You’ll find this property, complete with its own vineyard, tucked away far from the madding crowd in the heart of the Constantia Valley and underneath the lee side of Table Mountain.
If bedding down in the original manor house, you'll find classic and elegant interiors and a focus on sumptuous fabrics and plenty of space. In the newer Premier Suites a marriage of old and new decor styles is evident with thoughtful conveniences, the luxury of space and up-to-the-minute design details like rim flow baths. For those seeking privacy or travelling en masse, the Dovecote and Madiba Villas are ideal.
The central Martini bar is a popular meeting place for cocktail enthusiasts and Afternoon Tea aficionados alike while the outside terrace off the conservatory overlooks the gardens and is a pretty place to while away a morning or afternoon. The gardens are magnificent and if the season's right you'll love the scents that waft over from the rose garden.
Eating and drinking
The newly-refurbished The Greenhouse is a crisp and inviting place for chef Peter Tempelhoff to lay his hat – expect groundbreaking sensations in his degustation menu and quality service from the restaurant’s professional sommeliers. Ask for a soupçon of noble late harvest dessert wine from the hotel's own vineyard - it's liquid gold.
A small spa and a good hair salon ensure you are spoilt for the duration of your stay (although the spa needs work to bring it up to speed with other five-star offerings). For the energetic, the pool, nine-hole golf course and tennis court are popular bets.
The staff are friendly and helpful and of a five-star standard.
Who stays there
It's a popular bet for a slightly older crowd who don't feel the need to be in the thick of things in the City Bowl and who appreciate the tranquillity of the location - returning guests form a significant sector of the hotel's clientele.
- Business travellers
- Families with younger children
- Mature travellers
- Seasoned travellers
- Escaping the crowds
- Great views / scenery
Pros & Cons
- Its luxury comes at a hefty price
- The Greenhouse is closed for two nights of the week
- The spa needs work to bring it up to speed with other five-star offerings