I recently got engaged at South Hill Vineyeards, so I'll try not let the excitement make me too bias ;)
First off, Sandy was awesome. She organised everything so nicely from an admin perspective, and she was kind enough to let us stay just one night on the weekend (something most places don't allow).
We stayed in the pump-house cottage, which is simply awesome, in the sense that it's secluded, away from the madding crowd, has a dam and a jetty/deck where you can have supper if the weather permits, although we found it odd that the water was so low given all the rain at the time. The unit itself is quaint, and although not overly massive, is all a couple needs.
There's a single open-plan room - the bed is comfy and big and is separated from the lounge and kitchen by a chest-height center island. There's a beautiful, big, separate bathroom.
There's a closed jetmaster, which provided great heat, but would have been a tad nicer if it wasn't closed ;)
Outside, there's a wind-protected courtyard with a braai and a Jacuzzi - something we made relaxing use of, even though it was about 7 degrees Celsius outside! :)
All in all, it's a really awesome little spot. It may need a fraction of upkeep as I did notice a bit of damp (but it had been raining for a week solid!), but nothing serious.
The Elgin Old MacDaddy is just opposite the farm, about a kilometer away if you're looking for food, as the South Hill restaurant is currently closed.
As far as the Guest House goes, I've never stayed there, but a friend used that when he had his wedding there and I've been inside - it's really fantastic - so if you're more than a couple, it's a good option.
Of course, as a wedding venue it's a magnificent, all-in-one, and the wine tastes pretty good too!
I'd definitely recommend this spot to anyone!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Guest House is available with various options including the whole guesthouse to share with your close friends or rent an individual room. Prices start from R900 per room depending on season. The Pumphouse suite, our very special romantic honeymoon cottage, is situated in the seclusion of an indigenous garden and fynbos, on the banks of our middle dam surrounded by Shiraz vineyards. Offering a very special experience, you can relax in your own tub or have an exhilarating spa bath in the stone walled courtyard. The cottage has an open plan lounge and bedroom and en suite bathroom. Prices start from R1200 per night depending on season ... more less