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  • Elegant country living, with understated luxury, discreet service and superb cuisine
  • Beautiful Cape Dutch property in a gorgeous mountainous area
  • Great base in the Cape Winelands

Grand Dédale Country House

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 12 years and older

6km from Wellington


-33.6268, 19.0833


Grand Dédale Country House, set in peaceful countryside surrounded by mountains and forest, was formerly the private Manor House residence of the owners of Doolhof Wine Estate. The country road leading into the Estate winds through grand gates and past manicured horse paddocks and rows of white roses.

The grand Manor House offers six beautifully appointed, spacious and individually designed rooms and suites subtly equipped with technology including heated floors, an iPod dock and wireless Internet. The rooms feature the finest materials, linen and amenities, while homely touches such as flowers, a fruit basket and tea and coffee facilities make every guest feel welcome.

The free standing thatched cottage has been carefully restored and is ideal for honeymoon couples or guests seeking additional privacy. The elegant main areas include a tea lounge with fireplace, a library, a large outdoor swimming pool and deck set in extensive landscaped gardens, and a Spa room with 15x3m saltwater pools and loungers.

The 380 hectares of mountains, vineyards and fynbos (which even stretch across Bainskloof Pass!) are ideal for walking, hiking and mountain biking. Two mountain bikes are available complimentary for in-house guests. For a leisurely stroll choose the River Walk, a path of about 2km winding along the river bank with three pedestrian bridges criss-crossing the river.

For the more active hiker, a Vineyard Walk will lead you past the grape varieties and reveals the most beautiful views of the mountain ranges, while a hike to the top of Bainskloof Pass reveals the most scenic views over the entire Estate. Many more activities, such as game viewing, visits to local organic farms, horse riding, trout fishing, clay pigeon shooting, quad biking, hot air ballooning or river rafting are available close by, while some of the most beautiful golf courses are within a 45-minute drive. 

Rates & Summary

3 Manor House Loft Rooms

King / twin bed
En-suite with shower over bath
Upstairs under thatched roof
Views of gardens and mountains

3 Manor House Suites

Extra length King / twin bed
En-suite with bath and shower
Private atrium, lounge, dining area
Views of gardens and Bainskloof Pass


King bed
En-suite jet bath and shower
Lounge & dining area
Private veranda
Mountain and forest views


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Breakfast & afternoon tea included
Lunch and dinner available as extra
Picnic baskets by prior arrangement


Children over 12 years are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

The Doolhof Wine Estate is set on 380 hectares of vineyard, forest and fynbos, and is surrounded by three dramatic mountain ranges. The Kromme River runs through the estate and is a major natural attraction. Rooms reflect the Cape Dutch elegance of the buildings while offering premium 21st century comforts. Grand Dédale, located on a wine estate at the foot of the Bainskloof Pass, invites its guests to an exclusive brand of elegant country house living with understated luxury, discreet service, superb cuisine, and complete privacy amidst a beautiful winelands setting.


  • Elegant country living, with understated luxury, discreet service and superb cuisine
  • Beautiful Cape Dutch property in a gorgeous mountainous area
  • Great base in the Cape Winelands


The cottage is particularly private.

Things to consider Bringing

Sunscreen, sunhat, walking shoes, hiking boots, mountain bike, 4x4, golf clubs, fly fishing gear.

Road Conditions

The approach is on 4 km of gravel road. A 4x4 is recommended in winter, but the road is navigable without one.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Spa with saltwater pools
  • Mountain biking (bikes provided)
  • Hiking trails
  • Walks through forests and fynbos
  • Guided vineyard tours
  • Wine tasting 
  • Picnic spots on the estate
  • 4x4 trails on Bainskloof Pass
  • A variety of outdoor leisure activities, including golf and fly fishing, are a short drive away


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Dining table
  • Air conditioning
  • Heater included
  • No under floor heating
  • 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


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

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Library
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

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

Access & Convenience

  • Not child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 10km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km
  • Shuttle service can be arranged


  • 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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