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  • Charming wine estate with a long history
  • Warm, welcoming hosts will happily involve you in the farm
  • Great location for exploring the delights of the winelands

De Leeuwenhof Hotel

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

1km from Paarl

 

-33.7317, 19.0181

About

Originally granted to French/Dutch Huguenot Jean Du Bois in 1698, De Leeuwenhof Estate is a beautiful fruit and wine farm that today invites guests to connect with the rich history of the Paarl area and enjoy untold comfort, hospitality and picturesque scenery. Already blessed with a lovely location at the foot of the Drakenstein Mountains, current owners Daan and Yvonne van Leeuwen Boomkamp lovingly restored the main house and the outbuildings, before opening up their idyllic slice of the winelands to guests.

The accommodation has a welcoming old-world feel, offset by modern comforts such as air conditioning and heating, satellite televisions, wireless internet and tea/coffee facilities. On the private terraces, guests can look out over the grounds and admire the dramatic mountain backdrops. Improvements such as a swimming pool, restaurant and braai facilities add to the laidback experience.

Set under the shade of ancient trees in a manicured garden, the main house holds two spacious luxury apartments (one upstairs and one downstairs) with Queen-size beds, en-suite showers and well-equipped kitchenettes. Underfloor heating helps to keep cold winter weather at bay. The patio overlooks a pool which is for the exclusive use of apartment guests, allowing cooling refreshment in summer. 

The old barn has been renovated to contain four charming luxury rooms with large double-headed showers and either double or twin beds. Similarly, the six rooms in the old stable feature double showers and double or twin beds.  

Tucked away in the guava orchards, the cottages are a modern addition to the hotel and are equipped with good self-catering facilities and spacious living areas, while the twin bedrooms have en-suite double showers.

Daan and Yvonne are fully invested in the interests of their guests, taking it upon themselves to cook a breakfast that will kick the day off in fine style. The hotel’s dining room opens onto a terrace next to the swimming pool, where guests can enjoy their varied morning meal.

As another example of personal service, Daan takes guests for fascinating tours of the farm, picnics in the beautiful Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve or wine tasting at one of the nearby estates. Guests will love the novelty of travelling around in a customised open game drive vehicle. Those who are at the hotel to unwind can spend blissful hours around the solar-heated swimming pool, heading to the on-site restaurant for delectable lunches and dinners, paired with house wines.

On their own steam, guests can discover the historical attractions in Paarl, go horse riding or hiking in the countryside, swing a club at one of the areas excellent golf courses, or visit family-friendly attractions such as Butterfly World and the Die Vonds Reptile Centre.

To put the final touches on an entertaining day, Daan will arrange a jovial South African braai around the fireplace, before thoroughly satisfied guests retreat to the comfort of their rooms.

Rates & Summary


2 Luxury Apartments

Situated in the main house
Each sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite shower
Kitchenette
Terrace overlooking pool

4 Luxury Barnyard Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in double/twin beds
En-suite double shower
Terrace overlooking pool

6 Luxury Stable Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in double/twin beds
En-suite shower
Terrace with garden views

4 Garden Cottages

Each sleeps 2 in twin beds
En-suite double shower
Kitchen and dining area
Terrace with garden views

Pricing

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

Catering

Continental and English breakfast included
Lunch and dinner available at restaurant

Kids

Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Tucked under large trees on a fruit and wine estate outside Paarl, De Leeuwenhof is a restored historic residence that offers homely but luxurious accommodation, a restaurant and two swimming pools, complemented by the peace and quiet of the countryside. Owners Daan and Yvonne personally conduct farm and wine-tasting tours, cook breakfast and arrange evening barbeques, generally going out of their way to ensure that guests experience a highly memorable stay at their lovingly restored Cape Dutch-style hotel, which is surrounded by the beauty of the Drakenstein Mountains.

Summary

  • Charming wine estate with a long history
  • Warm, welcoming hosts will happily involve you in the farm
  • Great location for exploring the delights of the winelands

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, golf clubs, binoculars for bird /whale watching and dolphin spotting.

Road Conditions

All roads leading to the hotel are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pools
  • Nature reserve tours
  • Wine-tasting tours
  • Nearby: historical attractions, arts and crafts, hiking, mountain biking, horse riding, golf courses, Butterfly World, crocodile park, snake park.

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Heater included
  • Under floor heating
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast (dinner by arrangement)
  • Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Full Kitchen
  • Fridge or minibar

Utilities

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

Leisure Amenities

  • No gym available
  • Heated swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • No babysitting
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km
  • 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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