near Paarl / Franschhoek, Cape Winelands & West Coast, South Africa Book from Book from £43 per night

Historic Cape Dutch homestead in the heart of the Cape Winelands, offering friendly B&B or cottage accommodation
If you are looking for a place in the Cape Winelands which is definitely a family home and not a hotel, then we have no hesitation recommending Lekkerwijn. Based in the centre of the Franschhoek - Paarl - Stellenbosch triangle, you are perfectly placed for day trips to all 3. And you are bang in the middle of spectacular countryside: rolling vineyards, fruit orchards, meandering rivers and the dramatic backdrop of the Drakenstein Mountains.

Best of all, this Cape Dutch homestead has a friendly, human feel to it. It was built in the 17th century and has been home to the fruit-farming Pickstone family since the 19th century. Its spacious and elegantly furnished drawing and dining rooms ooze history, while the 5 guest rooms feel homely and familiar. There are also 2 small self-catering cottages. Robin is a friendly, hands-on host with lots of recommendations for organised activities like horse-riding and wine tasting.


  • The friendly, warm welcome and informal atmosphere of a homestay
  • A lovely place for families with extensive wooded grounds, a swimming pool and farm animals including rabbits, horses and the odd peacock
  • Traditional Cape Dutch layout, comfortably furnished with a pleasant internal courtyard
  • Great value for money, with spacious guest rooms (most of which are ensuite)
  • A convenient location in the heart of the wine estates


  • Don't expect hotel facilities or 5* service, this is a chilled out home away from home
  • It’s off a main road and signposting for the house is minimal, though a line of trees keeps you well screened
  • The cottages are part of the stable block, and lack the elegance and services of the main house - but that's reflected in the price
  • The info for new arrivals could be better, like some indication of where reception is

Best time to go

Best time is January-March, their summer and our winter (assuming you’re reading this in the northern hemisphere). Christmas is also very popular but can still be cool. April-May still have warmish air and sea temperatures, but by June it’s definitely ‘green season’.

Our top tips

Bring sun cream, sunglasses, some light cotton clothes. Something more elegant for those stylish Franschhoek restaurants. Boots and rucksack if you’re into hiking; comfy trousers if you prefer horse riding (hats are provided).

Great for...

Great Outdoors
  • Boutique B&B & Cottage
  • 5 rooms + 2 cottages
  • Breakfast only (+ other meals on request)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
  • Laundry Service
  • Courtyard
  • Piano
Room: Garden Room


Lying along one of the 4 sides of the homestead's traditional square layout are 5 delightful guest bedrooms, all looking over the outside gardens to the distant mountains. The style is homely and historic. Some have pretty ceramic washbowls from pre-ensuite days; the bathrooms themselves are functional enough, some with both a shower and a bathtub.

Of the 2 ground-floor rooms, Camelia Room is a large double with an ensuite bathroom, and York Room is a twin room with an ensuite bathroom. Both are spacious and cool, with huge old beds, wardrobes and a writing desk.

On the first floor, the Peacock Suite is made up of a double room and a separate twin down the corridor which both share a bathroom - making it handy for a family with slightly older children. Owl Corner Suite has 1 large double room, a second smaller double and a shower room. There is also the twin bedded Old Nursery Room.

Outside, about 100m away, some of the old outbuildings have been converted into cottages. They’re less refined than the main house rooms but they do offer extra privacy and more space. The Ballroom Cottage has two bedrooms and outdoor space.

Features include:

  • Coffee / tea making
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Fan
  • Hairdryer


A lovely buffet breakfast - hot drinks, fruit juices, fresh fruit, cereals, yoghurt, toast, eggs - is served either in the dining room or outside on the front patio. Service is laissez-faire, and can sometimes be a little confusing. Guests staying in the cottage can self-cater in the kitchenette, or pay an additional charge for the buffet breakfast.

If you’re around at lunchtime, you can pop along the road to Boschendal Wine Estate for a light meal in the outdoor café, or a very superior ‘picnic’ in its delightful grounds: fresh baguettes with pâtés, cheeses, salads and cold meats, followed by ice cream and filter coffee. Even closer is the new Café Allee Bleue, at the vineyard of the same name, a short walk down the dusty track. It does enormous portions of freshly-made pasta, steak, Cape-style curries, exciting salads, and great coffee to finish off.

For dinner you’ve got some of South Africa’s finest restaurants a short drive away. In Franschhoek there’s Mont Rochelle - voted one of the world’s top 50 dining venues by Conde Nast Traveler; Le Quartier Francais] - French-Malay-African cuisine, listed among the Top 10 in South African ‘Eat Out’; Monneaux - also in Eat Out’s Top 10; and more besides (ask for the latest recommendations).

All around you are vineyard estates offering food to help soak up the wine you’ve tasted, including La Motte, Haute Cabriere and Boschendal.

Or, if you would like to dine in, you can arrange it with Dahlia, the housekeeper and cook, who does a mean bobotie - a delicate kind of curry, using beef and flavoured with apples, raisins and apricots, served with yellow rice and sambals. We enjoyed her simple home cooking after several elaborate meals in the nearby restaurants!

