“Historic wine estate with luxury cottages, wonderful restaurants, deli picnics and more”
Pretty Cape Dutch architecture, and dappled oak tree avenues where ducklings waddle up and down, are only part of the story. Boschendal has been revitalised, making it a go-to location for its farm-to-table cooking, fresh produce and beautifully revamped cottages. These range from 1 to 5 bedrooms, and you can choose to stay down in the "Werf" (farmstead) close to the deli shop, wine tasting and restaurant; or up amongst the hillside fynbos where you're more remote. There's even a luxury tented camp to choose from. Either way, each of the 42 cottages and seven tents has been well designed to give all you need to chill and unwind. It's great for families (there's a dedicated kids' club), foodies, hikers and even fly-fishers, thanks to its own dams. You have it all: history, nature, wine and a pretty darn comfortable place to hang your hat. Top-notch.
- Beautiful location with mountain views, perfectly placed between the main Wineland hubs, and just 45 minutes from Cape Town
- We loved the fresh, colourful cottage interiors, and the stunning mountain views
- Vast grounds and immaculate gardens with lots to do on-site, from mountain biking and pony rides to wine tasting and spa treatments
- Flexi-catering: each cottage has a kitchen so you can DIY, have breakfast, lunch and dinner baskets brought to your door, or eat out on the estate, from Deli pizzas to more formal dining at the Werf Restaurant
- Cottages are great value for such high standards
- You'll need a car if you stay in the Orchard or Rhodes Cottages - they're over the main road and up a 2km farm road
- Summer weekends are popular with people enjoying Boschendal picnics, but it quietens down later in the day
- Wedding parties often book all the Werf Cottages, so weekend availability can be limited in high season
- You can hear some slight traffic at the Werf, but it didn't bother us
Best time to go
Our top tips
Stroll through the stunning rose and kitchen gardens - we met people who hadn't realised they were even there!”
- Luxury Cottages
- Restaurants and Deli
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Outdoor Pool
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Daily Maid Service
- Towels & Bedlinen
- Bicycles Available
The 42 cottages are found in three distinct locations. The one-bedroom Werf Cottages are closest to the action: a stroll away from the farmshop deli, restaurant, wine tasting and reception. Across the road and up a 2km dirt track towards the mountains you find the more remote Orchard Cottages, each with 1, 2, 3 or 4 bedrooms, and the gorgeous Rhodes Cottage, ideal for groups of up to 10. Further afield, Trout Cottage and the Luxury Tented Camp call the Simonsberg Mountain their closest neighbours, while The Retreat is a collection of 18 2-bed cottages 3.5km away in the corner of the farm.
Calm muted fabrics, simple well-equipped kitchens with dresser give the 7 Werf Cottages a homely feel. Beds are comfortable with crisp white linen, wardrobe space plentiful, deep clawfoot baths and handmade lavender products relaxing. All share a pool but have barbecues, terraces and fireplaces to keep you warm in winter. The four larger ones with separate living area have space for a couple of children on day beds. All have great mountain views.
The 13 Orchard Cottages have a quieter feel and are more contemporary in design. Converted labourers' dwellings, they range in size from 1 to 4 bedrooms, most with en suite bathrooms. We loved their fresh, colourful interiors. The 1-bedroom cottages don't have a view (they overlook other cottages) but a few steps outside will still reveal the stunning vista. The shared circular swimming pool where groups of friends and families can gather seemed especially enticing. You'll need a car to reach the cottages but once there, you're within easy reach of the mountain trails, trout-filled dams and spa treatment rooms.
Rhodes Cottage designed by Sir Herbert Baker, is the most historic. Sleeping up to 10 and with its own pool, garden and daily housekeeper-cook, it's an amazing place to stay for a larger group or family.
Trout Cottage is surrounded by perfumed orchards and rows of vines, plus walking and biking trails. It sleeps 4 adults in two kingsize bedrooms, and there's a bunk room for kids under 12. Relax in the spoiling rolltop bathtub after a dip in the Rhodes Dam.
Even further from the main Werf are 18 The Retreat cottages. Each sleeps 4, and the cottages are clustered together - ideal for groups of friends or families travelling together. Though each cottage has its own kitchen and dining table, there's a communal screening room, dining area and meeting rooms that can be booked for extra-large groups. Each of the fully-serviced, spacious Luxury Tents can sleep 2 adults and 2 children, nestled among trees, and are an ideal option for families wanting to disconnect from it all.
- Air conditioning
- Coffee / tea making
- Cots Available
- Full kitchen
- Safe box
You have lots of options, from cooking yourself to gourmet dining. For a great start to your stay, we recommend pre-ordering a picnic hamper generously filled with fresh salads, pates, cold meats, cheese and a most delicious cheesecake. Cottage kitchens come with Le Creuset cookware and you can stock up at the Farmshop Deli for freshly baked bread, veg from its gardens, free-range eggs, homemade jams, dairy products and the most tempting cakes. There's even a smart butchery next door selling Black Angus steaks from the estate. Continental breakfast hampers and Braai/BBQ packs (or a comforting casserole), with salad and pud can also be delivered to your cottage.
