VINE TIMES

Sunday Times - - Hotel Review -

LO­CA­TION

In the Cape Winelands on the Spier Wine Es­tate, 40 min­utes from Cape Town. Vine­yards stretch over rolling hills pocked with fyn­bos and renos­ter­veld, which blend into a spec­tac­u­lar moun­tain back­drop. It also lies 10 min­utes from Stel­len­bosch.

STYLE

The rooms are in a spa­cious Old Cape style, which is com­ple­mented by orig­i­nal art­works.

The rooms have king-sized beds with the finest linen and a mini­bar filled with ex­cel­lent Spier wines.

A glass of dry white goes down nicely on the ve­ran­dah over­look­ing the court­yard gar­dens and swim­ming pools around which the rooms are built.

There are also river­side rooms that spill onto the em­bank­ments of the Eer­ste River with a view of the Helder­berg Moun­tains.

Much of the ho­tel’s beauty lies out­side of its rooms, in brick walk­ways flanked with flow­ers and shaded by trees. The re­cep­tion area, the lounge with two huge fire­places, and the restau­rant all boast an ex­ten­sive African con­tem­po­rary art col­lec­tion.

HOW’S THE GRUB?

The ho­tel has two restau­rants a short walk from the rooms. The Spier Ho­tel restau­rant spe­cialises in braised dishes, such as pork belly, lamb shank and ox­tail.

Eight restau­rant is Spier’s farm-to-ta­ble din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. All the in­gre­di­ents used are ei­ther grown on the farm or sourced from farm­ers nearby and the proof is in the taste.

The wine tast­ings also come paired with de­lec­ta­ble morsels.

AC­TIV­I­TIES

Rid­ing on a Seg­way through the vine­yards may be the best ex­pe­ri­ence you’ve ever had on wheels, with a guide to teach you about or­ganic wine farm­ing.

You can also me­an­der down foot­paths along the Eer­ste River, watch artists at work at the Ar­ti­san Stu­dio, or visit the Ea­gle En­coun­ters rap­tor re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­tre. Moun­tain hikes and beaches are all within 30 min­utes’ drive from the ho­tel.

BEST TIME TO GO

Spring is the best time to visit the winelands, when one of the world’s most bio-di­verse re­gions is in bloom.

FA­CIL­I­TIES

Wifi and satel­lite TV are in­cluded.

RATES

From R2,300 per room per night for the Sig­na­ture Rooms, which can sleep as many as four peo­ple. Break­fast is in­cluded.

CON­TACT

spier.co.za/ho­tel/ac­com­mo­da­tion Hy­man was a guest of Spier Ho­tel

Pic­ture: Sup­plied

SOFT LAND­ING The Spier Ho­tel, near Stel­len­bosch, is sur­rounded by vine­yards, quiet gar­dens and his­toric farm build­ings.

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