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There is an irrefutable charm and elegance about the Cape wine region of Stellenbosch as a destination, that transports us to some venerable moment in time, and romances an age-old custom of grandeur back to life. With its farming communities seeped in heritage, its aesthetically pleasing landscape, its artisans and architecture and its voguish village brimming with world-renowned wineries and restaurants, the alluring town of Stellenbosch is a hot spot for quaffing connoisseurs – both rugged and resplendent. It’s a place that ties all of the finest things in life together with its vines.

Settled on the fringe of Stellenbosch – no more than a 5-minute drive from the heart of the old town – Blaawklippen Manor nestles its 350-year old foundations into the fertile soil that nurtures the ancient Oaks, soaring Eucalyptus, the giant Fig, the unravelling vines, the rolling green lawns and manicured gardens that thrive alongside it. Being the second oldest wine farm in South Africa, this hideaway exudes history, notoriety and nobility. Four opulent ensuite bedrooms occupy the Manor House, with its contemporary, fully-equipped farm-style kitchen, beautifully refined living and dining spaces that have been lovingly restored to retain the original features of the estate. Adjacent its immemorial build is Jonkershuis – the Manor House’s slightly more spacious counterpart, that accommodates an additional twelve guests in its six ensuite double or twin bedrooms. Wandering the winding walkways between the historical houses, past the mighty granite boulders that are considered to be the inspiration behind the name – blue rock translates to blaauw klippe in Dutch – the antiquated character of this hideaway becomes palpable. As you look out to the magnificent Stellenbosch mountains, or over the luscious lawns, past the oaks and towards the glass house frame of the estate’s entertainment venue, or in the direction of Table Mountain in the distance, a baronial sense of occupying one’s very own wine estate ensues. Whether you’re parading the lawns, exploring the vines, tending to some gentle laps in the bespoke hand-glazed-tiled swimming pool, dining beneath the giant fig tree by candlelight, or deeply submerged in a free-standing copper bathtub with gown awaiting – draped over the velvet recliner – you will be that Lord or Lady of Blaauwklippen Manor for the time being. 

When you and your regal compadres are not lapping up the luxury of the estate and its endless array of activities, you’re at liberty to leave the Manor House for an afternoon’s exploration of the region, gathering art, visiting museums, tasting more wine and admiring the spectacular scenery along the way. Only to return to the bountiful grounds of Blaauwklippen, where the al fresco meal awaits on the terrace, beneath the beautiful giant fig, as the candles flicker in the warm early evening breeze. There’s ample time for a quick dip in the pool before dinner, and an easy stroll around the gardens as you witness the mountains transform with colour in the distance. You’re at your leisure to dine barefoot, in your sarongs as you escort your sundowner to the long table. Because you’re not that Lord or that Lady after all. Or maybe you are, but have no inclination to interrupt the flow of laidback baronial living at Blaauwklippen Manor. 

What we love!

  • As well as it being the only Wine Estate in the town of Stellenbosch, with easy access to its surroundings, Blaauwklippen is completely unique in its offerings as the accommodation can be rented entirely and exclusively for you and your large clan. 
  • You can also elect whether to have a private chef prepare all or some of your meals for you, or cater independently. You can even be that little bit more decadent and have a wine-pairing experience of their fabulous wines, with the chef’s meals.
  • The Estate has an old, yet youthful feel to it with its contemporary, lavish interiors and opulence in service, historical grounds and buildings, on an authentic working farm allowing insight into the area, its locals and the farm’s production. 
  • The rolling lawn at the back of the Manor House is a particularly calming space, that’s wind-free and perfect for watching the sunset and the colours of the Stellenbosch mountains change throughout the hours of the day. It’s also a great space for the whole crew to get involved in as many sports one can muster on the grass.
  • Dining on the terrace under the giant fig tree is spectacular, with all of the intimate lighting flickering as you feast on the chef’s finest dishes. Or you can simply snack on the farm deli’s delights that you’ve selected for the evening.

What you need to know…

  • Blaauwklippen is only a 5-minute drive from the burgeoning café culture, bakeries, boutiques, convenience stores and art spots of Stellenbosch. It is a 20-minute drive from the airport and an hour’s drive from the coastal, whale-watching town of Hermanus.
  • Included in your stay at Blaauwklippen is a private wine tasting experience with their skilled wine-makers, and an exclusive tour of the estate, learning more about the labour of love that goes into their award-winning wines.
  • For all golfing enthusiasts, both De Zalze Golf Club and Stellenbosch Golf Club are a 2-minute drive away.
  • The Manor and Jonkershuis can sleep up to 20 guests in both of the historic houses. Every guest room is completely unique in style and adorned in refined, eclectic furnishings. 
  • A country casual restaurant, Hamm & Uys is situated on the estate, only 50m away from the Manor House that serves a Cape Heritage Cuisine in a creative, relaxed environment. 
  • There is also a fabulous deli for that easy stop and stock up on light snacks, charcuterie, sandwiches and all of the essentials when dining al fresco. 
  • The family market runs every Saturday and Sunday – a lovely family adventure of all things local and delicious on your doorstep.

Reviewed by Colleen Ogilvie

 

Facilities

  • 1 x Bedroom (king) (extra length) open plan en-suite with bath, shower & loo in a separate cubicle
  • 3 x Bedroom (king) (extra length) open plan en-suite with shower & loo in a separate cubicle
  • 6 x Bedroom (2 x three-quarter beds) (extra length) en-suite with shower
  • BBQ/Braai (portable - wood provided)
  • Bluetooth speaker
  • Chef (additional cost)
  • Coffee plunger
  • Dishwasher
  • Espresso machine (beans provided)
  • Freezer (large)
  • Fridge (large)
  • Lap pool
  • Microwave
  • One baby cot - subject to availability
  • Outside shower
  • Oven (Electric)
  • Pool loungers x 12
  • Pool Towels
  • Servicing (daily)
  • Smoking outside only
  • Stove (Gas)
  • Toaster
  • TV 's
  • TV with DSTV & Netflix

Guests

Housed in two historic buildings, Blaauwklippen Manor can sleep up to 20 people in 10 luxurious bedrooms.

Pets

No Pets Allowed

Check-in time

2 PM

Check-out time

10 AM

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Stellenbosch, Winelands

There is an irrefutable charm and elegance about the Cape wine region of Stellenbosch as a destination, that transports us to some venerable moment in time, and romances an age-old custom of grandeur back to life. With its farming communities seeped in heritage, its aesthetically pleasing landscape, its artisans and architecture and its voguish village

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