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Children's meals
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Communal dining
  • Dinner by arrangement
  • Lunch by arrangement


  • Wine-tasting in the nearby estates of Boschendal, Bien Donne, Plaisir de Merle etc. - excellent wines, beautifully kept grounds

  • Shopping in Franschhoek - some lovely little craft and food shops

  • Sightseeing in historic Stellenbosch, with its Cape Dutch architecture and its wonderful museum

  • Hiking in the Drakenstein and Simonsberg Mountains on your doorstep - there’s a lovely waterfall 1 hour’s walk from Lekkerwijn

  • Swimming or trout-fishing in the Berg river which flows through the valley

  • Horse riding or cycling around the winelands

  • Exploring nearby Paarl, with its panoramic hilltop monument and its riverside arboretum

  • Relaxing in Lekkerwijn’s large, shady gardens or by its plunge pool

  • And you’re less than an hour away from Cape Town

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Wine tasting


A lovely place for children of all ages with toddler-friendly bedrooms and cottages that really work for families. Although the wine country is more of a draw for their parents, children will enjoy the farmyard animals on-site (including a domesticated goose!). The nanny and chauffeur services on offer mean you can go off and enjoy the local gourmet attractions.

Best for:

Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

The upstairs Peacock Suite has a double plus a children's bunk bedroom. Owl Corner Suite is separated from the rest of the house and has 2 double rooms. Ballroom and Wine Cellar Cottage each have 2 bedrooms.


Susan has done a 'super nanny' course and can offer babysitting/ childcare any time of the day or night - handy if you want to go off wine tasting or for a gourmet feast in Franschhoek (chauffeurs are also available)

Baby listening:

Monitor works everywhere in the B&B/Farm area

Baby equipment:

  • High chair
  • Stair gates for all stairs
  • Pram or pushchair to borrow
  • Potty
  • Night light
  • Baby bath

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Children's meals:

Special menus can be created for all ages (and allergies). There's a child-friendly cafe within walking distance and if you're staying in a cottage, you'll have a kitchenette and can hire a visiting chef by arrangement. Baby bottles can be warmed

Kids Activities on site:

  • Unfenced pool
  • Swings and a sandpit
  • Goats, rabbits, cat, dog, peacocks, pigs and a domesticated goose!
  • Playroom
  • Children's DVDs
  • Toys and books for up to 9/10 years

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Spier Winery, 30km away, has a cheetah sanctuary with tame cheetahs
  • Butterfly world, in nearby Klapmuts, is a good wet weather option
  • You can hold a baby croc at Le Bonheur Crocodile Farm, nearby
  • Kids will enjoy taking the hop-on hop-off wine tram to visit wineries, many of which are kid-friendly, check before setting out

Families Should Know:

There's a mobile signal everywhere and the owners plan to buy a safety net for the pool, currently unfenced. There's nowhere close by to buy nappies and kids stuff so bring what you need with you.


  • Airport: 50 minutes
  • Hospital: 10 minutes
Kid Friendly: Nursery


Lekkerwijn is 75km from the centre of Cape Town, in the lush, dramatic valleys of Franschhoek and the Groot Drakenstein.

By Air
Fly directly into Cape Town International (70km) or take an internal flight from Johannesburg (1,380km), 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.

By Car
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 3.0 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 4 independent reviews from i-escape guests


Lekkerwijn is a beautiful old house, and was a really homely place to spend some time in Franschhoek. Very comfortable beds, and rooms. Lovely garden and pool. Delicious breakfast. Staff very accommodating and helpful, and even arranged a lovely babysitter one evening so that we could have an evening out.


A genuine experience, I knew it was historic, but I did not fully realise how it and it’s owners played such a key part in the history of the Winelands and their recovery from the vine disease of the late 1800s. The architecture is fascinating. The ambience is wonderfully quirky and casual, with a huge potential for the future, but I loved being there before everything had got too slick. Charming and helpful staff & animals. If you stay, take the time to soak up the story of the place. We really felt like we were living there not just passing through.


We loved our stay here. The place has a charm and spirit that only a proper home can give. As a base for exploring the area then resting by the small pool, we couldn’t wish for more. Simple, homely, historic, and friendly. Our 12 year old also loved playing the piano there....


We had a lovely stay at Lekkerwijn. Peter could not have done more to make sure our stay was convenient and easy for us. We were travelling with our 16 month old so really appreciated the cottages. We stayed in both the Ballroom and Wine Cellar Cottages. The Ballroom cottage is impressively big but the Wine Cellar Cottage felt a bit cosier and the garden is slightly more private. The kitchens are basic but serviceable and we had some lovely braais - again sorted by the brilliant Peter. The cottages are in need of a bit of attention in terms of decor and modernisation, but still very good value for money. Our daughter loved visiting the pigs, watching the peacocks and meeting Castle the dog. We used the Nanny service arranged through Lekkerwijn once during our stay so we could go out for a lovely meal in Stellenbosch. We were really impressed and would highly recommend Tammy. It was a real treat for us to have the night off! The atmosphere is relaxed and attentive and we felt comfortable and safe during our stay.


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