Visit Winelands

Memories are made of this. Families and friends sharing an idyllic breakaway together, somewhere on a serene farm in a wine region.

All the better if you’re staying in unique self-catering accommodation serving as the ideal base to explore the wineries in the area.

Here’s our list of 35 highly recommended fresh-air South African farm stays for large families, varying from earthy and rustic to lavish and luxurious.

Agulhas

1. Black Oystercatcher

Talk about a hidden gem. You’ll have to hit the back road between Bredasdorp and Struisbaai to get to Black Oystercatcher.   

On their secluded farm you’ll find a bistro-style restaurant, a craft beer brewery, boutique wine cellars and a tasting room. They’re renowned for their boutique wines and seasonal menus, so make you sure you book a table.

The four self-catering cottages all have porches with views overlooking either the mountains, garden or wetlands. The furnishings are simple but spotless, and there’s a fireplace inside and a braai outside. 

A great base for exploring the area, including the southernmost tip of Africa, Cape Agulhas, and the historic Moravian church town of Elim. 

Things to do: Cape Agulhas and Elim Wine Route, wine tasting and tour, beer tasting and tour, birding, walking, cycling.

Self-catering sleeps: 8 guests.

Closest wine farm: Black Oystercatcher.

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Tranquil, renovated cottages at Black Oystercatcher with the lively restaurant a short stroll away.

Bot River

2. Endless Vineyards Boutique Lodge

The Endless Vineyards Boutique Lodge is set on the Wildekrans wine estate, a well-known and award-winning winery in the Overberg. Because of the farm’s slightly elevated location, guests are spoilt with beautiful views of vineyards, mountains and even Walker Bay in the distance.

They have eight Cape Dutch-style cottages nestled in a row, that are quaint and comfortable. Each has its own veranda, so you can cheers to the end of a lovely day as the sun sets.

If you’d like to take the night-off cooking (or simply skip another braai), spoil yourself at the restaurant. The chefs forage for fresh ingredients every day to ensure they use local, seasonal produce as part of the ever-changing menu. 

Things to do: Bot River wine route, volleyball, swimming, walking, hiking.

Self-catering sleeps: 34 guests.

Closest wine farm: Wildekrans.

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Wildekrans self-catering cottages are surrounded by vines and fields of golden canola flowers.

3. Kol-Kol Mountain Lodge

Yes, Kol-Kol has fabulous fynbos views, delightful dwellings and homey touches, but that’s not what makes this mountain lodge so unique. The reason they’re booked out months in advance is because they have amazing wood-fired hot tubs.

The shallow pools are positioned outside on the decks of each cabin, creating the perfect steaming sanctuary to relax in. You can spend hours here, reading a book or just drinking a glass of wine whilst listening to nature (aka zoning out in hypnotised fashion).

They have nine different size stone and wood cabins. Each one close enough to drive to, but far enough to be private. 

Things to do: Bot River wine route, hot tubs, hiking, walking, horse riding, mountain biking, birding.

Self-catering sleeps: 30 guests.

Closest wine farm: Beaumont Family Wines.

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Fynbos, log cabins and hot tubs make for an unforgettable break-away.

Breedekloof

4. Riverstone House and Riverstone FamTin

Converted container homes are all the rage these days. They are trendy, eco-friendly and you know what, just something quirky and different.

Riverstone’s FamTin is a contemporary container cottage with modern decor and furniture. (But listen, they had me at starlight outdoor showers.)

The FamTin is a new addition to the Palmietvlei farm. Their pioneer accommodation offering is actually their Riverstone House - a large magnificent farm villa a kilometre away. 

It’s a jol (party) for kids too. There are inflatables to enjoy on the dam and there are endless space where they can play and live their best farm life. 

Things to do: Breedekloof wine route, swimming, star gazing, hiking, walking.

Self-catering sleeps:14 guests.

Closest wine farm: Bergsig.

