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“Super Qualität - first calss location in Capetown/Stellenbosch/Falsebay - Region” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Papyrus Lodge
Ranked #81 of 113 Stellenbosch B&B and Inns
Linz, Austria
1 review
“Super Qualität - first calss location in Capetown/Stellenbosch/Falsebay - Region”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2011

We stayed in The Papyrus Lodge 3 and 2 day at the Start and End of our Trip To South Africa / Western Cape Region.
The location is very nice, high standard, everything is clean and up to date. Excellent breakfast with an incredible view! The Papyrus Lodge is a perfect location to explore Capetown, Falsebay and of course the Stellenbosch region.
The lake is very nice and ideal for relaxing days.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Kladensky
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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21 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2010

Papyrus Lodge is a quick drive from Cape Town and as wonderful as that is, it's also the downfall. Because Papyrus Lodge isn't far from urban areas, sitting on our deck looking out over the water falls just short of perfect because of the constant hum of traffic :(

Apart from the traffic, breakfast is delicious, the hosts are friendly (we were given a Happy New Years bottle of bubbly), there are lots of bass, from small up to about 3kg, the staff service rooms daily, a weber is provided, the dam is perfect for a swim and the waterboats are a lot of fun.

I'd rate this place 10/10 if it wasn't for the darn traffic hum!

  • Stayed December 2010
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Christopher M
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Rostock, Germany
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2010

it's a paradise!!!!!!!!!!!

Nice chalets on a small lake in the middle of a fantastic landscape.

and wines...

Thanks
Jens & Friends
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Stayed November 2010, traveled with friends
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Thank BennyX
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2010

I was attracted to papyrus from its beautiful pictures on the website and its general location.I was exceedingly happy to see that Papyrus Lodge did not disappoint, it was like it was on the pictures only better. We were blessed by beautiful weather which made it even more breathtaking. We stayed in a small wooden chalets overlooking the lake. With a wonderful sunset view over the lake with Table mountain in the distance - it was the perfect place to relax with a local red wine and enjoy the sunset. Although it is winter the weather was warm with blue skies. We spent our days visiting the various attractions in the area. Just 15 min away from the beautiful sandy beaches in Strand in one direction and 15min in the other direction we were in the centre of Stellenbosch, the heart of the local wine industry. Both did not disappoint. With restaurants, several golf courses, wine estates, horse riding, mountain walks and shopping facilities just minutes away. The best part was the day trips we could take. Papyrus Lodge is 5 min away from the N2 highway, but you would never guess it as it is so quiet and serene. The N2 takes you to Cape Town city centre in half an hour, where we went to the waterfront, the beautifully restored old harbor full of shops, restaurants and a host of other activities. Then the next dat to Stellenbosch then to Franschoek for lunch, then over the mountain to the apple groves in Elgin, followed by the most spectacular drive from Hermanus back to Papyrus lodge along the coastal road. We were hoping to see some whales but were informed by the friendly and knowledgeable owner of Papyrus that the whales only arrive in September. Looks like we will have to come again. Apparently in september the semi desert (the Karoo), which is about an hour away, blooms with millions of flowers and is a sight to be seen!

I found the accommodation and the surrounding gardens wonderful and well kept. The breakfast was incredible with everything one wants. The service was friendly and the rooms are well kept and clean, with good comfortable beds. I was very happy with everything and felt that the price was perfect value for money. I can only recommend Papyrus Lodge and its surroundings as it is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city (yet have the advantage of its proximity to the city and the international airport) whilst living in the splendid surroundings of the Stellenbosch winelands. Papyrus will not disappoint!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank WilliamGandberg
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Brighton
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2010

Having been in South Africa for the World Cup was just absolutely awesome. To experience the hospitality and the friendliness of these people was a privilege. We have found Papyrus Lodge on the internet and it was just the perfect location for us. To be able to get into Cape Town within 30 minutes and enjoy all the excitment there and return to this island of peace and beauty was just great. As mentioned above, indescribable! We stayed in one of the suites in the Lodge. Absolutely exquisit! Beautifully decorated. The evenings were really cold and we appreciated the fact that the rooms were very well heated, with underfloor heating in the bathroom and best of all a cozy fireplace to enjoy in the evenings. We had a marvellous stay. The breakfast was outstanding, with a ceackling fire going in the fireplace every morning, thank you Stefan. We so enjoyed your hospitality and the many useful tipps you gave us. We will surely be back and wish you many more happy guests to come.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank peggyvisserfam
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2010

Papyrus is in the perfect location. Close to the International Airport, beaches, Stellenbosch winelands and great local restaurants. Papyrus boasts unspoiled views of magnificent wine farms and the majestic Helderberg mountain

Take the owners advice and book a table at the 96 Winery Rd restaurant, which is literally across the road. Repeatedly voted one of the top restaurants in South Africa. It serves excellent local food with a continental flair and has a great atmosphere.

Although we did not travel with children, we could see that this place would excite any young family. Papyrus has more children's activities than most places we have visited. Apart from a climbing frame, the old broken tractor and the trampoline, the lake is clean and lovely to swim in.

We were welcomed warmly by the proprietor and owner, who turned out to be friendly and excellent hosts. We were given advice on places of interest and wine farms we should visit. All of their advice turned out great and we feel that the local knowledge given enabled us to make the most of every day we spent at Papyrus.

Papyrus offers 2 types of accommodation. In general the rooms feel safe,
clean, comfortable and spacious. The chalets overlooking lake have a spectacular sunset view from veranda, with table mountain silhouetted on the horizon.
The superior suites are located in the main manor house, each with their own private entrance and veranda. A nice touch for international visitors is that every room receives TV channels in German.

The rooms are beautifully thought out, every room has a kitchenette unit which has all the facilities to cater for ones-self. The finishes and fittings are of top quality and most importantly the owners have not saved on mattresses. I slept amazingly every night.

breakfast is served on garden terrace over looking the beautiful gardens leading down to the lake. There is a great variety available at breakfast. There is an excellent continental breakfast spread and if you feel like an English Breakfast, the staff will skillfully prepare it to order.

All in all Papyrus is great value for money, and a special place for anyone looking for tranquility and luxury. We enjoyed every moment of our stay. I highly recommend Papyrus Lodge.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank albertbeal
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2010

Cannot praise this establishment highly enough! From the friendly welcome, the spacious and comfortable rooms to the excellent breakfast personally cooked by the owner, what more could you want. The setting is idyllic with rooms on the water's edge and they seemed to have an answer for everything we wanted. Nothing was too much trouble and a 1st class restaurant right across the road. In short, perfect - we had a dream stay. Thank you Stefan & Kristin - we'll be back!

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank asakj
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Property: Papyrus Lodge
Address: Winery Road, Stellenbosch 7135, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Stellenbosch
Hotel Style:
Ranked #81 of 113 B&Bs / Inns in Stellenbosch
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A romantic and unusual destination. At Papyrus Lodge, visitors are surrounded by infinite natural beauty! A serene papyrus fringed lake with stylish chalets on stilts, a rowing boat at its moorings and the backdrop of the magnificient Helderberg mountains. Situated in the winelands between Stellenbosch and Somerset West. Apart from the romantic chalets, the elegant lodge offers exclusive and spacious 5 star suites with private garden terraces and stunning views over the park-like gardens. Peace, style and beauty, Papyrus Lodge offers it all. A place guest return year after year.Just half an hour from Cape Town international airport, but far away from pressure of city life. ... more   less 

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