7 Western Cape Rhodes Cottage
One of South Africa’s oldest wine estates dating back to 1685, Boschendal has recently renovated many of its historic buildings for the enjoyment of visitors. If you’re looking for something really special, book into Rhodes Cottage, formerly the country retreat of Cecil John Rhodes. Designed by Sir Herbert Baker and built in 1897, the thatched cottage on the slopes of the Simonsberg is a South African National Heritage Site. Simply but stylishly furnished, with stunning views, a spacious veranda and outside dining area under the oak trees, it’s still a wonderful retreat that sleeps six in the main house and another four in the garden annex. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and with an eco-friendly swimming pool, it’s also close to a dam, where guests can swim and flyfish. Fishing rods and paraphenalia, along with a couple of bikes, boules and a croquet set are provided for free, as are the services of a housekeeper. Rhodes would have approved.