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stellenbosch south africa

Only 28 km from Cape Town International Airport, Stellenbosch is a fabulous base from which to explore the entire Cape region.

Known worldwide for its quality wines and the spectacular beauty of the surroundings, Stellenbosch is home to one of the most prestigious old Wine Regions in the world. You will be mesmerized by breathtaking scenery and gorgeous weather from December through to March, though April is generally very pleasant too. 

Founded is 1679, Stellenbosch is the oldest town in South Africa next to Cape Town. Walking through the streets of Stellenbosch, one can almost feel the history, as if strolling in days of old. The town is packed with many historic buildings dating back to the early 1700's.

We have a small selection of places to stay in Stellenbosch, including the incomparable Delaire Graff Estate & Spa and a cosy little guest house too, with some private 2 and 3 bedroom villas and a lovely - though rather less glamorous - spa.

Golfers have a choice of several top class golf courses in easy driving distance. 

We have an excellent team of health and fitness professionals in the region and we can arrange, for example, for a yoga teacher or personal trainer to visit you at your residence and put you through your paces.  But, nearby, you we can also organise horse riding, mountain biking or hiking expeditions, teach you to surf, or - at a more gentle pace - take you on a cultural tour of Cape Town.

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  • Summer:  December – February
  • Winter:  June – August
  • Spring:  September – November
  • Autumn:  March - May

The Cape

With its Mediterranean climate, the summer months in Cape Town, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch are hot and dry often accompanied by strong South Easterly winds (hence why it’s a popular wind-surfing destination!). Winters are wet and cold whilst spring and autumn are generally mild with some showers.

Best time to travel  and what to do

With the Cape summer usually extending from Nov until March and 11 hours of sunshine to be enjoyed in mid-summer, this is the most popular season in Cape Town. But, it can be windy too – with the prevailing “South-Easter” as it’s affectionately known, it can mean less beach time but perfect for hitting the waters on a hobie-cat, or wind-surfer! With plenty of beautiful beaches lining the coastline, the waters of the Atlantic sea offer a cool respite on those hot summer days. Surfing, diving, cycling, hiking, walking, or just lazing on the beach are top of the agenda.

The “secret season” though, in our opinion, is either spring or autumn. With milder temperatures, less wind, and not too much rain, the crowds have left and you can still enjoy most outdoor activities. Nature is also at its best at these times; the West Coast wild flowers are a dazzling display in spring and in autumn, the spectacular colours of the vineyards are a sight to behold.

Average temperatures (° celsius)

  • Summer:  Min = 16, Max = 26
  • Winter:  Min = 7, Max = 18
guest house and villas

guest house and villas

stellenbosch, south africa    room per night from £100

This smart, comfortable guest house is located on the outskirts of Stellenbosch town, in an up-market suburb at the foothills of the mountains. It is a wonderful guesthouse, with a lovely spa, where your every whim is catered for!

delaire graff estate

delaire graff estate

stellenbosch, south africa    suites per night from £695

Situated on the highest crest of the magnificent Helshoogte Mountain Pass linking the Capes two leading wine districts - Stellenbosch and Franschhoek the Delaire Graff Estate has an exceptional spa and a selection of supremely luxurious lodges.