fertile lush green valleys of the region are the vineyards of the Western Cape, the towns and villages everyday words to wine connoisseurs throughout the world. Here you will find Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch and many other world famous names. French Huguenots brought the art of wine-making to the Cape in the late 17th Century and it was here that the first experiments into finding out the best cultivars were carried out.

There are a number of tours that have been set up for the visitor to sample the superb wines of the Cape Winelands, to view the homesteads that have been handed down from generation to generation and to witness the wine-making process. The Cape Winelands are bordered by the Hottentots Holland, the Franschhoek mountains and in the North by the Wemmershoekberg. The former two mountain ranges form part of the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve and the only way to see this reserve is to hike through it on the Boland Hiking Trail. Shorter hiking trails are available in the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve just east of Stellenbosch. This mountain reserve harbours one of the richest and most diverse populations of indigenous wildflowers in the world, and it is known that there are more than 35 threatened species in the region. The dominant vegetation in the reserve is fynbbos with patches of the original forest dotted about on the upper slopes. Leopard, caracal and genet have been seen in the area.

Butterfly World, just off the N1 on the R44, is well worth a visit, especially for the kids.

Franschhoek was originally known as the French Quarter or le Quartier Francais as it was in this region that the original Huguenots settled to escape religious persecution in Europe. The town has now become known as the food and wine capital of the Western Cape, and visitors flock here from all over the world to sample its products. The town houses a Huguenot Monument and museum.

Paarl in the Cape Winelands is known as the Pearl of South Africa and gets its name from the vast round granite rocks at the summit of the mountain overlooking the town, where Die Afrikaanse Taalmonument is located. The name Peerleberg or pearly mountain was give to the berg by Abraham Gabbema in 1657 because of the way the mountain glittered in the sunlight after a shower. The town was established in 1720 with the building of the first church. The Afrikaanse Taalmuseum houses the press where the newspaper de Zuid-Afrikaan was once printed.

The Cape Winelands town of Stellenbosch is the second oldest town in South Africa after Cape Town, and was founded in 1679. The town is famous for its wines, its university and its Cape Dutch architecture which can be seen in its many historic buildings, such as those found at the Burgerhuis Museum. The town is also known as Eikestad (Oak Town) because of its numerous oak trees. The university has produced six South African prime ministers and several Springbok rugby captains. Stellenbosch houses a Brandy Museum where many examples of old brandy stills can be seen. A food and wine festival is held here in the last week of October each year. Musical concerts play every summer at the Spier Summer Festival.

The town of Wellington in the Cape Winelands region lies in a valley known as Val du Charron, or Valley of the Wagon Makers after the trade of many of the early French Huguenots who settled in the area at the end of the 17th Century. There are several excellent wine cellars in the Wellington area where the visitor can enjoy wine tasting. Wellington offers the visitor a magical and captivating atmosphere and friendly people. Wellington was originally named Limiet Vallei or the Frontier Valley, but the name was changed in 1840 in honour of the Duke of Wellington and his defeat of Napoleon at the battle of Waterloo. There are several cellars in the area that offer wine tasting.

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Self Catering Apartment/ Flat Accommodation in Stellenbosch

Only 2 minutes form the Stellenbosch town centre, each of our 3 self catering apartments has a separate entrance and kitchenette. 7 min from Stellenbosch Golf Course.

Sleeps: 7 in 2 units/rooms
From R 350,00
Per unit, per night.

Sune's Self Catering flats

Self Catering Flatlet Accommodation in Worcester

Two Self catering flats situated in a panoramic residential area of Worcester. It gives the feeling of a home away from home. Accommodation is very private, with a peaceful homely atmosphere.

Sleeps: 26 in 12 units/rooms

Temenos Retreat & Wellness Center

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in McGregor

Our Cape Thatch Garden Cottages and Georgian Cottages offer 13 self-catering cottages, double and twin beds shower or bath on-suites fully equipped kitchenettes in magnificent gardens with a library, restaurant and swimming pool

Sleeps: 34 in 10 units/rooms
From R 1 050,00
Per unit, per night.

Val d Or Estate

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Franschhoek

Nestled in the foothills of the magnificent Franschhoek mountains, only a few minutes' drive from the village centre, is a beautiful boutique guest house known for its warm welcome, tangible tranquility and ambience geared to your comfort.

Sleeps: 24 in 4 units/rooms
From R 750,00
Per unit, per night.

Wild Olive Farm

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Tulbagh

Wild Olive Farm is a working wine and olive farm situated just outside the historic town of Tulbagh. We offer six fully furnished, self catering cottages and a grassed campsite, all with spectacular views of the surrounding Witzenberg Mountain Range.

