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  • Beautiful Cape Dutch wine and olive estate
  • Elegant, ultra-luxurious and spacious suites
  • Tranquil, picturesque vineyard setting

The Coach House at Val du Charron

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

8km from Wellington

 

-33.6248, 19.0473

About

The original Val du Charron farm was proclaimed in 1699 and, as only the fifth family to hold title, the owners are conscious to maintain its historic integrity and re-establish the traditions of the working wine and olive farm. This is evidenced in the rehabilitation of the historic Cape Dutch buildings and the architecture of the Guesthouse. The newly-opened Coach House offers an even more luxurious experience with stylish contemporary interiors and exclusive patio facilities.

Consisting of only three spacious suites, each with its own plunge pool and private patio with built in wood burning fireplace, guests can unwind in their own space overlooking the majestic Winelands and mountains. Each of the three queen size rooms is en-suite with a bathroom containing a spa bath and shower for two. Stunning design elements, such as natural stone flooring that flows from the pool through the rooms and the breathtaking stained glass window features integrate with the rooms' modern comforts such as complimentary minibar, free Wi-Fi and smart cable TV. Kids are welcome and a baby cot is available on request.

Guests can enjoy a health breakfast or full farmer’s breakfast which may be served either in their suite or in the dining area, which integrates with the wine/olive tasting facility. Also included in the rates is a cellar tour and tasting of three wines as well as an olive grove tour and olive tasting.

Dinner and light lunches are available in The Local Grill, the estate's restaurant which has been voted South Africa’s Top Steakhouse of the Year for the third consecutive year. The menu is unadorned and the emphasis is on natural, 'field to fork', wholesome and preservative-free ingredients. The glass-enclosed décor, in keeping with the food concept, is along clean and simple lines, with an even bigger outdoor seating area to soak up the sun and the stunning view. 

To get an inside look at the winemaking process or simply enjoy the tranquillity of the farm, a number of walks and bike rides have been set up, which highlight aspects such as the various cultivars of wine grown, the bee hives necessary to pollinate the vines, and the dams that supply the farm with all its water. Guests may also fish in these dams for bass on a catch and releases basis.

Rates & Summary


3 Luxury Suites

Each sleeps 2 in Queen beds
En-suite spa bath and shower
Private indoor lounge area
Patio with fireplace, sundeck, plunge pool
Expansive views of vineyards & Hawekwa mountains

Pricing

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Catering

Full breakfast included
Light lunches and dinners available at restaurant

Kids

Children of all ages are welcome.
Baby cot available.

Why Stay Here?

The Coach House at Val du Charron is located on a working farm in the heart of the Bovlei valley ten minutes from the town of Wellington, and under an hour’s drive from Cape Town. Consisting of only three spacious luxury suites, each with its own plunge pool and private patio with built in wood burning fireplace, guests can unwind in their own space overlooking the majestic Winelands and mountains. A complimentary cellar tour and tasting of three quality wines produced on the estate as well as a tour of the olive groves and olive tasting is included in a memorable stay at the Coach House.

Summary

  • Beautiful Cape Dutch wine and olive estate
  • Elegant, ultra-luxurious and spacious suites
  • Tranquil, picturesque vineyard setting

Privacy

The Presidential Suite provides extra privacy.

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, fishing gear, binoculars for bird watching.

Road Conditions

The roads leading to the Estate are tarred. The final 1km approach dirt road is suitable for any vehicle.

Activities & Attractions

  • Farm walks and hikes
  • Bike rides
  • Fishing
  • Private splash pool
  • Wine tasting
  • Cellar tours
  • Olive tasting

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Covered verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood provided
  • 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
  • Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Braai area available

Utilities

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

Leisure Amenities

  • No gym available
  • Private swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Library
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

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

Access & Convenience

  • Not wheelchair friendly
  • No babysitting
  • Not child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 10km
  • Nearest fuel within 10km
  • 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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