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  • Beautiful setting amongst the most dramatic Cape mountains
  • Elegant Victorian guesthouse with modern rooms
  • Great location for exploring R62

Montagu Vines Guesthouse

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 12 years and older

In Montagu

 

-33.7848, 20.1147

About

The Montagu Vines property has had a chequered history, which has seen it changing its purpose several times. Floods washed away the original apricot orchard in 1984 and it was replaced by a vineyard that produced award-winning wines for several seasons. Another flood stuck the farm in 2008, leaving the vineyard lifeless.

Although the proud wine-making era has been captured in its name, today the guest house overlooks a pretty olive grove, while owners Campbell and Ursula Blamey have plans to plant new vines along the boundary fence.

Surrounded by large trees, colourful flowerbeds and lawns, the house is an attractive Victorian building, elegantly renovated in a modern country style while retaining some old-world relics. The eight rooms all have patios looking out onto the gardens or olive grove, with rugged mountains providing the perfect backdrop. Three rooms in a newly constructed wing of the house are air-conditioned, stylish and modern, and therefore considered the luxury rooms. Extra-length Queen-size or twin beds have place of pride on the pale wooden floors, and the bathrooms have luxuriant baths and large showers.

Each uniquely decorated, the original rooms have modern country-style flair, with three situated in the front of the house sharing a long verandah with separate seating areas. The two rear rooms each have their own small patio, looking out onto a private garden. Five of these rooms have en-suite showers, while those who prefer the indulgence of a bath can enjoy the addition of an opulent Victorian tub in one of the Queen rooms. Standard features include fans, hair dryers, tea and coffee trays, heated towel rails, electric blankets, free wireless internet and a television with selected satellite channels.

While the new wing was being constructed, the owners decided to add a breakfast room to the guesthouse. In this sunny setting, overlooking the olive grove, guests can enjoy a full breakfast of fresh fruit and juice, yoghurt and cereals, followed by a choice of eggs, bacon, tomatoes and mushrooms, or cold meats, cheeses and croissants if you prefer. If you’re especially hungry, it will be hard to resist having a bit of everything.  

The main aim of Montagu Vines is to provide soothing relaxation, and guests can relax on the loungers under the trees or take a dip in the swimming pool. A variety of footpaths take you through the pretty olive groves and trees, and past the rocky koppies, where you may come across tortoises, dassies, baboons, antelope and a variety of birds.

For energetic guests, there are a host of exciting adventure activities close by, and plenty of beautiful outdoor attractions to enjoy. Visit the soothing natural hot springs to rejuvenate, hop on a quad bike or take a scenic drive through the mountains. The town is a living reminder of the Victorian era and has a number of museums and historically significant buildings to discover, while it is also an arts and crafts haven. 

Guests staying for a longer period of time can mix all of these activities together in order to enjoy a fun-filled, holistic and refreshing holiday.

Rates & Summary


2 Twin Garden Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in twin beds
En-suite shower
Lounge with fireplace
Patio overlooking olive grove and mountains

6 Queen Garden Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in Queen-size beds
En-suite shower or bath and shower
Lounge with fireplace
Patio overlooking olive grove and mountains

Pricing

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

Catering

Continental and Full English breakfast included

Kids

Children 12 and older are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Situated in the town of Montagu on the Route 62 tourism route, Montagu Vines is a Victorian-style guest house and olive farm offering comfortable, modern accommodation in eight spacious garden rooms. Montagu Vines is a place to enjoy country-style hospitality, tranquillity and restfulness in the perfect inland Western Cape climate. The guesthouse has pleasant farmland and mountain surroundings and is personally run by owners Campbell and Ursula Blamey.

Summary

  • Beautiful setting amongst the most dramatic Cape mountains
  • Elegant Victorian guesthouse with modern rooms
  • Great location for exploring R62

Things to consider Bringing

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

Road Conditions

All the roads leading to the guest house are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Splash pool
  • Walking trails

Nearby: wine tasting, hiking, mountain biking, quad biking, 4x4 trails, rock climbing, tractor rides, golf course, river cruise, hot springs, nature reserves, historical attractions, museums, arts and crafts, village markets.

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Covered verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning in some rooms
  • Heater included
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood provided
  • 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
  • No Restaurant
  • Not licensed

Utilities

  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Solar and electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

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

Business & Connectivity

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

Access & Convenience

  • Limited wheelchair friendliness
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 2km
  • Nearest fuel within 1km
  • No shuttle service available

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

Security

  • Personal safe

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Overberg

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About

The Overberg is a region that’s easy on the senses and pleasing to the eye. Its landscape is a tapestry of colours and meandering patterns, both natural and manmade. 

