Stellenbosch, the historic town of winemaking fame, is home to River Manor Boutique Hotel and Spa. Built on the edge of a lush green belt that runs alongside the Eerste River, this country retreat that stands beneath ancient oak trees is more like an elegant family chateau than a hotel. Ideally located, the manor is only 3 minutes walk from the centre of town. Rooms are divided into superior, standard and petite – all individually decorated with their own sense of classic charm. Flourishing jacaranda trees offer shade in the garden and provide a serene haven alongside the swimming pool.
The central location of Stellenbosch means that guests are close to many of Cape Town’s top attractions, as well as the wine farms of the Paarl and Stellenbosch Winelands. Just 30 minutes from Cape Town, guests can enjoy the natural beauty of Table Mountain, Chapman’s Peak Drive, the Cape Point Nature Reserve and Boulder’s Beach Penguin Colony. The manor can assist in booking excursions and tours, such as the highly recommended guided wine tour, which allows guests to explore the numerous wine farms in the area and indulge in their produce. For sporting enthusiasts, the manor is close to many championship golf courses such as Pearl Valley. If you have sea legs, the Crayfish Expedition offers a unique way of enjoying the ocean.
For those who don’t want to stray too far from town, Stellenbosch has interesting art galleries, quaint shops and boutiques as well as great restaurants and a vibrant nightlife. Breakfasts at the manor are sumptuous and guests can also choose to dine at the manor if they wish. The intimate library provides a cozy place for a nightcap before retiring.
For those in need of relaxation and rejuvenation, The Studio Spa offers a number of therapeutic treatments, such as Hot Stone Massage and a Theravine Body Wrap.
Rated as a ‘lovely boutique hotel – outstanding service’ by previous guests, this leafy estate is a gem heart of the Cape winelands, offering a perfect location from where visitors can explore the best that the area has to offer.