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Don’t be fooled. The simple-looking charcoal container house at Riverstone is kitted out with bespoke, top-class furnishings.

5. Arum Lily Cottage & Log Cabins

At first sight, Arum Lily looks complete like a fairytale scene from children’s book. Dreamy log cabins in a row, reflecting in the farm dam with a mountain range and pine trees in the back.

Like most of the farms in the region, the accommodation is also set on a working fruit farm so you’re surrounded by orchards too. 

You can choose between six cottages - five of them are wooden cabins and another is a family house. The cabins have wooden decks on the lake and are fitted with braais and private hot tubs. 

Now, don’t think log cabins always equal rough and rustic. The interiors have hotel-like finishes like luxurious linen to make sure you can kick off your shoes and chill.

Things to do: Breedekloof wine route, canoeing, hot tubbing, walking, birding.

Self-catering sleeps: 28 guests.

Closest wine farm: Waverley Hills.

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Lake-fronting log cabins, nothing wrong with that.

6. Seven Oaks Vineyard Cottages

A wonderful retreat for all seasons. Who knows - you might experience snow in winter, and balmy days in summer? One thing is sure - Seven Oaks is geared for both.

Their four characterful cottages have their own fireplace to cuddle to when the weather is cooler, and they have verandas to enjoy hot days outside. The rooms are tidy and cosy with everything you might need. 

Their most outstanding feature is their private wood-fired Turkish baths. Soak off your sorrows in the hot water or enjoy a glass of wine with your loved ones. Because they’re located outside, you can even enjoy the tub after the sun has set to look for the Southern Cross in the night sky.

Things to do: Breedekloof wine route, Turkish baths, walking, cycling.

Self-catering sleeps: 12 guests.

Closest wine farm: Seven Oaks.

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Choose from Merlot, Shiraz, Pinotage and Malbec cottages at Seven Oaks.

Elgin

7. Galileo Farm Cottages

Take the family to exhale city-air by enjoying the birdlife, orchards and dams at Galileo Farm.

It’s a charming country escape, and you’re guaranteed to have a comfortable stay with beautiful views with plenty of peaceful moments.

Pick and choose from three different types of accommodation: three self-catering cottages with private decks, two rooms with kitchenettes and private courtyards; or the renovated, spacious The Road House.

Their barn-style venue, The Shed, has a huge veranda with beautiful views on the lawns and pond and they have an unique outdoor amphitheatre too.

Things to do: Elgin wine route, Hemel-en-Aarde wine route, bass fishing, hiking, birding, mountain biking, horse-riding, swimming. 

Self-catering sleeps: 19 guests. 

Closest wine farm: Oneiric.

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Lush greenery and a pond will be your tranquil view at Galileo farm cottages in Elgin.

8. Lothian House

If you’re looking for that luxurious five star hotel experience without sharing common spaces with unfamiliar guests, Lothian House is the ultimate dream.

Exclusively book the entire villa for your group of family and friends and get access to a fully kitted mansion, a range of activities with a private lake and awe-inspiring views.

There are eight spacious rooms, each with its own bathroom and patio. The house is situated right on Lothian Vineyards’ farm, so be sure to book your private wine tasting experience.

Things to do: Elgin wine route, swimming, water sports, hiking, fishing, biking, fussball, air hockey, wedding venue, jacuzzi, massage room, gym, sauna, bar, birding, trampolining, paintball, tennis, croquet, ski boat. 

Self-catering sleeps: 16 guests. 

Closest wine farm: Lothian.

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Lothian House is an architectural wonder offering guests everything you might want…and much more.

9. South Hill Guest House and Pump House

‘Cool’ has a double meaning here. First of all it refers to the excellent cool-climate wines that South Hill Vineyards and neighbouring cellars have become famous for.

Secondly, it refers to the rising trendiness of the valley. Known to be down-to-earth with a touch of unconventional. Just like the Old MacDaddy airstream trailer park up the road.

