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Make a holiday rental home or self catering cottage in the Winelands, South Africa your home away from home

The Winelands are a lush region on the Western Cape of South Africa, famous for their beauty, quality of living and of course, the fine wines which created in the flourishing vineyards which decorate the landscape. Winelands holidays are a real treat, where indulgence and stimulation of body and soul are key, despite the enormous wealth of fascinating historical sites, leisure activities and glorious small towns to entertain even the most active of visitors.

Things to do on holiday in the Winelands, South Africa

With over 200 separate cellars to visit, a self catering Winelands cottage is a wine connoisseurs dream. These are some of the finest new world wines on the globe, and the wine heritage is simply staggering, and where ever you are in the Winelands, finding a glass to accompany the famous South African cuisine will never be a struggle!

The outstanding natural beauty of the Winelands makes getting out into the countryside a genuine delight. A great way to start your Winelands holiday, get your bearings and ensure memories you will never forget involves taking to the skies above the Cape. Hot air balloon tours are hugely popular and offer magnificent value for money, especially if you pass over the famous game reserves located in the area. South Africa is known especially for its magnificent game viewing, and the ‘big five’ can be seen from a Winelands cottage either on a guided walking tour, a 4x4 trail or on a horse-back safari, lasting anything from an afternoon to a full week. The bird life in the area is equally special, and anyone with an interest in birds will be absolutely delighted by the prospect of a week or two in a self catering Winelands cottage.

In fact, you can try almost any sport from a Winelands cottage. Walking, mountain biking and horse riding holidays particularly thrive in the Winelands, and there is plenty of scope for golf holidays, fly-fishing breaks and rock climbing trips from a self catering Winelands cottage.

Health and well-being are a huge part of life in the Winelands, and there are a whole host of spa centres, beauty treatment centres and alternative health fields around the region. Traditional Sangomas, (traditional healers), provide age old remedies and pampering techniques, meaning you will almost certainly return home refreshed, relaxed and recharged.

Places to visit on holiday in the Winelands, South Africa

The Winelands of South Africa are awash with wonderfully unique towns and villages, steeped in history and culture, where open-air museums, art galleries and excellent gastronomic treasures can be found with ease. Stellenbosch is certainly among the most famous and oldest of the Cape wine towns, and is a fantastic place to start your wine related discovery of the area from any self catering Winelands cottage.

Weather in the Winelands, South Africa

The climate of the Winelands is amazingly steady. From September until March, temperatures average in the high 20’s (°C) providing a wonderfully long growing season and a magnificently long tourist season. The coldest months, (June and July) are still fantastically warm, averaging around 21°C for the month, which is warm enough to relax on the beach, especially is you are used to British summers!

Travel to the Winelands, South Africa

Cape Town International Airport (CPT) is the closest airport to the heart of the Winelands, South Africa. Flights can be found direct from London Heathrow (LHR), provided by both British Airways and Virgin-Atlantic, with airport transfers easily arranged and hire cars in great abundance.

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10 lovely weeks in The Opstal

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We are two “early retirees” escaping winter in Belgium. The Opstal was our home during 10 weeks. The house is in a quiet location but not remote, and safe. In the distance you can see the neighbours. Some kilometres away, in Robertson, you will find everything you need. It is located between the vineyards and olive trees. Privacy is guaranteed. The hosts, Jane and Charles, keep their distance but if a problem occurs, they are there immediately to solve it for you. We, however, preferred the occasional contact, to get to know them. After 10 weeks, it feels like a genuine friendship. The Opstal is spacious, light, airy and cosy. Even on hot days the cottage can be aired naturally, keeping it comfortably cool. It is decorated tastefully and with style, preserving the original elements like the heavy beams supporting the ceiling, and antique elements have been added. All mod cons are there, into the smallest details. Solar energy provides hot water and WIFI. There is an ensuite bathroom with a bath and a walk-in shower. In the morning, you wake up to the sound of wild guinea-fowls, in a comfortable bed. The ground plan of the cottage is roughly a square. Each side has a terrace, different in size. The largest one, directed SW, gives you the view to a different sunset each evening. At any given moment, there is the option of the warmth of the sun or the cool shade on a terrace or under a tree. Contrary to Cape Town, here there is no shortage of potable water, which comes straight from a well high up in the mountains, and has a strong throughput. It is drinkable and tasty! Endless showers, pure luxury in 2018! Klaasvoogds is situated roughly on the crossing of Route 62 and the Gardenroute, at the end of the wineroute and 100 km away from Cape Algulhas, the most southern point of Africa! We wish you a wonderful stay at The Opstal (or The Cottage). As for us, we are definitely coming back! Rita & Eddy
  • Review Submitted: Apr 03, 2018
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2018

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Fabulous house, luxury accommodation, attentive service and very friendly team, including all the dogs. We rented the whole house and all 22 of us had a fantastic break - thanks Jan and team. Hopefully we'll be back soon.
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