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Oude Werf Hotel

Our rating

7/10

Price guide

Price rating 2

Highlights

- Historic hotel in picturesque Stellenbosch
- Heart of the Cape Winelands
- Tranquil gardens and pool
- Gourmet restaurant

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Overview

Oude Werf Hotel is an elegant, historic property in the picturesque Winelands town of Stellenbosch, in South Africa’s Western Cape. Dating back to 1802, this landmark hotel is thought to be South Africa’s oldest, and sits in a leafy central location on Stellenbosch’s prestigious Church Street surrounded by fine art museums, restaurants, galleries, and artisan boutiques. The town is renowned for its art and cultural events, and boasts beautiful Cape Dutch, Victorian, and Georgian inspired architecture alongside its renowned eateries and vineyards. With 58 delightful rooms, a swimming pool, tranquil gardens, and a restaurant, this hotel will appeal to travellers seeking a peaceful and very pretty base from which to explore the glorious Cape Winelands.

Communal areas at the hotel include an elegant coffee lounge and a dining room with an open fireplace where buffet breakfasts are served along with informal café style lunches, afternoon teas, and gourmet evening meals. There’s a tranquil leafy courtyard and gardens along with an inviting outdoor swimming pool. In-room spa treatments and massages are available, for which advance booking is required. Secure parking is also available at the property on request.

The accommodation comprises 58 tastefully appointed rooms, ranging in size from the compact ‘superior’ to more expansive ‘deluxe’ and ‘luxury’ units. All rooms are designed with a stylishly eclectic mix of vintage and contemporary decor and come with a double or twin beds, an en-suite bathroom with shower and pretty views of either the courtyard, garden and pool, or the historic architecture of Church Street. A few rooms boast a private patio or balcony, some rooms have a separate bath and shower, and several feature a walk-in dressing room. All units have air conditioning, satellite TV, hot drinks facilities, a minibar, and Wi-Fi.

Children are welcome, and a number of interconnecting rooms are available for families. A babysitting service can also be arranged on request.

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 504 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Hi Lisa,

    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!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan 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

    MissingCatherine 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!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

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