As accommodation options, South Hill has a modern double story Guest House with four rooms that can be utilised as a self-catering villa if booked out exclusively. The loft can also be converted into a fifth room for kids. Nice features are the 15 metre pool, a boule court, pizza oven and original art on the walls.

There’s also a separate quaint Pump house cottage next-door that is usually used as a romantic honeymoon suite.

Things to do: Elgin wine route, swimming, jacuzzi, boules, walking.

Self-catering sleeps: 18 guests.

Closest wine farm: South Hill Vineyards.

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Escape the city to South Hill Vineyards.

Franschhoek

10. Boschendal Farm Cottages

Over the last couple of years, Boschendal has evolved from being a wine and fruit farm to a top winelands destination. A golden thread through all of their added experiences, restaurants, activities is this: a natural, easy country-living feel.

Their farm cottages are no different. Expect unpretentious style with hearty hospitality and breathtaking mountain-views. A perk of staying over, is that you’ll get unlimited access to the farm. Choose a tree to read a book under, have a glass of wine at a secluded spot, or have a swim in the farm dam. Make yourself at home.

They have 25 cottages, with some of the houses a drive away from the main Werf area. The 14 Orchard and seven Werf cottages are however positioned together in groups, ideal for bigger gatherings.

Things to do: Franschhoek and Stellenbosch wine routes, fine-dining, horse and carriage rides, cycling, walking, hiking, picnics, spa, cellar tours, garden tours, workshops, concerts.

Self-catering sleeps: 92 guests.

Closest wine farm: Boschendal.

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Boschendal Werf cottages against the backdrop of Franschhoek mountains.

11. The Owners Cottage at Grande Provence

Grande Provence is a classy old lady, carrying her 325 winery years with such style and grace.

Aside from the esteemed farm’s popular bed and breakfast options, The Owners Cottage is a self-catering house that you can book for your own private use.

The cosy home-away-from-home has five comfortable en suite bedrooms with their own televisions as well as coffee and tea facilities. The ideal set-up to ensure privacy whilst on a group holiday.

As a lucky guest you’re invited to enjoy the complimentary wine tasting, cellar tour and sign up for the guided walk through the gallery and sculpture garden.

Kids are welcome, but if you need a night off to dine at the restaurant, a babysitter can be arranged on request.

Things to do: Franschhoek wine route, swimming, spa, art gallery, sculpture garden, cellar tour, wine tasting, massages, family picnics and jungle gym near the restaurant. 

Self-catering sleeps: 10 guest. 

Closest wine farm: Grande Provence.

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The Owner’s Cottage at Grande Provence has a sparkling blue pool and loungers.

12. La Cotte

Oi, Franschhoek! The epicurean epicentre of South Africa, spoilt with top-class restaurants and wineries. Also, one of the most pristine towns in the country, lined with quirky shops and encircled by majestic mountains.

How convenient then, to have an über luxurious wine farm to temporarily call home, just outside of town.

La Cotte truly is submerged in beauty. Inside their private villa and 11 cottages you are welcomed with classic glamour. Crisp linen, gorgeous floral patterns, heavy curtains and wooden furniture set the scene. Outside, you get unsurpassed views no matter where you stand, swim, dine (or nap).

Things to do: Franschhoek wine route, swimming, walking.

Self-catering sleeps: 58 guests.

Closest wine farm: Haute Cabriere.

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Set yourself up for an absolute spoil at the picturesque La Cotte outside Franschhoek.

Klein Karoo

13. Bobbejaansberg

Imagine this. It’s late afternoon and the sun is about to set in the Klein Karoo.

Shiraz in hand, you’re soaking in a copper bath with large windows overlooking the dramatic landscape.

You’re in a stone house. It’s remote with no mobile reception, so the only sound you hear is the humming of insects. It’s you, your loved ones, and the simple, albeit luxurious, joys that life is made of. Welcome to Bobbejaansberg.

