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.
Morgenster Ave., Box 1892, Somerset West, 7129, South Africa