I recently got engaged at South Hill Vineyeards, so I'll try not let the excitement make me too bias ;)
First off, Sandy was awesome. She organised everything so nicely from an admin perspective, and she was kind enough to let us stay just one night on the weekend (something most places don't allow).
We stayed in the pump-house cottage, which is simply awesome, in the sense that it's secluded, away from the madding crowd, has a dam and a jetty/deck where you can have supper if the weather permits, although we found it odd that the water was so low given all the rain at the time. The unit itself is quaint, and although not overly massive, is all a couple needs.
There's a single open-plan room - the bed is comfy and big and is separated from the lounge and kitchen by a chest-height center island. There's a beautiful, big, separate bathroom.
There's a closed jetmaster, which provided great heat, but would have been a tad nicer if it wasn't closed ;)
Outside, there's a wind-protected courtyard with a braai and a Jacuzzi - something we made relaxing use of, even though it was about 7 degrees Celsius outside! :)
All in all, it's a really awesome little spot. It may need a fraction of upkeep as I did notice a bit of damp (but it had been raining for a week solid!), but nothing serious.
The Elgin Old MacDaddy is just opposite the farm, about a kilometer away if you're looking for food, as the South Hill restaurant is currently closed.
As far as the Guest House goes, I've never stayed there, but a friend used that when he had his wedding there and I've been inside - it's really fantastic - so if you're more than a couple, it's a good option.
Of course, as a wedding venue it's a magnificent, all-in-one, and the wine tastes pretty good too!
I'd definitely recommend this spot to anyone!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our Guest House has 4 ground level double rooms en suite and an upstairs loft room en suite which sleeps 4. The Cellar Garden Suite sleeps 2 and has sweeping orchard views. Accessible either through the Guest House or its own separate entrance, the suite is completely self contained with a lounge area, kitchenette and outside garden braai area. In total the house has 6 bedrooms and sleeps 14. The Guest House has an open plan living/ dining and fully equipped kitchen. Outside we have a braai area with a pizza oven set alongside an informal, outdoors dining area and the swimming pool. A croquet set for the lawn and a boulé court are available. There is DStv in the living area and upstairs loft room. An iPod docking station and Wifi are set up in each of the bedrooms. The Guest House is serviced in the mornings. Available on an Exclusive Full Use or Individual Room Use basis. If taken on an Individual Room rate basis the rate includes breakfast in on on-site restaurant. Our Pumphouse Honeymoon Cottage which sleeps 2 is a secluded and self contained cottage with a pot belly fire place for cooler evenings. It has its own private courtyard with a Jacuzzi and braai facilities and is set overlooking one of the farms numerous dams. An iPod docking station is available. Feel free to join us for a wine tasting or a browse through our Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden with accompanying kitchen garden – open 7 days a week between 10h00 – 17h00. Our Restaurant is open 7 days a week for breakfast from 08h00 and lunches until 15h30. ... more less
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