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  • A quick drive out of the city brings you to this charming 'platteland' destination
  • Rustic but elegant, makes for a comfortable, relaxing stay
  • Stunning pastoral surroundings to explore

De Langenhof Guest House

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

In Riebeek West


-33.3492, 18.8652


De Langenhof provides elegant bed-and-breakfast accommodation in the Riebeek Valley, a secluded hidden gem that does not usually feature on the traveller’s itinerary. The area is, however, bursting with attractions and rivals the beauty of more popular destinations close to Cape Town, such as Franschhoek and Stellenbosch.

The guest house is located in the heart of this fertile valley and offers six luxury rooms oozing refined country elegance. In the Garden Rooms, suitable for honeymooners, guests enjoy a romantic atmosphere within the Mediterranean-style garden. Guests can recline on the garden patios or take a stroll through the rose garden and watch the colourful Koi fish finning around in the pond. The romanticism of these cottages extends to the en-suite bathrooms, which are reached through a curtain door and have double showers, his-and-hers vanities and Victorian baths. The rooms are decorated with calming, lily-white elegance, beautiful paintings and country-style furniture.

The other four rooms are double and twin verandah rooms with polished wooden floors accentuated by tasteful, modern floral decorations and have access to a verandah overlooking the pretty garden. Slightly less luxurious than the garden rooms, the verandah rooms have en-suite bathrooms with showers only, but the same facilities, which include flat-screen satellite televisions with DVD players, wireless internet, air-conditioning, safes and hairdryers.

A large covered pool room with comfy cushions is a great place to enjoy a drink on a hot summer’s day after taking a dip in the swimming pool onto which it opens.

Riebeek Valley is a blaze of colour during autumn, as the vineyards turn a bright orange, and winter days can be spent in front of the indoor log fire in De Langenhof’s lounge. In spring, the blossoms of peach trees and other deciduous trees light up the valley, making the guest house a good place to visit all year round.

De Langenhof strives to be a green establishment, recycling all glass, plastic and paper, using composted foods to feed the garden and hanging washing outside. Much of what cannot be recycled is given to local schools for art projects, and the guest house also collect corks to give to the Kids of the Cape Fund, which uses this fire retardant material for cork flooring in children’s playrooms.

Outdoor attractions in the area are numerous, with biking trails winding through the hills and valley, and a hiking trail up Kasteelberg provides a 360-degree view of the area, with Table Mountain visible in the distance on clear days.

The farm lands are home to the endangered blue crane in winter, and a new birding route will satisfy twitchers. De Langenhof’s friendly and helpful hosts will help you to plan your day, and a visit to the Swartland Tourism website is recommended to give a clear indication of reserves, hiking trails and other tourism attractions in the area.

The small villages provide the chance to do some retail therapy in the interesting shops and experience the history of these quaint settlements, while there are many places to sample the local wine and olives.

Visit the town in May to take part in the Olive Festival, or go in September to attend the Shiraz and Art Weekend, which celebrates the wine, olives, food and culture of the area.

Rates & Summary

2 Garden Rooms

Luxury honeymoon rooms
Each sleeps 2 in double bed
En-suite Victorian bath and double shower
Patio with view of Koi pond and rose garden

4 Veranda Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in double/twin beds
En-suite shower
Veranda overlooking garden


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Continental and cooked breakfast included


Children of all ages welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Situated in the little-known, beautiful Riebeek Valley, close to the eccentric villages of Riebeek West and Riebeek Kasteel, De Langenhof is only an hour’s drive from Cape Town and is the picture-perfect place to enjoy a family holiday or a quiet reprieve from busy city life. The luxurious guest house has a garden filled with water features and flowers and is located in a very secluded valley of vineyards, olive groves and art, with the dramatic Kasteelberg mountain as a backdrop.


  • A quick drive out of the city brings you to this charming 'platteland' destination
  • Rustic but elegant, makes for a comfortable, relaxing stay
  • Stunning pastoral surroundings to explore

Things to consider Bringing

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

Road Conditions

Tarred roads lead to the guest house.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Garden with Koi pond and fountain

Nearby: wine tasting, olive tasting, hiking, mountain biking, game viewing trips, birding route, golf, museums, historical attractions, markets.


