- Luxurious, tranquil Cape Dutch farmhouse
- Extensive grounds, lovely swimming pool
- Wine cellar and tastings
- Great location for Winelands and Cape Town
Hawksmoor House is a traditional Cape Dutch guest house in a tranquil rural location within South Africa’s beautiful Cape Winelands region. Just 25 minutes from Cape Town and 15 minutes from the picturesque town of Stellenbosch, this charming country retreat sits in a 220-hectare wine estate with gorgeous views of the surrounding countryside. Offering 15 well-appointed guest rooms, a swimming pool and pretty gardens, this elegant property makes a serene and relaxing base for exploring the scenic Winelands.
The original farmhouse dates back to the 1700s, and guest areas include an elegant communal dining room, where breakfast is served and dinners are available, subject to prior arrangement. A traditional drawing room with an open fireplace is furnished with comfy sofas, antiques and period furniture. Hawksmoor House has a wine cellar and tasting room and tasting sessions can be arranged. Wi-Fi is available in certain areas of the property, however due to its rural location the signal may be intermittent. Outside, an attractive patio area is a great spot to watch the sunset and enjoy a pre-dinner drink. The verdant gardens house fragrant rose and lavender beds, a reflection pond, and a refreshing swimming pool with distant views of Table Mountain.
Onsite activities include wine tastings and relaxing in the pool and pretty gardens. In-room massages are available, subject to arrangement. Hawksmoor House is ideally located for exploring the traditional rural villages, beautiful architecture and numerous wine estates for which the Cape Winelands is renowned. The lively metropolis of Cape Town, with its host of attractions and facilities, is a mere 25 minutes’ drive away.
The accommodation comprises 15 tastefully decorated guest rooms within four traditional buildings, overlooking the gardens and pool. Each room has a double or twin beds, hot drink facilities, and an ensuite bathroom with underfloor heating, WC, washbasin, and a shower and/or bath. Several rooms have French doors opening onto a private patio with lovely garden views. One of the units is a two-bedroom self-catering cottage, comprising an open plan kitchen, lounge, and dining area with a wood burning fire, two ensuite bathrooms, and a private courtyard with lovely views.
Children are welcome at Hawksmoor House. Discounts are available for guests age 12 and under when sharing with their parents. The property offers a family room which can sleep up to two adults and two children in one double and two twin beds.
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019