My husband and I spent 3 nights at Summerwood in early May. It is a lovely property just on the outskirts of the town of Stellenbosch. Although it is possible to walk into the town, which we did during the day, it is much easier, and probably safer, to drive in the evening. We were warmly received and offered a warm drink as it had turned cool and rainy on the day that we arrived. We had booked a room which turned out to be at the top of the building with windows in every direction. We appreciated the view once the clouds cleared on the following morning. The room was beautifully appointed but two caveats on this particular accommodation. First of all, it required climbing two sets of stairs, the second of which was steep and rather narrow. Not a problem for us physically but a consideration for many folks. If you had heavy bags, Summerwood had an employee to carry them upstairs, but he was not a young man and it made us uncomfortable to ask for his help. The other issue is that it took several minutes for hot water to reach the bathroom. On our first morning, we never did get water that was more than lukewarm. We were told that this was due to our being at the top of the house, understandable in an older home but still frustrating. The bed was comfortable, the room spacious and full of light. There was little traffic noise but one of the neighbors does have a dog that likes to bark. Do not plan on watching TV as there are only about 6 or 7 channels, but there was free wifi. All of our hosts (they differed each day) were friendly and helpful. They happily recommended vineyards, sights to see, scenic roads and restaurants. We particulary enjoyed our visit to Rustenburg Vineyard. Our Summerwood hosts provided us with safety tips, explained about the parking attendants in the downtown, lent us maps. The breakfast was very nice and the public rooms were warm and welcoming. On arrival we were given a key to our room and a remote for the security gate. At breakfast, whoever was there came by our table to chat and answer questions. Stellenbosch itself is a lovely little university town with good restaurants, interesting historic sites, lovely gardens. We would definitely recommend this boutique hotel provided you have a vehicle.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This unique mansion, originally built in 1904, was designed by an Italian architect and has been lovingly restored to meet the demands of the modern traveler. It is set in a spectacular garden featuring a great variety of indigenous plants. Our friendly staff can advise you and organize activities in the village and surrounding areas such as guided wine tours, hiking tours, transfers, golf arrangements and much more. ... more less
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