Stellenbosch needs no introduction – Situated just over 50km from Cape Town city centre, Stellenbosch is the second-oldest European settlement in the country founded by Simon van der Stel in 1679.
With roughly 150 wineries in the Western Cape Winelands, this region is South Africa’s biggest wine producer and its wines are well-known globally, competing with high-end wines from Europe, Australia, Argentina, and many more. If you are a food, wine, or outdoor lover, the only thing you will worry about when you visit this region is time and choosing which winery to visit or activities to enjoy.
Fortunately, the majestic Cultivar Guest Lodge is situated perfectly in the centre of it all, making it an ideal location for anyone who wishes to spend a night or two in the area.
Cultivar Guest Lodge offers bed and breakfast boutique accommodation and it consists of 16 uniquely and individually decorated rooms each with its own look and feel, still keeping in perfect harmony with the ambiance of the main guest house and the surroundings.
If a special touch of individuality and exquisite location with mountain views and beautiful vineyards are what you are looking for, Cultivar Guest Lodge ticks all the boxes.
The lodge feels far and secluded yet is located only 7km from the Stellenbosch town centre and approximately 35 minutes from Cape Town city centre. When you walk to your room, you will be welcomed by the endless well-manicured green lawn and two very inviting swimming pools that exhume a feeling of utter relaxation and calm, and views of the Stellenbosch Mountains and luscious vineyards. The unique building style and design of the main house which is used as a reception area, lounge, dining area, and events venue as well as outside guest rooms are all in perfect harmony with the surrounding backdrop of greenery, mountains, and vineyards. Click here to watch the full video on my YouTube channel.
TYPES OF ROOMS
Most of the rooms have private patios to give guests some privacy from each other. We were fortunate to be the only guests in our section but I still feel like we would have had the same privacy even if there were other guests around. The patios are great for enjoying sundowners or to just relax while listening to a slight whistle of the warm wind and the sound of birds.
STANDARD ROOMS FROM R1290 PER ROOM
If you would like to experience a high grade of comfort but are on a budget, this room will be the perfect choice for you. These rooms have comfortable Queen-sized beds and can comfortably accommodate two people. Room amenities include air-conditioner, bar fridge with snacks and beverages (you pay for what you use), coffee and tea station, safe, wardrobe, USB connections, stereo systems, and free Wi-Fi.
If you are looking for extra comfort, you should go for this one. The rooms are decorated differently and are equipped with twin or double beds. Room amenities include air-conditioner, bar fridge with snacks and beverages (you pay for what you use), coffee and tea station, safe, wardrobe, USB connections, stereo systems, and free Wi-Fi.
These rooms are larger than the others, are decorated differently, and extra beds can be added to convert them into four sleeper rooms.
There are other rooms that interlink and can accommodate five to six people.
Superior rooms are equipped with twin or double beds and have the best view of the garden, vineyards, and mountains. Room amenities include air-conditioner, bar fridge with snacks and beverages (you pay for what you use), coffee and tea station, safe, wardrobe, USB connections, couch, stereo systems, and free Wi-Fi.
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SERVICES AND FACILITIES AT CULTIVAR:
Free secure parking
Two swimming pools
Dinner on arrangement
In-house bicycle rentals
Rooftop terrace for sundowners
Picnic packages and cold platters
Airline online check-in assistance
Laundry service at an additional charge
In-room spa treatments on arrangement
Airport transfers and shuttle on arrangement
Restaurant reservations and activity bookings
Fireplace in the reception area and some rooms
In-house wine tasting with Kyburg Wine Estate on arrangement
Cultivar can also be booked as a venue for weddings and events, and it has a fully equipped conference centre.
Very friendly and helpful staff at Cultivar Guest Lodge will assist you with making reservations at the nearby restaurants and bookings for activities around the area. Click here for more information.
SOME OF OTHER FUN ACTIVITIES AND ATTRACTIONS AROUND STELLENBOSCH
1. GO STRAWBERRY PICKING (IN SEASON)
During strawberry season in September, visit Polkadraai Farm for a day of picking strawberries. Other activities at the farm include tractor rides, pony rides, mini-golf, food court, and more.
2. KAYAMANDI TOWNSHIP TOUR
Walk through the second oldest Township in South Africa, Kayamandi, and learn more about the history that formed this vibrant community. The journey sets off on foot in a circular route, weaving through shacks and visiting participating community shops, businesses, schools, and attractions. Tours are offered by an organisation called Township and Village, a community-wide tourism initiative that welcomes visitors into the hearts and homes of the culture-rich communities that surround the beautiful Winelands town of Stellenbosch.
The Botanical Garden is located in the historical center of Stellenbosch and is the oldest university botanical garden in South Africa. This compact Garden houses an enormous diversity of plants, both indigenous to South Africa and exotic. The Garden is open to the public.
5. VISIT SCULPTURE GARDEN
Located between two worlds, one wild and one tamed, the Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden borders the manicured suburbs of Stellenbosch and a rugged mountain wilderness. In this garden of private myth, the artist explores the Jungian notion of ‘the wilderness within’. More than 60 sculptures constituting a comprehensive record of his artistic development thus far have been carefully sited along 4km of paths.
Don’t just take my word for it, contact Cultivar Guest Lodge for your next Stellenbosch stay. Remember to mention Pin-Pin for a 10% discount.
Cultivar Guest Lodge, Bonniemile Road, Off M12, Stellenbosch
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