Recently returning from South Africa we stayed at this hotel as part of a package tour with Riviera Travel. The hotel is set in beautiful surroundings within its own vineyards and the views are stunning. The hotel exterior is a little bit of a mish-mash of styles and it looks as if it has been added on to in stages. The final stage is not joined on to the main hotel, which is not a problem unless the weather is wet which it was when we were there.
The interior of the hotel is beautifully decorated and immaculately kept. The rooms are laid out in 3 wings, including the new wing, and the rooms differ in sizes. We had a good look into each one as we were a large group. The smallest of the rooms, which we had, are very small, fitting just twin or double beds with leather stools at the end of the bed and a small built in vanity unit and wardrobe. The next size rooms are just as wide, but are longer and give room for 2 armchairs at the end of the beds. The bathrooms were the same size in each room, with lovely roll top baths and large walk in showers. The rooms with even numbers look up on to the vineyard (not a very good view) while rooms with odd numbers looked out over the valley (lovely). The decor is in browns and golds and very plush. If you are lucky enough, or can ask for, Room 28 this is a fabulour room on the corner of the wing , its enormous with 2 double beds and stacks of room. The rooms in the new wing are larger than the standard rooms in the original wings and they have gas fires - nice in the winter. Their decor is more modern based on black and pinky/red, again some have vineyard views (limited) and others look out over the valley. All the rooms have hairdryers and ironing boards and irons can be provided on request.
It was disappointing that when we arrived, cold and damp, we had no hot water in our room, or the next room and one of our fellow travellers could not get the heating to work so had to change rooms. They did sort the water problem out, but still when you have such high expectations of a hotel it spoils the experience a bit.
There is a lovely bar area, very cosy with a wood burning fire and large armchairs. The prices for beers and wines was very reasonable (R18 for a large glass of wine).
The restaurant is also well decorated and laid out with a lovely big fireplace for cold evenings. Breakfast buffet both hot and cold was very extensive. The best on the tour. They even had fresh scones with cream (not that I tried it). The evening menu is not very extensive, but the food is good and well presented. The service is good, but on the night we ate a la carte the service was very slow. We had a lengthy wait between our first course and main course. It didn't bother us too much as we were chatting and drinking a very good, reasonably priced bottle of wine, but one couple from our group did suggest that as the service was so slow they should be offered another bottle of wine...... and they were.
As the weather was damp and chilly we didn't get out to see the grounds or the swimming pool. We couldn't use the outside terrace either, which would be lovely in good weather and they have barbecues out their when the weather allows
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Devon Valley Western Cape