Aside from producing some of the finest wine in the world, Stellenbosch’s claim to fame is undoubtedly its unrivalled natural beauty, history and Cape Dutch architectural influences – not to mention the many wondrous ways for visitors to appreciate it all.
Whether you’re taking in the soul-stirring views from inside a rustic wine tasting room, from astride an e-bike on a winding trail, or from the sunny patio at your guesthouse, you can rest assured that there’s always potential to snap an Instagram-worthy photograph. Memories are made of this!
Speaking of guesthouses and accommodation in Stellenbosch, here are some Insta-worthy picks, located both out in the Winelands and in the heart of town.
In the winelands
De Zeven Guest Lodge
Think cosy guesthouse accommodation with luxurious, modern finishes, nestled on the slopes of the mysterious Banhoek Valley, and you’ll have a good idea why so many Instagram influencers are drawn to De Zeven Guest Lodge when spending time in Stellenbosch Settle down to a tranquil spa treatment with the valley opening at your feet and a stunning view of the surrounding mountains, complemented with a glass of De Zeven’s very own Limoenkloof Sauvignon Blanc in hand. A mouth-watering breakfast – and yet another Instagram photo op – is included when booking your stay.
Current specials: Make the most of winter and cosy up in the heart of the Banhoek Valley by snapping up De Zeven’s winter specials. Think warming up in the sauna or cuddling up in the theatre, warming glass of Shiraz in hand. This special gives you 20% off their winter rates and includes accommodation with breakfast, access to the sauna and cinema room, mountain biking and hiking trails and more. Click here for more details.
T: +27 (0) 60 987 4950
Take a trip back in time to simpler, yet luxe living in the 1790s when booking a stay at the rustic Hazendal Homestead – a must for history buffs and art lovers alike. The elegant Cape Dutch Homestead boasts authentic architecture and interior décor, along with period furniture and artwork, including original masterpieces by Vladimir Tretchikoff and Jacobus Hendrik Pierneef. The guesthouse is available for exclusive use for up to 10 guests, or more in five spacious suites.
Other notable highlights of Hazendal Homestead as an accommodation option are easy access to the unforgettable Wonderdal experience for the children, curated art tours of the Marvol Gallery (have your smartphone at the ready!), and a memorable tasting experience at the beautiful wine lounge.
T: +27 (0) 21 903 5034
If you cannot escape the allure of modern, ultra-luxurious interior design, then you can’t go wrong with a getaway spent at Majeka House in the quaint and quiet suburb of Paradyskloof. Acclaimed designer Etienne Hanekom has achieved the perfect blend of charming country hospitality and cutting edge, contemporary finishes, resulting in the guesthouse receiving the Best Design Hotel title, courtesy of Condé Nast Johansens in 2017. Add to the magnificent interior views of the lush gardens, the swimming pool glistening in the sunshine, and the sprawling mountains and you have everything that you could ever ask for from an Insta-worthy holiday base!
T: +27 (0) 21 880 1549
Snuggle up in your bed with the curtains wide open and you’ll be able to savour stunning panoramic views of the thriving vineyards and the Stellenbosch Mountains when staying at the Jordan Wine Estate luxury suites. Along with the views, another reason to book at Jordan Wine Estate is the many exciting extras that come included in your room rate, like a unique five-wine tasting for two, breakfast at The Bakery, dinner in-suite (Sunday to Thursday) or dinner at The Jordan Restaurant, as well as a complementary bottle of the estate’s finest to sip on in the comfort and privacy of your suite.
Current specials: Enjoy a 3-course dinner at The Jordan Restaurant, with Chef George Jardine, for 2 people, terroir tasting of 5 wines, for 2 people, plus a bottle of Jordan Estate wine. Click here for more details.
T: +27 (0) 21 881 3048
Van der Stel Manor House
Boasting over 100 years of exclusivity, Van der Stel Manor House is a lovingly restored Cape Dutch homestead with easy access to the best of what the bustling town centre has to offer. The architecture is sure to look incredible on your Instagram account, and once you’ve put your smartphone away for a bit, you’ll be able to enjoy the lovely views of the pool and garden from your private patio or relish in a delicious breakfast beneath the shade of the property’s many old trees.
Current specials: Snap up the deal of the decade for R545.00 per person sharing per night. Click here for more details.
T: +27 (0) 21 887 4561 / +27 (0) 82 586 5692
Oude Werf Hotel
Looking for a stay with a story? Then Oude Werf Hotel is a no-brainer! After all, it’s the oldest continuously operating hotel in South Africa and built on the site of the first church in Stellenbosch, constructed in 1687. It’s a great go-to for an intimate getaway with the perfect blend of vintage ambiance and chic, contemporary styling. Foodie-focused Instagrammers will also love the chance to take a few pictures of their high-class tea party experience, comprising plenty of sweet and savoury spoils and lots and lots of steaming cups of fragrant local and imported tea.
Current specials: Book direct and save 15% plus receive a free room upgrade subject to availability, plus flexible check-in- and check-out times. Click here for more details.
T: +27 (0) 21 887 4608
Coopmanhuijs Boutique Hotel & Spa
It’s another older Manor House that has been recently restored with love and care. The Coopmanhuijs Boutique Hotel & Spa is known for its charming yellowwood and stinkwood doors, sash windows, and yellowwood ceilings, along with its gorgeous views of the sparkling heated pool and the perfectly-paved courtyard. The Provençal kitchen is yet another Insta-worthy spot on the property, as are the many indulgent meals that come out of it.
Current specials: Feel rejuvenated with this spa payday special for 2 adults including breakfast, a massage and a 10% discount at Helena’s Restaurant. Click here for more details.
T: +27 (0) 21 883 8207
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