THE HOMESTEAD AT OLDENBURG VINEYARDS
The Homestead at Oldenburg Vineyards
NOW THE HOME OF ADRIAN AND VANESSA VANDERSPUY, THIS 200-YEAR OLD SITE IS NESTLED IN THE MAGNIFICENT BANGHOEK VALLEY, STELLENBOSCH. THE HOMESTEAD AT OLDENBURG VINEYARDS IS MORE THAN JUST A LUXURIOUS VINEYARD RETREAT – IT IS A LITTLE PIECE OF HISTORY.
Hidden in the Cape’s Banghoek Valley (“scared corner”, so named due to the free-roaming leopards that lived in the area in times long since passed), Oldenburg Vineyards is a gem. Ten minutes outside of Stellenbosch and an hour away from Cape Town, the 200-year-old Homestead at Oldenburg Vineyards offers luxury accommodation in the heart of the Cape Winelands.
PRETTY & PRISTINE
Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Groot Drakenstein Mountains, a Cape Dutch style, white double storey house greets you as you make your way down the neatly manicured gravel pathway.The manager opens the doors for you, and gets you settled into the six-bedroom cottage which is to be your home for the next few days.
Two housekeepers are on hand to look after the house and cater to your needs. High-pitched ceilings remind you of the history of the building, while the neutral colour palette of whites and beiges sets you firmly in the realm of the contemporary.
One of the most obvious contemporary statements is the state-of-the-art kitchen. While a private chef can be arranged for the duration of your stay, many guests opt instead to make the most of their gourmet surroundings, either by eating out at the various culinary hotspots in and around Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, or by cooking their own meals with fresh ingredients sourced from the local delis and weekend farmer’s markets.
If you do decide to eat in, your meals can be enjoyed gazing through floor-to-ceiling windows that frame views over the well-established gardens, olive groves, and vineyards. On warmer days – which are in no short supply in this area – light up a fire and enjoy an informal dinner or braai on the outdoor patio. For those who are brave enough, end the night with a dip in the private swimming pool at midnight.
When night time rolls around, retreat to the luxury of your bedroom, adorned with original art works, and switch on the air-conditioning or ceiling fan to get the room temperature just right, connect to the complimentary Wi-Fi, or switch on the flatscreen satellite TV, and enjoy a more than comfortable night in. The en-suite bathrooms also have under-floor heating, ensuring constant comfort.
Ideally suited to accommodate a multi-generational family, a party of friends, or a corporate team on a luxurious teambuilding weekend, The Homestead consists of an upstairs master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and a twin-bedded room with its own bathroom, as well as four en-suite bedrooms downstairs, two of which are in a separate wing that could be used for children or couples seeking extra privacy.
No matter the reason for your stay, The Homestead at Oldenburg Vineyards provides a relaxing retreat reminiscent of a bygone era and characterised by exclusive luxury.
For more information, or to book your stay, please visit www.oldenburgvineyards.com.