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“Great start to our holiday: relaxing, friendly.” 4 of 5 stars
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Sugarbird Manor
4.0 of 5 Guest house   |   Protea Heights Farm | Devon Valley Road, Stellenbosch 7600, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #22 of 101 Stellenbosch B&B and Inns
London, United Kingdom
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“Great start to our holiday: relaxing, friendly.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2010

Best place we stayed during our trip. Really well presented. Friendly relaxed service. Superb view across vines to the distant Heldeburg. Outside of Stellenbosch so you need a car but means it's blissfully quiet at night. Good location for winery visits.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
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  • Cleanliness
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2010

We found that the Sugarbird Manor is very ''hotel-like'' and lacks the warmth of a typical South African guest house. The rooms were clean and had everything we needed but were very small.
Therefore, we were disappointed to pay R500 per person per night, we stayed in much better places for that price.
Also, cats should not be allowed in the guest house. My husband is very allergic and he kept sneezing for the rest of the day.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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SugarbirdManor, Guest Relations Director at Sugarbird Manor, responded to this review, April 22, 2010
Dear Mr and Mrs Inolet

Thank you for your valued feedback. Constructive criticism is at times some of the best feedback, as it helps us to develop an even better overall package for our prospective guests.

We sincerely appologise that the guesthouse pet cats spurred off your husbands hayfever. If we had known we could have done our utmost best to keep them away as we have previously done in the past for guests with allergies.

We thank you for staying at Sugarbird manor and making the time to send in your feedback.

Kind Regards,
Kim Cunnington
Guest Relations
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2010

Sugarbird is located 10mins from Stellenbosch town centre, up a long road which benefits from spectacular views over acres of vinyards. The vinyard and flower farm itself is very private and secure and a great place of seclusion to get away from it all!!
The rooms are clean, bright and ours had a great view over the infinity pool, terrace and the fields beyond. Breakfast is delicious, great choice of fruit, cereals and cooked breakfast. We were given great recommendations of vinyards to visit and places to eat: Dunheim do a great tour and Donier has a spectacular view for lunch!
Overall, a very pleasant stay ad would definitely return!

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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SugarbirdManor, Public Relations Director at Sugarbird Manor, responded to this review, April 22, 2010
Dear Ms Routard,

Thank you for some wonderful feedback, it is always appreciated. We are so glad that you had a relaxing and tranquil stay at Sugarbird manor.

We hope to accommodate you in the near future.

Kind regards,
Kim Cunnington
Guest Relations
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2010

We stayed at Sugarbird Manor after spending a week in central Cape Town and wanted somewhere quiet and peaceful but not too far from the centre of town and surrounding vineyards. Sugarbird Manor is less than a ten minute drive from central Stellenbosch and was perfect for us in terms of location and tranquility. The views are lovely and the infinity pool is a great place to relax around (although perhaps a little cold in March to spend any length of time in). The rooms are well proportioned, modern in design and offer every amenity you would expect - a reflection I think of Ginny (the owner's) American roots.

Don't be put off by the mention of cats! My husband and I are not cat lovers but enquired about this before we arrived and Ginny kept them at bay during our stay. The odd one we did see from afar kept to itself and was no bother at all.

A bbq dinner can be provided on request but we didn't bother - there are too many great places to eat nearby. And perhaps the quietness of the guest house would be a little unatmospheric for dinner with just two of you. Our highlight was a meal at the Rust en Vrede wine estate restaurant (recommended and booked by Ginny) which was one of the best meals we've ever had and thoroughly recommended. Breakfast was very good as was all the service we encountered.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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SugarbirdManor, Guest Relations manager at Sugarbird Manor, responded to this review, April 21, 2010
We are so happy that you had a wonderful experience at Sugarbird manor...and stellenbosch in general.

We hope to accommodate you again in the near future.

Kind Regards,
Kim Cunnington
Guest Relations Director
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Cape Town
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2010

My wife and I have stayed here several times now. We think of it as our own little secret. So close to the charm of Stellenbosch, but secluded enough that you feel like you're on an island. The place oozes "relaxation". Rooms all modern with nice bathroom fixtures. Comfy bed and lots a tv channels. On one occasion we've took our 2 little kids along and they loved the pool which seems to be very new. But this is probably not a place to take youngsters who may need jungle-gyms and merry-go-rounds. Atmosphere here is tranquil.

The owner is a charm. She's got a neat vision of how her flower farm, wine farm, and lovely B&B all fit together. I am not sure I quite get it, but it's a neat place to stay and her wine tastes great. We'll keep coming!!

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2010

Yes, Stellenbosch is not lacking grand views, but this B&B is simply stunning. We stayed in a range of 4-5* places during this holiday, but the design of the room, and the size (thought we had suite, I admit) here are just impressive! For the ones who love gardening, go, go, go! It is active protea farm. I sneaked a plant, given by Ginny, to me trunk, and am now growing it at home. Ginny was lovely, relaxed lady and helped a lot with winery trip etc. We had our boys of 5 and 9 with us and they jumped in that pool upside down, loved it. The plus is aslo very close proximity to Stellenbosch itself, so you don't feel dropped in the middle of nowhere. Ultra clean, gorgeous bath design. Ginny is American, by the way.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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cape hatteras
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2010

Sugarbird Manor was a perfect winter getaway located in the rolling hills above Stellenbosch with incredible views across the vineyards to the south and east including three ranges of mountains and even the ocean on a clear day. After our many excursions to Cape Town, local vineyards and to the neighboring towns, it was always so relaxing to return to the quiet sanctuary of Sugarbird. The afternoon light was unbelievable.

Gini, Chris and Megan were extremely helpful with suggesting day trips and with our ever changing itinerary. This included managing to negotiate the price of three day safari to Kruger National Park down to within our budget. This required adjusting and booking several flights into our existing itinerary. We simply wouldn't have been able to make it without them.

The rooms were impeccably maintained and were very quiet. The rest of the staff were always there for us, without being overbearing. Every morning there was an extensive array of fruits, cereals, yogurts, juices, breads, excellent muffins, and of course made to order menu as well, (try the Eggs Benedict).

All in all, the we found Sugarbird to be a perfect base camp for exploring Cape Town and the wine country.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Protea Heights Farm | Devon Valley Road, Stellenbosch 7600, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Stellenbosch
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 101 B&Bs / Inns in Stellenbosch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Sugarbird Manor 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the picturesque Devon Valley, Sugarbird Manor is set on a tranquil 21-hectare protea farm. With expansive views across vineyards and valleys, this beautiful farm is the perfect base to relax in total peace and quiet. Stylish guest rooms with elegant and contemporary touches include air-conditioning, ceiling fan, DSTV, WiFi, telephone, safe and tea tray. One room is wheelchair friendly. Delicious breakfasts and lunches available on request. ... more   less 
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