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Willowbrook Lodge

At a Glance

    Pros

  • close to top golf courses, beautiful beaches, and the Cape Winelands
  • away from the hustle of Cape Town

    Cons

  • very few rooms available
  • only one restaurant on-site

Willowbrook Lodge Review

This lodge makes a good base for exploring the entire southwestern Cape, including the peninsula, the Winelands, and the Overberg. The lodge lies hidden among beautiful gardens that extend down to the Lourens River; in the distance the peaks of the Helderberg are visible. It's a very peaceful place, with large, airy, comfortable rooms and sliding doors opening onto the gardens. D'Vine Restaurant ($$) has equally high standards and is regularly voted onto the country's top-100 list. The menu changes seasonally, but how's this for a delectable starter: wild mushrooms and chicken molded in a poppy-seed crepe and served with a duo of port and foie gras jus. It sounds complicated, but it's absolutely delicious. A simpler starter might be baked goat cheese on walnut bread served with a honey-dressed salad of lemon, coriander, and green beans. For a main course, you'll be hard-pressed to choose between the likes of crispy aromatic duck or the springbok medallion served with berry compote, mushroom spaetzle, and sautéed green beans.

    Hotel Details

  • 11 rooms, 1 suite.
  • Rate includes breakfast.
  • Credit cards accepted.

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