We stayed with the family and grandparents for a couple of nights in January. The dinner offered with the DBB is very good and some of the meals certainly have star-quality. The wine is free flowing with dinner, so you can drink as much as you please and so do your own relaxed wine tasting while enjoying a delicious meal. The wine tasting at the little tasting centre at the pond was lovely too, but on the days we were there it simply was boiling hot on the verandah during the tasting hours. The snack platter there was quite basic, with some crackers and wrapped cheese bits - this leaves room to improve too..., but oh so yummy biltong! The pool area at the Excelsior Manor offers stunning views over the Winelands and the pool is clean. James who served our meals and serviced the pool area is simply great! Always smiling and obliging. The rooms, especially the bathrooms were not too much to our liking as they were older style with wooden bathroom furniture and two tap basins. The phone was ringing at night also when we were there and this was really bothering us, as we - with rooms closest to the reception area - ended up unhooking the fax in the middle of the night. All in all, good place to stay, especially if you like dogs, as the dogs of the caretaker follow you everywhere and even join you at dinner time…Do I need to mention? The kids loved that.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Excelsior Manor Guesthouse, in the heart of the Robertson Wine Valley, is a Cape Revival manor built during the ostrich feather boom of the early 1900s. Having been recently lovingly restored to its former glory, it offers quiet luxury and personal hospitality. Set in a mature and graceful garden, with shady trees and fragrant roses, the Manor has nine homely bedrooms, with ensuite bathrooms, and exudes old world charm. Generous home cooked country breakfasts and delicious three course dinners are served in the traditional dining room or on the raised deck overlooking the swimming pool with a view over the vineyards to the Langeberg mountains. Excelsior is a working wine farm which has been in the de Wet family for 5 generations since 1859. Guests are invited to explore the 250 hectare farm either on foot or in the golf cart provided. There is a tasting centre, set on the picturesque dam, where guests are invited to try the range of Excelsior Wines and to blend their 'own creation'. Each of the nine unique luxury bedrooms at Excelsior Manor Guesthouse has a history linked to a famous thoroughbred or hackney horse that was previously bred on Excelsior Estate. All the rooms are ensuite and are equipped with the following:•Complimentary water, chocolates and a small bottle of local Muskadel•Towels •Hairdryer •Tea & coffee facility •Bathrobe & slippers •Bathroom amenities •Wireless internet connection is available in the lounge area •Clock radio/ alarm •International plugs Octavius - Octavius Caeser, the first thoroughbred sire introduced to Excelsior, was bought by Koos de Wet in 1873 ... more less
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