We like to make sure that the properties we offer you are as awesome as they look like. So often one of us will head over to check out some new properties, to see if they are up to our standards. One of the directors of Africa Travel, Chris Wain, headed out to Hawksmoor House in Cape Town and, here we have a summary of his visit.
The wine region
For many travellers, the wine region means 'Franschhoek and Five-star', but whilst this French-influenced village is wonderful, and properties such as La Residence and Le Quartier Francais are superb, it is well worth thinking outside the box. Paarl and Stellenbosch make up, with Franschhoek, the triumvirate of the winelands big-hitters, with the former boasting some terrific, and thanks to the weakness of the South African rand, value-for-money hideaways.
About the property - Hawksmoor House (Stellenbosch)
One such example is Hawksmoor House, situated on a farm approximately 15 minutes drive outside Stellenbosch in rolling and picturesque countryside. The original farmhouse dates from the late 17th century and still has some original features and furniture within it. A Cape Dutch country retreat which has been restored, offering 15 en-suite rooms, many housing beautiful antiques.
Amongst the sweeping 220 hectares are clusters of rooms set in the old slave quarters, farm buildings, and in the main house itself, but all with modern touches such as underfloor heating and power showers. There is a library, honesty bar and also a swimming pool, with breakfast, served outside on the verandah on a long table, a communal one.
Those looking for in-room Wifi and TV will be disappointed, (although both are available in the main house), as will those hoping for a gourmet restaurant, but again, the ladies who look after you will be happy to rustle up a meat and cheese platter, or point you in the direction of one of the many, many local eateries, (one of the best for a country-produce lunch, the Deli at Joostenberg, is just 2 mins drive away).
Who is Hawksmoor House suited for?
However we would say, Hawksmoor House is for those wanting secluded, private accommodation amongst the rows of vines where nothing more strenuous than reading a book by the pool, having a snooze on your patio, or tucking into the fresh cake which is baked daily in the Aga cooker can be enjoyed. A spa, gym, room service and restaurant are all absent, but from just GBP50 per person per night, to include a home-cooked farm breakfast, Hawksmoor proves that the wine region does not have to be just the preserve of the wealthy or well-travelled.
Our verdict : A great value for money property, which is highly recommended!
If this sounds exciting to you, and can't wait to go snooze by the patio give us a call on 020 7843 3500, and we will book you in for a holiday of ease, pleasure and beauty!
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