- Historic wine estate, beautiful setting
- Ideally located for Cape Winelands
- Various accommodation options
Boschendal Farm is a 300 year old wine estate within the verdant Drakenstein Valley in South Africa’s Western Cape. An hour’s drive from Cape Town and only 15 minutes from the Cape Winelands towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, this historic farmstead enjoys an idyllic location, framed by the stunning Drakenstein and Simonsberg mountain ranges. Boasting a choice of beautifully restored, self-catering cottages with swimming pools, several dining options, and numerous onsite activities within its 2,000 hectare estate, Boschendal offers a relaxing and tranquil retreat.
The farm’s renowned Werf Restaurant is situated in the original werf (manor house). Open Wednesday to Saturday, menus feature locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. The farm shop and deli offer daily breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea, and fresh farm produce is available, along with a food basket delivery service.
Activities include trout fishing, swimming in crystal clear streams, plus cycling and hiking through orchards, forests, and the distinctive mountain heathlands or ‘fynbos’ unique to this region. Guided silver mine tours take guests through a network of historical tunnels and caves. Beauty treatments are available at the farm’s spa, and wine enthusiasts can enjoy onsite wine tasting, vineyard and cellar tours, and visit the nearby Cape Wineland towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek.
Accommodation comprises several authentic, colonial style cottages spread across the estate, all tastefully restored with a blend of traditional and contemporary decor. Each cottage has Wi-Fi and satellite TV.
A short walk from the werf, Clarence Cottage sleeps four guests in two double or twin bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, a generous lounge with an open fire, and air conditioning. Outside is a lovely private garden. Guests share access to a swimming pool by the Orchard Cottages.
Werf Cottages offer one bedroom accommodation near to the werf, with a Victorian style bathroom, a kitchenette with a wood burning fireplace, and air conditioning. Guests have access to a shared swimming pool.
Built by renowned architect Sir Herbert Baker, and a Natural Heritage site, Rhodes Cottage is ideal for larger groups. Located two kilometres from the werf, in a secluded spot with magnificent views, the cottage accommodates six guests in three double or twin rooms with two shared bathrooms, whilst a pretty garden annex sleeps four guests in two ensuite double or twin bedrooms. Both properties have air conditioning. A large veranda overlooks the tranquil garden and private swimming pool. Fishing equipment and bicycles are supplied, and a housekeeping service is provided.
Two kilometres from the werf, in a beautiful orchard setting, Orchard Cottages offer between one and four bedrooms, a small kitchenette, and ceiling fans, but no air conditioning. Each cottage has a private garden with a veranda and a barbeque for outdoor dining, plus shared use of a swimming pool. Note that guests’ own transport is required to access the werf and its dining facilities.
Children are extremely welcome, and the farm has a children’s play area. The larger Orchard Cottages are a great option for families; alternatively two small children can be accommodated in the lounges of the Werf Cottages.
- Boutique farm hotel
- Pool, kayaking & cycling
- Kitchen Gardens
- Historic hotel in picturesque Stellenbosch
- Heart of the Cape Winelands
- Tranquil gardens and pool
- Gourmet restaurant
- Set on a working vineyard
- Short walk from town centre
- Beautifully presented property
- Intimate, welcoming atmosphere
- Great for wine enthusiasts
- Top choice for wine lovers
- Peaceful setting with mountainous scenery
- Historic, upmarket and stylish property
- Close to nature reserves
- Chic, upmarket boutique hotel
- Stylish, bespoke accommodation
- Two pools, spa, gourmet restaurant
- Great Winelands location
- 14 contemporary suites
- Magnificent scenery: mountain & fields
- Close to Franschhoek’s restaurants & boutiques
- Restored Manor House
- Outskirts of Franschhoek
- 14 Rooms & 12 Villas
- Two Swimming Pools
- Excellent choice for wine aficionados
- Rooms overlooking the valley
- Working wine estate with cellar tours
- Very good on-site restaurant
- Well presented property
- Luxurious, tranquil Cape Dutch farmhouse
- Extensive grounds, lovely swimming pool
- Wine cellar and tastings
- Great location for Winelands and Cape Town
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 Value KZN Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019