Cape Winelands

The Cape Winelands lie not far away from the wonderful City of Cape Town. The name, rather tellingly, indicates a rich wine producing environment where highly prestigious vineyards yield excellent fruit, a Dionysian land at the tip of Africa. But this is only the beginning, for prestigious wines are produced the world-over – here, there is much, much more than good wine.

The first thing that strikes any visitor to this part of South Africa is the extraordinarily beautiful landscape. The Cape Winelands is a truly magical landscape comprised of small wine producing towns, rural farms and interconnected valleys which run through the most awe-inspiring mountain ranges. Wonderful views are seem from every angle as you pass through this breathtaking natural scenery, hopping from wine farms to restaurants, shops and cafés.

Besides treating oneself in the many excellent restaurants (many of which are situated at the farms) and sampling the wide-variety of wines on offer, there are plenty of other activities, particularity outdoor pursuits e.g.. hiking trails, cycling, walking, fishing, and a visiting many of the protected nature reserves and botanical garden areas. There really is a wealth of activities in this special part of the world.

The two main towns to explore are Franschhoek and Stellenbosch, both have there own specific charm and histories, and they both offer excellent, private holiday homes in the heart of the Cape Winelands.

Franschhoek

The delightful town of Franschhoek is situated in a picturesque valley surrounded by exotic beauty and the impressive Franschhoek mountains. A small town in the heart of the Cape Winelands with a single main road running through, flanked on either side with restaurants, up-market boutiques, galleries and many smaller cafés and shops leading off down the side streets. There is plenty to do in the lovely surrounding areas, and the icing on the cake is that there are some fantastic wineries within walking distance.

The climate is temperate therefore the farms are able to produce some of the finest wines noted worldwide. These vineyards are open for wine tastings, wine tours and exploring the history of the South African wine industry; they are also noted for their exceptionally good restaurants, and they are ideal whenever fine dining is on the agenda.

These immaculately kept farms exhibit some of the best examples of buildings from the Cape Dutch era. Many places have superb views perfect for sundowners to be sipped while watching the sun disappear for another night. There are restaurants high up in the hills with spectacular views overlooking the valleys, and way high up above them black eagles can be seen soaring in the vast blue sky. There are baboons, mountain dassies (rabbits) and klipspringers (small antelopes) and many smaller species of birds.

The Franschhoek mountains have routes which many years ago the oliphants (elephants) moved through. Those routes which man followed became the passes which we know today. The Mount Rochelle nature reserve is known for hiking and there are many different routes to choose from. The wine tram can be taken from Franschhoek town centre – there are several different tours to take.

Stellenbosch

The streets of Stellenbosch are lined by fine oak trees shading white painted buildings, setting it apart from other towns. It is surrounded by a hilly landscape with the magnificent mountains in the distance.

In Stellenbosch town square there are lovely shops and restaurants and a new mall. There are several shopping centres. It is a veritable paradise for retail therapy. Tours can be taken to the wonderful wine farms of which there are many. This is the heart of the Cape Winelands and is recognised worldwide, a place where wine tasting and delicious cuisine can be enjoyed in the hot summers days and warm evenings nights.

Many of buildings built in the late Victorian and Georgian styles topped by some of the finest examples of The Cape Dutch architecture. Stellenbosch Museum is a cultural history museum. There is a sea of history mixed in with modern times which weaves together a lively atmosphere. The river Eerste flows through and the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve lies to the East, and the Helderberg nature reserve to the South.

A town bustling with the vibrancy of the young. Stellenbosch is a prestigious university town noted for its research facilities and for the high proportion of post graduates many of whom are international. The towns high standard of university education and research shows off an atmosphere of vibrancy and fun. Its’ a gateway to the great outdoors way of life. Rugby is the most played sport but also there is hiking, cycling, mountain biking, tennis, swimming and athletics. So, there is much to see and do – a perfect setting for a your time away.

Cape Winelands Luxury Holiday Homes

The Cape Winelands offers exceptionally beautiful holiday homes in both our recommended areas. There we have old manor houses, modern holiday villas and refined country-style houses and cottages. For a truly memorable escape from the every-day hustle of modern-life we can think of no better place to relax and be free.

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The Colonial Villa | 4 Bedroom Winelands Villa | Time & AwayThe Colonial Villa | 4 Bedroom Winelands Villa | Time & Away

Villa

4 bedrooms

4 bathrooms

The Colonial
Surrounded by the magnificent mountains of the Franschhoek valley, The Colonial villa is a luxurious countryside escape. The rich patterns and fabrics of the villa pay homage to a fusion of east and north African aesthetics. Nestled in picturesque vineyards and plum orchards only a short stroll from the centre of Franschhoek village, The Colonial […]
Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa
from R 25,750/night
gh-16-cabriere-023-lr16 Cabriere | Franschhoek Villas | Holiday Accommodation in Cape Winelands

Villa

4 bedrooms

4 bathrooms

16 Cabriere
16 Cabriere is set in the heart of Franschhoek and overlooks spectacular mountain, cherry blossom and vineyard views, yet it is only a 3 minute walk from the town centre. Situated right on the most sought after street in Franschhoek. It offers the combination of arresting vistas, peace and tranquillity, plus easy access on foot […]
Cabriere Street, Franschhoek, South Africa
from R 14,000/night
la-jole-maison-pool-and-houseLa Jolie Maison | Franschhoek Cottages | Holiday Accomodation In Franschhoek

