I've just returned from an excellent weekend at Val Du Charron, and I'd heartily recommend it to other travelers visiting the Western Cape.
Firstly the location is breath-staggeringly beautiful, nestled in a valley with the most magnificent mountains rising behind vines. It's less than an hour from Capetown by car, and a few minutes from the town of Wellington, which is quite a quirky, historical 'dorp'.
The Estate is gorgeous, with the original farmhouse (1699!), guesthouse and tasting rooms wrapped round a beautiful terrace and lawns - all framing that excellent view. The bedrooms were very comfortable, and we had a few glasses round the big roaring fire when the sun went down.
We ate at VdC both nights, and the food was fantastic. But the real reason for staying at a wine estate is to sample the wines, and the selection of home-grown reds (and whites) was truly fantastic. We were really looked after by the staff, and the owners are very knowledgable about their wines - and excellent hosts.
I had my parents out from Scotland for three weeks in South Africa and they reckon our weekend at VdC was the highlight of their trip - I can't wait to go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Val du Charron guesthouse is located on a working farm in the heart of the Bovlei valley, ten minutes from the town of Wellington and less than an hour's drive from Cape Town. The guest house comprises nine luxurious suites, each individually furnished. The Coach House is a boutique Winelands getaway for the discerning guest who values their privacy. Consisting of only three spacious suites, each with its own plunge pool and private patio with built in wood burning fireplace, guests can unwind in their own space overlooking the majestic Winelands and mountains. With two on site restaurants - the Grillroom and Piza e Vino- guests are spoilt for choice. With horse riding,mountain bike trails, alpacas all in the vicinity there is plenty to do and explore or simply unwind at the spa or enjoy a wine tasting at Val du Charron Cellar door -we ship wines internationally as well as locally. ... more less
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