The region forms a relatively small part of the Western Cape; it is mostly rural, and is blessed with stunning scenery and unique highlights. Its largest town, Hermanus, is said to provide the best land-based whale watching in the world. It also has exquisite beaches, including the blue flag Grotto Beach, and the nearby Hemel-en-Aarde Valley epitomises the majestic beauty of the region.

Across Walker Bay, the towns of Gansbaai and Kleinbaai are best known for shark cage diving to see great whites at the hotspot near Dyer Island.

L’Agulhas stands at the southernmost point on the African continent, and is the meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans.

The Overberg fauna and flora is protected in the Bontebok National Park, and its nature reserves include De Hoop, De Mond, Salmons Dam, Marloth, and the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. Staying with wildlife, the penguin colony at Stony Point in Betty’s Bay is also a tourist favourite.

Swellendam and the small mission towns of Genadendal and Elim are amongst the Overberg’s historic icons. Others that are popular with visitors are Greyton, Stanford, and Napier.

In summer the farmlands are dominated by shimmering shades of brown, the fields stripped of their winter crops and the bare earth ploughed into meandering combed patterns dotted with tightly compressed wheels of straw awaiting collection. Labourers’ cottages hunker down beneath old blue gums and on a cold day smoke drifts from their chimneys.

Throughout the year the early morning and late afternoon sun accentuates the sensual curves of the ridges wreathed in fynbos. When the winter rains return, the undulating, sometimes tiered fields shrug off their brown and slip into the vibrant greens of wheat, barley, and oats, and the brilliant yellow of the iconic canola. On still, sultry mornings, blue cranes, South Africa’s national bird, float overhead craaaaaaking as they go.

The coastline is punctuated by long sweeping bays and rocky outcrops that fringe the southern boundary of this landscape. Here one can spend hours sitting on the white sand, being mesmerised by the eternal activity of the sea.

Add to this a scattering of charming inland villages; locally produced beer, cheese, and wine; lighthouses, bird watching, and wonderful food, and it becomes evident why one needs plenty of time here.

Look out for

Southern-most tip of Africa - at L’Agulhas, which is also the official meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. 

Shark cage diving - near Gansbaai there are several operators who do trips daily out to the Great Whites’ favourite hunting grounds near Dyer Island. 

Whale watching - the Overberg offers great land-based and boat-based whale watching (best between July and November). 

Beaches - the Overberg beaches are amongst the finest in South Africa. They include the longest beach in the southern hemisphere - at 14km - which curves along the coast at Struisbaai. 

Swellendam - is the third-oldest magisterial district in South Africa. At the base of the Langeberg Mountains on the N2 highway the town has an array of historic buildings including the Drostdy Museum.

Hermanus - On the coast in the west of the region. It is the largest town in the Overberg and popular with visitors all year round. It’s especially well known for its superb land-based whale watching.

Hemel-en-Aarde Valley - near Hermanus - this scenic area produces a range of wines and is known for its Pinot Noir.

Bontebok National Park - The smallest of South Africa’s National Parks, it not only protects the fauna within its boundaries but also endangered flora in the fynbos biome. In addition to the bontebok, the park is also home to Cape mountain zebra, red hartebeest, grey rhebuck, and Cape grysbok as well as 200 bird species. There are hiking and mountain-biking trails and fishing and swimming in the Breede River. The accommodation and campsite are situated at Lang Elsie’s Kraal amongst a riverine thicket of trees and aloes near the banks of the Breede River. This consists of 10 self-catering chalets with wheel chair access, and caravan and camping sites. There are also picnic spots with braai and ablution facilities for day visitors.

De Hoop Nature Reserve - Each year between June and November whales return to the rugged coastline of this 34 000 hectare reserve near Bredasdorp to breed. During this time the marine reserve supports 40% of the world’s Southern Right whale population. Although these may be the drawcard for many visitors there is much more in the line of nature-based activities for the visitor. Lowland fynbos is the dominant vegetation throughout the reserve and this supports bontebok, Cape mountain zebra, grey rhebuck, eland, and baboon, as well as many smaller mammals. It’s a great destination for ‘twitchers’, with the De Hoop vlei attracting a large number of water birds and pushing the recorded species to an impressive total of 260. Besides being able to walk anywhere in the reserve there are several day hikes and the popular 5-day whale trail. Accommodation options are varied from cottages and rondawels to restored houses and neat camping and caravan sites amongst the milkwood trees. Most accommodation is around what is known as Die Opstal near the fresh water vlei and park reception.

Wines - The region has some top class wineries that offer tasting and sales.

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