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Alluvia Wine Estate
Ranked #102 of 115 Stellenbosch B&B and Inns
Reviewed March 21, 2010

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Alluvia wine estate. The rooms were beautifully decorated and boast a breathtaking view of the surrounding winelands and mountains. We were content just to sit outside on our patio and take in the beautiful landscape. Lounging by the pool in the shade of the oak tree and strolling to the dam were also wonderfully relaxing pastimes. Alluvia offers great picnic breakfasts. On the first morning of our stay we were presented with a big picnic basket filled to the brim with delicious breakfast foodstuffs such as croissants, muffins, muesli, yoghurt and fresh fruit. Besides producing the best Sauvignon Blanc I've ever tasted, Alluvia is just a few minutes' drive from other top quality wine estates and the town of Stellenbosch itself. In terms of décor, service and especially location, Alluvia certainly gets full marks from us.

  • Stayed: March 2010
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2  Thank CKcapetown
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Reviewed February 25, 2010

What a wonderful gem we found recently, and quite by accident having taken a wrong turn whilst navigating the rather confusing Banhoek Valley area of Stellenbosch.

Alluvia Specialist Winery is as perfect a setting for holiday makers as we have ever seen. Besides the friendly staff, excellent wines and perfect setting for sundowners, my husband jumped for joy upon discovering a dam fully stocked with trout and bass. Even though he had left his fishing equipment at home, the staff promptly produced a spare rod and reel whereas that was it and I spent the day relaxing in the pool.
We were going to take the wine tour but time was against us so I can't comment on this.
Just to say a big thankyou to Alluvia.
We'll be back!!

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled on business
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Thank robwarrington
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Reviewed February 15, 2010

We did the One Night Pamper Special and cannot complain about anything...Everything from the accommodation,to the staff,to the views and the food was star... and we will definitely be going back for a longer stay and bring our friends along too...To Hendré and all the staff thanx for making our little get away extra special.

See you soon.
Rene & Jason

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank ReneMesias
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Reviewed January 8, 2010

Mixed feelings...the room we had at Alluvia was really great. Just perfect. What we did not really like was the service (lack there of) and fact that for e.g. breakfast you had to walk ~500m to a nearby located restaurant of average quality. Not what you expect when you book a location like Alluvia. The wine tasting was by far the worst we have experienced on our trip to SA. Just forget about it. On the positive side - the estate is beautifully located, approx. 10 mins drive from Stellenbosch.

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank GreetingsfromNL
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Reviewed January 14, 2009

We stayed in Alluvia for 3 nights during our 4 week trip around the Cape and were very impressed with the standard of accommodation and the friendliness/helpfulness of the staff. We stayed in Hutton and the view from our terrace was over the vineyards to the dam. Alluvia arranged a picnic for us one evening, which was excellent, with South African sized portions! Andrew, the wine manager, arranged a wine tasting for us and then gave us a day's itinary of wineries to visit and a lunch stop. It was a very enjoyable day. The only downside would be that the pool needs some attention - it needed a clean and there were no cushions on the loungers. Also breakfast is a walk away next door at Le Pommier - I actualled enjoyed my morning walk through the vineyards. There are also 3 very good restaurants close by, which means you don't have to drive down to Stellenbosch.

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled with friends
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1  Thank lisasplaces
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Reviewed January 6, 2009

In short I sit somewhere between the two opinions offered.

The location is lovely. Don't be put off about the road, it is nowhere near the property and simply serves for ease of access.

The view is stunning. The lake, the willow trees, the hills: stunning.

The honeymoon suite (Clovelly) is big and home from home. Sherry (delicious) on arrival, Alluvia wine (red not the greatest!) and a big warm fire.

The breakfast was delicious. A short (ish) walk through the vineyards (thank goodness it wasn't raining!) and served until 10.30am (we rocked up close to 11am and were served with a smile).

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The management was pretty sub standard. Cleanliness was not an issue, in fact the touches of lilac on the towels in the Bathroom were lovely. But I am sad to say the couple who own this place appear to have lost interest themselves and have put a very nice but not very bright "manager" in to run things. She didn't light the fire to warm the room for our arrival - in fact I only figured it out the next day after a rather chilly evening - a small but important point with the chilly winds!

Maybe we were unlucky, but the much talked about wine tasting in the book never quite happened and the manager tried her best, but in the end I believe she learned more from us having read the lierature in the room.

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In the end, although Spier (which we visited) may have the fab Moyo buffet restaurant experience and Cheetah cubs (and much better wine!), the seclusion is lovely and (once warm) I loved the room, white roses, open fire and four poster bed.

As stated by others, if you put yourself on a pedestal, you do risk being knocked down... but it is a lovely hideaway break.

  • Stayed: November 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank LondonShilly
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Reviewed May 4, 2008

We visited there about 3 months back and my family's experience was a rather different one. On our arrival, we were shown to our family apartment. The place was lovely and spacious and the staff were warm and friendly. When my husband urgently needed to check his email they went out of their way to arrange this for him.

As many people have mentioned, the views are pretty fantastic but besides that, the kids could also enjoy the fly fishing and mountain biking. All in all, we had a really nice weekend.

So agreeing to the post “Well done Alluvia,” unhappy customers should report their experiences to the owner.

Hopefully, your next stay will be as enjoyable as ours!

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled with family
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Thank AnnyCapeTown
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Address: Glen Arum Road | Helshoogte Pass, Stellenbosch 8000, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Stellenbosch
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #102 of 115 B&Bs / Inns in Stellenbosch
Price Range: $158 - $213 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Alluvia Wine Estate 5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set on a working wine estate in the heart of the Stellenbosch Winelands, lies a unique cult wine producer called Alluvia Specialist Winery.Alluvia’s award winning wine estate and its luxury accommodation provides a match made in heaven, which we simply describe as “the vineyard lifestyle”. ... more   less 
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