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Dining table
  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Heater included
  • Fireplace
  • Limited firewood provided
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Swimming towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast (dinner by arrangement)
  • No Restaurant
  • Not licensed
  • Microwave oven
  • Fridge or minibar
  • No cleaning materials


  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

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

Business & Connectivity

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

Access & Convenience

  • Not wheelchair friendly
  • Babysitting available
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 1km
  • No shuttle service available


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted


  • Personal safe




Cape West Coast

Western Cape


This exquisite, isolated stretch of land along the west coast of South Africa is one of its richest and most prized natural areas. Breathtaking mountain ranges are constant travelling companions along the Winelands and West Coast routes. The magnificent, brooding peaks, crags and unusual rock formations and caverns were canvases for the San and Khoi people, who left lyrical rock paintings documenting their lives and spiritual experiences of the land.

The mountains now attract rock-climbers and hikers. The west coast’s cold, nutrient-rich Benguela current ensures that its Atlantic waters are teeming with marine life and its shores, although seemingly dry and grey out of flower season, nurture an incredible diversity of plant and animal life.

Unesco has deemed the Cape Floristic Region an area of such incredible biodiversity that the Cape Biosphere Reserve has been formed to protect the land from Milnerton to Velddrif.

The West Coast route encompasses both inland and seaside villages. Travelling north from Cape Town through inland towns such as Darling, Riebeeck Kasteel, Porterville, Piketberg, Citrusdal, Clanwilliam and Wupperthal leads past a series of mountain ranges and wilderness areas, including the Grootwinterhoek, Koue Bokkeveld, and the well-loved Cederberg. The route winds through vineyards, wheat fields, olive, citrus and dairy farms, and friendly towns that have a pastoral serenity.

After good winter rains, flower-lovers make pilgrimages to the west coast in spring (August to September) to enjoy the Cape floral region’s colourful splendour, which reaches its full brilliance in Namaqualand in the Northern Cape. Darling, Porterville, Clanwilliam and Hopefield are especially well known for their flowers and flower festivals.

Once sated with the marvels of the Cederberg, tourists can meander down the coast through fishing villages such as Strandfontein, Lamberts Bay, Eland’s Bay, Velddrif, Paternoster, Langebaan and Yzerfontein.

In the 1600s, Jan Van Riebeeck rejected the west coast as unsuitable for settlement because of the lack of fresh water and the area remained relatively undeveloped. However, in the past 15 years, fresh water supply has been ensured and tourism has boomed. Paternoster has maintained the aesthetic appearance and atmosphere of a fishing village, with whitewashed cottages and fishing boats strewn across its beaches, and is particularly popular with tourists as a result. 

The west coast paints olfactory pictures as compelling as its beautiful scenery. Inland areas can be startlingly fragrant, with orange blossom, rooibos, fynbos and buchu, whereas the fecund, fishy, kelpy marine smells of the coastline are quintessential to the Cape.

Then there is the mouth-watering aroma of west coast rock lobster (crayfish or kreef) on the braai (barbeque) … and the stench of Cape gannet guano at Lambert’s Bay’s Bird Island. All the senses seem heightened in response to this area, perhaps because of its ancient wilderness. 

The coastal towns have a much-vaunted Mediterranean feel and moderate temperatures that attract holiday makers and retirees. With blazing blue skies above, white sandy beaches underfoot and azure seas, you can feel as if you have been catapulted onto a brilliant Greek isle. 

However, the west coast is different from the warm, easy going east coast, and can whip up a howling, biting wind, or set in with miserable rain and austere, desolate greyness.

Shell middens and Stone Age artefacts dotted along the coastline suggest that the west coast’s sea and mountains sustained early human life as long as 700 000 years ago and later supported the San and Khoi people. The Khoi began herding sheep two millennia ago and were well-established herdsman by the time the Dutch settlers arrived in the 17th century, leading to disputes over territory. 

The Portuguese navigator, Vasco da Gama, is said to be the first recorded European to arrive on South African shores, near the Berg River mouth, in a bay he named Bahai da Santa Elena after the mother of Emperor Constantine the Great.The west coast is well-known for its shipwrecks, with Paternoster (“Our Father”) said to reference the prayers of Portuguese sailors.