Everything in the deluxe four bedroom holiday house has been designed to please your senses. The furniture and linen are top quality, and the kitchen boasts with chef-level equipment. The stone path outside takes you to two relaxation spots: the swimming pool with loungers, or a raised al fresco dining area with the best views on the property.

Things to do: Klein Karoo wine route, swimming, birding, walking.

Self-catering sleeps: 8 guests.

Closest wine farm: Barrydale Cellars.

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Relax and unwind completely at Bobbejaansberg.

14. Daniëlskraal Farm

Head out on the famous Route 62, and just outside Calitzdorp you’ll find Daniëlskraal Farm tucked away in a hidden arid valley.

Away from your demanding life, Daniëlskraal is a classic off-the-radar relaxing getaway, but executed in a country-chic style. The heritage building is furnished with antique finds and has a unique, quirky feel.

There are four bedrooms, each with distinctly different features, including the bath tub with big windows and views for days.

A highlight of the property is the private swimming pool with green lawns that overlook the wilderness area and Swartberg mountains in the distance.

Things to do: Klein Karoo wine route, swimming, mountain climbing, walking, cycling, exploring fossils, birding, badminton, cricket and boules.

Self-catering sleeps: 10 - 12 guests. 

Closest wine farm: Boplaas.

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The swimming pool and relaxation areas at Daniëlskraal Farm are surrounded by trees and splendid views.

15. De Zeekoe Guest Farm

Amidst the expansive horizons of the Klein Karoo, its red soil and succulents, you’ll find this oasis of a place. De Zoeekoe is based on a lucern farm just outside Oudtshoorn offering a great variety of experiences and accommodation options.

Interesting story - the four self-catering wooden cabins are made from Poplar trees that were cut down to make way for endemic plants. A nice touch is their personal delivery of a continental breakfast to your cabin, each morning.

Their most famous attraction however is the rare opportunity to go on a guided walk with Wild Meerkats at a facility closeby. The birdlife is another highlight, with over 168 species to tick off in your Newman or Robertson (let’s not start that debate now).

Things to do: Klein Karoo wine route, wild meerkat tours, hiking, mountain bike rentals, canoeing, fishing, birding, swimming pool, star gazing tours, massages.

Self-catering sleeps: 12 guests.

Closest wine farm: Grundheim.

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Hammocks by the fireside under clear Karoo skies.

16. Protea Farm

With families being a central focus at Protea Farm, it’s no surprise that their most famous activity are their tractor rides. These trips up the Langeberg Mountain started in 1985 and is still popular today.

They have four different types of private self-catering cottages, all with a unique look and feel. Waterblommetjie and Pinetree are timber cottages overlooking a dam, whilst Ou Opstal is a cosy thatched house with a vista of the Koo valley. Panorama is a rustic, large house that sleeps up to 13 people.

Don’t miss their potjiekos (a local stew). It’s an institutional lunchtime meal at Protea Farm on Wednesdays and Saturdays and something you have to try.

Things to do: Klein Karoo wine route, tractor rides, swimming, hiking, birding.

Self-catering sleeps: 25 guests.

Closest wine farm: Montagu Wine & Spirits Company.

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Don’t look down, dad! The tractor rides at Protea Farm are a firm favourite with guests.

Namaqua West Coast

17. Clear Water Oasis

If you really want to go off the beaten track, then book a stay in the heart of the Namaqualand. Clear Water Oasis is a guest farm outside the tranquil Vanrhynsdorp that will guarantee a fun experience for the entire family.

A playground for adults and kids, there are swimming pools, jungle gyms, jumping castles, a duck pond, jacuzzis and a popular casual restaurant.

Their overnight units are rustic and simple, offering great value for money. You can choose between full self-catering cottages, or overnight units where you can braai and dine outside with a coffee station inside.

Things to do: Namaqua West Coast wine route, swimming, walking, jacuzzi.

