Stellenbosch Luxury Villa

Stellenbosch, Cape Winelands & West Coast, South Africa Book from Book from £941 per night

A lavish 5-bedroom family mansion just outside Stellenbosch with a pool, magical eco pond and playground
If Stellenbosch Luxury Villa wasn’t an 18th-century manor house, it would be a movie set. Here is the elegant salon with oil paintings and velvet ottomans. There is the gentleman’s bar and ladies’ chaise longue. The shaded veranda has glorious vistas of the Helderberg Mountains, and Oriental rugs grace the parquet floors; lilies in cut-glass vases line the mahogany dining table.

But it's the gardens that are completely bewitching: a fabulous wonderland, full of surprises for families. Vast green lawns are dotted with 500 rose bushes and centuries-old oak trees; as you explore you'll discover a treehouse, a tipi, a retro rocking horse, even a zipwire. There's a solar-heated pool, but we'd spend our time in the eco pond, swimming past lily pads and dipping in and out of the decked Jacuzzi, complete with a pearl chandelier (yes, really). The beautiful Glass house is the icing on the fantasy cake. It’s a short drive to lively Stellenbosch but many guests say they rarely leave this Eden. When we visit, we doubt we will, either.

Highs

  • Old-world charm in the heart of the Devon Valley wine region, just 40 minutes from Cape Town
  • Great fun for families! They have 2 friendly dogs, a giant 'nest', a Mini car to play in, and a rowboat for the beautiful eco-pond
  • A fully equipped kitchen for self-catering, plus a wood-fired pizza oven. The villa terraces are perfect for sundowners and steaks off the BBQ
  • Ideal for a big group: Five ensuite bedrooms include 3 doubles, a triple and a family room
  • Rates includes breakfast, housekeeping and high-level security, and there's an on-site guest manager
  • Sister property to Clifton Beach Villa in Cape Town. See our Special Offers for booking a stay at both properties

Lows

  • You'll probably want a car for the wine tours and trips to Stellenbosch (but you can Uber it)
  • A 3-night minimum stay; longer in peak periods
  • The nearest family beach, Gordon’s Bay, is at least a 45-minute drive away
  • The solar-heated pool could get chilly in winter

Best time to go

Stellenbosch Luxury Villa is open all year. The peak season (with the highest rates) is over Christmas and through South Africa’s warm and dry summer, from January to April. Rates are lower in the winter, from May to September, when the weather is cooler, with more rain.

Our top tips

Take time to look at the colourful modern artworks scattered throughout the villa and grounds. From abstract portraits to funky statues, they’re all by up-and-coming South African artists. Get the kids to count how many cows they can find!

Great for...

Family
Spa
Wedding
  • Boutique Villa
  • 5
  • Breakfast included; other meals self-catering
  • 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
  • On-site villa manager
Room:

Rooms

The villa has 3 bedrooms on its upper floor - all ensuite (some shower only, some shower/tub), with comfy beds and balconies overlooking the gardens. With its kingsize bed and dressing room, the Master bedroom is the largest, made cosy with a cast-iron fireplace. The Second bedroom has a double and single bed, the Guest bedroom has a canopied queen bed. The 2 other bedrooms are in the detached building flanking the pool. The Honeymoon bedroom has a kingsize bed and romantic wooden terrace that backs onto the lily-padded pond. The Family bedroom has a kingsize bed and 2 single beds. These 2 bedrooms share a living space with a kitchenette.

Back in the main house, the TV/DVD room has 2 balconies and a flat-screen mounted above the fireplace. On the ground floor is a plush lounge and formal 12-seat dining room; the adjoining drawing room and mahogany bar open onto a terrace. The mod-con kitchen has a proper Aga oven and its own table for 10. By the pool is a pretty open-air summer room with plump blue-and-white wicker sofas.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Barbecue
  • Bathrobes
  • CD player
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • Fireplace
  • Food blender
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hairdryer
  • Hob or stove
  • Ipod dock
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Phone
  • Pool/beach towels
  • Safe box
  • Satellite TV
  • Terrace
  • Toaster
  • Toiletries
  • Tumble dryer
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi

Eating

The villa is self-catering, with a nearby supermarket that will deliver groceries; staff will also shop for you on request. The well-equipped kitchen has a central island and authentic Aga stove, ideal for sociable cooking. A Continental breakfast buffet is set up daily, included in the price, and you'll receive a welcome pack and daily bottle of wine as a thank you for booking through i-escape.

