moderately priced winelands guesthouse?

Feb 9th, 2007, 06:20 AM
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moderately priced winelands guesthouse?

can anyone recommend a guesthouse in the winelands in the $150-$200 range? We will be traveling at the end of April 2007.
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Feb 9th, 2007, 10:25 PM
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"The Winelands" refers to a huge geographic range: from Clanwilliam in the Cederberg Mountains up the West Coast to Tulbagh and across to Stanford east of Hermanus (and beyond in all directions...). Constantia, a suburb of the City, is also a major winelands option.

Most visitors to the Cape stay in the Stellenbosch - Franschhoek - Paarl region, closer to Cape Town. There are many, many guesthouse, B&B and self-catering stays in these areas. On the assumption that others will weigh in with those, I'll share a couple of my favourites that are a bit farther afield or off the beaten track:

- Beaumont estate, Bot Rivier. Two lovely cottages on a charming smaller estate run by the family, with father Raoul and son Sebastian the viticulture/winemaking team. Self catering, so you'll just need to plan accordingly, which isn't difficult. Excellent wine, and located about a 20 minute drive from Hermanus. (www.beaumont.co.za) They're also a recommendation in the Greenwood Guide (http://www.greenwoodguides.com/display.asp?Page=112)

- McGregor is a charming village in the Breede River Valley, which is one of the undervalued secrets of South African wine. There are some great garagiste (Wolfdoring) and boutique (Tanagra) estates in and around McGregor itself, as well as within an hour's drive. If you stay at the McGregor Country Cottages, Barry and Margie are well-versed in the local wines, with Margie having formal credentials in the industry (working toward Cape Wine Master status). These cottages are also self-catering, but the options in McGregor are a short stroll into town. There's also the Old Mill Lodge and Green Gables Country Inn, both of which I can recommend and are B&B or DB&B. Favourite larger estates in the region include Nuy, Graham Beck, Fairview, and, oh, about ten others. Check out the village and listings for these places at www.mcgregor.org.za

- Riebeek West is another overlooked charming village in the Swartland wine region. The overall village information is at http://www.riebeekvalley.info/ but my hearty recommendation for a place to stay is for The Travellers Rest country inn and guest house. http://www.riebeekkasteel.co.za/

Other destinations to consider: Wellington, Tulbagh, Darling -- and don't overlook Constantia!

HTH

Kurt

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Feb 10th, 2007, 06:53 AM
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Hi Mad,

One of the best bargains I've found in the Winelands is the Akademie Street Gueshouses in Franschhoek. The location is great if you want to walk to restaurants in town.

The rate is per house, not per person, and each house is a separate building with its own little garden. Breakfast is in the main house and the hosts are very friendly and welcoming. Very private and peaceful! My personal favourite is Gelatenheid.
If you could push your stay into May you'll be able to get their fantastic low season rates (though high season rates in April aren't bad either).

http://www.aka.co.za

Cheers,
Julian
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Feb 10th, 2007, 07:04 AM
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Thanks for all of the suggestions. We've decided to go with Cathbert, based on price and recommendations. If anyone thinks this is a bad choice, please let me know!
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Feb 10th, 2007, 11:29 PM
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mad,

Congratulations! I do not know here you found out about Cathbert Country Inn (could have been on this board where I have raved about this venue before) but all I can say is that you will most definitely be very happy with your winelands choice of stay at this establishment.

Btw I suppose you went to the cathebrt website at http://www.cathbert.co.za/ to make your booking. Please also go to
http://www.ilovecapetown.com/cathbert/cathbert.htm where you will find a website that I wrote for Cathbert many years ago soon after I found this gem of a place to stay.

What always amazes me is when people ask the question of "where should we stay in the winelands" that everybody runs to the towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek when after all the REAL winelands represents a farming region and not a group of what has now become well marketed towns. It is for this reason that I strongly advocate staying on winefarms when in the winelands on condition that you have your own vehicle with you. If you do not have your own vehicle then it probably would be a better proposition to stay in the towns themselves.

Mad, with you choosing a wonderful farm/guesthouse like Cathbert you will experience the real winelands, be well located to visit any of the major wine regions (Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek) inclusive of some of the smaller and up and coming regions like the Hermanus (Overberg) as well as Robertson and Worcester district. While at Cathbert you will experience the sincere and wonderful hospitality of Ann and Rob who are fabulous people. The accommodation that they provide is top notch while the venue itself is simply stunning. Your location at Cathbert leaves you with the opportunity to make so many choices re surrounding restaurants which if you have a vehicle will be, at most, 25 minutes away. To top this dont miss out on enjoying a meal under the stars at Cathbert itself as you will find out that Ann is in her own right a chef extraordinaire while Rob is maitre d second to none.

Mad, as you have already probably found out Cathbert offers the above facilities at very competitive rates which once again makes the establishment such a great place to stay at. May I also point out that a reasonable slice of Cathbert's trade comes from locals who simply take a break and leave Cape Town to go enjoy a weekend in the winelands. That should also tell you something.