Too lazy to cook on holiday, we headed over to the Deli Cafe which serves breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea in the shade of oak trees. Start the day with a healthy green smoothie or a naughtier "I'm on holiday juice" (Tequila Sunrise!). We loved the "Boschendal Banters" - poached eggs with the sweetest tomatoes and basil from their garden and the super-light waffles with roasted bananas and local honey. Lunch offers a range of rustic specials like chicken pie and salads. Things get simpler for early suppers at the Deli with wood-fired pizza and burger nights.
Guests staying in the Luxury Tented Camp have all meals included, including farm breakfasts, harvest table spreads for lunch, pastries for tea and dinners showcasing home-grown and farm-reared produce. All meals here are taken in ’The Hub’, the main tented area on a wooden deck area overlooking the lake.
The Werf Restaurant (open daily for lunch, and Wednesday - Saturday for dinner) is the more formal dining option. Breakfast is also served here for those staying in the cottages - now included in the rates. Its terrace view overlooking gardens and mountains is a draw in itself. Most main courses are for sharing - our beef platter was formidable if not a little chewy. Salads are freshly picked from their spectacular kitchen gardens. Puddings were superb: how about roasted white chocolate ganache, hazelnut brown butter streusel, caramelised popcorn and dark chocolate ice lolly? It tasted even better than it sounds. And of course, everything was washed down with Boschendal's award-winning wines.
The Rhone Homestead, is open at weekends for more traditional South African buffet lunches.
There's no shortage of fabulous restaurants to try locally but make sure you book ahead in high season.
- Children's meals
- Coffee / tea making
- Full kitchen
- Organic produce
- It's easy to spend a day exploring the farm, soaking up the beauty of the place, maybe going for a short hike in the mountains then cooling off by swimming in one of the shared pools or dams
- Enjoy one of Boschendal's renowned picnics in the grounds against the stunning mountain backdrop
- Take a tour of Boschendal's vineyardsand cellars, followed by a chocolate and wine tasting
- Go mountain biking around the estate on one of 3 trails
- Fly fish for trout on one of their small dams
- Pony, horse or carriage rides can be arranged on the estate
- The small farm spa offers treatments but booking is essential
- Beyond Boschendal, foodies will love Franschhoek and Stellenbosch, with their world-famous gourmet restaurants and surrounding wine estates - don't miss rustic-chic Babylonstoren, a 10 minute drive away.
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Horse riding
- Mountain biking
- Plantlife / flora
- Wine tasting
Boschendal is great for families - the self-contained cottages with kitchenettes make them feel like a little home. The Tree House is an educational play centre where kids can learn all about life on the farm. There's a fully supervised day programme for those aged 4-14. Even better: it's free for guests.
There are large grounds to explore, a couple of swimming pools and an imaginative "splish splash" play area. Our 9-year-old daughter was fascinated by the waddling ducklings and pecking chickens and delighted in running through the kitchen garden water sprinklers. Simple meals can be had at the Farmshop Deli and high chairs can be provided, but you might want to get a babysitter if you dine out at their more formal Werf Restaurant.
Family friendly accommodation:
The 1-bedroom Werf Family cottages each have 2 day beds in the sitting room suitable for children, plus space for a cot. If you prefer to have more space and don't mind being further away from the action, pick one of the Orchard Cottages with 2, 3 or 4 bedrooms. Larger family groups should try to book Rhodes Cottage which sleeps up to 10 and comes with a housekeeper-cook and private pool. Trout Cottage also has a bunk room, suitable for 2 kids aged under 12. The Luxury Tented Camp can accommodate 2 kids in each tent on pull-out beds, and a baby cot can be added.
Babysitting is available on request
The Tree House has complimentary daily activities for kids aged 4-14, but it's advised you book your little ones in at least a day in advance with the reservations team as spaces are limited. Activities include farm foraging, outdoor cooking, art classes (using natural and recycled materials).
Hampers for breakfast, lunch and dinner can be ordered and delivered to your cottage, or head to the family-friendly cafe at the Farmshop Deli for simple early evening suppers of homemade pizza or burgers.
Kids Activities on site:
- The Tree House Playground (unsupervised)
- Pony rides
- Splish Splash play area by the main estate buildings/Werf area
- Older kids can enjoy the hiking and biking trails or fishing
- All cottages have access to a shared swimming pool
Families Should Know:
The swimming pools are unfenced and the Werf Cottages are located about 150m from a small unfenced lake. The Tree House Playground is unsupervised.
- Airport: 50 minutes
- Hospital: 15 minutes
Boschendal is 75km from the centre of Cape Town, in the lush, dramatic valleys of Franschhoek and the Groot Drakenstein.
Fly directly into Cape Town International (70km); or take an internal flight from Johannesburg, which has a wider choice of airlines. Click on the links below for a list of airlines.
From the Airport
It’s about 50 minutes drive east, following the N1 to near Paarl, then follow the R45 towards Franschhoek.
You will probably want to hire a car: see our car rental recommendations.
Detailed directions to the hotel will be sent when you confirm your booking through i-escape.com.
More on getting to South Africa and getting around
- Cape Town International 70.0 km CPT
- Johannesburg 1380.0 km JNB
- Beach 30.0 km
- Shops 5.0 km
- Restaurant 0.0 km