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Dunstone Country House
Ranked #2 of 22 Wellington B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
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59 reviews
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“Lovely lovely stay!”
Reviewed 6 April 2014

Stayed here for 3 nights on a recommendation from a friend. Great tip! Fabulous location to unwind, enjoy excellent wine and eat great food! We booked full board and resisted the temptation of lunch each day to enjoy great cuisine in the evening. Loved the place!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cape town
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Reviewed 22 March 2014

Breath taking scenery, the guest lounge is stunning, the view from the sofas just amazing, I couldn’t believe my luck when we arrived. I knew it was going to be nice but this was just amazing.
We have been before many years ago but the recent changes do put it in a different league. The pool was superb and hot! The sun cushions so comfy – didn’t want to get up, the view mesmerising – I didn’t want to leave. The rooms very well furnished, nicely decorated and in keeping with the country life style – memory foam mattress and feather pillows – great night sleep.
The country bistro where we had our meal – the Stone kitchen was very pleasant, a lovely breakfast menu with lots of choices and all freshly prepared – croissants cooked on order so you have to wait a little but they are fresh out of the oven so much nicer than ones standing around for hours. You can also have lunch from their simple menu and dinner from a set menu. Nothing is fancy, just good honest good, home cooked and served with a smile.
Staff were stunning, so friendly, I highly recommend this place, its family run and it shows.

Tip. This is not a place for the night, this is a place to stay and relax so book for a few nights.

Room Tip: Lavender is beautiful looking out onto the valley . Great four poster bed!
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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southern england
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Reviewed 21 March 2014

Stopped here for a night and had a great afternoon lying by the lovely infinity pool overlooking a spectacular and uninterrupted view of mountains and vineyards. Peter and his staff were very attentive and efficient and friendly. Abbi is extremely energetic and clever,and has made this place very special, the dinner and breakfast were delicious as well, and the extended living area is just amazing. Great place to have a drink from the honesty bar and take in the scenery and watch the sunset. The rooms were very comfortable and clean, converted from the old stables and so not huge but perfectly nice. We didn't spend much time in ours as the weather and location were more inviting.
A lovely place to unwind for a couple of days and some good local wineries and restaurants.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Surrey
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Reviewed 21 March 2014 via mobile

We had a GREAT couple of nights as a family, party of seven.
Luxurious accommodation serviced by Wonderful staff and a truly excellent breakfast.
Peaceful, with magnificent views of the mountains and vineyards.
A hidden gem.
A short ride from Cape Town and therefore essential to have a car to explore the surrounding area.
This stopover is Highly recommended.

Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed 7 March 2014

We stayed at Dunstone Country House for two days during harvest season, and it was absolutely perfect! The newly built guest house is beautiful - it has lovely snacks and there's a gorgeous view across the valley, which you can also see from the pool. We stayed in the Honeysuckle room, which was very charming and comfortable. Dunstone Country House would be the perfect getaway at any time of the year, but it was particularly special during the harvest. They harvest all of their grapes by hand, and we were able to participate in the harvest and winemaking! It's very neat to see how the delicious wine is actually made. We were also given a tour of the winemaking process by Neil, the winemaker. Overall, it was an amazing experience in a beautiful location with great wine, great food, and great hosts. We will need to stay for longer next time!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed 28 February 2014

We stayed in the Guava cottage (yes in the middle of a guava orchard), great cottage with all mod cons and well equipped for self catering, 2 bedroom, 2 bathrooms and an open plan lounge with comfy sofas. A solar heated pool with mountain views and a just a short stroll through a mini vineyard their restaurant The Stone Kitchen on Dunstone. We love it, will return, a place to stay at least a week, we could have stayed a month!

Room Tip: Tip: If the cottage is booked stay at the guest house: the pool and views are very good.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Bracknell
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Reviewed 18 February 2014

Trip Advisor should change the name as it is clearly called and signposted as Bovlei Valley Retreat (also Web site). Located outside Wellington on and part of the Dunstone Wine Estate and surrounded by other wineries.
The accommodation is in the converted stables and has been done to a high standard. Just across from the rooms is a large guest sitting room with great views. Here the included afternoon tea and cake is provided followed by free wine tasting of a selection of the estate wines. Meals, including breakfast are taken in the Stone Kitchen restaurant co-located with the winery tasting room down a path from the rooms.
Unfortunately we had only booked one night here in our tour of East Cape and would have loved to stay longer. High on our list of places to stay next time

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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BovleiValleyRetreat, Manager at Dunstone Country House, responded to this review, 20 February 2014
Many thanks for the great feedback, it was a pleasure hosting you!

