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  • Participate in the wine-making process during harvest season
  • Charmingly renovated accommodation
  • Perfect base for exploring the picturesque winelands

Dunstone Country House

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

8km from Wellington

 

-33.634, 19.0613

About

At Dunstone Country House, guests will enjoy the perks of elegant, well-appointed accommodation in a romantic winelands setting, while having the opportunity to get personally involved in the making and tasting of the estate’s excellent produce. During harvesting season (February to April) guests can experience the delight of picking and stomping their own grapes, while cellar tours and wine tasting are available all year round.

Set in the foothills of the Limietberg and Hawaqua mountains, the estate offers plenty of tranquillity, and the accommodation is soothingly decorated and luxurious. As pretty as each of the flowers they are named after, the five guest rooms are located in converted stables that do not shy away from comfort. Amenities include air conditioning and heating, stocked bar fridges, hairdryers, safes, iPod docks and satellite televisions with DVD players and a selection of titles. The beds are fitted with the highest quality cotton linen and dreamy goose down duvets and pillows, while the bathrooms have pampering luxury amenities.

Guests can settle down at the outdoor seating areas, admiring stunning views of the mountains, garden and vineyards while nibbling on one of the complimentary homemade lavender cookies. 

The Lily and Jasmine Rooms both have full en-suite bathrooms and King-size beds that can be converted to twins, and have enough space to accommodate children. 

Honeymooners will love the romance of the four poster Queen-size bed in the Lavender room, which is warmed by underfloor heating and has its own private garden with a lounger. 

Decorated with colours of African clay, the Honeysuckle room also has the advantage of underfloor heating. Iris is the smallest of the rooms in terms of interior space, but offers the most opportunity for outdoor relaxation, being linked to the herb garden, a verandah and a lovely private garden.

Tucked away in the guava orchards, Guava Cottage is particularly private and ideal for long self-catering family stays or romantic occasions. Sleeping four guests, the stylish cottage has a granite-topped kitchen, a large lounge with a fireplace, and an outside braai area, while the private swimming pool is a big bonus during summer. The mini vineyard is a highlight, as are the spectacular mountain views.

Guests who aren’t self-catering are treated to breakfast in The Stone Kitchen, a charming winery bistro serving hearty home-cooked dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This is the perfect opportunity to watch the wine being made and learn a little bit more about the process, or simply soak up the views. There is a menu for the little ones, who can keep themselves occupied at the large play area.

Apart from getting an inside view of the estate’s wine heritage, guests can take a dip in the rimflow pool, wander around the flower-filled garden or put their feet next to a fireplace in the guest lounge.

The nine hectares of vineyards and orchards beg to be explored, while mountain bikes are available to those who want to take on one of several world class trails nearby. 

The surrounding areas play host to plenty of other activities and attractions to suit most tastes, and your hosts would be happy to set you on your way by making recommendations and bookings.

Rates & Summary


Lily

Sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
Space for child on mattress
En-suite bath and shower
Verandah with countryside views

Jasmine

Sleeps 2 adults in King-size/twin beds
2 children on sleeper couch
En-suite bath and shower
Verandah with countryside views

Lavender

Sleeps 2 in Queen-size four poster bed
En-suite shower over bath
Private garden with sunbeds
Countryside views

Honeysuckle

Sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite shower over bath
Patio with garden and countryside views

Iris

Sleeps 2 in Queen-size four poster bed
En-suite shower over bath
Private garden with sunbeds
Patio with garden and countryside views

Guava Cottage

Sleeps 4 in two bedrooms
Bathrooms with bath and shower
Lounge, kitchen and dining area
Patio with braai area and mountain views
Private pool

Pricing

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

Catering

Continental and English breakfast included
Lunch and dinner available
Self-catering option for Guava Cottage guests

Kids

Children of all ages are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Set on a working wine and fruit estate in the Bovlei Valley outside the quiet town of Wellington, Dunstone Country House offers accommodation in five individually-decorated rooms and a self-catering cottage, equipped with all the modern luxuries. The romantic country-style atmosphere is complemented by great food and a wide range of facilities. Guests here can immerse themselves in the romance of a wine farm by partaking in fun-filled wine making adventures during harvesting season. The stylish rooms are situated in charmingly-renovated stables surrounded by picturesque mountain scenery.

Summary

  • Participate in the wine-making process during harvest season
  • Charmingly renovated accommodation
  • Perfect base for exploring the picturesque winelands

Privacy

Guava Cottage is very private and well equipped for self-catering.

Things to consider Bringing

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

Road Conditions

All the roads leading to the country house are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Wine tasting and cellar tours
  • Mountain biking
  • Nearby: olive tasting, farm stalls, horse riding, hiking, golf courses, fishing, museums, shopping.

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • 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
  • Full Kitchen
  • Braai area available
  • Microwave oven
  • Electric stove
  • Fridge or minibar

Utilities

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

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Library
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

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

Access & Convenience

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