There is a bountiful selection of hotels to choose from in Cape Winelands, but Grande Roche is one that truly stands out. Set in the historic town of Paarl, its iconic Cape Dutch architecture (tracing its origin as a Dutch farmstead) will quickly catch your eye.
The old stables and farm outhouses have been magically transformed into a wonderful selection of private suites scattered around the manor house. This centuries-old building presides as the central area of activity with its public lounge area, an informal bistro (Bistro Allegro), and the exquisite Viande Restaurant.
The two swimming pools at the Grande Roche Hotel offer a welcome respite from the South African summer heat, while the well-manicured gardens are perfect for an after-meal stroll. If your main focus is on the wine, there's plenty to taste on-site, especially since this Cape Winelands hotel is conveniently situated on a wine estate. The spellbinding views over the property reach their pinnacle at sunset, which is the exact moment when we suggest you should order a bottle of something crisp and bubbly to enjoy out on the main terrace.
When you're ready to venture out and explore, Paarl is a delightful town to start with. Its tree-lined avenues are filled to the brim with historic buildings, shops, cafes and restaurants. There are also excellent golf courses to be found nearby, but if you'd like to discover 'The Great Outdoors', there are plenty of hiking and mountain bike trails crisscrossing the surrounding mountain slopes.