Sleeps: 32 in 8 units/rooms
From R 395,00
Per person, per night sharing.

De Wilge

Self Catering Apartment/ Flat Accommodation in Worcester

Situated in the picturesque Nuy Valley, and overlooked by the majestic Langeberg Mountains, right in the heart of olive country.

From R 300,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Audrey's Vineyard Cottage & Homestead

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Worcester

Come and escape from the city stress to a place filled with birdsong, where the pace is relaxed and tranquility a high priority! Audrey's Vineyard Cottage & Homestead is on a working grape farm in the scenic Nuy Valley, at the foothills of...

Sleeps: 10 in 1 unit/room
From R 200,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Orchards Guest Farm

Guest Farm Accommodation in Tulbagh

The guest house has 3 double, en-suite bedrooms which open onto a reed covered veranda that has beautiful views of the surrounding orchards, mountains, spectacular sunsets and the tranquillity of the countryside. The perfect place to catch your ...

Sleeps: 4 in 1 unit/room
From R 280,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Morning Star B&B

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Ceres

Welcome to the valley of fruitfullness, Ria and Etienne invite you to this charming old Cape Dutch residence on the banks of the Dwarsriver. The residence is in the serene residential valley of Ceres minutes away from the platteland. Beautiful ...

Sleeps: 20 in 5 units/rooms
From R 720,00
Per unit, per night.

Mooi Bly

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Paarl

Mooi Bly accommodation and private winecellar: > Mooi Bly offers five well-appointed, charming thatched cottages that can sleep up to six

River Edge Accommodation

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Rawsonville

At River Edge you are surrounded by mountains that turn pink at sunset, vineyards stretching to the horizon, fynbos alive with small wildlife, and the Breede River on your doorstep...

Mazwil Retreat

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Ashton

Mazwil Retreat - a self catering farm accommodation. A getaway place to relax, revitalize and envigorate yourself and your family. Situated 180 km from Cape Town, on R60 (between Ashton and Swellendam), Mazwil Retreat is a 450 Hectare farm...

Sleeps: 60 in 13 units/rooms
From R 350,00
Per unit, per night.

Span Spek se Plek

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Bonnievale

Span Spek se Plek is a working farm where there are lots of places to picnic, walk, climb and mountain bike. There are dams to swim and fish in. We always hope our guests will have time to relax and enjoy the simple pleasures that the farm offers.


Hunneyball House

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Stellenbosch

Hunneyball House is Central Stellenbosch's newest guest house offering 8 non-smoking, en-suite rooms

Sleeps: 6 in 1 unit/room
From R 3 500,00
Per unit, per night.

La Chouette

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Franschhoek

Recently restored and interior designed, this unique self catering "Barn House" is situated on the original road that leads into Franschhoek.

Sleeps: 8 in 4 units/rooms
From R 540,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Alba House

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Paarl

Alba House lies below the Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve for drives, walks and hikes, visit indigenous garden, second largest granite boulder in the world. Climb on top for unforgettable view of Table Mountain, Cape Town, the Boland area of the Winela

Sleeps: 14 in 3 units/rooms
From R 650,00
Per unit, per night.

Eikelaan Farm Cottages

Guest Farm Accommodation in Tulbagh

Eikelaan Farm Cottage. On offer at this neat working farm with wheat, vines, olives, sheep and cattle are 3 luxury self-catering cottages all fronted by an open vista of green fields merging into blue mountains - an appealing contrast of the soft...

Sleeps: 14 in 6 units/rooms
From R 325,00
Per person, per night sharing.

5 Konings Accommodation, Paarl

Bed & Breakfast/ Guest House/ Guest Lodge in Paarl

5 Konings Accommodation in Paarl offers relaxing accommodation in four stylishly decorated rooms. Three of the rooms with en-suite bathrooms have double volume ceilings and double doors opening onto the garden. The rooms offer comfortable queen...

Sleeps: 2 in 1 unit/room
From R 1 309,00
Per unit, per night.

Stellenview Luxury Cottage

Self Catering Cottage/ House/ Bungalow in Stellenbosch

Stellenview Luxury Cottage offers the discerning traveller a country stay experience within walking distance (less than 1.3 km) from the historic centre of Stellenbosch.This luxury cottage, suitable for 2 adults is situated next...

White Bridge Farm

Guest Farm Accommodation in Wolseley

Whether you are looking for adventure or simply a break away from the city, let White Bridge Farm be your choice of destination. Situated between the R46 and the R43, we are well positioned to visit either Tulbagh, Wolseley or Ceres. We will guarantee tha