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  • Beautiful mountain views from the secluded setting
  • Three hiking trails to explore the protea farm
  • Right in the heart of the Cape Winelands

Sugarbird Manor

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

7km from Stellenbosch

 

-33.9051, 18.8236

About

Named after the endemic birds which find South Africa’s national flower so attractive, Sugarbird Manor is situated on a 21ha working protea farm of immense natural beauty. Set in manicured gardens surrounded by mountains, vineyards and valleys, the attractive manor provides modern country-style accommodation to guests looking to unwind in style and experience the best of what Stellenbosch has to offer.

The manor rooms are stylishly furnished, starting with three standard rooms sleeping guests in either twin or Queen-size beds. The rooms lead out onto a pretty courtyard with a fountain, and if you’re lucky you may spot the long-tailed sugarbirds bathing in the water. The superior rooms come with either a Queen or King bed and have the benefit of balconies, where guests can relax and enjoy stunning views over the Devon Valley.

Boasting equally scenic views, the spacious suite has a King-size bed and features an en-suite bathroom with a double shower and large bathtub, making it an ideal choice for honeymooners.

Couples looking for a private, independent stay can choose one of the self-contained cottages, where a well-equipped kitchen, lounge and huge en-suite bathroom create a comfy home-away-from-home. The four cottages share a swimming pool, while guests in the manor rooms can enjoy a dip in an infinity-flow pool with magnificent views over the countryside.

The manor is a good family destination too, with one of the deluxe rooms comfortably accommodating a party of four. If parents want some quality time together, they can leave their kids in the capable hands of a babysitter. All rooms have the conveniences of air conditioning, hairdryers, satellite television, international direct dial telephones, safes and tea/coffee facilities, while wireless internet can be found in the main house. 

Guests staying in the manor rooms will be roused by the smell of a Continental and English breakfast waiting to be enjoyed in the dining room or on the patio, where the tasty meal can be savoured along with the ever-present views. Once bellies are filled, you can set out to explore the farm and surrounding mountains, opting for either a leisurely stroll or a hike along one of three trails on the manor’s doorstep.

The tranquillity of the surrounds should soothe the soul, but if you want to completely de-stress, in-room massage treatments can be arranged. Those wanting to head out and explore the surrounds can visit one of the many world-class wine estates or take a stroll around historic Stellenbosch, while numerous outdoor adventures can be embarked upon.

There are plenty of excellent restaurants to wine and dine at, and self-caterers can arrange to have a braai at the guest house (give 24 hours’ notice).

Enjoying one of the region’s fine wines in the guest house lounge is the perfect way to end off the day, before you head to your rooms, where the staff have surreptitiously provided you with a turndown service. 

Other services include shuttle transfers, luggage storage, an around-the-clock front desk and a laundry, ensuring guests are kept in blissful comfort throughout their stay.

Rates & Summary


3 Standard Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in Queen-size or twin beds
En-suite shower or shower over bath
Opens onto courtyard

3 Superior Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in Queen-size or King-size beds
En-suite shower, bath and shower or shower over bath
Private balcony
Views of the Devon Valley

1 Suite

Sleeps 2 in King-size bed
En-suite double shower and bath
Garden and mountain views

1 Queen Deluxe Room

Sleeps 2 adults in Queen-size bed
2 children in second bedroom
Bathroom with shower over bath
Mountain and courtyard views

1 Deluxe Room

Sleeps 2 in Queen-size bed
En-suite shower over bath
Private balcony with garden view

4 Cottages

Sleeps 2 in King-size bed
Bathroom with shower
Lounge and kitchen
Patio with mountain views
Shared swimming pool

Pricing

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

Catering

Continental and English breakfast included in rooms
Self-catering cottages

Kids

Children of all ages are welcome.
Babysitting available.

Why Stay Here?

Nestled between majestic mountains on the outskirts of Stellenbosch, Sugarbird Manor offers visitors elegant contemporary accommodation in a tranquil, secluded setting. The guest house offers breathtaking views of the Stellenbosch mountain ranges, vineyards and scenic Devon Valley from most of the luxurious rooms. It is situated on a large working protea farm and allows guests to explore the beautiful natural scenery via three hiking trails.

Summary

  • Beautiful mountain views from the secluded setting
  • Three hiking trails to explore the protea farm
  • Right in the heart of the Cape Winelands

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

  • Infinity pool
  • Three hiking trails
  • In-room spa treatments
  • Nearby: wine and brandy tasting, nature reserves, cheetah sanctuary, golf courses, hiking trails, 4x4 trails, mountain biking, hang-gliding, abseiling, paintball, canoeing , museums, Stellenbosch University, art galleries, shopping.

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Heater included
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom 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
  • Licensed
  • Braai area available

Utilities

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

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • Full business centre
  • Conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Babysitting available
  • 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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