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  • Elegant contemporary villa with Cape-Dutch references in a lush garden
  • Spacious, colourful rooms offer great comfort
  • In the heart of the Cape Winelands, along the scenic Route 62

Ballinderry, The Robertson Guest House

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Robertson

 

-33.8008, 19.8869

About

When starting their establishment in Robertson, Luc and Hilda Uyttenhove opted to venture away from the country-style accommodation commonly found in the Cape Winelands, instead building a tall, contemporary villa that cleverly adheres to the Cape Dutch theme of white and thatch. The rural atmosphere of Robertson, and the essence of Africa, is uniquely encapsulated by modern artwork and some colourful and imaginatively crafted pieces, giving the guesthouse plenty of points of interest to marvel at. 

It is evident that great thought has gone into the styling of the rooms at Ballinderry. Two luxury rooms are situated close to the swimming pool, while one is located on the first floor of the main house, and has views of the huge oak trees on the property.

Extra special attention has been paid to the décor of these large, individually decorated rooms with King-size beds. Terracotta tiles, splashes of red and intentionally aged furniture characterise one room, and the sleek wooden, floors, modern artwork and carefully matched colour tones of the other two rooms create a more contemporary feel. Bathrooms are also modern but charismatic and are equipped with Charlotte Rhys amenities and heated towel rails.

In the main house, guests have a choice of two standard rooms with Queen-size beds and en-suite bath and shower, or a third with twin beds and a shower. These are tastefully decorated, airy rooms and are well appointed with the modern comforts found throughout the guesthouse, which include air conditioning, satellite television, free Wi-Fi, safes, hairdryers and bathrobes.

For young singles or couples travelling on a tight budget, the Comfort Room in the cosy thatched cottage is a good option. The room’s sense of fun and vibrancy is provided by some entertaining artwork and lively colours. 

The villa blends well into the long-established natural environment of tall trees and dense vegetation, and the garden itself is huge and has peaceful seating areas on the lawns.

Dining at Ballinderry is worth a special mention. Inspired by her Belgian roots and love for Mediterranean cuisine, Hilda puts the same creativity into her food as she does into the guest house, creating some immaculately presented dishes, which are almost too beautiful to eat. At breakfast, guests fittingly start their day in the Winelands with a glass of bubbly, followed by a continental buffet and full English feast. 

The guest lounge has a pleasing blue-green wall and wooden floors, along with a fireplace to cosy up to with one of the books from the small library, and the interesting craftwork in the room is bound to elicit some oohs and aahs.

There is plenty for guests to do in the area, making Ballinderry ideal for a long and relaxing stay. Robertson’s attractions include more than 50 wineries, along with art galleries, historic walkabouts in town, an 18-hole golf course, farm stalls and botanical gardens. Rafting, picnics and fishing can be enjoyed on the Breede River, and day trips to Hermanus, Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and Cape Agulhas can also be arranged.

Rates & Summary


3 Luxury Suites

2 rooms situated in the garden, at the pool
1 room in the main house
Each sleeps 2 in King-size bed
En-suite bath and/or shower

3 Standard Rooms

Situated in the main house
Each sleeps 2 in Queen-size/twin beds
En-suite bath and/or shower

Comfort Room

Thatched cottage in front of guest house
Sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite shower

Pricing

  • For pricing detail, click on CHECK AVAILABILITY & BOOK ONLINE above

Catering

Champagne, Continental and English breakfast included
Dinners by arrangement

Why Stay Here?

Ballinderry offers luxury accommodation, catered to the discerning traveller, in a double-storey contemporary villa located in the peaceful Cape Dutch town of Robertson, in the heart of the Cape Winelands. Inside and out, Ballinderry is a showcase of immaculate modern styling and characterful, colourful decoration. Add to this some exceptional food and lovely gardens, and the guest house is deserving of its standing as one of the most highly regarded establishments in Robertson.

Summary

  • Elegant contemporary villa with Cape-Dutch references in a lush garden
  • Spacious, colourful rooms offer great comfort
  • In the heart of the Cape Winelands, along the scenic Route 62

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, golf clubs, binoculars for bird watching.

Road Conditions

All roads leading to the guest house are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Huge gardens

Nearby: wine tasting, historical walks, art galleries, farm stalls, botanical gardens, nature reserves, golf, horse riding, hiking trails, mountain biking.

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Dining table
  • Covered verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Heater included
  • Fireplace
  • Limited firewood provided
  • No under floor heating
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Swimming towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast (dinner by arrangement)
  • Restaurant
  • Licensed

Utilities

  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Solar and electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • No gym available
  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • No business centre
  • No conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Not wheelchair friendly
  • No babysitting
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 500m
  • Nearest fuel within 1km
  • No shuttle service available

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

Security

  • Personal safe

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Cape Winelands

Western Cape

About

As the name suggests, the Cape Winelands is an area of vines and vineyards; the berries of which are responsible for that most delicious fermented juice of the grape: wine. The region is well known for its proliferation of estates and cellars that continually create quality wines throughout the cultivar spectrum.

