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Why did we hand pick Val du Charron Wine and Olive Estate?

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  • Beautiful Cape Dutch property
  • Elegant, luxurious and spacious rooms
  • Tranquil, picturesque vineyard setting

Val du Charron Wine and Olive Estate

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

8km from Wellington

 

-33.6248, 19.0473

About

The original Val du Charron farm was proclaimed in 1699 and, as only the fifth family to hold title, the owners are conscious to maintain its historic integrity and re-establish the traditions of the farm. This is evidenced in the rehabilitation of the historic Cape Dutch buildings and the architecture of the guesthouse and its eight individually furnished suites. Luxury 5-Star accommodation is also offered on the estate at the Coach House.

The double and twin rooms all have private balconies with incredible views over the farm and onwards to the Hawequa mountains. Guests can enjoy a health breakfast or full farmer’s breakfast served in the dining area; which integrates with the wine/olive tasting facility and allows guests to access the working cellar during the day.

During Wellington's hot summer months a swimming pool is available for the exclusive use of guests. During the winter months, large fire places with couches provide the appropriate ambiance for board games or reading while sipping on a glass of Val du Charron's premium wine.

To get an inside look at the winemaking process or simply enjoy the tranquillity of the farm, a number of walks and bike rides have been set up, which highlight aspects such as the various cultivars of wine grown, the bee hives necessary to pollinate the vines, and the dams that supply the farm with all its water. Guests may also fish in these dams for bass on a catch and releases basis.

Kids are welcome and can be comfortably accommodated in the large family room.

Rates & Summary


4 Double Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in Queen-size beds
En-suite shower
Private balcony
Mountain views

3 Twin Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in twin beds
En-suite shower
Private balcony
Mountain view

Family Room

Large garden room
Sleeps 4 in double bed & 2 single beds
Kitchenette
Bathroom with bath and shower

Pricing

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

Catering

Breakfast included
Light lunches and dinners available at restaurant

Kids

Children of all ages are welcome.
Family Room can accommodate 2 children.

Why Stay Here?

Val du Charron Guesthouse is located on a working farm in the heart of the Bovlei valley ten minutes from the town of Wellington, and under an hour’s drive from Cape Town. The guesthouse comprises eight luxurious suites each with stunning views from their private balconies of the vineyards and the Hawequa mountains. The carefully restored guesthouse is located on a working wine and olive farm, and is surrounded by the beautiful mountains of Wellington. Guests can get a holistic view of the winemaking process before sampling the quality wines and olives produced on the estate, while staying in opulent, individually furnished rooms.

Summary

  • Beautiful Cape Dutch property
  • Elegant, luxurious and spacious rooms
  • Tranquil, picturesque vineyard setting

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, fishing gear, binoculars for bird watching.

Road Conditions

All roads leading to the guesthouse are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Farm walks and hikes
  • Bike rides
  • Fishing
  • Swimming pool
  • Wine tasting
  • Cellar tours
  • Olive tasting

Details

Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Covered verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • No under floor heating
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Swimming towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast (dinner by arrangement)
  • Restaurant
  • Licensed

Utilities

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

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Satellite television
  • Library
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

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

Access & Convenience

  • Limited wheelchair friendliness
  • No babysitting
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 10km
  • Nearest fuel within 10km
  • Shuttle service can be arranged

Payment

  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted

Security

  • Personal safe
  • No security guard

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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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