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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 mountain biking. 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 West 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 West and Penhill East cottages. Like Penhill East, Penhill West 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 7 reviews
Guest reviews are written by our customers after their stay at Penhill West Grange.
We had a wonderful stay at Penhill and would like to come back with friends sometime. You were right about the West Grange. It is beautiful and private. My family loved our time there.
We absolutely LOVED our weekend there and can't wait to go back. The accommodation itself is so beautiful, and it is clear that the amenities have been well thought out. I was especially impressed with the kitchen and how well organised it was, and I also really appreciated having small pieces of dry wood with which to make a fire...the little, but important, things on a winter weekend away! The location and surrounding landscapes are breathtaking and we enjoyed a wonderful hike to Saggy Stone on the Saturday morning. The estate managers were also incredibly helpful and kind - they fetched us from Saggy Stone after our lunch so that we didn't have to hike back, which was much appreciated! We couldn't fault anything about it, and think that the owners have done a spectacular job. We will definitely be back.
We loved our stay at Penhill. The grounds and accommodation were beautiful - being close to the mountains, you really felt a sense of calmness and serenity. Perfect for hiking and outdoor activities. I wish we had stayed longer! Bev was lovely enough to let us use the pool of one of the other houses as there were no other guests on the premises. My only comment would be to have some olive oil/oil of some kind in house to use for cooking.
Awesome! In a word, the majesty of Cape Dutch meets English country garden is quite literally a breath of fresh air. Penhill Manor should be on everyone's bucket list! The tranquility and sheer beauty of its surroundings will stay with me for a long time! The West Grange accommodation was superb, guests are enveloped in comfort on arrival. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable about the history of the Manor and its surroundings. I did not want to leave!
We just wanted to let you know what an amazing weekend we had at Penhill. Bev and Klaus could not have been kinder and the accommodation was not only spotless and beautiful but the little touches of coffee etc made all the difference. It was a very special time for us and much needed recharge after a very hard month so thank you for sorting a stretcher for Matt and for your efficiency and to Bev and Klaus for all they did. Soul food indeed.
“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.”
“Another wonderful weekend at Penhill. Wonderful place! Thanks so much!”
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Off-peak – R3 200
Winter (1 May - 30 Sep) - R2 550
Peak (15 Dec - 15 Jan) - R3 950
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.