All in all I can vouch for the fact that a two (if not 3) night stay at Cathbert with dinner on the one night at Cathbert and at Les Bon Vivant in Franschoek on the second night is a recipe for total success. Btw ask Kavey about this great restaurant as she found and introduced Fodrites to this fabulous place of dining. After Kavey made the introduction I visited the establishment and to see my thoughts about Les Bon Vivant simply go to http://www.ilovecapetown.com/BV/bv.htm)

To all of the above add the fact that Cathbert is wonderfully quiet where all that you will hear around you is nature in the form of the local birds while your visuals are made up of wonderful gardens and magnificent wineland scenery. Sitting on the balcony of the Cathbert main house in the morning has to be amongst the finest ways to enjoy breakfast that you could ever find. Furthermore during the day you will be living in the heart of the winelands area. All you need to do is start exploring the terrain with the many wonderful winefarms that surround you such as Vrede en Lust, Plasier de Merle, Allee Bleue, Seidelberg, Rupert and Rothschild, Solms Delta, Wilderers (dont miss this hidden secret)and Glen Carlou just to mention a few. Please note that I am not just rambling on about the above without having done this myself as I can actually prove it via the so many people that I have either shared this experience with or even those whom I have advised to do this journey in that they have all commented on how wonderful the total experience was.

Mad I am quite sure that you will have a great stay at Cathbert and will enjoy the winelands to the full using the venue as your base so once again congrats on your choice

Enjoy Cape Town when you visit us.

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Feb 11th, 2007, 05:36 AM
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Feb 11th, 2007, 07:11 AM
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Selwyn,

Thank you so much for your thoughtful reply. As always, you are very informative. Unfortunately, I did not realize that the Cathbert was so far from town. We love the idea of staying in a peaceful setting, but also know that we will be indulging ourselves in wine tasting and probably do not want to drive afterwards. The place looks lovely-- we'll have to come back another time.
Any opinions on Plumwood in Franschoek?
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Feb 11th, 2007, 07:21 AM
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Hello Mad,

I've stayed both on the wine farms and in town, and if you love your food and wine I'd agree that it's much easier to stay in town rather than face a drive home over winding roads.

I haven't stayed at Plumwood, but I have stayed at Klein Oliphantshoek, which has a great restaurant. It's a cosy little place with a very homely feel to it, located in the heart of Franschhoek on the same street as the Akademie Street Guesthouses.

http://www.kleinoliphantshoek.co.za/

You may also want to take a look at La Petite Ferme -- excellent food and the views over the valley are lovely as well.

http://www.lapetiteferme.co.za/

Cheers,
Julian
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Feb 11th, 2007, 01:34 PM
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mad,

I have stayed at Plumwood and it is a very nice place to stay. Your hosts, Lucienne and Roel are really nice people to stay with. To see more of my thoughts about Plumwood please go to http://www.ilovecapetown.com/plumwood/plumwood.htm Once again we are indebted to Kavey for this find as she urged me to go see Plumwood and after staying over for one night I found it to be a great place to stay. (but NOT as good as Cathbert)

As far as consuming wine and not staying at Cathbert etc I have to ask the question of how are you going to drive back to Franschhoek after wine tastings at various winefarms during the day, after all there really is no place of repute worth going to for a winetasting in Franschhoek that you can reach by foot? this leads to 2 other comments viz:

1. If you only had two glasses of wine for dinner you would be under the legal limit (assuming that you winetasted during the earlier part of the day) meaning that you could drive home quite easily.

2. If you stay at Cathbert and dine there for one night you dont have to worry one iota about how much wine you consume because your bed is 50 yards away from the dining room.

Just my 2p worth.

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Feb 11th, 2007, 01:53 PM
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Thank you to both Julian and Selwyn! between the two of you, I have our whole trip planned. Your advice has been invaluable. My only issue now is that there are sooo many good options, I guess we can't go wrong!
I'm still working on our Cape Town lodging and have sent a message to Davids to see if there is availability- no word yet. We are spending a lot on our safari, so I'm trying to minimize cost without compromising too much on quality while in Cape Town. If Davids doesn't work out, what would be the next best in that price range? Thanks again!
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Feb 11th, 2007, 02:37 PM
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mad,

If you are going to be in Cape Town in April and Davids have not replied to you as yet then you can be close to 100% sure that you wont be able to stay at the guesthouse in that it is such a popular establishment. (for good reason due to excellent quality and great rates)

My suggestion would be that you start looking around for other places so long and in this regard I suggest you look at:

Craigrownie Guesthouse
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http://www.craigrowniehse.co.za/

Wonderful venue. 50 yards from the seafront. Well appointed. Friendly staff. Near the sea. Reasonably close to all. Away from all the action yet close to it. A new facility at the guesthouse is a free broadband internet connection.

+++++++

Avanti.
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www.avanti.co.za

Tried and tested ranking amongst the best value for money in Cape Town. Also 50 yards from the seafront. HIGHLY recommended.

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Albatross Guesthouse
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http://www.albatrossct.co.za/

Sister to Avanti. Well located. Excellently priced. Perfectly safe. Excellent host with very clean well appointed rooms

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Cape Standard
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http://www.capestandard.co.za/home.htm

Well located. Lovely guesthouse with super friendly host. Great value for money and certainly not expensive. Rooms are done up in a rustic manner with all conveniences available. Great breakfast area.

++++++++++++


The Bay Atlantic
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http://www.thebayatlantic.com/Default.htm

Smallish rooms but wonderfully located in a safe area in Camps Bay. Magnificent sea views and fabulous swimming pool. Hosts are also very friendly


De Waterkant Cottages - De Waterkant
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http://www.thevillagelodge.com/content/cottages.asp

These are fantastic self catering cottages at excellent rates. Very quaint, fabulously furnished with huge, huge, huge amounts of space. The cottages are also extremely well maintained. The cottages are right in the middle of where it is all happening near the city centre (10 minute walk away) as well the Waterfront. (20 minute walk away). The cottages are also close to many great little coffee houses as well as interesting restaurants where amongst others you could have breakfast.

Hope this helps you with your accommodation choices.

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