The Cellars, luxury winelands hotel, Cape Town

A consistent favourite for those seeking ultimate luxury winelands hotel in South Africa

This is truly a South Africa luxury winelands hotel with accommodation at its finest, equivalent to the top international hotels but distinctly South African. The rooms are beautifully decorated in the unique, luxuriously restful style established by the late Liz McGrath. The family have maintained her legacy which extends to the other hotels in this small exclusive group. These are  The Marine in Hermanus and The Plettenberg in Plettenberg Bay which are all top of the range 5 star hotels with a level of service that is second to none. For that special occasion, the Cellars can offer a separate cottage where Nelson Mandela once stayed. This cottage comes complete with a kitchen, lounge and outside jacuzzi.  Other notable visitors to the Liz McGrath hotels include the Duke of Edinburgh.

About Cape Town and the Constantia Winelands

The gardens are a botanist’s fantasy and if these are not enough the world famous Kirstenbosch Gardens are nearby. You will love to relax by the two pools with Table Mountain as a backcloth. The hotel has two rated restaurants one built around the garden and the other serving Cape Malay cuisine. Afternoon tea or a pre dinner glass of wine can be served on the terrace which is surrounded by beautiful flower beds with many of the local floral species growing in profusion. Cape Town is an easy 15 minutes drive away but the hotel ‘feel’ is the countryside. On the way to the city centre, you can visit the impressive Rhodes Memorial built as an imperial reminder of Cecil Rhodes with its commanding views to the north. His dream was to see the British Empire extend from the Cape to Cairo.  Long after his death and after the Great War, he would have seen his dream come true! All the wineries in the Constantia Winelands are within a twenty minute drive. Groot Constantia and Buitenverwachting are among our favorites and some of the oldest wineries in South Africa.

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The Twelve Apostles Hotel

One of our favourites – this is luxury personified with views over the Atlantic ocean and the Twelve Apostles mountain range

The 12 Apostles has one of the most spectacular locations nestling beneath the Twelve Apostles mountain range, forming the spine of the Cape Peninsula behind Table Mountain and beside the beauty of the Atlantic Ocean. The rooms are in a larger than suite format with a large bathroom and have either a mountain or ocean view – the choice is yours.

About the Location

The pool complex is tasteful overlooking the sea and here you can relax, eat lunch or you may prefer to dine in the excellent restaurant. The service is very attentive. There is  a second pool complex next to the charmingly casual bistro, which serves light meals. There are walks in the grounds up to the mountain; bustling Camps Bay is 5 minutes drive and the centre of Cape Town is 15 minutes over the spectacular Kloof Nek pass near the Table Mountain Cableway.

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Colona Castle

Colona Castle, Lakeside, Cape Town

Colona Castle is an exceptionally luxurious and very stylish gem with spectacular views of False Bay, fabulous rooms and great hosts

Colona Castle is one of the most sumptuously luxurious small hotels in the Cape. Situated 3 kms from the centre of Muizenberg and the head of False Bay and just 25 minutes’ drive along excellent roads into the centre of Cape Town. This hotel is high up on the mountainside with extensive views of False Bay, Table Mountain and the lake (vlei) that gives Lakeside its name. The eight suites are larger than usual and they all have a theme. Some are exceptional suites whilst others are larger rooms all with excellent en suite facilities. Most of the accommodation has a porch from which you will get stunning views. Breakfasts are sumptuous in the stylish dining room and lounge.  Everywhere you will be surrounded by antique furniture collected from all over the world. Dinner is available but on a request basis.

About Colona Castle’s Location

There are numerous good restaurants locally including some of the great, historic wineries close by in Constantia.  These include one of our favourites – Buitenverwachting Winery. This is just a 15 minute drive and provides fine dining during the evening and picnics most days, with some great wines. One of the Cape’s oldest wineries, Groot Constantia is a 20 minute drive. The winery has some excellent wines, a great museum in the splendid old Cape Dutch Manor House. There is also a good restaurant for casual eating. All  these restaurants can be booked through the hotel. For people wishing to see Cape Town, the Peninsula and Winelands from a single location Colona Castle is perfectly situated close to the Constantia Winelands and with the centre of the Cape Winelands (Stellenbosch & Franschhoek) just 40 minutes’ drive away. It is a good location from which to explore Kirstenbosch Gardens (15 minutes drive) and the Peninsula. The penguins at Boulders Beach are a 20 minute drive. The centre of Cape Town, the Waterfront and the Table Mountain Cableway are a 30 minute drive. This is truly a perfect hotel for those wanting something a little different.

