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  • Picturesque wine farm with a history dating back to 1692
  • Beautiful landscapes abound in the Cape winelands setting
  • Wine pairings on the farm, and much to explore nearby

Under Oaks

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

5km from Paarl

 

-33.6754, 18.9423

About

Boasting a history stretching back to 1692, when the farm was granted to one of Jan van Riebeek’s former slaves, Honswyk was renamed to Under Oaks in 2006 and today welcomes guests to experience laidback country-style living and a hands-on approach to wine tasting.

Although the farm is one of the oldest in South Africa, the eight individually decorated suites are a recent addition and have a grand modern opulence where comfort is at a premium. Whether staying in the standard room, the luxury rooms or the indulgent premium deluxe room, guests can enjoy the perks of air conditioning, hairdryers, tea and coffee facilities, bar fridges and free wireless internet, while the soft King-size beds can be converted to twins if need be. Chandeliers, arched ceilings, polished wooden floors and restored antique furniture lend a classical feel.

With the exception of the standard room, all the suites have patios which open onto lawns flowing down to a dam, allowing guests to connect with the countryside and soak up the vineyard and mountain views. In both spaciousness and comfort, the rooms will satisfy most travellers, but those looking for a romantic experience will enjoy the roominess of the premium deluxe room and its contemporary four-poster bed.

Apart from the upmarket accommodation, the guest house offers a varied breakfast buffet in the main homestead, after which guests can explore the estate. The grounds offer great opportunities for picnicking, bird watching and long strolls through the vineyards, which are responsible for producing around 30 000 bottles of wine per year. The estate’s approach to wine-tasting is very personal, with guests encouraged to sample all the varieties, complemented by chocolates and other delicacies.

The grapes are grown in an environmentally-friendly manner, and the same philosophy has been applied to the rest of the estate, with solar geysers, a biological waste plant and recycling activities reducing the guest house’s carbon footprint. 

For lunch and dinner, guests can head to the charming pizzeria in the old wine cellar, sampling authentic Italian fare under the custodianship of Marcelo Bassi. Sitting under the shade of the ancient oak trees while watching the farm animals strolling by is a tranquil way to spend a sunny day.

With the purpose to provide a complete experience for guests, your hosts are always willing to give some hot tips on what to see and do in the area, and can arrange interactive food tours and horse riding. In Paarl, visitors will find numerous historical attractions and art galleries, while the surrounding mountains are a scenic playground for outdoor enthusiasts. There are several world-class golf courses in the vicinity, and the action-packed Cape Town and Stellenbosch are a mere half an hour’s drive away, opening up a world of possibilities to keep you busy throughout your stay at Under Oaks.

Rates & Summary


Standard Room

Sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite shower

6 Luxury Rooms

Sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite shower
Patio with vineyard, dam and mountain views

Premium Deluxe Room

Sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite shower
Patio with vineyard, dam and mountain views

Pricing

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

Catering

Continental and English breakfast included
On-site Italian Pizzeria

Kids

Children are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Situated on an historic working wine estate outside Paarl in the Cape Winelands, Under Oaks offers luxury countryside living in eight individually decorated guest rooms, with a variety of nearby activities to keep guests entertained. The environmentally-friendly guest house is surrounded by spectacular scenery in the form of vineyards, mountains, lawns and a dam, providing plenty of opportunities for relaxation. Guests can get a true taste of the Cape Winelands by sampling some of the estate’s vintage wines, paired with chocolate and other delicacies. Delicious meals can be enjoyed in the authentic on-site pizzeria.

Summary

  • Picturesque wine farm with a history dating back to 1692
  • Beautiful landscapes abound in the Cape winelands setting
  • Wine pairings on the farm, and much to explore nearby

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, golf clubs, binoculars for bird /whale watching and dolphin spotting.

Road Conditions

All the roads leading to the guest house are either tarred or paved.

Activities & Attractions

  • Farm walks
  • Bird watching
  • Wine tasting
  • Nearby: Nearby: wine tasting, farm visits, historical attractions, arts and crafts, hiking, mountain biking, horse riding, golf courses, Butterfly World, crocodile park, snake park.

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Fridge or minibar

Utilities

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

Leisure Amenities

  • No swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception
  • No business centre
  • Conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Not wheelchair friendly
  • No babysitting
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 5km
  • Nearest fuel within 5km

Payment

  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

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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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