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It’s rare to find a country retreat as unique and authentic as Penhill. A scenic 90-minute drive away from Cape Town, you’ll spot its towering twin palms long before the outcrop of white-washed buildings set on endless emerald lawns comes into view. It is nothing short of an oasis in the ruggedly beautiful Nuy Valley, so it’s easy to imagine this wonderful historical place as it was some 300 years ago when it was built as a refreshment station on the busy route to Stellenbosch, Swellendam and Graaff Reinet, pre-dating the N1.
Having been lovingly restored, Penhill has literally gone back to its roots, although, rather than a stop for the ox wagons of before, it’s now a private and very special place for groups of up to 24 people to relax and replenish body, mind and soul. And to have a whole lot of fun, too, as it’s perfectly suited for hosting fabulous parties, from formal affairs to outdoorsy bashes that make the most of the glorious natural surrounds.
There are dams and pools for splashing about in, a court for tennis as well as boules and croquet, not to mention trails for gentle walks, more strenuous hikes and runs, and mountainbiking. While there are dozens of lovely, picturesque spots where everyone can gather for meals, teas, sundowners and to be sociable in general, there’s also more than enough space on the 3 500 acre property with its well-tended garden to find quiet time alone with a book. Where better for a nap than propped up under a tree beside the dam?
Similarly, the layout of the various lodgings – Penhill West Grange, Penhill East Grange, Penhill Manor House, Penhill Fruit Barn and Penhill Pepper Tree (all of which can be booked separately or as an exclusive group) – also allows plenty of room to breathe, which is what sets it apart from so many other places.
Which brings us to Penhill East Grange. Originally designed as a farm shed, this lofty thatched building has magnificent views of the Riviersonderend mountains and the Nuy Valley in the distance. The fully air-conditioned renovated Grange building is now shared by the charming Penhill East and Penhill West cottages. Like Penhill West, Penhill East sleeps four people in two double bedrooms, with ensuite bathrooms. With a fully equipped kitchen, dining room and sitting room, wood-burning stove, satellite TV, wifi and sound system, this is a real retreat. The cherry on top is you have your own private outdoor Jacuzzi.
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Based on 4 reviews
Guest reviews are written by our customers after their stay at PenHill East Grange.
Thank you, we so enjoyed our stay . The cottage was really superb, beautifully furnished and VERY comfortable. The attention to small detail made it very special : candles, coffee machine, fluffy towels …. The tranquil spot literally feeds ones soul and the beauty of the surrounding mountains and countryside make it a truly private hideaway. It captures the sound of silence! Would love to go back!
We had a marvellous time at Penhill and it was absolutely perfect! We had a wonderful walk on the Saturday and my son did a major bike ride. I loved reading the history of the property and delighted it is in the hands of its present owners and their horticulturalists. The gardens are beautiful. Bev and the staff were great. Please send them a big thank you. We very much hope we will be back although not such a large group!
“Our weekend at Penhill Farm in the East Grange house is one we will remember for a long time to come. The accommodation was outstanding and the level of attention to detail was equivalent to a five-star hotel. Bev and her husband were always on hand no matter what time of day or night. The owners and their staff should be complimented on creating a unique and truly inspiring venue! Thank you to Perfect Hideaways too!”
Thanks so much for the stay at Penhill. The whole group had an amazing time and loved every moment of it. It is a very special property and works so beautifully for a group. I would also love to go back again with just my family on another occasion.
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Off-peak - R2850
Winter – R2275
Sunday to Thursday pay 3, stay 2 (discounted 10%) – R2550
Peak - R3550
All prices are per night/per property. Please confirm availability/actual rates, and enquire for DISCOUNTS & SPECIAL OFFERS.
The 50% rental deposit and the 50% balance of payment due 30 days prior to arrival are non-refundable. However, in the event of a cancellation management may consider refunds where those days can be rebooked after deducting any costs incurred with respect to the re-booking and preparation of the residence.