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Glen Avon Lodge, Constantia, Cape Town

Glen Avon Lodge is real luxury in wonderful gardens conveniently situated for Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula

Glen Avon Lodge is one of our personal favourites. It is a gracious gem tucked away in the heart of the Constantia Winelands approximately 20 minutes drive from the centre of Cape Town. The hotel, which is a consistent favourite with our clients, has 11 beautifully furnished en-suite rooms. These are set in the wonderful traditional Cape Dutch gardens and present a very calm environment. There is a beautiful pool to relax alongside after a hectic day. The property is owner run and this adds to the excellence of the service you will find from a dedicated staff.

About Glen Avon Lodge’s Location

Glen Avon is very conveniently located. It is a good location from which to explore Kirstenbosch Gardens (10 minutes drive) and the Peninsula. The penguins at Boulders Beach are a 30 minute drive.You can also explore the Cape Winelands around Stellenbosch (40 minutes drive) from here.  The centre of Cape Town, the Waterfront and the Table Mountain Cableway are a 25 minute drive. You can request a truly romantic a candle lit dinner to round off a memorable stay. Here you will enjoy some of the finest cuisine in The Cape. You are also within easy access of some of the finest restaurants in The Cape. These include one of our favourites – Buitenverwachting Winery. This is just a 5 minute drive and provides fine dining during the evening and picnics most days, with some great wines. One of the Cape’s oldest wineries, Groot Constantia is a 10 minute drive. The winery has some excellent wines, a great museum in the splendid old Cape Dutch Manor House. There is also a good restaurant for casual eating.

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18 Hillwood, Bishop’s Court, Cape Town

18 Hillwood is an amazing self catering luxury house set beneath Table Mountain just 15 minutes from central Cape Town. The location and accommodation is simply stunning!

18 Hillwood is a 5 bedroom house that has everything you need for a luxurious stay in Cape Town. You can self cater and the house boasts a fully equipped kitchen. You can also ask the Staff, who are supplied, to cater for you and provide all your meals. The bedrooms are very private and much larger than usual  with enormous en suite bathrooms, some with a sitting room. The property is set in beautifully landscaped gardens. There are two pools, a veranda with outdoor furniture and tennis courts. The entire property has spectacular views overlooking the imposing back of Table Mountain. Breakfast can be provided. Normally the whole house will be let so it is ideal for a large family or even 5 couples traveling together. 18 Hillwood is  a 5 star property which, in our view, is fully justified and really exceeds its rating.

About 18 Hillwood’s Location

Bishop’s Court is one of the finest suburbs of Cape Town adjacent to Constantia. Drive just 5 minutes to the world renowned Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens where in Spring and Autumn you will find the Protea gardens ablaze with color. You can drive to the center of Cape Town, the Waterfront and the Table Mountain Cableway in just 15 minutes. 18 Hillwood is also well positioned for the Cape Peninsula. The Penguins at Boulders Beach are a 30 minute drive and spectacular Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope will take you around 45  minutes to drive. The Constantia Winelands are close by and the Cape Winelands around Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl are a 40 minute drive. For beach lovers, popular Camps Bay is a 25 minute drive. The property has a concierge service who will be able to arrange guided tours of the wine estates, helicopter tours and other trips if you would rather leave you car at home!

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Cape Town Region

Cape Town

Weather in Cape Town

Summer (November to March) Hot (30C +) and dry but sometimes windy.

Autumn (April/May) temperatures can reach the mid 20C and you can have some rain and windy conditions.

Spring (Sept/October) temperatures can reach the mid 20C and you can have some rain and windy conditions.

Winter (June to August) is wetter but at the coldest rarely goes below 15C.

Cape Town Centre & The Waterfront

The centre of Cape Town is home to numerous shops, street markets, historic buildings and fine restaurants with a cosmopolitan but distinctly South African feel. Cape Town’s waterfront is a lively and fun location particularly in the evening filled with a wealth of restaurants, bars and shops this area is beautifully set between the boats in the harbour and Table Mountain rising majestically behind the city.

Table Mountain and Cape Peninsula

A trademark of Cape Town and even South Africa, Table Mountain rises 3500 ft from the city centre; an exhilarating cableway and breathtaking views from its flat top that can be hiked by the more adventurous visitor. Kirstenbosch Gardens on the slopes of Table Mountain feature the Cape Floral Kingdom with its wide range of Proteas and other unusual plants. The Cape Peninsular has some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in South Africa. The scenic beauty of the  Cape of Good Hope competes with beautiful beaches such as Fish Hoek & Camps Bay and a the huge colony of Penguins at Boulders Beach. The Constantia Winelands have five of the oldest wineries in South Africa including the stunning beauty of Groot Constantia.

