Eikendal certainly has a lot going for it.....as you drive throught the vineyards to reach the lodge, you know you're right in the heart of wine country.
It's a purpose built lodge, so although the welcome was very warm, we found the rooms to be a little sterile; clean and functional, rather than cosy and inviting. The cheap laminate flooring seemed out of place in such a glorious setting.
And while we were impressed with the flowers and petals which had been liberally sprinkled everywhere (including in the toilet!), we were less impressed with the ants in the bathroom which we eventually killed using the insect spray provided.
The help-yourself wine-tasting was a nice touch....but breakfast was disappointing compared to other, cheaper, places we had stayed during our trip to South Africa. For example, it was the only place which charged extra for bacon and eggs. And our room was close to the dining area, so we were woken early by the staff laying tables at 7am.
Leonie was a great host, but Eikendal could be so much better.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Treat yourself to an authentic Cape Winelands experience, blended with superior wines and true hospitality! Eikendal Lodge is uniquely situated amidst prized vineyards and a working winery near Stellenbosch. The property also offers a wide range of activities, from grape picking to a fly fishing clinic with experienced professionals. Our philosophy is focused around the personal preferences of our guests with each visit specially tailored to ensure a flexible Winelands experience. We strive in making every stay a memorable one with exceptional yet unpretentious, personalised service and a homely atmosphere, giving each guest a sense of ownership. Eikendal Lodge offers an idyllic Winelands retreat, and comprise of nine spacious, en-suite bedrooms. Each room has a private terrace opening directly onto amazing, panoramic views of the Helderberg Mountain, our beautiful garden and lusciuos vineyards of Eikendal. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout. Each room is individually decorated and appointed with air-conditioning, satellite television, direct telephone, safe, fridge, and tea/coffee-making facilities. ... more less
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