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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.

Situated on the far side of the dam with magnificent views of the Naudesberg in the distance, Penhill Pepper Tree is the most private of the lodgings on the farm. It is also the farm’s original homestead and the oldest dwelling in the Nuy Valley, having been built in 1750 from mud bricks, poplar beams and thatch. Today this sensitively restored, air-conditioned home accommodates four people in two double bedrooms, with en-suite bathrooms. It has a fully equipped kitchen, dining room and sitting room, with a wood-burning stove, satellite TV, WiFi and sound system and its own plunge pool.

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 together 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
West Grange sleeps 4
Fruit Barn sleeps 4
Manor House sleeps 8


  • 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
  • Oven (Electric)
  • Pool (plunge)
  • Pool loungers
  • Stove (Gas)
  • Swimming towels
  • TV
  • Wi-fi


Sleeps 4


No pets allowed

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Based on 6 reviews

Guest reviews are written by our customers after their stay at Penhill Pepper Tree.


Guest reviews

  • Guest

    Pepper Tree is an amazing, tranquil cottage and we loved every minute of our stay. It was really a pity it was so short in the end!

  • Guest

    It was the most fantastic experience and three days at Penhill. The attention to detail of the room, garden and the actual site was superb and could not be faulted. The management and staff added to our fantastic experience. We went on three amazing hikes where the scenery and view were breath taking / outstanding. I have subsequently recommended Penhill to numerous colleagues and look forward to visiting again. Well done to all!

  • Guest

    Thanks very much! We loved our time there. House really well equipped, cottage gorgeous. The walks were stunning. Hosts couldn’t have been lovelier; drove us and our small children up the mountain. Great service from PH also.

  • Guest

    We loved pepper tree and had a great time. We would love to return!

  • Guest

    Our stay was absolutely fantastic. The house was lovely, the kitchen was fully equipped with everything we could possibly need, relaxing on the pool loungers was heavenly and it felt amazing to have beautiful soft grass beneath our feet. With our water shortages in cape town, grass is something we really appreciate now. Thank you for a wonderful stay :-)

  • Guest

    “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.”

Toontjiesrivier, Nuy Valley

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 on Penhill Farm

  • Private wine tasting (minimum 10 people, must be pre-booked please)
  • 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


Off-peak – R3750

Peak - R4500

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.