My wife and I spent three nights at de Leeuwenhof at the end of March 2012 in a luxury room at the barnyard.
De Leeuwenhof is quietly located a little outside of Paarl on a fruit and wine farm. Nevertheless Paarl is within a short and easy drive.
At arrival we were greeted by Yvonne and supplied with recommendations where to go for dinner.
Our room was rustic in a sophisticated country house style and the grounds were well kept. Each morning I saw a gardener at work. One morning Daan tasked the gardener to wash our car, which we found very attentive. Our room had a big separate bathroom with two sinks, rain shower and additional regular hand shower; water pression was good.
Breakfast was rich and of good quality with juice, cereals, freshly made fruit salad, fried eggs, bacon and mushrooms. There were two friendly ladies who arranged the breakfast and did the service.
Daan is an interesting and pleasant person to talk to and to me seemed to be an expert in agriculture and wine. One day we talked about South African Shiraz which ended up that Daan gave me a bottle of Shiraz from his own production and invited us for an after dinner drink. Unfortunately I could not accept the bottle as we were returning home the next day and it was not possible to take the bottle on the plane. To my greatest regret we also did not have the after dinner drink with Yvonne & Daan as we were completely exhausted from our tour to various winegrowing-estates.
At check-out within 20 minutes Daan gave us a lesson on the political and economic conditions, under which he has to run his business.
To make a long story short, I would go back in a heartbeat. If I had to criticize minor details it is the length of the bed (is it 1,90 m?), which I found a little short for my size (1,80 m) and that there was a little too much light in our room during the night due to the lights on the grounds; however, I understand that this improves security for the guests. I am not a good sleeper, if it is not completely dark in the room, but other people might be less sensitive.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "De Leeuwenhof" was founded in 1698 by a French Hugenot who came to the Cape winelands to grow fruit and grapes. Nowadays the 4-star Cape Dutch Estate is restored to it former glory and offers 11 luxury guestrooms and two apartments, 4 self-catering cottages and a small restaurant with a nice entertainment area with two pools and safe parking. The Estate is family run and the personal touch will make you feel quite at home. Most guests come to rest and enjoy the food and wine and beautiful surroundings. "De Leeuwenhof" 11,5 Ha is still a working farm and produces 64 tons of grapes and 200 tons of fruit on a yearly basis. The estate is situated in the historic wine lands of the Western Cape, tranquilly situated on the foot of the mountains 5 min from Paarl itself.The offerings more specific: Rooms & family apartments: We can accommodate 36 people in total!Attached to main House (1698): Two family apartments , with two double bedrooms with queen-sized four-poster beds, kitchenette, terrace and bathroom, fully air-conditioned (cooled and heated) TV, DVD and local TV station. Minimum charge of two people per apartment. In adjoining historic building " The Old Barn"(1914 ) Four luxury rooms **** with queen-sized double bed and en-suite bathroom, coffee/thee tray, patio and linked to private terrace with pool. In The orchard we offer 4 self catering cottages with bedroom including en-suite Bathroom and separate kitchen, dining area with fire-place and outside terraceand we offer 6 luxury rooms in "The Old Stable" with en-suite Bathroom and private terrace.Also: - Secured private parking space on farm - Own private terrace with the apartments and outside terrace with the luxury rooms. - Air-conditioned ( heating and cooling ) - Swimming pool - TV, DVD in apartments and Satellite DStv and LCD flat-screens in luxury rooms - Internet facilities present (wireless ADSL ) - Laundry service on request. - Daily cleaning of rooms - Credit card facilities ... more less
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