We like the look of the ‘pizza patio’ – a terrace by the pond with a wood-fired pizza oven. Kids can grab a slice and clamber across the swing bridge to the table in the treetops. Adults can choose between 2 outdoor terraces, both with tables. The honesty bar is well stocked with South African spirits.

There are a couple of BBQs, which are always meticulously cleaned by staff after use. On request, a private chef can prepare a light lunch or a 3-course dinner. Stellenbosch is just a 10-minute drive from the villa and the town is chock-full of excellent restaurants.

Features include:

  • Barbecue
  • Breakfast
  • Chef on request
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Food blender
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hob or stove
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Shopping service
  • Toaster
  • Welcome hamper
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • This place is an adventure dream for children, with a zipline, jungle gym, swings, trampoline, a treehouse, nest and a tipi with fire pit
  • Take the resident Great Danes for a stroll, then go for a glide in the rowboat – the pond is enchanting, with a fountain and pearl chandelier hanging above it
  • Lounge by the solar-heated pool or have a dip in the pond’s eco pool; there’s also a steam room, a glass-and-brick sauna and a wooden-decked hot-tub surrounded by greenery
  • Unwind with a massage or private yoga class in the garden; both can be booked by the villa manager
  • Admire the stunning Glass house in the garden; a breathtaking venue for weddings or parties, featured in Elle Deco. You can request a dinner in here with a private chef as part of your stay; ideal if you're celebrating something special
  • The villa is in the heart of the Devon Valley wine region – there are scores of vineyards to tour, including the Vergelegen, Rust En Vrede, and the popular JC le Roux for sparkling wine. Best done in an Uber so you can taste properly!
  • Stellenbosch is the second-oldest town in South Africa and worth a visit for its well-preserved buildings, busy bars, shops and galleries

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Museums / galleries
  • Shopping / markets
  • Swimming
  • Traditional cultures
  • Well being
  • Wine tasting

Kids

Wonderful for families. Although the interior of the villa is a bit grown-up, the exterior is a children's wonderland with long lawns, tons of trees, and secret pathways to a play area with trampoline and zipwire. Daily breakfasts are included in the rate, and there's a full kitchen and pizza oven to self cater.

Best for:

All ages

Family friendly accommodation:

The villa sleeps a maximum of 13 adults in 5 bedrooms; 3 doubles, a triple (double bed + single bed), and a quad (2 doubles or a double and 2 singles). Two baby cots can be added on request (extra cost; 0-3 year olds).

Babysitting:

Childcare is available, during the day or at night, extra cost

Baby equipment:

  • Baby cot
  • High chair

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

Kids Activities on site:

  • Kids play area
  • Jungle gym
  • Trampoline
  • Zipline
  • Treehouse
  • Wooden swing bridge
  • Tipi
  • Solar-heated pool

Families Should Know:

Parent supervision around the pond and rowboat is a must. A net can be put over the swimming pool if requested. Note there are 2 resident dogs at the villa

Distances:

  • Airport: 40km (Cape Town)
  • Hospital: 6km
  • Shop: 5km
Kid Friendly:

Location

Stellenbosch Luxury Villa is in the Devon Valley wine region of South Africa's Western Cape. It's about 10 minutes' drive from Stellenbosch and 40 minutes by car from the centre of Cape Town.

By Air:
Fly into Cape Town International (40km).

From the Airport:
The hotel can arrange a free shuttle from the airport, but we recommend hiring a car.

Detailed directions will be sent when you book through i-escape. More on getting to South Africa and getting around.

Airports:

  • Cape Town International 40.0 km CPT

Other:

  • Beach 44.0 km
  • Shops 6.0 km
  • Restaurant 6.0 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 1 independent review from i-escape guests

10/10
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Food
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Service
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Value
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