The Robertson Small Hotel
We appreciate good wine, and find the Robertson Wine Route to be the best area to buy wine near Cape Town. Our favourite place to stay is The Roberson Small Hotel. We have always stayed in a suite flowing onto the swimming pool. The room leads onto a private patio ending in the pool with the lush garden in the back ground. The well stocked mini bar is included in the rate and is replenished daily.
Pre-dinner drinks are served in the bar and on the veranda. Dinner is in the famous Reubens restaurant. A special treat is a plate of delicacies waiting on the bed when you return in the evening.
The Robertson Small Hotel has won ‘South Africa’s Best Luxury Country Hotel’ award for the second year.
Distance from Cape Town: +/- 2 hours drive
Tel +27 23 626 7200 www.therobertsonsmallhotel.com
For a farm style breakaway nothing beats Bartholomeus Klip. Set on a large farm near Riebeeck Kasteel, it is the perfect retreat to escape the city. You are welcomed with high tea, complete with scones and cream and a freshly baked cake. At four o’clock there is a game drive where you can learn about the flora and fauna of this unique fynbos ecosystem, the Renosterveld.
Pre-dinner drinks are served in the lounge by the fire in the winter or outside on the stoep in summer. A four course dinner is served in the beautiful conservatory style dining room. They have recently launched their cook book with all the recipes of their signature dishes. When you return to your room, the sherry is replaced by port and chocolates. In winter a hot water bottle is buried deep in your bed.
In the morning there is coffee and pastries set out in the lounge and then you can choose from going on a game drive, paddling on the lake, cycling on the farm or just taking a walk. A brunch is served at 10:00, tables groan with a delicious buffet and there is a choice of a hot breakfast.
Distance from Cape Town: +/- 1.5 hours drive
Tel: +27 22 448 1087 www.bartholomeusklip.com
As a mountain biker, there is no better place to stay then Grand Dedale. It situated near Wellington in the most beautiful area. There are mountain bike routes set out and you can also explore the various paths on foot.
Grand Dedale is managed by the every experienced and very sociable, Angelo and Tina. The house has been beautifully decorated and exudes style and elegance. During the late afternoon, high tea is served, and guests can help themselves to complementary wine on the patio or in the lounge. Pre-dinner drinks are served in the lounge in winter and outside during warmer months. Dinner is superb and we had a private dining area set out in our suite. A champagne breakfast is set out on the patio overlooking the beautiful grounds.
Grand Dédale Country House received the inaugural Lilizela Award for Service Excellence and Accommodation in the 5 stars Country House category in 2013.
Distance from Cape Town: +/- 1 hours drive
Tel: +27 21 873 4089 www.granddedale.com