Your loved ones deserve a fun-filled family getaway in Stellenbosch
Mom and dad want to sip on award-winning wine, dine in style, and savour the glorious views for which Stellenbosch is so well known – while the kids want to run free and take part in an array of outdoor activities. Here is an itinerary for a family getaway in Stellenbosch that will put a smile on everyone’s faces.
Relax and re-connect with your nearest and dearest
Family-friendly wine tasting at Neethlingshof
Neethlingshof offers a variety of wine tastings for the parents, including the Estate Range wine tasting at R60 per person for 5 wines, and a Short Story Collection wine tasting at R92 per person for 5 wines. The other option is to combine the two, known as a Selection Tasting, which includes 2 Estate Range wines, as well as 3 Short Story Collection wines for R77 per person. The kids don’t have to feel left out as mom and dad sample the estate’s finest. They can enjoy the “Kids Pairing” experience where they’ll be served up three bite-sized dishes paired with three delicious drinks at just R65 per child.
Chocolate, sparkling grape juice and garden walks at Spier
The moment you step into the breezy Tasting Room and the kids lay eyes on the magnificent Heath Nash chandelier hand-crafted from 334 recycled Spier wine bottles, everyone will fall in love with Spier wine farm and everything that it has to offer. Choose from a host of exceptional tasting experiences, such as:
- The classic Spier Tasting for adults (R50 per person): This tasting comprises of three wines from the estate’s Signature and Spier 5.5% range and one from each of the three premium wine ranges, namely 21 Gables, Creative Block and Seaward.
- The Winemaker Selection (R90 per person): This tasting features some of Spier’s premium wine ranges, as well as ‘First Stone’, its organic red wine.
- The chocolate and wine tasting (R70 per person): Spier’s renowned chocolatier has crafted creamy chocolates to pair perfectly with specific wines from the estate’s diverse collection. While this one is mainly for mom and dad, the kids can still sample the mouth-watering chocolates!
Once your tummies are full and your thirst is quenched, be sure to take a stroll through the Elemental Play Garden and let the little ones run free and explore. The garden represents the four elements: air, fire, water and earth and features a slide cradled by mounds of earth, a tunnel to crawl through, a swing bridge, and a Charl Conradie wind sculpture. The children can also happily splash about in the water during the summer months – it has been treated to ensure its purity and their safety.
Farm-style adventures at Middelvlei
Give the kids an authentic farm-style adventure as part of your family getaway in Stellenbosch with a visit to Middelvlei. The estate is family-owned and family-centred! Mom and dad can kick back and relax as the children feed the friendly farm animals, play tag on the expansive, lush lawns, spend some time in the massive sand pit, braai some fluffy marshmallows over the fire, and get involved in the tasting experiences, too. Middelvlei offers a classic wine tasting of 4 silky wines at just R60 per person and a juice tasting for the youngsters. Parents can opt to savour the vineyard creations on the veranda to take in the mountain views and keep an eye on the kiddoes.
Where to eat
Blaauwklippen Farm Shop and Deli
Blaauwklippen’s Farm Shop & Deli is a top choice for families due to its diverse menu and wide-open lawns, which make for the perfect space for fun and games. The restaurant offers a country-style feel and plenty of bistro favourites, including gourmet open sandwiches, crispy, rainbow-coloured salads, and mezze platters for a food-sharing adventure to remember.
Visitors can treat themselves to a selection of freshly baked pies and sweet treats from M-Patisserie, a charcuterie section with a variety of meats and cheeses, and stylish homeware and lifestyle accessories from Fleur le Cordeur.
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Looking for simple, good food free from any pretension? Chef Garth Bedford promises un-fussy bistro-style meals guaranteed to hit the spot every time. The bistro offers seasonal menus that change frequently, so there’s always a reason to come back for more. It is best known for its breakfasts, including omelettes packed with farm-sourced fillings, French toast dripping with golden syrup, and a variety of mouth-watering cheeses. Cuddle up in front of the cosy fireplace in winter or enjoy the warm sunshine on a vine-shaded stoep overlooking the gardens in summertime. The kids will love the child-friendly menu options, the jungle gyms and the soft green grass.
Directly translated from French, ‘Le Pommier’ means ‘The Apple Tree’. The name is relevant because the estate and its restaurant were built on the same grounds that used to boast a flourishing apple orchard. Parents will adore the glorious mountain views, the classic Cape cuisine and the cosy dining atmosphere, while the kids will love exploring the colourful gardens, climbing the jungle gym, digging in the sandpits and swinging on the swings. Parents who want to keep a closer eye on the children during playtime can tuck into their Malay chicken curry, homemade chicken pie, or the potjie of the day on the grass right beside the play area.
Where to stay
Choose from a luxurious selection of 6 suites, 7 country rooms and 2 self-catering units offering a tranquil environment nestled in the quiet vineyards and ideal for a family getaway in Stellenbosch. Take advantage of the private pool and braai area while enjoying the breath-taking views of the Banhoek Valley and be sure to savour a glorious breakfast every morning for the duration of your stay – inclusive in your room rate. Wine tastings are also popular here, but families should definitely gravitate to the unique pizza and wine pairing experience so that the little ones can get involved too.