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De Leeuwenhof Hotel/Guesthouse
Ranked #1 of 14 Hotels in Paarl
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 14, 2013

great braai, very friendly athmosphere, we felt very welcome, Daan the owner can tell very fascinating stories, excellent spot to refill energy, relax, nice base for winetasting in the area. we like !!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

My wife and myself stayed four nights in early January in with Daan and Yvonne (or should I better say with Jack, their nice little Jack Russel Terrier). We had chosen De Leeuwenhof because of the excellent reviews at tripadvisor and all we can say is, that all our expectations got exceeded. It was just perfect, nothing could have been better! Daan and Yvonne are the perfect hosts and De Leeuwenhof is just the perfect place to stay in the Winelands. It is wonderfully located, perfectly restored and the spacious rooms for the guests are ideal to relax for a few days - or even longer. You van chose from many different breakfast options and special wishes, i.e. the eggs, are prepared fresh and with a smile.
Special highlight of our stay was the Braai and Daan's presentattion of the entire farm and the stories behind it.
We couldn't think of any better place to stay in the Winelands and as whenever we will return to the Winelands we definitely will first have a look whether there is space available in De Leeuwenhof!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

Spacious and luxurious rooms, a huge garden with tropical and subtropical plants, a big and clean swimming pool as well as a great breakfast on the terrace make this place an outstanding one. The service was very good and the owners tried their best to make our stay a memorable one. Highly recommendable!

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

Thanks to Daan and his family. We had a wonderful stay for 3 nights and enjoyed it very much. A highlight is Daan's braai.

Beautiful pool area and relaxing athmosphere

From De Leeuwenhof we had a lot daytrips to Stellenbosch and Franschoek.



We highly recommend De Leeuwenhof for a stay in the Western Cape wine area.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 21, 2012

I’ve been staying at de Leeuwenhof in Paarl for two weeks and had a great time. The room was beautiful, clean, cosy, had all the utilities I needed and the bed was exceptionally good. The property is well kept, the owners are very friendly and helpful (switching languages without any difficulties, knowing all the right places to be, etc), breakfast at the pool, a braai in the evening with yummy food and during the day do whatever you want. The location? Mountains, beaches, cities, big and small, nature, shops, all are in reach. And driving at the left side of the road seemed an adventure upfront, but wasn’t that difficult after all. No regrets whatsoever, already missing it…. Paola

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 10, 2012

We stayed 2 nights in this beautiful situated guesthouse, right between the wine yards and fruit trees. Things were better than we could have imagined or expected. Daan, the owner, made us feel 'home' immediately upon arrival and gave us great advises about where to go etc during our entire stay.

The rooms are very spacious, well decorated and clean and breakfast was more than satisfactory with fresh bread, fruit and pastries, omelettes etc. Having our own transportation, we found it a great place to explore the area from. Paarl has some very nice restaurants, but Franschhoek and Stellenbosch are easily reached by car.

We will definitely come back!

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 4, 2012 via mobile

The guest house is ok, the hosts are really friendly Dutch people. It's a bit away from the town, restaurants etc but you can take a taxi to get there. The room was clean, breakfast was OK but no attention to details - no fresh bread as 'it's finished' etc... In general I would recomend Franschoek or Stellanbosh as a better place to stay than Paarl, but it was good value for the money we paid!

  • Stayed: December 2012
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deleeuwenhof, Guest Relations Manager at De Leeuwenhof Hotel/Guesthouse, responded to this reviewResponded December 6, 2012

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We kindly thank Ania for her review and we are happy she found the offered services “value for money”.
During the young couple’s stay, they joined us for an evening filling event, farm tour and wine-tasting and traditional South African open fire “braai” and it was lovely to have them.

Reviews are very important to us but also for future guests as they picture a expectancy of not only what is offered at the establishment, but also what to expect in the area and its specific highlights.

De Leeuwenhof guesthouse is situated quietly hidden in a valley outside of the village of Paarl and one needs a car-ride of 5 min to get into town or better get a taxi when one wants to do quite some wine tastings in the area. The Taxi-rates vary from 6 euro’s for a city fare from us to town, to 80 euro’s for a day trip by taxi/guide.

Paarl, an agricultural driven Town, has a lot to offer, from historical monuments, wine estates and great restaurants, to scenic drives and beautiful nature reserves, but unfortunately for some not an exorbitant night life. For that one should go to Cape-Town or Stellenbosch, so Ania advice is totally correct here.
Couples seeking a romantic and familiar hide-away on a farm/estate will not be disappointed at de Leeuwenhof and we serve a healthy/ fruity breakfast between 08 and 10.00 o’clock during which we serve fresh oven-backed croissants and small pastries and local bread.

Daan van Leeuwen Boomkamp.
Manager/owner de Leeuwenhof.

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Address: Sonstraal Road | Klein Drakenstein, Paarl 7646, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Paarl
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 14 Hotels in Paarl
Price Range: $111 - $188 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — De Leeuwenhof Hotel/Guesthouse 4*
Number of rooms: 16
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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