"Elegant hotel in the Cape winelands with acres to explore."
Need to know
- 7 rooms
- Wellington, South Africa
- Manor house hotel set within the lush grounds of the Doolhof Wine Estate
- Saying hello to the friendly resident cat on the veranda over an alfresco breakfast
- Walking in scenic grounds around the estate past orchards and the paddock
- Popping into neighbouring Doolhof wine farm for a tasting
- Borrowing a book from the library and enjoying a sundowner and canapés by the fire in the main house
After a brief but bumpy approach down a lonely dirt track, wine seekers will find themselves pulling up at the stately-looking Grand Dédale manor, adjacent to the Doolhof vineyard. Hotel guests taste free, so this should be a weary travelers’ first port of call, along with a private tour of the cellars. The estate lies between two mountain ranges, with 40 of the farm’s 340 hectares currently under vine. It grows two white grapes and a significantly more substantial number of reds, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Merlot, Pinotage and Shiraz.
Next up, explore the countryside on foot, by bike, or even by horseback for the more equestrian minded. The Kromme river runs through the estate, and makes for a pleasant route to stroll by. For an even more leisurely option, spa treatments can be booked in advance, and there is a well-stocked library for guests to peruse. An afternoon can easily be whiled away on the veranda with a book in one hand, and glass of local Merlot in the other.
Rooms at Dédale are dreamy, with gorgeously soft bedlinen and, in the cottage, a large Jacuzzi tub. For those celebrating a special location, we loved the little touches like a surprise rose petal turndown in the room, with a plate of chocolate-coated strawberries and a bottle of sparkling wine on ice waiting for us.
Guests in the seven bedrooms gather together on the veranda in warm weather for complimentary sundowners and canapés, adding to the homely feel of the hotel, although dinner is not a communal affair. The evening menu is devised daily by the chef, and announced at breakfast, which leaves plenty of time to work up an appetite.