I certainly wasn't disappointed, however, my expectations were rather high given the five star rating. This is an absolutely stunning property comprised of vineyards, fruit trees, vegetable gardens, rolling green lawns, grand old oak trees, koi ponds, etc. I did feel that the property was in need of some TLC but that didn't take away from the wonderful experience. The staff (Jowine) was delightful and very attentive. I stayed in one of the cottages which was decorated with some very beautiful art deco pieces. The bed was extremely comfortable and made up with crisp, white linen and duvet cover. Unlucky for me, I only noticed the electric blanket on the second night and that made a world of difference as it was a rather chilly (middle of winter).
Breakfast and Dinner is served in the stately dinning room in the main house. Eating off antique crockery, and the lavish table settings really took me to pondering about the history of this establishment. Breakfast (included in the rate) was very generous with lots of choices to eat and drink. Dinner is a set menu with a few main course options. The food was tasty and well presented, however, I definitely felt the price tag was hefty at R300 per person.
Guests are invited for complimentary drinks before dinner in the loft lounge which is very comfortable with oversize leather sofas, gas fireplace (wood would be fantastic!) and a large tv screen (the tvs in the rooms are not connected to satellite and only play dvds/cds).
Kick this place up a notch or two and it very well could be worthy of it's five star tourism grading. But do go, you'll love it for it's old charm and beautiful surroundings! I'm looking forward to going back in October when I plan to spend much time at the pool and under the grand old oak trees.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Palmiet Valley is a producing Wine Estate in the heart of the Cape Wine Lands with thirteen romantic guest rooms in the historic Cape Dutch Manor House of the Estate. All rooms have en suite bathrooms and are furnished with the finest antiques. We have an international chef who is cooking exclusively for our house guests. We have been rated "Five Star" by the South African Tourism Grading Council. ... more less
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