Self-catering sleeps: 12 guests.

Closest wine farm: Rosslo.

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True to its name, Clear Water Oasis is a refreshing relief in the midst of a semi-desert landscape.

18. Lankverwacht

Venturing into the arid Northern Cape with route 27, will lead you to a secluded town called Nieuwoudtville. On your way there you will find the Lankverwacht farm situated next to the Vuurberge mountains.

‘Rugged’ and ‘remote’ are the words to best describe the farm. The two basic cottages are private with no television or wifi, encouraging guests to switch off and experience a digital detox.

It won’t be too difficult though. Just looking around you, the abundance and diversity of flower and succulent species will leave you breathless. Due to the clear skies with no pollution, the stargazing is out of this world. The hosts have even created an area with red-lights for astro-photographers.

Things to do: Namaqua West Coast wine route, star gazing, exploring nature, walking, hiking, swimming. 

Self-catering sleeps: 10 guests. 

Closest wine farm: Klawer Cellars.

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Twinkle twinkle little star, at Lankverwacht the planets don’t seem quite that far.

Paarl

19. Oude Denneboom

Vineyards. olives, history and wildlife. Not your usual combination but at Oude Denneboom you can experience all four.

Their private game reserve is home to a variety of small animals and antelope, including zebra and the scarce Bontebok. The largest antelope on earth, the Eland, have become quite tame and often swing by the cottages to say hi. 

They have four types of cottages, some dating from the 1800’s, each having a special story of is own to make it significant. You can choose either a vineyard location or inside the reserve. Whatever you decide, you will have a unique stay, with vast open spaces around you.

Things to do: Paarl Wine route, swimming, fishing, rowing boats, walking, game viewing, cycling.

Self-catering sleeps: 20 people.

Closest wine farm: Rhebokskloof.

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Leather, wood and reed interiors blend perfectly with the natural environment at Oude Denneboom.

Plettenberg Bay

20. Bobbejaanskloof

Typically, one would think of a beach holiday when you’re day-dreaming about Plett. But the countryside in the region is a real hidden gem with 18 wine farms to explore.

Spoil yourself and make the enticing Bobbejaanskloof Private Nature Reserve your base for the weekend.

The earthy aesthetic of the homes will make you feel right at home as you relax on the leather and wicker furniture, put up your feet on the large stonewashed veranda or take a long soak in the deep bath.

The Farm House has five bedrooms, one of which is a big family suite that can accommodate four people with its own kitchenette. Nguni Cottage is completely separate with three bedrooms and its own kitchen and living areas.

Things to do: Plett wine and bubbly route, mountain biking, running, swimming, hiking, a dedicated yoga space, meditation deck, infrared sauna, kayaking and a small gym. 

Self-catering sleeps: 14 guests. 

Closest wine farm: Andersons Winery.

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The homey porch at Bobbejaanskloof is the perfect setting for sundowners and interesting conversations.

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21. Bushmanspad Estate

If you’re in a mood for a casual breakaway with your loved ones, Bushmanspad Estate is a great option. 

The five farm cottages are nestled in row on a cliff, each with its own patio admiring the beautiful views of the valley below. Make a big fire, pour a glass of wine, play games and just soak up the crisp natural environment around you. 

Every one of the cottages has a double bed as well as a sleeper couch in the living room that could be used for children to make it a big group getaway. 

Things to do: Robertson wine route, private wine tasting and tours, walking, fishing, swimming and birding.

Self-catering sleeps: 20 guests.

Closest wine farm: Bushmanspad Estate

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The quaint white farm cottages at Bushmanspad Estate are conveniently built right next to one another to ensure a special gathering.

22. Orange Grove Farm

Proudly boasting a five star rating, Orange Grove Farm is an exquisite retreat from fast-paced living. You’ll find their accommodation on a farm in the valley of wine and roses, right at the foot of the Babbedasberg.

