What a superb place. Pricey, but worth it. We stayed here in Feb '06 as part of our honeymoon trip around the cape area. Great staff, stunning house & setting, fantastic suites, perfect pool area (and much bigger than it appeared in the photos we'd seen) and only a couple of minutes drive down a big straight road to some of the best restaurants you could ever hope to find. We were there during the big powercuts but even that was catered for with torches lighting up the rooms. The staff will prepare a picnic for you that you can take off down through the vineyard to the picnic areas they've hidden down at the back - it's a paved walkway all the way and you get to stroll past their sweet little chapel and the duck pond. This place was incredible. We loved driving through the front gates and up the driveway - very luxurious feel to it all! We HIGHLY reccommend this place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Le-Manoir-de-Brendel Estate is situated 55km’s from Cape Town International Airport, in the heart of the Cape Winelands, a mere 5 minute drive, from the historical Franschhoek Village, rated amongst the top gourmet & wine towns of South Africa on the R45. Welcome to those in the search of the extraordinary, whether it is breath-taking beauty, a sense of calm or the special refinements of culture, Le-Manoir-de-Brendel offers just that. Our 5-star rating represents the highest category for accommodation and service. Continental & Hot Breakfast is served overlooking the Klein Drakenstein Mountain and vineyards. Bring your racquet along and enjoy a game of tennis on our court overlooking the vineyards. If you cannot break away from your exercise regime there is always our gym for a serious workout. Both young and old enjoy playing a game of chess on our Giant Garden Chessboard. For more action, there’s a 1.2km walking trail through the vineyards along the Franschhoek River and over the Berg River via a wooden terrace. Lazing in and around our swimming pool is what our guests do best when the Franschhoek summer days are upon us. Lounging around our guest lounge fireplace is just the thing to do on cold and rainy days. Book a wine tasting session in the afternoon enjoying our best wines and the basics of professional wine tasting knowledge. You will get a chance to identify the various aromas of the wine and take information with you for future tastings. All suites are serviced daily and equipped with air conditioners, under-floor heating, direct dial telephone, M-Net, mini-bar, coffee and tea making facilities, safe for valuables, hairdryer, gowns, slippers and luxury bathroom amenities. Children are welcome. We can add single beds to most of our very spacious rooms with double bathrooms if the family suite is not available – see our surcharge rates. Memorable wedding and other functions have been hosted on our picturesque estate. ... more less
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