We are currently rebranding under the Dunstone umbrella and Bovlei Valley Retreat will now be known as Dunstone Country House, hence the difference in name on Trip Advisor. Be assured we are doing our utmost to change all necessary signage, branding, website and the like as quickly as is possible.

Looking forward to seeing you again.

Warm regards from the team at Dunstone Country House
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Additional Information about Dunstone Country House

Property: Dunstone Country House
Address: Bovlei Road, Wellington 7655, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Wellington
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 22 B&Bs / Inns in Wellington
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Dunstone Country House 5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Peace and tranquillity await at this luxurious and romantic wine and fruit estate, set in the heart of the Cape Winelands, South Africa. Dunstone Country House lies at the foot of the historic Bainskloof pass, Wellington, Cape Winelands, South Africa. Escape the big city and accommodation of Cape Town, and enjoy the peace and quiet of the beautiful town of Wellington. Dunstone Country House is ideally located to explore the Western Cape. Only 45 minutes from Cape Town, 15 minutes from Paarl and 30 minutes from Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Situated at the foothills of the mountains, down a dirt gravel road, amazing views and the sound of nature welcome you. Want to escape to a place with no traffic or town noise then this is the place for you. Dunstone Country House: Five beautifully-appointed guest suites are the original Dunstone guest rooms; they are housed in the converted stables and a stable farm cottage. The rooms delight guests with stunning views of the mountains, vines and the farm. From your private entrance and veranda, enter a little home-away-from-home, with all modern comforts and all the extra touches for which Dunstone has become renowned. These enjoy the comfort of a beautiful guest lounge overlooking the mountains and vineyards with wrap around views and an infinity pool overlooking the vineyards and mountains beyond. Dunstone Manor: A new addition to the Estate is the recently acquired, original manor house. A stately three bedroom house on the southern rise of the farm, set amongst lush gardens, towering shady oak trees, and vineyards. This beautiful property has an air of tranquillity, making it the perfect retreat. The property can either be rented as a private house sleeping 6 – 8 persons on a B&B or self-catering basis, or as individual guest suites on a B&B basis. The three individually decorated bedroom are housed on the first floor and offer beautiful views over the gardens, vineyard and mountains. Downstairs is a gracious guest lounge which opens out on to a pretty stoep with its own sun drenched pool. The Cottages: Guava cottage is a self-catering cottage amongst the guava orchard, it boasts its own Viognier vineyard outside the front door. Guava has 2 king-sized bedrooms, a private garden and private heated swimming pool. Guava can also be taken on a B&B basis. Vine Cottage is a new addition on the southern slope of the Estate. Originally stables, it is tastefully converted into a pretty one-bedroom cottage, a very private escape for 2. Guests at Vine cottage have access to all facilities at the Country House, on a B&B option. Facilities: In addition to the facilities listed below, we also offer off street vine shaded parking; free wifi; DSTV hotel package; a fully licensed family Bistro restaurant; winery, cellar tours and wine tasting. We have 10 hectares of beautiful far to explore, including vineyards and fruit orchards. In-Room: All rooms have air-Conditioning with cooling and heating mode; fine cotton linen; goose down duvets and pillows; en-suite bathroom; high quality towels & bath robes; luxury amenities; hairdryer; large bar fridge with honesty bar, and snacks and tea tray with homemade lavender cookies. Rooms also boast safe, iPod player, flat screen television with DSTV hotel package, DVD Player with USB port, and an in-house DVD library is also available. Dunstone Country House facilities include: beautiful guest lounge overlooking vineyards and mountains, with honesty bar and tea and coffee making facilities; 10m infinity swimming pool with luxury loungers; landscaped gardens including a herb garden, roses and lavender. Dunstone Manor facilities include: A beautiful guest lounge leading out onto a sun drenched swimming pool; vine covered stoep and seating area; fully equipped kitchen and honesty bar; braai facilities. Cottage facilities include: Guava - fully equipped kitchen, fireplace, private garden, private heated 6*4m pool. Vine - private veranda and garden, Area Information: Dunstone Estate is ideally located to explore the Western Cape. Only 45 minutes from Cape Town, 15 minutes from Paarl and 30 minutes from Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. TGCSA 4-Star Guest House | Dinners from R250 pp | B&B Rates include breakfast, wine tasting and afternoon tea ... more   less 
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