The farm’s history is rich too. The Manor House was constructed in 1812, the oldest building in the area, and each of the six elegant chalets have their own name and backstory. A private pool and braai area on each veranda overlook the vineyards, olive groves and mountains.

The team is renowned for their warm hospitality, with the farm owner Carlos, being known to check in on guests personally. No surprise that they’ve won multiple awards.

Things to do: Robertson wine route, nature drives, massage therapies, hiking (guided and self-guided), mountain biking, birding.

Self-catering sleeps: 25 people.

Closest wine farm: Rooiberg.

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Cape Dutch architecture on working wine and olive farm, Orange Grove.

23. Tierhoek Cottages

Fresh, sun-ripened produce. Organic apricots, plums, lemons, quinces, mangos, olives, kale and tomatoes. Is your mouth watering yet?

Tierhoek is a sustainable orchard farm with mixed crops operating form the Noree Valley. You’ll see more than fruit here though. Look out for wildlife like baboons, porcupines and klipspringers, and listen out for the call of the elusive Cape Leopard.

Five distinctly different houses each have their own swimming pool, with different views of the valley. What they all have in common: a secluded and simplistic atmosphere resulting in ultimate relaxation.

Things to do: Robertson wine route, hiking, walking, cycling, birding.

Self-catering sleeps: 34 guests.

Closest wine farm: Rooiberg.

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Tucked away in the Noree Valley, Tierhoek offers the perfect secluded retreat.

Stellenbosch

24. 89 De Werf

‘What a view!’ You can say these words from almost any area in the modern abode, 89 De Werf. On the one side you’ll see vineyards, the Hottentots Holland mountains, fynbos, pine forests and a game reserve; and at the front you’ll gaze over the False Bay coast. On a clear day you’ll even catch a glimpse of Table Mountain.

The interior of the five bedroom home is contemporary and minimalistic. The space is fitted with all your need to haves and nice to haves. Like beautiful original art against the walls, an outdoor shower and a lap pool of course.

The house is set on a private working vineyard and borders the iconic Vergelegen wine estate. It’s also very close to various wine routes - the perfect location for vine exploration.

Things to do: Somerset West wine route, Stellenbosch wine route, Elgin wine route, hiking, birding, mountain biking, swimming, canoeing, picnicking.

Self-catering sleeps: 8 guests. 

Closest wine farm: Vergelegen.

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Perched on a hill, 89 De Werf will give you front row seats to some of the best vistas in town.

25. The Homestead at Oldenburg

The Homestead is the original manor house of Oldenburg Vineyards and nearly 200 years old. Peaking inside, you wouldn’t have guessed it though.

After considerable refurbishments, you can call it an extreme makeover of splendid proportions. Today, the house is a voguish masterpiece. No expense was spared to ensure guests have an impeccable experience.

Let’s not use euphemisms - the house is massive. It’s a double storey, offering 600 square metres of space, six bedrooms and various entertainment areas.

You’ll have unhindered panoramic views of mountains, vineyards and olive groves, creating an atmosphere of tranquility. And breathe. 

Things to do: Stellenbosch wine route, swimming, walking, hiking, cycling.

Self-catering sleeps: 12 guests.

Closest wine farm: Oldenburg.

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Every detail at The Homestead has that elegant and luxurious finishing touch.

26. Le Jardine

They call it a wonderland luxury villa. A place equally filled with lavish opulence and magical playfulness.

There’s art everywhere, 500 rose bushes, turquoise-painted walls and a big glass house in the garden to host all sorts of gatherings. For the young at heart, there’s a secret hideaway with tree walks and an adventurous a zipline across the dam.

Le Jardine’s double story manor house has three en suite rooms with a separate King suite next to the pool. Enjoy social cooking in the marvellous kitchen or request a private chef to prepare a bespoke meal or two.

Things to do: Stellenbosch wine route, swimming, walking, playing, jacuzzi, steam room. 

