Winelands of Western Cape-where to stay?

Aug 8th, 2009, 09:46 PM
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Winelands of Western Cape-where to stay?

I am sooooo confused. I am planning a very last minute trip with my two adult children(ages 24 and 27) to Cape Town and the Western Cape and want to include two nights in the wine country.
I cannot decide whether to stay in Paarl,Stellenbosch or Franschhoek. We cannot afford the "foodie" prices of the area restaurants and basically just want to enjoy the scenery and wines.
Some info-Our family LOVES Nederburg Pinotage but that is up in Paarl.Tokara wine is another favorite.
I was trying to find something that was reasonable but could possibly be a triple room for all three of us. I do not need spas, 5 star eating,etc.
Does anyone have a reasonable favorite in one of those towns for wine tasting and driving around to enjoy the scenery,cutesy shops,etc. Thanks everyone!
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Aug 9th, 2009, 05:16 AM
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Well, just to get you going - there's the Akademie Guest Houses in Fraenschhoek.

I stayed there 3 years ago now, so it's a bit of an old recommendation - but I really enjoyed it. I stayed in the Oortuiging guest house, which was really cute. You could definatley fit 3 in the house. The owners were so helpful, breakfasts were included and were great, and it's within walking distance of the main shopping/dining streets.

Good luck with your planning dutyfree!

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Aug 9th, 2009, 06:19 AM
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Thank you Cyn for the suggestion but unfortunately it is way out of our price range-R2400 per night which I was surprised for winter rates?
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Aug 9th, 2009, 06:42 AM
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Here is a good source to search for accommodation based on your budget, interest etc.

I have opened Franschhoek for you............

Good luck!

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Aug 9th, 2009, 06:46 AM
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That's the portfolio Bed and Breakfast Stellenbosch section............

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sorry - forgot the link
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I think Stellenbosch is a good place to be for your needs. And your children will probably enjoy the student vibe of the town. Loads of bars, cafes and restaurants.

Have a look here for accommodation in Stellenbosch:
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Aug 10th, 2009, 01:22 PM
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We stayed about a year ago at the Montarbre self-catering guest house in Fraenschhoek and it was wonderful. Three bedrooms, two baths, fireplace, etc. The area is full of wonderful wineries and "cute shops." The rates are under R1000 per night for three guests. Web site is
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Aug 11th, 2009, 01:31 AM
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We stayed in Stellenbosch but were a bit disappointed to be honest - it's fine as a base for the area but we preferred Franschhoek and will stay here the next time. Stellenbosch is very old and has its charms, but we found it ever so slightly uncomfortable wandering around on foot in the evening and using ATMs (the only unpleasant incident we had with beggars in our whole trip occured in Stellenbosch).

We did a day's small group escorted tour of 5 local vineyards which was excellent. The tour company was Tsiba Tsiba Tours - our guide Lucas was very knowledgable but made the day fun as well - and not aimed at wine snobs. There are several other such operators in the same area. Do avoid drinking and driving as the local wines are high alcohol content and driving in SA demands high levels of concentration at all times.
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