We are an English family who have been to many guesthouses in the Western Cape, but none of them have impressed us as much as Montpellier de Tulbagh. We range from 6 months old to 65 years old. We love going there so much that, in January, we decided to get married at Montpellier. We had 26 people and 9 babies staying at the venue for 10 days surrounding the big day.
It was beyond magical.
Marica, Emanuelle and their team pulled together our every wish with absolute ease and incredible style - I didn't have to move a finger and the service and the celebration were flawless and stunning. The venue itself is unbelievably beautiful and every inch of the place embodies its motto: "eat, drink and be married". There are nooks all through the gardens with lovers seats and swing chairs. The mountain backdrop and the chapel made for the most romantic of events.
I must also recommend Montpellier as a guesthouse in its own right - it is the perfect place for families or friends to get together, winter or summer. You feel like you are "coming home", although have wonderful people cooking and cleaning, generally treating you like royalty. There are horses to ride, winemaking tours at Montpellier itself and also nearby Stellenbosch and Paarl vineyards and olive groves to visit, hikes to do, swimming, safari etc etc. The food is fabulous and the staff are ready to serve it to you at a number of different locations, our favourites being the LukGazebo by the pizza pit and the banquet table in the wine vaults.
Finally, I would like to say that their wine, particularly the Chardonnay, is some of the best I have ever had - absolutely delicious and incredibly reasonably priced.
One point - the outhouses are completely perfect - they are romance personified - I have seen some negative reviews about them and can only imagine the reviewers to be stuffy people with no concept of being in the countryside, sitting by a fire and watching nature at its most stunning. It is rustic, but not roughing it at any stretch of the imagination - beautifully designed and the service is wonderful in all locations.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Montpellier provides a romantic setting for a country getaway, with a charming hillside chapel, picturesque wedding venue and old Cape style guest house. Founded in 1714, this historical Boland Farm is embraced by "the mountains of fear" (Montténére), which in 1969 flexed their muscles with an awesome earthquake.Montpellier offers variety of temptations for the palate and senses, in true Tulbagh style.Experience the snug atmosphere of our original Cape-Dutch homestead, with its wooden floors, thick walls, thatch roof and picturesque white gable, declared a National Monument. ... more less
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