This is an area that encourages leisurely meanders along its various wine routes, absorbing the natural beauty of the rural surroundings.

The region stretches northwards from the eastern outskirts of Cape Town. In the south the popular and trendy towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek nestle in the shadow of the mountains that make up the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve. To the west the popular tourist ‘Route 62’ follows the Breede River Valley. It takes in the town of Robertson, the quaint village of McGregor and continues to Worcester.

North, across the N1 highway, the historic towns of Paarl, Wellington and Tulbagh are strung out between a series of mountains. In the far north-east, the town of Ceres is a dot in a sweeping valley of fruit orchards.

Craggy mountains are a feature of the landscape, giving rise to the region also being called the Boland (High Land). The mountains include the ranges of the Groot Drakenstein, Langeberg, Hexrivier and Witzenberg. Their steep rocky peaks plunge to gentler gradients rich in fynbos and proteas, before levelling out in fertile valleys threaded with chortling streams.

In these low-lying areas, suspended between the slopes, vineyards stretch in patchwork patterns. Like an artist’s palette the area changes with the seasons - from subtle spring pastels, through lush summer greens, to the earthy shades of autumn.

Not only are the Cape Winelands a delight for connoisseurs of fine wines; the towns themselves are centres for a host of enjoyable pastimes. Many are steeped in history and have magnificent collections of traditional Cape Dutch and period architecture.

These are best viewed during a stroll along the leafy streets. The historic Church Street in Tulbagh has the largest concentration of provincial monuments in one street in South Africa. The university town of Stellenbosch, with its oak-lined boulevards, is the second-oldest town in the country, dating back to 1671. Today it is an important cultural centre with a host of galleries and museums, and the country’s oldest music school.

Franschhoek, reclining in a somnolent valley ambience, entices gourmets to sample its fare at some of South Africa’s top restaurants. McGregor is well known for its life-enriching tranquillity and Ceres for its fruit production and snow-covered mountains in winter. Besides their wineries, Robertson and Worcester are known for the production of some of South Africa’s best known brandies – Klipdrift and KWV, respectively.

The winelands is great country in which to enjoy a leisurely trip along minor roads that fade into the fynbos. They will take you into valleys and gorges, past barns stacked with bales of lucerne, and paddocks with grazing sheep and lazing cows. Around farmsteads and cottages, chickens strut their stuff and pigs wallow in slushy heaven. Dams mirror the sky and hillsides, their reflections rippled by drifting and preening waterbirds. Tractors till the land, and labourers and farmers wave to every passer-by.

For centuries the terroir here has been ideally suited to the production of great wine and today, more than ever before, it is also conducive to the making of good times and fond memories. The Cape Winelands is a region to relax in, whilst inhaling the warm, scented air and indulging in the finer things in life.

Look out for

Wine tasting – naturally this is a popular and pleasant pastime in the region. The Stellenbosch wine route, established in 1971, is the oldest in South Africa. Today other routes lead to the cellars and estates around virtually every town in the region. Many of the wineries offer tasting and sales from Monday to Saturday. Maps are available from the tourism office in each town.

Brandy tasting – this much-loved spirit is produced by a good number of cellars and specialist distillers throughout the region. There are 2 brandy routes in the region. The Western Cape Brandy Route winds through Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl and Wellington. The R62 Brandy Route goes through Robertson and Worcester. Many of these offer tasting, tours and sales from Monday to Friday.

Historical towns – the Cape Winelands is rich in history, with most towns and many of the wine estates having their own collections of historical buildings, museums and monuments. The region is synonymous with Cape Dutch and Victorian architecture. Highlights include Church Street in Tulbagh and the De Oude Drostdy Museum just outside the town. There are Zeederberg Square and the Paarl Museum in Paarl, and Klein Plasie open air Museum in Worcester. Twenty declared National Monuments are in Wellington and there is the Huguenot Memorial and Museum in Franschhoek.

Scenic drives – where there are mountains and valleys there are always scenic roads and passes to explore; here is no exception.

River rafting – the Breede River is the sixth largest river in South Africa and is a playground of fun and adventure.

Adrenalin - for lovers of the adrenalin rush, Ceres Zipslide Adventures offers 8 slides totalling 1.4km amongst the rock formations of the Skurweberg mountains near Ceres.

Art galleries – the towns are home to a host of artists and galleries. The Stellenbosch Gallery and Rupert Gallery in Stellenbosch are popular and showcase art through many mediums and genres.

Wildlife on display – the area has a number of parks that allow one to get close to a variety of wild creatures in captivity. Some of the better known ones include the Drankenstein Lion Park, Butterfly World, Paarl Bird Sanctuary and the Le Bonheur Crocodile Farm - all situated between Paarl and Stellenbosch. 

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