Getaway (South Africa) - - The Final Cut Stellenbosch -

The TripAd­vi­sor re­view­ers are spot on – this 16-room five-star is the best ho­tel in town. First off is the lo­ca­tion: over­look­ing de­light­ful Church Street, di­ag­o­nally across from pretty Oude Werf (an­other great ho­tel, but not as in­ti­mate or plush). Then there is the sense of his­tory: built in 1713, this was one of the first res­i­dences in Stellenbosch, and it took the cur­rent own­ers three years to care­fully craft its cur­rent in­car­na­tion. They have done a su­perb job, cre­at­ing a time­less gem with an at­mos­phere that is rem­i­nis­cent of those grand, old Euro­pean hotels. Its neo-Ge­or­gian fa­cade is un­changed, and the in­te­ri­ors have been skil­fully done, with sev­eral car­peted stair­cases lead­ing to rooms tucked away in var­i­ous cor­ners, and a sense of dis­creet op­u­lence. There’s a serene court­yard at the back, cen­tred on a pool, but the charm­ing front ter­race with its wrought-iron ta­bles is the ideal place to watch the pass­ing pa­rade. Ser­vice and food are ex­cel­lent: din­ing on a su­perb steak Béar­naise, looked af­ter by an ebul­lient wait­ron, one can be for­given for wish­ing that time could just stand still. Even if you can’t stay at Coop­man­huijs, do book at least one meal here at He­lena’s. ROOM TIP It’s pop­u­lar so you’ll take what you can get! There are five room cat­e­gories; all equally good. If you’re on a bud­get, con­sider book­ing into its sis­ter prop­erty, the three-star Stellenbosch Ho­tel: it is also ac­cessed from Church Street but with­out the prime lo­ca­tion, with prices from R650 pp shar­ing B&B ( stel­len­boschho­ COST From R828 pp shar­ing B&B. The win­ter special, with din­ner, costs R1 990 for two. CONTACT 021-887-3644, coop­man­

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