“Romantic, little boutique guesthouse with a pool; one of Stellenbosch's most stylish places to stay”
There are 5 double bedrooms in the guesthouse. Middedorp does not have any extra beds or baby cots, though rooms can be set up as twins.
What we noticed most is how spacious the rooms look, and how calming they seem. The décor has been carefully chosen, and each room has an extra-long kingsize bed made up with crisp white percale cotton, luxurious duvets and soft, silky cushions. There are also armchairs, plump designer cushions, and a TV, writing desk and DVD player in each.
Although the style is minimalist, it has warmth. The idea is that the calming colours and lack of frills, frou-frous and lace make you feel relaxed. Step into the bathroom for more of the same: airy spaces with rainfall showers, plus freestanding baths in the Suites, claw-feet on the dark wooden floors. All rooms have specially made toiletries and cosy white bathrobes.
Contemporary South African art lines the walls and the furniture is Cape antique and modern. As well as your room, you can relax in the house's shared spaces, including the garden, the terrace, library, breakfast room and Club Room.
Wake up to a lavish breakfast of muesli with double-thick Greek yoghurt, honey and seasonal fruit, plus cold meats, smoked mackerel and local cheeses. Homemade bread and pastries are also on offer, as is a hot dish of the day. Middedorp can cater for lunch or dinner on demand, but with so many world-class restaurants nearby, you'll probably want to eat out.
Stellenbosch is in the heart of the Winelands and there are over 140 wineries to visit nearby. On top of that, the town itself has an array of exquisite restaurants and cafes - food and wine are the main reasons people visit Stellenbosch.
In the town itself, we'd recommend The Big Easy, a French-influenced restaurant with great wine; Cafe Dijon, a French bistro, and Cognito, which serves African fusion and Wijnhuis, plus a Mediterranean menu with over 350 wines from Stellenbosch wineries.
When you get back to Middedorp, there's complimentary port and sherry for nightcaps, plus a small honesty bar.
You can also take the opportunity to eat traditional local food on a trip to the Kayamandi township; just ask Annemien.