I knew the winery and owner from my work in the UK wine world but this was a purely pleasure trip and although the pics on the website make the Manor House look enchanting, the reality was so much more! An exquisitely furnished and appointed old Manor House, brimful of history and antiques and needless to say a heavenly and luxuriously large guest room with all the facilities you could ask for, yet still in keeping with the dignity of the place. Carin Visser, the hostess was relaxed and genuinely welcoming (you can tell when a fake smile wishes you good evening - non eof that here!) We settled into the room, then were offered some wine: but not just a glass on the terrace! No, the use of a golf buggy to explore the estate then a bottle of superbly quaffable Shiraz in a picnic basket with glasses, nibbles etc and a suggestion to wobble over to the Tasting Room terrace, a wooden platform on stilts overlooking the lake, the mountains, the birdlife and an amazing sunset. Wasn't the straightest of golf buggy driving back to the house for a friendly, relaxed and thoroughlty delicious and enjoyable supper. I could go on...but lets just say, WOW! On a future trip to SA, I would probably base myself there and go explore further, knowing that the Manor House when you get back each day is the most perfect and relaxing home from home
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Excelsior Manor Guesthouse, in the heart of the Robertson Wine Valley, is a Cape Revival manor built during the ostrich feather boom of the early 1900s. Having been recently lovingly restored to its former glory, it offers quiet luxury and personal hospitality. Set in a mature and graceful garden, with shady trees and fragrant roses, the Manor has nine homely bedrooms, with ensuite bathrooms, and exudes old world charm. Generous home cooked country breakfasts and delicious three course dinners are served in the traditional dining room or on the raised deck overlooking the swimming pool with a view over the vineyards to the Langeberg mountains. Excelsior is a working wine farm which has been in the de Wet family for 5 generations since 1859. Guests are invited to explore the 250 hectare farm either on foot or in the golf cart provided. There is a tasting centre, set on the picturesque dam, where guests are invited to try the range of Excelsior Wines and to blend their 'own creation'. Each of the nine unique luxury bedrooms at Excelsior Manor Guesthouse has a history linked to a famous thoroughbred or hackney horse that was previously bred on Excelsior Estate. All the rooms are ensuite and are equipped with the following:•Complimentary water, chocolates and a small bottle of local Muskadel•Towels •Hairdryer •Tea & coffee facility •Bathrobe & slippers •Bathroom amenities •Wireless internet connection is available in the lounge area •Clock radio/ alarm •International plugs Octavius - Octavius Caeser, the first thoroughbred sire introduced to Excelsior, was bought by Koos de Wet in 1873 ... more less
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