No trip to Cape Town is complete without a visit to the world-renowned Cape Winelands. The region is synonymous with world-class wines and breathtaking scenery – majestic mountain ranges always form the backdrop to the sprawling vineyards and historic farmhouses. These magnificent locations can be found within an hour or two from Cape Town.
There are so many beautiful places to see and wines to taste in the Cape Winelands that a single day trip won’t do it justice. Why not spend a few days in the region and explore the various towns properly? Cape Town Villas has a number of accommodation options in different parts of the Cape Winelands. Here are our top five villas to stay at.
This six-bedroom villa is an all en-suite homestead with picturesque views. It is located in the majestic Franschhoek valley, on the 330-year-old Vrede en Lust Wine Estate. The Residence @ Vrede en Lust is an elegantly designed villa with multiple contemporary indoor and outdoor entertainment areas, set in a private part of the working wine estate.
Vrede en Lust is an award-winning wine farm, producing the number one red, white and rosé wines in South Africa, as judged by the expert panel at the 2018 RMB Winex. Guests staying in this villa will be on the doorstep of the estate, giving them instant access to the tasting room and top-class restaurant. The villa is also fully-serviced by the estate.
La Rive is situated in the heart of Franschhoek, within walking distance from the main road. It is a stunning historic thatched cottage with six bedrooms and six en-suite bathrooms. The villa is full of charm and character that resonates with memories of yesteryear. The dining area can comfortably seat eight people and the lounge has a cosy wood-burning fireplace.
La Rive has a large wraparound patio that leads guests down to the swimming pool and an immaculate garden. This villa is ideal for guests looking for a relaxing and peaceful getaway in the Cape Winelands. There are a number of shops and restaurants nearby, as well as the amazing wine farms that call Franschhoek home.
This is the original family home of Oldenburg Vineyards and the villa dates back over 200 years. It has been fully renovated and modernised, whilst tastefully retaining the important history, architecture and charm of the Cape Dutch aesthetic. Oldenburg Homestead is situated in the majestic Banghoek Valley – a 10-minute drive from Stellenbosch.
The Homestead and gardens are nestled amongst Oldenburg’s spectacular vineyards. As part of a working vineyard, the Homestead offers a serene, private and exclusive environment with a large garden and magnificent mountain and vineyard views. It features six bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and air conditioning. There are also two large covered outdoor entertaining areas and a gated swimming pool within the gardens.
Old Nectar is an incredible historic villa with ornate Dutch gables and an aptly vintage interior. This four-bedroom, four-bathroom manor house is located in the Jonkershoek Valley just outside Stellenbosch. Old Nectar offers plenty of space with a pristine garden in which guests can relax and soak up the peaceful atmosphere.
The kitchen is a charismatic country kitchen with a large gas stove and wooden countertops. Modern appliances and fittings complete the space and enable guests to make the most of their stay. The dining room has a beautiful table that can seat 10 guests. The villa also has a plunge pool with sun loungers and outdoor dining facilities.
This thatched villa is located just outside of Paarl and offers beautiful scenery and majestic mountain views. It is a characterful homestead with six bedrooms and six en-suite bathrooms. In the living and dining area, there is a large wood-burning fireplace to keep the rooms warm during the winter months.
Leading off from the lounge is a large, open-plan and fully-equipped kitchen and enough seating for 10 guests. Outside is a lovely covered entertainment area, perfect for warm summer evenings, which leads into an indigenous garden with a lap pool. Pearl Villa is on the doorstep of the local golf course and guests can indulge in fly fishing (on a catch and release basis), spa facilities as well as hiking and biking trails for the more adventurous.
Make the most of your trip to the Western Cape and spend a few days in the Winelands. You will get to experience some of the most amazing scenery, history, culture and cuisine. The Cape Winelands offers travellers a relaxing getaway from the buzz of Cape Town.
Cape Town Villas has over 17 years of experience in the hospitality industry. We are based in Cape Town and, as locals, we can offer guests the best options and advice for accommodation and holiday experiences. Cape Town Villas can provide surety and a guarantee that our properties are of world-class standards.
Our properties are located all around Cape Town and the Western Cape, including Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. As these properties are owned by different people, we operate on an inquiry-only basis. Get in touch with one of our Villa experts for all the information you will need.