Stellenbosch Hotel (wel01)

This Stellenbosch Hotel is an elegant country house living on Doolhof Wine Estate. Make this your Stellenbosch accommodation on your holiday in Cape Town.

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Welcome to elegant country house living on Doolhof Wine Estate


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The historic Manor House on Doolhof Wine Estate, dating back to the early 1700s, has recently been restored to its former Cape Dutch elegance and now houses 6 individually designed and appointed en-suite bedrooms, offering 5-star luxuries and service. The free standing thatched cottage forms the 7th bedroom and is ideal for honeymooners or guests seeking additional privacy.

Situated in a long valley just below the Bainskloof Pass, the Estate not only offers a wide variety of outdoor activities, but is also an ideal base from which to explore the Cape. The name “Doolhof” is the Afrikaans word for labyrinth and was given by the early settlers of the 1700s, due to the many hills and vales which allowed only one way in and out.

Today we invite our guests to experience the mystical Doolhof Valley. When entering the romantic country road leading into the Estate, visitors are surrounded by breathtaking mountain scenery, vineyards and mysterious forests. The gates with the great “D” lead past manicured horse paddocks and rows of white roses, revealing the beauty and elegance of the Estate.

We believe that luxury comes with space and have therefore created a large veranda, two dining areas, a library and tea lounge, a TV lounge with international channels, two conservatories, extensive landscaped gardens and a 15 meter pool, ensuring a high level of privacy and comfort.


Start your day with a delicious “Cap Classique” breakfast with a range of homemade treats and a mouth-watering selection of cooked dishes. Light lunches and snacks are served throughout the day; picnic baskets or backpacks are available by prior arrangement. In the afternoons we serve a high tea buffet with homemade delicacies. Join us for a sundown aperitif or wine tasting, which is followed by an imaginative three-course table d’hôte menu, prepared by our resident chef. Emphasising game and seafood, all ingredients are locally sourced and prepared in a Cape idiom.


The Accommodation consists of six beautifully appointed and individually designed rooms and suites in the historic Manor House and one free standing thatched cottage, all reflecting the Cape Dutch elegance of the buildings with 21st century comfort and 5 star luxury. Interiors have been carefully chosen to suit the style, with a subtle use of technology. The rooms are spacious and equipped with the finest materials, linen and amenities giving an instant homely feel.

3x Loft Living Rooms: Extra length king-size bed which can be split into twin beds and bathroom with bath and overhead shower. These rooms have a hatched roof with walk-in closets.

3x Elegant Living Rooms: Extra length king-size bed which can be split into twin beds and bathroom with separate bath and shower. These rooms have private patios and dining areas.

For your in-room comfort and entertainment all our rooms offer the following:

  • Complimentary fruit basket and fresh flowers
  • Air-conditioning
  • Under-tile heating
  • Two heated towel rails
  • Twin basin
  • Shower & free standing bath
  • Hairdryer
  • High quality 720 g towels
  • Velour bathrobes
  • Luxury amenities
  • 300 thread count percale cotton linen
  • Imported, allergy-free down duvets and pillows (fine fibre pillows are available on request)
  • Tea & coffee facility
  • Electronic safe
  • Wireless internet connection
  • I-pod docking station with radio and alarm clock
  • Remote telephone for internal and external calls

Romantic Living Cottage

The free-standing thatched stone cottage dating back to around 1707 has been carefully restored and is ideal for honeymoon couples or guests seeking additional privacy.

The downstairs area consists of an open plan lounge and two bathrooms, one with shower and one with a jet bath. As it stands a short distance from the main house, the cottage offers a private minibar and satellite TV. The wooden staircase leads to the bedroom upstairs with a king size bed. A large, private patio overlooking the horse paddocks & forests completes the experience.

The Cottage (Old Wine House) can also be booked as a chapel for wedding ceremonies or as a function venue.


All our entertainment areas have been specially designed to make your stay comfortable and relaxing, an instant homely feeling in a 5 star environment.

Our facilities include:

  • Library
  • Tea lounge with fireplace
  • TV lounge with international channels
  • Dining room
  • Large veranda overlooking the valley
  • Al fresco dining
  • Three self-service residents’ bar fridges
  • Outdoor kitchen with gourmet braai facilities
  • 15 x 3 metre salt water pool & loungers
  • Spa room offering various beauty, wellness and non-surgical rejuvenating treatments
  • Extensive, landscaped gardens
  • Wireless internet connection throughout

Multilingual hosts: English, German, Italian, French and Afrikaans are spoken.


With an abundance of possibilities to fill your day, we recommend a minimum stay of 2 nights. For the active traveller, the 380 hectares of mountains, vineyards and fynbos (which even stretch across Bainskloof Pass!) are ideal for hiking, mountain biking and horse riding. There are two well marked walks leading past the river and the vineyards, allowing our guests to enjoy the scenic views over the mountains and the Estate. For larger groups we can also arrange clay pigeon shooting, quad biking or paragliding on the Estate.

Many more activities, such as trout fishing, hot air ballooning or canyoning are available close by and we are ready to assist with any arrangements. Some of the most beautiful golf courses are within a 45-minute drive.

A treatment room by the pool area is available for a wide range of stress relieving and invigorating spa treatments performed by professional mobile therapist.

The full range of Doolhof’s award winning wines is available for tasting in the tasting room; on request, we will gladly arrange for a private tour through the wine cellar.

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