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expert-rated hotels in Cape Winelands
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Expert overall rating:4.6 (out of 5)

Gourmets and lovers of the good life agree that this icon is deserving of its accolades.

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Price from: £338
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Expert overall rating:4.3 (out of 5)

A stylish bolthole in the heart of Stellenbosch.

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Expert overall rating:3.8 (out of 5)

For a restful place to call home for a night or three, check in here.

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Expert overall rating:3.7 (out of 5)

With a central location and lots to do, this is a comfortable Winelands bet.

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The Cape Winelands are to Cape Town what Provence is to Paris...well sort of. Consisting of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and their sibling towns of Paal and Wellington, the Cape Winelands form the heart of the wine industry and, more recently, have become a gourmet hub too. It's a good idea then to plan your visit around sleeping over - that way you can visit one or two wine farms, factor in a decadent lunch or a rustic picnic somewhere and make your way back to your hotel, or hired cottage or apartment at your leisure. There are some bigger hotels dotted around Stellenbosch and Franschhoek (the two main hubs) but if you're wanting authentic, smaller is, in my opinion, better. If budget's a factor, think about renting an apartment in Stellenbosch proper or perhaps a cottage on a farm. In Franschhoek the cottage-to-rent scene is popular and, since most things are within walking distance, why not make the most of this kind of rural offering? That said, Franschhoek has a bewildering number of small auberges and boutique hotels, many of them absolutely world class.

Things to consider before booking

  • High season starts in November and goes through to April so expect to pay more then.
  • With high season comes high temperatures - if heat gets to you, check whether your hotel or establishment has a pool and air conditioning. I'd say these are essential factors in the high summer months.
  • Self-catering establishments and some b&bs do not include breakfast, but almost all guesthouses and hotels do as part of their rate.
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There are just a few hotels in this section so I've tried to offer hotels that satisfy leisure travellers with time to loll about, foodies, those on a bit of a budget, those with limited time to explore the region as well as the lucky travellers for whom time is not an issue and for whom the hotel is as much of the experience as the surrounds.

Simonseeks has given star ratings out of five for all accommodation recommendations. With hotels, these will tally with the hotel's official star rating where it exists. Where a hotel has no official star rating, and in the case of b & bs and hostels, the experts have made a judgment as to how many stars the accommodation deserves, in terms of comfort, level of facilities and so forth.