I visited Stellenbosch & environs some decades ago long before the wine route was so developed. Haven't been back since but will return for a very short visit in January 09. I remember the area up Helshoogte (from Stellenbosch) being very beautiful, right under & in amongst the mountains, but can't remember the name of the place - it wasn't a village as such but just had scattered houses/farms. Was this Banhoek, do you think?
I should dearly love to stay one night there. Can anyone recommmend a quiet, beautiful place to stay? It doesn't have to be top end or luxurious, as setting is more important. Are places reluctant to take a booking for just one night?
And what would be the best wineries & restaurants nearby to visit? Is Tokara quite near? I've heard it's quite exceptional, if expensive.
If we can't find something that seems good, would it be worth considering the old Lanzerac Hotel? It used to be good all those many years ago but what is it like now?
I hope someone with knowledge of the area between Stellenbosch & Paarl can give information - thank you in advance.