Winelands, South Africa
South Africa’s oldest hotel has been dazzling guests for over 200 years. Located in the very heart of Stellenbosch, Oude Werf is both a celebration of history and a contemporary base for discovering the sensual Cape Winelands.
Oude Werf blends the centuries. The facade is an iconic example of Cape Dutch architecture and one of Stellenbosch’s most important landmarks. The luxurious rooms maintain heritage features, like high wooden ceilings and views over a vine-covered courtyard. Yet the recently renovated interiors are very much 21st century, with ultra-modern features and en-suite bathrooms.
We love how this seamless blend suits the modern traveller. If you’re looking for history then you’re staying at a national heritage site. And if want to explore there are fabulous options whether you’re walking or driving. We’ve also found that the service provides a celebration of historic hospitality, as the staff go beyond the norm to make you feel comfortable.
Oude Werf has always enjoyed fame. Although the hotel has been extended to offer 58 rooms, we think it has successfully maintained an ambience of intimacy. It feels like home, just a very unique home with a long story you’ll want to savour. This is an ideal base for wine tasting in the Stellenbosch Valley that comes at surprisingly good value.
- 58 rooms; Deluxe rooms are more traditional in style while Superior rooms are ultra-modern
- On-site restaurant and 24-hour room service
- Swimming pool and lavish poolside gardens
- Extremely central Stellenbosch location; secure parking
Open all year round, children of all ages welcome.
This lodge can be booked as part of a tailor-made safari, with or without flights. Per person per night prices from £55 / €65 / $85