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Accommodation on South Africa’s wine estates, like Cape Town accommodation, is wonderful in its variety. And it has become one of our favorite luxury accommodation experiences. You will soon see why it will be one of your favorite vacation experiences too!
Most of South Africa’s best wine estates are located either to the north or south of Cape Town. In either direction, the interplay between oceans and mountains is intoxicating.
Your options include staying in quaint villages like Franschhoek, historic university towns like Stellenbosch or on the estates of Constantia.
Venturing into the Cape Winelands is always a wonderful adventure. And there is a lot to discover! South Africa’s two major winelands regions – the Cape Winelands and the Constantia Winelands both offer superb wine estate accommodation. Here are our favorites and tips on how to save money!
Our Top 3 Choices For South Africa Wine Estate Accommodation
South Africa wine estate accommodation is a splendid accommodation choice. One from which you can still explore and enjoy the city of Cape Town.
- The Lanzerac Hotel & Wine Estate – A superb setting in a working wine estate, the wine is good but the accommodation and the food is five star. This is one of our favorite places, elegant and relaxed. A place my wife loves the setting and food, I like the fact that I can go for a great run with a wonderful mountain backdrop and my daughter loves the relaxed elegance.The Stellenbosch Mountains form an exquisite backdrop to the classic Cape Dutch mansion and grounds
- La Couronne Hotel – An exquisite choice for a Cape Town stay or a stay in the Wine Lands. A classic with a unique setting surrounded by vineyards high on a mountain overlooking the beautiful Franschhoek Valley. Plus it has great food.
- The Quartier Francais – Exquisite food and exceptional service in nearby Franschhoek.
The Cape Wine Lands is centered around three towns – Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch. Just an hour’s drive from Cape Town, many prefer to stay in the Cape Wine Lands for the duration of their trip to Cape Town.
Paarl has some of the best accommodation options, on gracious wine estates. But in summer is it very hot; make sure your hotel has a pool. It is the town with the least character, but it does have The Grande Roche, one of the most outstanding small hotels and restaurants in South Africa.
Franschhoek is located in the prettiest of the wine land valleys, and is considered the Cape Wine Lands’ cuisine capital.
Stellenbosch is a university town and the cultural center of the Winelands. Oak-lined streets give it a wonderful sense of history and for luxury accommodation Stellenbosch offers an assortment of town or wine estate options.
The Constantia Winelands are centered to the south of Cape Town, on the Cape Peninsula. It is the country’s oldest wine lands. It too offers wonderful South Africa wine estate accommodation, with close proximity to the ocean – The Steenberg is one such estate.
Our Top Money Saving Tips For South Africa Wine Estate Accommodation
After years of living in and traveling throughout South Africa, for us staying outside Cape Town in the Wine Lands has often worked out to be a great deal. Not only can you save but it’s beautiful, peaceful and has great food.
For the biggest savings you need to visit in low season (May to August). South Africa wine estate accommodation like Cape
Town’s hotels and guest house accommodation is generally of a high standard. And like all of South Africa’s accommodation, they are rated by the national tourism council. So you can also save by staying in 3 star versus 4 star accommodation — you get great value for money with little difference in quality.
Finally, if you can stay more than 4 nights ask for a long stay rate, especially if your visit is outside of high season.
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