“Historic Cape Dutch homestead in the heart of the Cape Winelands, offering friendly B&B or cottage accommodation”
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 3 small self-catering cottages. Simon and Ross are friendly, hands-on hosts 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
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Our top tips
- Boutique B&B & Cottage
- 5 rooms + 3 cottages
- Breakfast only (+ other meals on request)
- 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
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 twin (bunk-beds) 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. Coach House Cottage sits directly alongside the stables (best for people who like horses). It’s semi-open-plan, with a large sitting room, a kitchen area and a double bedroom. Since our visit, the Ballroom Cottage and Wine Cellar Cottage have both been added. Both have two bedrooms and outdoor space.
- Coffee / tea making
- Cots Available
- Extra beds
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!
- 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:
- 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.
Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
Family friendly accommodation:
The upstairs Peacock Suite has a double plus a children's bunk bed room. 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. Althouhg Coach House Cottage is self-catering, the children will sleep in the sitting room, so you can't watch TV after they've gone to bed.
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)
Monitor works everywhere in the B&B/Farm area
- High chair
- Stair gates for all stairs
- Pram or pushchair to borrow
- Night light
- Baby bath
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
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!
- 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