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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.

What we love…

  • getting active outdoors with the whole family: enjoy walking, mountainbiking, swimming, croquet, boules or tennis matches on Penhill’s tennis court (racquets and balls provided)
  • the spectacular Conradie Penhill Artisanal Wines (a collaboration with award-winning winemaker CP Conradie, the fifth-generation vintner on the farm next door)
  • sneaking off to the excellent Nuy on the Hill for breakfast or lunch, plus a dollop of wine tasting, when we are too lazy to cook
  • treating the whole family to a visit to Saggy Stone Mountain Pub and Restaurant (just 5km along the dirt road towards Robertson). This microbrewery and pub set among plum orchards is a winner – enjoy beer tastings while the kids run free, and help yourselves to ripe plums in season

Need to know…

  • You can book each of the five lodgings separately or all of them for an exclusive group
  • With accommodation for up to 24 people, Penhill is an excellent choice for milestone celebrations and weddings, and even for small conferences
  • The outstanding industrial-strength kitchen attached to the wine ‘cellar’ is perfect for catering for special events or mini-conferences
  • Penhill is conveniently situated at the start of Route 62, the longest wine route in the world

Sleeps 4

See the farm map here 

With another 3 cottages on the farm and the Manor House, Penhill sleeps a total of 24 people:
East Grange sleeps 4
Pepper Tree sleeps 4
Fruit Barn sleeps 4
Manor House sleeps 8

Facilities

  • 1 x Bedroom (2 singles or king)
  • 1 x Bedroom (king)
  • Air conditioning
  • All linen provided
  • Bath towels
  • BBQ (Weber)
  • Beach umbrella
  • CD player
  • Cleaning products
  • Coffee plunger
  • DSTV (Card supplied)
  • DVD player
  • Firelighters (supplied)
  • Firewood (supplied)
  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • iPod docking station
  • Jacuzzi
  • Oven (Electric)
  • Pool loungers x 2
  • Stove (Gas)
  • Swimming towels
  • TV
  • Wi-fi

Guests

Sleeps 4

Pets

No pets allowed

Check-in time

2pm

Check-out time

10am

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Based on 4 reviews

Guest reviews are written by our customers after their stay at PenHill East Grange.

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Guest reviews

  • Guest
    2018-05-17

    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!

  • Guest
    2018-01-12

    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!

  • Guest
    2017-09-06

    “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!”

  • Guest
    2015-12-15

    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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Toontjiesrivier, Nuy ValleyIt’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,

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Activities

Activities on Penhill Farm

  • Private wine tasting (minimum of 10 people)
  • Cards and board games, including a large, handcrafted chess set
  • Tennis (you must bring your own tennis shoes, please, but racquets and tennis balls are supplied)
  • Croquet
  • Boules
  • Hiking trails (map provided)
  • Cycling (6 mountain bikes are available; bring your own helmets please)
  • Birdwatching
  • Swimming
  • Canoeing

Activities in the area

  • Wine tasting
  • Horse riding – Robertson 072 291 7631
  • Boat cruises – Viljoensdrift 023 615 1017
  • River rafting – R62 023 626 1280
  • Fairy Glen Safari 023 347 8933

Places to eat in the Nuy Valley

  • Willow Creek 023 342 5793 (lunches Saturdays)
  • Balance Bistro 023 347 5012 (breakfasts/lunches)
  • Bodega Rooiberg 023 626 1663 (9am to 4pm Saturdays)
  • Saggy Stone 083 453 3526 (11am to 4pm Fridays to Mondays)
  • Nuy on the Hill 023 347 0272 (Open 9am to 5pm daily, except 7.30pm on Fridays)

Spa treatments

Make the most out of your Hideaway and book the Wellness in the Wild Mobile Spa. For the price list click here

Rates

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.

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Cancellation / Prepayment

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.