Cottage

3 bedrooms

3 bathrooms

La Jolie Maison
La Jolie Maison is a charming and very pretty 3 bedroom cottage set right in the heart of Franschhoek. Located in one of the most sought after streets, it is a couple of minutes stroll from the village centre where you will find yourself immersed in an array of boutique shops, side walk cafés and restaurants. […]
Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa
from R 7,500/night
Franschoek Holiday Rental | Cottage 42 | Dinning Room Table | Time & AwayCottage 42 | Franschhoek Cottage | Holiday Accommodation In Cape Winelands

Cottage

3 bedrooms

2 bathrooms

Cottage 42
Cottage 42 a charming, quaint 3 bedroom property right in the heart of the historical village of Franschhoek. Situated on a pretty street it is a 2 minute walk into the high street, shops and restaurants. It is an ideal base and home away from home for a family or small group of friends wanting […]
Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa
from R 3,800/night
2013-02-04-18-04-40The Gallery | Franschhoek Villas | Holiday Accommodation In Franschheok

Villa

2 bedrooms

2 bathrooms

The Gallery
A powerful energy has infused The Gallery’s avant-garde two bedroom villa. Rich grey walls and gallery lights highlight abstract art and a selection of sought-after antiques and exclusive contemporary pieces. This is a fitting tribute to the fine artistic heritage of Franschhoek. The villa has a real sense of theatre and originality rarely seen in […]
Cabriere Street, Franschhoek, South Africa
from R 15,000/night
the-grange-3-bedroom-villa-in-franschhoekThe Grange | Franschhoek Villas | Holiday Accommodation In Cape Winelands

Villa

3 bedrooms

3 bathrooms

The Grange
The Grange is excellently designed and offers the perfect holiday experience for guests. Situated just outside Franschhoek village (approximately 200 meters) it is a private property among vineyards at the foot of the mountains. It feels exclusive and refined but has all the touches of a lovely family home. The interiors are inspired by the elegant […]
Cabriere Street, Franschhoek, South Africa
from R 22,000/night
la_renaissance_garden_loungeLa Renaissance | Franschhoek Villas | Holiday Accommodation In Franschhoek

Villa

6 bedrooms

6 bathrooms

La Renaissance
La Renaissance has been lovingly  renovated into one of the most beautiful properties in the Cape Winelands. It has the warm, homely feel of an English home cased in a traditional mix of Victorian, Cape Dutch and Georgian architecture. The gardens are large and voluminous with grand trees, well-kept flower beds and tranquil water features, […]
Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa
from R 35,000/night
apaltha_kitchen-1900x1268Villa Apaltha | Franschhoek Villas | Holiday Accommodation In Cape Winelands

Villa

4 bedrooms

3 bathrooms

Apaltha
Villa Apaltha is a beautiful 4 bedroom villa set on a private Franschhoek estate. Just a 10 minute stroll away from the village centre and right on the door step of a variety of amazing wine estates. It has the most magnificent mountain and vineyard views. Beautifully appointed and tastefully decorated, no detail is spared. […]
Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa
from R 12,000/night
villa-amelie-luxury-4-bedroom-villa-in-franschhoek-1900x1268Villa Amelie | Winelands Villas |Time & Away

Villa

4 bedrooms

4 bathrooms

Amelie
Located close to the center of Franschhoek in a serene and utterly beautiful setting, Villa Amelie is only a short stroll from all the pretty boutiques, great restaurants and cafés. This country styled home has stunning mountains views and feels very well cared for. The owner is a renowned interior designer and no detail goes amiss. It […]
Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa
from R 14,000/night
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old-nectar-living-roomOld Nectar Manor House | Stellenbosch Villas | Holiday Accommodation In Cape Winelands

Manor House

6 bedrooms

4 bathrooms

Old Nectar Manor House
The Old Nectar Manor House is a beautifully maintained historic property in the picturesque Jonkerhoek World Heritage conservation area near Stellenbosch. This famous 1815 manor house exemplifies the Cape Dutch architectural style with its well proportioned gables and windows. Inside, the property leans toward softness with lots of wood and Persian carpets. The finest craftsmanship of […]
Old Nectar, Jonkershoek Valley, Stellenbosch, South Africa
from R 8,000/night
garden_valley_manor_terrace_dinning-1900x1000Garden Manor | Stellenbosh Villas | Holiday Accommodation In Cape Winelands

Villa

6 bedrooms

5 bathrooms

Garden Manor
Garden Manor is a beautifully appointed Homestead dates back over 200 years. It has been fully renovated and modernised whist retaining its historic charm and distinctive architecture of Cape Dutch aesthetics. Situated a short 10 minute drive from Stellenbosch among spectacular vineyards and breathtaking mountains on all sides, this property offers a serene and exclusive […]
Helshoogte Rd, Stellenbosch, South Africa
from R 14,000
SONY DSCLe Jardin | Stellenbosch Villas | Holiday Accommodation In Cape Winelands

Villa

4 bedrooms

4 bathrooms

Le Jardin
Le Jardin is one of the true gems of the Cape Winelands. This elegant villa has the grandeur of a Sir Herbert Baker styled manor, and it is the perfect property for anyone desiring opulent living and serene privacy in South Africa’s stunning wine growing region. Set among the vineyards just outside the historic town […]
Devon Valley Road, Stellenbosch, South Africa
from R 15,000/night