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  • Unsurpassed mountain views from the top of Helshoogte Pass
  • Contemporary luxury on a working wine farm with designer accommodation
  • Makes for a divine base from which to enjoy the Cape Winelands

Clouds Estate

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 12 years and older

9km from Stellenbosch

 

-33.9233, 18.9246

About

After acquiring this spectacular property at the top of Helshoogte Pass, Dutch couple Paul and Jolanda remodelled the existing guest house into a superbly stylish boutique hotel that fully showcases what is surely one of the best views in the Cape.

Architect Christof Albertyn designed the contemporary buildings to incorporate natural materials and floor to ceiling windows, allowing vistas of the mountains and vineyards to be the star of the show, while interior designer Suzy Vissers filled the rooms with high-end modern European decor and South African artwork. The picture was completed when the garden was professionally landscaped, and Clouds opened its doors to welcome the first of many highly satisfied guests.

Oozing contemporary sophistication, the estate’s rooms and villas are fitted with top-of-the-range amenities, including smart TVs with satellite, Blu Ray DVD players, iPod docking stations, high quality hairdryers, a Nespresso coffee machine and Charlotte Rhys toiletries. 

The King-size beds are fitted with mulberry silk duvet inners, and underfloor heating keeps the sleek en-suite bathrooms (which have double basins) warm during the rainy winters. As a special bonus, the mini-bar is complimentary and comes stocked with beer, soft drinks and fruit juice, along with some of the estate’s fine wine.

In all the rooms, breath-taking views of the Drakenstein and Simonsberg mountains, with the vineyards in the foreground, can be savoured from the furnished balconies. 

The standard room has an en-suite shower while luxury rooms come with a choice of bath, shower or both. Deluxe rooms are spacious, with full en-suite bathrooms and comfortable lounges that open straight onto the balcony.

Featuring the same amenities as the deluxe rooms, with the addition of a huge deck with a Jacuzzi, loungers and umbrellas, the superior room is ideal for those who want to celebrate a special occasion or simply spoil themselves.  Honeymoon couples get a romantic turndown on the first night of their stay, no matter which room type they choose. 

The five semi-detached villas are just as stylish as the rooms and are appointed with everything needed for a comfortable self-catering stay, including trendy kitchens, big lounges and indoor and outdoor dining areas. 

Several of the villas can be interlinked to accommodate large groups who want to share their laidback winelands experience.

Guests will notice a variety of artwork throughout the hotel’s communal areas and rooms, ranging from paintings, to ceramics, mixed media pieces and crafts, all created by top artists and designed to reflect the area’s landscape, culture and history.    

Visitors staying in the hotel rooms are treated to a sumptuous breakfast, which self-catering guests can also enjoy at extra cost. The restaurant offers in-house guests a seasonal menu of delectable lunches and dinners utilising the finest ingredients, and the meals are beautifully complemented by a bottle of the estate’s wine. 

To keep you topped up between meals, a poolside snacks menu is available while you lounge around the infinity pool.

Those who want to relax further can book a spa treatment at the nearby Delaire Graff spa, and will be transported there by a free golf cart shuttle. Helpful service such as this is a feature of a stay at Clouds, with the staff willing to not only impart information, but also arrange any reservations or bookings for the plethora of activities in the area.

Rates & Summary


Standard Room

Sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite shower and double basins
Balcony with mountain views

2 Luxury Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite shower or bath and shower, double basins
Balcony with mountain views

3 Deluxe Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite bath and shower, double basins
Balcony with mountain views

Superior Room

Sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite bath and shower, double basins
Balcony with mountain views
Deck with Jacuzzi and mountain views

5 self-catering villas

Each sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
Sleeper couch for 2 additional guests
2 with en-suite bath and shower, double basins
3 with en-suite shower and double basins
Kitchenette, lounge and dining area
Terrace with mountain views
Certain villas can be interlinked for larger groups

Pricing

  • R 3 800 - R5 000 pp sharing

Catering

Continental and English breakfast included for rooms
Self-catering in villas
Lunch and dinner available

Kids

Children 12 and older are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Occupying a magnificent location at the top of the Helshoogte Pass outside Stellenbosch, Clouds Wine and Guest Estate is a working wine farm that invites guests to experience classy designer luxury and a breathtaking winelands experience. Everything at Clouds, from the architecture, to the interior decoration and gardens, has been professionally designed to create untold luxury, beauty and a deep connection with the surrounding landscape. While being pampered by high-end contemporary amenities, guests can admire South African artwork and spectacular mountain and vineyard views from the stylish rooms.

Summary

  • Unsurpassed mountain views from the top of Helshoogte Pass
  • Contemporary luxury on a working wine farm with designer accommodation
  • Makes for a divine base from which to enjoy the Cape Winelands

Things to consider Bringing

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

Road Conditions

All the roads leading to the estate are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Two infinity pools
  • Wine tasting
  • Nearby: brandy, chocolate and cheese tasting, nature reserves, cheetah sanctuary, golf courses, hiking trails, 4x4 trails, mountain biking, hang-gliding, abseiling, paintball, canoeing , health spas, museums, art galleries, shopping. 

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Dining table
  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave oven
  • Electric stove

Utilities

  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

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

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 10km
  • Nearest fuel within 10km
  • Shuttle service can be arranged

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

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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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