The west coast has drawn waves of fortune-seekers over the years, with fishing, farming, whaling, guano, forestry and diamonds being among the major drawcards, but some of the area’s greatest assets have been nearly exhausted by human demand, leaving a number of conservation concerns, such as the scarcity of the renosterbos (Swartveld) and the near eradication of endemic Clanwilliam cedars. 

After years of exploitation, the Cederberg Wilderness Area now protects these rare and endemic species as well as the Cape leopard, snow protea and the red and yellow Disa uniflora. Dainty antelope species roam the reserves, as well as baboon, tortoise, caracal, mongoose and bat-eared fox. Sunbirds and sugarbirds thrive on the fynbos. 

Southern right whales enter the west coast’s sheltered bays from July to October in order to calve and can often be seen quite close to the shore. Endemic Haviside’s dolphins also roam the waters, as do dusky dolphins, great white sharks, penguins and Cape fur seals. The wetlands and estuaries in the region are a bird-watcher’s paradise, with tens of thousands of birds, including (in summer) northern hemisphere waders.

Look out for

Cape Flower Route – geologically, the region has remained relatively unchanged for five-million years, resulting in its unique fynbos and astonishing plant variety. 

The 71 000-hectare Cederberg Wilderness Area encompasses famous rock formations (Maltese Cross; Wolfberg Arch and Wolfberg Cracks), caverns with fine rock art sites (Town Hall/Stadsaal Caves) and peaks (the tallest of which is the Sneeuberg at 2 028 metres). Streams, waterfalls and ravines and the amazing plants and animal diversity attract bird-watchers, nature-lovers and hikers who revel in the 254 kilometres of trails. 

Langebaan Lagoon is the centre of West Coast National Park, known for abundant birdlife, beaches, the Postberg Flower Reserve (open from August to September) and Buffelsfontein Game Reserve, with resident black and blue wildebeest, bontebok and eland. Near Kraal Bay are the “footprints of Eve” - early hominid footprints preserved in the sandstone. 

Cape Columbine Nature Reserve, known to Paternoster locals as “Tietiesbaai”, has the last manual lighthouse in South Africa. 

The West Coast Fossil Park between Langebaan and Velddrif yielded a fossilised skull dating back to the Stone Age and showcases the ancient prehistory of area, including extinct animal fossils of toothy bears and tigers. Tours, mountain-bike trails, flower walks and coffee are available.

San Rock Art sites are a testament to the rich spiritual and community relationships of the San and Khoi and quirkily detail the creatures they encountered (even white settlers and ships).  The Cederberg region has more than 2 500 sites. 

Quaint villages - neat, charming Clanwilliam is famed for bouldering, flowers and Rooibos tea. Tannie Evita Bezuidenhout (South African satirist Pieter Dirk Uys) has made a cabaret theatre out of the old Darling station, called Evita se Perron (Evita’s Platform). Riebeeck Kasteel is known for olives, wine, eateries, pastoral friendliness and vibey food, arts and culture festivals. Citrusdal’s hot springs are an amazing natural phenomenon.

Wine – the Olifants River, Swartland and Darling Wine Routes lead oenophiles through amazing scenery to excellent local cellars.

Birdwatching - Langebaan Lagoon; Verlorenvlei (Elands Bay); Berg River Estuary and Rocherpan Nature Reserve (near Velddrif). Bird Island Nature Reserve (Lambert’s Bay), a 19 000-strong Cape gannet colony. 

Activities -  angling, diving, sailing; windsurfing at Saldanha and Langebaan Lagoon; surfing at Eland’s Bay; canoeing on the Berg River; paragliding and hang-gliding at Porterville; Langebaan Country Estate’s scenic 18-hole links-type golf course,designed by Gary Player.

Hikes and walks – numerous trails available, with attractions specific to every area, whether crayfish, rock art or flowers. 

Seafood - West Coast villages offer delectable culinary experiences in unique settings, traditional South African dishes and unsurpassed seafood, such as seasonal crayfish, snoek and bokkoms (dried salted fish). 

Music Festivals - The Rittelfees (Vredendal) and Rocking the Daisies (Cloof Wine Estate, Darling) draw tens of thousands of visitors in October.

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