Self-catering sleeps: 8 guests. 

Closest wine farm: Clos Malverne.

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Steam your sorrows away in Le Jardine villa’s outdoor jacuzzi overlooking the river.

Stanford

27. Mosaic Private Sanctuary

The word ‘sanctuary’ is probably the best description for Mosaic – a safe haven and a place preserved for enjoyment.

The eco-friendly estate is shoulder-to-shoulder with the ocean, Overberg mountains and the Hermanus lagoon with bountiful birdlife and fynbos.

You can either book in at the all-inclusive Lagoon Lodge or opt for one of the four luxury self-catering cottages. The latter are beautiful limestone homes fully equipped with all the amenities you’ll need for a comfortable and memorable stay. Many of the cottages have sleeper couches that are preferably intended for children, so check before you book.

Things to do: Stanford wine route, Hemel-en-Aarde wine route, birding, walking, kayaking, quad biking, spa, boat cruises and stand up paddling. 

Self-catering sleeps: 26 guests. 

Closest wine farm: Springfontein Winery.

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The beautiful Duminy Cottage at Mosaic can sleep 9 guests and has beautiful views over the lake and mountain.

28. Stanford Valley Guest Farm

A short drive from the popular coastal town of Hermanus, you’ll find Stanford and its surrounding green pastures.

Stanford Valley Guest Farm is like a classy holiday resort. You have entertainment for the kids and enough activities to keep everyone busy, but the surroundings are aesthetically pleasing and Instagram-worthy.

You’ll find seven elegant self-catering cottages to choose from, aside from their B&B guest suites. The houses are named after various fynbos plants that can be found in abundance on the farm, being part of a Nature Conservancy. The kids will love drinking from the fresh stream - it’s perfectly clean spring water.

Things to do: Stanford wine route, volleyball, hiking, walking, mountain biking, workshops and events.

Self-catering sleeps: 20 people.

Closest wine farm: Raka.

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Guest cottages are named after the fynbos - Protea, Pincushion - that this area is well-known for.

Swartland

29. Fynbos Estate

Fynbos Estate is set on an expansive farm outside Malmesbury in the beautiful Paardeberg area. The property is home to the organic winery, Dragonridge, and is also part nature reserve that leads various conservation efforts.

They are well known for their range of unique venues where you can host anything from weddings to workshops, parties and retreats.

The estate has five distinctly different types of accommodation (both in look and offering) but all of them are basic and comfortable. The main farm house features Cape Dutch architecture, whilst the other cottages all have diverse styles depicting a modern and rustic farm feel.

Things to do: Swartland wine route, walks in the nature reserve, birding, mountain biking, swimming in the pool at the foot of mountain, wine tasting and tours (on appointment) and wedding and conference venue. 

Self-catering sleeps: 45 guests 

Closest wine farm: Dragonridge.

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The main farm house at Fynbos Estate has six double rooms with private bathrooms and a large lawn for activities.

Tulbagh

30. Montpellier

Two Frenchman from the town Montpellier established this picturesque wine farm more than 300 years ago. You can imagine - the place just oozes with character.

An ever-popular wedding and conference venue in the countryside, Montpellier offers a convenient mix of guest accommodation. From the spacious and sophisticated Anex House, to the dormitory-style Solder/Loft with ten single beds, as well as two quaint cottages. A comfortable variety. 

Top tip: go and taste (or even better, buy) their award-winning Method Cap Classique Brut and Brut Rosé. Délicieux! 

Things to do: Tulbagh wine route, picnics, horse-riding, walking.

Self-catering sleeps: 32 guests.

Closest wine farm: Montpellier.

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Montpellier is a popular wedding venue with their iconic chapel on a hill.

Wellington

31. The Little Farm on a Stream

No false advertising here. It literally is a delightful little olive farm situated on a stream outside of Wellington. With the farmhouse and lodge perched on the slopes of the Hawequa Mountains, you won’t believe you’re only an hour outside of Cape Town.