Accommodation in Cape Town

South Africa’s ‘Fairest Cape’ features spectacular coastal scenery and beaches, dramatic mountains and an entire floral kingdom. Cape Town’s Table Mountain provides the ‘Mother City’ with its beautiful backcloth. Cape Town has some of the finest luxury hotels and unique Bed & Breakfast accommodation with traditional South African hospitality at an affordable price. Cape Town exudes history from the Castle of Good Hope built in 1666 to museums charting South Africa’s turbulent past.

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Squirrels Way Cottages

Squirrels Way Cottages

Pretty self catering accommodation for families in a convenient location

This is a delightful and secluded property tucked away in a quiet and pleasant residential area of the  Cape Town suburb of Rondebosch right next to a park. The property has three fully self catering cottages. Two are twin bedded units with fully equipped kitchens and separate lounge and immaculate bathrooms. Each has a sleeper couch. There is also a third cottage with a queen bedded bedroom, kitchenette and separate lounge with sleeper couch. All three have patio doors opening out onto the secluded pool terrace.The properties are serviced twice weekly.  This is an ideal layout for those clients travelling as a family or two or three couples travelling together.

About the Location

Squirrels Way is ideally situated for Cape Town which is just a 15  minute drive. For those clients seeking a convenient location close to the sports venue of Newlands (Rugby and Cricket, this is ideal being a short 5 minute drive.  It is also easy to drive to the Constantia Winelands with some excellent wineries just 15 minutes away, Kitstenbosch Botanical Gardens are just a 10 minute drive. It is also very easy to reach the  Cape Winelands as it is only a 30 minute drive to Stellenbosch.


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Pinoak Cottage

Pinoak Cottage

Simple yet comfortable accommodation in a secluded location

This is a delightful and secluded property tucked away in a quiet and pleasant residential area of the leafy Cape Town suburb of Constantia. The property offers two fully self catering, twin bedded units with a studio layout including a kitchenette and ensuite bathroom. Each has a sleeper couch. There is also a third ensuite twin bedded bedroom. Each are self contained with individual doors opening onto the secluded pool terrace. This is an ideal layout for those clients travelling as a family or two or three couples travelling together.

About the Location

Pinoak is ideally situated for the Cape Peninsula and is only 10 minutes’ drive from the popular False Bay resort of Muizenberg with its blue flag beach and just a 30 minute drive to view the African Pengiuns at Boulders Beach. As the property is close (1 km) to the main highway into Cape Town, the city centre is just an easy 25 minute drive away. It is also easy to drive to the Constantia Winelands with some excellent wineries just 10 minutes away or the more extensive Cape Winelands as it is only a 35 minute drive to Stellenbosch.


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Bateleurs Rontree, Camps Bay, Cape Town

Bateleurs Rontree has great views over looking fashionable Camps Bay and the Atlantic Ocean

 

Bateleurs Rontree is a small owner run lodge with six comfortable rooms with excellent bathrooms and small kitchen facilities. The situation is perfect with sweeping views over Camps Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. In the other direction you will see the glorious Twelve Apostles Mountain range. You will enjoy breakfast on the deck feasting on fresh fruit as well as excellently prepared farmhouse fare. One aspect to note is that the property does not have air conditioning but guests are supplied with fans to keep air circulating during the hotter days during the summer.

About Bateleurs Rontree’s Location

The property is a kilometre from the centre of Camps Bay. This means  the location is far enough away from the busy and noisy town but close enough for some of the finest restaurants in The Cape. Possibly a little far to walk to the beach (there is a steep hill walking back) but parking is plentiful. The location is also very convenient for the Table Mountain Cableway which is just a 10 minute drive and the centre of Cape Town which is just 15 minutes away.


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Ocean View House

Ocean View House, Camps Bay

Ocean View is in a great location overlooking the Atlantic Ocean on the edge of stylish Camps Bay

Ocean View is a classy boutique hotel which has 30 rooms extending from standard to top of the range Panorama Suite. Each has clean cut modern decor with many offering exceptional views overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in one direction and the imposing Twelve Apostles mountain range in the other.  Sunsets over the ocean are among the best you will encounter.

About Ocean View’s Location

Camps Bay is a lively community with restaurants, bars and nightlife right next to one of the most popular beaches in South Africa. This does mean that in peak season (December / January) the area can get very busy. This is a convenient location from which to explore Cape Town. The Table Mountain Cableway is just 15 minutes’ drive away and the Waterfront is a 15-minute drive. The pretty area around Hout Bay is 10 minutes’ drive and Cape Point will take around 40 minutes to drive. Whatever your requirements in the Cape Town area, Ocean View makes a very relaxing alternative to the very busy city centre hotels.

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