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  • Elegant Cape-Dutch manor on an expansive wine estate
  • Numerous farm activities available, including fishing and blending your own wine
  • Beautiful setting in the heart of the Winelands will delight explorers

Excelsior Manor Guesthouse

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 16 years and older

15km from Robertson


-33.8567, 20.0074


Throughout its colourful and decorated history, the Excelsior Wine Estate has an illustrious record of producing top-quality wines. The farm has been in the De Wet family since 1859 and, in addition to producing wine, has gone through phases of successful ostrich and pedigree-horse breeding.

Each of the eight double rooms is named after the estate’s champion horses, which won numerous races throughout the 1900s. The rooms come in three price brackets, with San Louis, Country Cousin and Hussein, featuring en-suite showers, in the lowest bracket. Evanthuis, Agricola, D Duel and Gondolier, along with the wheelchair-friendly Allure, come in the second price bracket and have en-suite bathrooms with a slipper bath and shower.

The spacious and opulent Octavius, named after a thoroughbred sire that was bought straight from the royal stables of Queen Victoria in 1873, is the guesthouse’s executive suite and ideal for honeymooners.

Guests are welcomed to these charming old-world rooms by a small bottle of Muscadel, and can enjoy comforts such as hair dryers, safes, wireless internet, bath robes, slippers and tea and coffee facilities.

After a peaceful night’s sleep in the countryside, guests make their way to the dining room or deck overlooking the vineyards to enjoy a comprehensive continental and farmhouse breakfast.

At extra cost, the kitchen also serves lunches and sumptuous three-course dinners, with a typical menu including dishes such as camembert and olive quiche, flambéed pork fillet and delicious desserts, all washed down by some of the estate’s fine wines. As the food is always freshly prepared, bookings are essential.

You can choose to laze away the day around the swimming pool, but the farm offers plenty of fun-filled activities you would be well-advised to take advantage of.

Guests can take a scenic stroll through the vineyards, or explore the estate more thoroughly on a mountain bike, or in the golf cart that is available to guests. The guesthouse will pack a picnic basket to enjoy in a peaceful spot of your choosing, or snacks and wine for those looking to savour a spectacular sunset. The dam is a perfect swimming spot, while guests can also make use of the available rods to do a spot of fishing.

To get an inside look at the wine-making process, you can go on a cellar tour, while blending, bottling, corking and labelling your own wine to take home with you is a special experience. Wine tasting takes place in the testing facility, which features a lovely deck extending over the dam.

Rates & Summary

6 en-suite shower rooms

Each sleeps 2 in super King-size/twin beds
En-suite shower only
One wheelchair-friendly room

2 full en-suite rooms

Each sleeps 2 in super King-size/twin beds
En-suite bath and shower

Octavius executive suite

Largest room
Sleeps 2 in super King-size bed
En-suite bath and shower


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Continental and Farmhouse breakfast included


Children 16 and over are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

The former family home of the De Wet family, Excelsior Manor Guesthouse is a Cape Dutch revival manor situated on a sprawling wine estate in the lush Robertson Wine Valley. The guesthouse offers a range of comfortable double rooms. The estate offers a wide range of activities that will keep guests busy throughout their stay. Guests have use of a golf cart, which can be used to explore the beautiful wine estate, and can leave with a bottle of wine they have blended and labelled themselves.


  • Elegant Cape-Dutch manor on an expansive wine estate
  • Numerous farm activities available, including fishing and blending your own wine
  • Beautiful setting in the heart of the Winelands will delight explorers

Things to consider Bringing

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

Road Conditions

All roads leading to the guest house are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Wine walks
  • Cellar tours
  • Wine blending
  • Mountain biking
  • Fishing (rods available)

Nearby: river cruises, river rafting, nature reserves, tractor rides, golf course, art galleries, museums, brandy distillery.


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Dining table
  • Covered verandah / patio
  • Fan included
  • Electric blanket included
  • Fireplace
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Bring own swimming towels
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast (dinner by arrangement)
  • No Restaurant
  • Limited alcohol license
  • Braai area available


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

Leisure Amenities

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

Business & Connectivity

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

Access & Convenience

  • Limited wheelchair friendliness
  • Not child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops further than 10km
  • Nearest fuel further than 10km


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted


  • Personal safe




Cape Winelands

Western Cape


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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