For special gatherings with friends and family, there is a large entertainment area with a pool and cosy boma. The rooms are comfortable with individualised room décor full of country character. Quaint indeed. 

Things to do: Wellington Wine Route, hiking, swimming, walking and cycling on the farm.

Self-catering sleeps: 12 guests.

Closest wine farm: Imbuko.

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The rooms at The Little Farm on a Stream are comfortable with a touch of country charm.

32. Mooi Bly

There must be something special about Mooi Bly. Some of their guest have been returning to stay here for more than 16 years. 

The working wine farm has five free-standing Cape Dutch-style thatched cottages next to each other, all fully equipped. Cosiness is criteria, and with open fireplaces in each unit, that box gets ticked. 

Don’t we just love a personal touch? Well, the owner, Erik, is a wine maker himself, and he loves taking guests around on a private cellar tour. The farm also has a couple of farm animals to the kids’ amusement. 

Mooi bly means “stay well” in Afrikaans, and it’s safe to say: it’s a promise they’ll keep. 

Things to do: Wellington Wine Route, swimming, hiking, walking, farm animals.

Self-catering sleeps: 28 guests.

Closest wine farm: Mooi Bly.

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The stone brick road that leads to small town hospitality at Mooi Bly.

33. Wild Olive House at Bartholomeus Klip

For years Bartholomeus Klip has impressed guests at their country-chic Victorian homestead. By popular demand, they’ve added a self-catering option by opening the doors of Wild Olive House.

The stylish house has a large porch overlooking the lush garden and private swimming pool. There are four ensuite rooms, but you’ll have to toss a coin to decide who’ll get the special outside suite. It overlooks the mountains, so it’s worth the bet. 

You’ll be staying on a working sheep and wheat farm at the Elandsberg Nature Reserve, so you’ll get your fair share of fresh air. Another breath of fresh air is their sustainable approach to both to their community and nature. You’ll feel right at home.

Things to do: Wellington Wine Route, Swartland Wine Route, nature drives, swimming, mountain biking, canoeing, hiking, walking, archery, cooking classes and birding.

Self-catering sleeps: 10 guests.

Closest wine farm: Kloovenburg.

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Guests can now enjoy all that Bartholomeus Klip has to offer on a self-catering stay.

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34. India House and Kraal Cottage

Set within the scenic Bastianskloof private nature reserve, India House and Kraal Cottage are two stone houses a stone’s throw away from one other.

The stylish interior looks like the pages of a decor magazine that have come to life. From the showers to the verandah, the window-views and kitchen table. It’s all been curated to create breathing space.

The outdoor area is pretty incredible too. With open-air showers, a swimming pool, large lawn, indigenous fynbos gardens and more than 200 bird species. Your anti-stress retreat has been booked.

Things to do: Worcester wine route, swimming, hiking, star gazing, birding.

Self-catering sleeps: 8 guests.

Closest wine farm: Lateganskop.

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A house with a blue door in the UNESCO Boland Mountain World Heritage Site.

35. Penhill Toontjiesrivier

“Brilliant, ideal, exquisite, faultless”. These are some of the words used to describe Penhill Manor in guest reviews. 

You see, Penhill is not your average breakaway. They have it all. Country-style luxury, a plethora of fabulous outdoor activities and 1400 hectares of space.

You can either reserve the five different houses separately, or book the entire property for your group. The latter is the most popular option, with a marvellous communal area, large kitchens, braai areas and pergolas to set the scene. 

Things to do: Worcester wine route, jacuzzi, tennis, croquet, boules, horse riding, fishing, rowing, swimming, walking, hiking, cycling.

Self-catering sleeps: 24 guests.

Closest wine farm: Conradie Penhill Artisanal Wines.

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A magnificent stay for large extended familes, everyone's welcome at Penhill.