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“Seven Valley Hotel & Restaurant”
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Devon Valley Hotel
Ranked #5 of 16 Hotels in Stellenbosch
Certificate of Excellence
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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“Seven Valley Hotel & Restaurant”
Reviewed 7 January 2012

I selected Devon Valley as a venue for my wife and myself to spend our 50th wedding anniversary. We were not disapointed. The hotel is superb, the accomodation is wonderful, and the restaurant was just perfect. Add to this the wonderful gardens, and the local scenary, and you have a truly unforgetable experience.
We both look forward to our next visit, it was truly memorable.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 January 2012

Stayed at Devon Valley for 8 nights to enjoy some nice X-mas holidays with our 8 year old son.

This really was such a nice and cosy experience ! Rooms (we stayed at a vineyard room) are excellent and very clean, with a beautiful view (this is a place where one could get old just sitting there enjoying life!)

Food is great : breakfasts includes everything one can dream of (except maybe a glass of champagne :)) and dinner is really well prepared and the dishes truly look great as well. Wine is, needless to say, very nice. The staff is friendly and they do their utmost to make their guests feel confortable.

The hotel is central, but peacefully located. A tip might be to get yourself pampered on a safari tour at Aquila, and to enjoy one of the hiking tours at Devon Valley.

As to us, this is a great choice for spending a lovely time !

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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London
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Reviewed 4 January 2012

Stayed at the Devon Valley for 6 nights over Christmas. My flight arrived very early in the morning, but they were more than helpful getting us checked in and settled with breakfast (fresh fruit, nuts, cereal, croissants, toast, smoked salmon, bacon, eggs, beans, sausages, mushrooms, yoghurt, fresh juice.......)

The rooms themselves are lovely. Downstairs ones have a little patio for sundowners, while the upstarus ones have a huge sliding door so you can make the most of the view. Beds are incredibly comfy, and the shower is hot and powerful. Although I never thought I'd have a bath in the middle of summer in SA, they've created a sliding door between the bedroom and bathroom so you can lie back in the bath and watch the sunset- heaven!

Food at the hotel was delicious, and the staff made a special effort on my boyfriend's birthday by giving us a free mini bottle of cava.

Staff generally were very friendly and helpful. They helped us hire bikes for a (wobbly) tour of the vineyards, and were always on hand with a smile.

Only reason I didn't give this 5/5 was because, due to the area, you have to have a car to get anywhere, but that's the nature of SA really, and because the jacuzzi wasn't cleaned out when we first arrived.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Szczecin
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Reviewed 2 January 2012

We have spent two nights in Devon Valley Hotel starting the Garden Route and I would love to stay there longer. It's picturesque located, luxurious, stylish (in a very elegant colonial style) and as I think prefectly managed hotel. We were greeted with bottle of local wine and the staff was very helpful, when I got some troubles with the car. The breakfast was one of the best. I do reccomend for all people who would like to feel atmosphere of the old Cape...

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Cape Town
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Reviewed 18 December 2011

Stayed at the hotel for one night in December 2011. The rooms were excellent. They are spacious with very comfortable beds and linens and very well appointed bathrooms. A small veranda for every rooms looks out over the beautiful vineyards of the valley, making the stay very peaceful and quite. I reckon this is an excellent place to stay if you're looking for peace and quite just outside of Stellenbosch's buzz. Breakfast was a good buffet, but not exceptional. Dinner service also provided a good selection of food, although preparation lacked the WOW! factor. Make a point of visiting the bar! A lovely plush couch and a very big selection of whiskeys await you. It's a real treat.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Pretoria, South Africa
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Reviewed 18 November 2011

If your preference in hotels is along the lines of a highly rated Sheraton or Hilton, you will not give this hotel the best rating. However, the Devon Valley hotel has what those sterile hotels will never have: It is alive with character. It clearly wasn’t designed in one grand, coherent layout, but like so many old Cape buildings must have just “happened” over the years.

It is situated amongst vineyards outside of Stellenbosch, with stunning views of the mountains. Being situated outside of Stellenbosch also helps to avoid the notorious Stellenbosch traffic.

Some of the reviews I read complained about unfriendly staff and bad service. My experience was the opposite: All the staff members I encountered were friendly, courteous and helpful.

My room was spotlessly clean, with all furniture and fittings perfectly maintained, and the bathroom had bath and a trendy walk-in shower. The room opened onto a vine patio in a shady garden, and a glimpse of the views towards the mountains

I only had breakfast in the restaurant, so I can’t vouch how good the food is in general. I was perfectly satisfied with the buffet breakfast.

When I go back to Stellenbosch, I won’t look for another hotel

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled on business
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RSA
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Reviewed 12 November 2011

We stayed at the Devon Valley for 2 nights...what a lovely place. It's set a few kilometers outside of the lovely town of Stellenbosch and close to Franschhoek, Somerset-West, Paarl, Cape Town.
We were in a suite... a huge room, with a walk-in cupboard and a big bathroom with tub and shower.
We were welcomed with a local wine and a cheeseplate in our room. Just the thing to enjoy while gasping at the surroundings.
The rooms have stunning views and are set in quiet gardens. The staff are very helpful and the service is great. We only had breakfast here, which was excellent...a buffet with much more to offer than anybody can eat! The variety is very good.
Would definitely return to this tranquil place!

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with friends
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Property: Devon Valley Hotel
Address: Devon Valley Road | Devon Valley, Stellenbosch 7600, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Stellenbosch
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Stellenbosch
#4 Luxury Hotel in Stellenbosch
#6 Romantic Hotel in Stellenbosch
#7 Business Hotel in Stellenbosch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Devon Valley Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The award-winning Devon Valley Hotel is hidden away in a shady, green and peaceful corner of the Stellenbosch Winelands showcasing breathtaking views of the olive groves, vineyards and majestic Helderberg Mountains, while offering the finest in authentic ‘handmade hospitality’. ACCOMMODATION: The Devon Valley Hotel’s 50 stylishly furnished suites reflect the contemporary colonial feel of the hotel while enjoying unobstructed views of the mountains, vineyards and olive groves. The spacious Luxury rooms and Executive suites in the Manor House are the hotel’s premier offering, ideal for a romantic escape or a rejuvenating retreat. Comprehensive Overview: The Classic Rooms are situated in the historic Cedarwood building and have been tastefully refurbished to reflect the contemporary colonial feel of the hotel. The valley-facing rooms each have their own private decks and the north-facing rooms open onto private courtyards with wonderful views of the vineyards and olive groves. The Manor House is the hotel’s luxury offering. These stylishly decorated rooms are the ultimate in luxurious Winelands accommodation. ... more   less 
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