Ian and I stayed at Excelsior Wine Farm at the end of March 2013 and had a superb rest for three nights. The red wine harvest was in progress and we watched the grapes being handpicked in the enormous vineyards that surround the house, stretching as far as you can see. We also painted watercolours every day from the dam's embankment which gives a wonderful view over the estate's surrounding land towards mountains such as the Langeberg. For bird lovers you will spot various species on the dam water and view the horses, donkeys and aplacas that are kept in fields beside the farm. The big swimming pool with its surrounding deck is beautiful. Many other visitors were staying, a couple from Belgium and a married couple and their wedding guests arrived the day before we left. We are pensioners so appreciate the superb dinners that Carin Visser cooks for anyone who is too tired to go out at night. If you would like to see oil paintings I have done of the house and vineyards do go on to my website at Fine Art America.com which is elinor-fletcher.artistwebsites.com
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- Excelsior Manor Guesthouse, in the heart of the Robertson Wine Valley, is a Cape Revival manor built during the ostrich feather boom of the early 1900s. Having been recently lovingly restored to its former glory, it offers quiet luxury and personal hospitality. Set in a mature and graceful garden, with shady trees and fragrant roses, the Manor has nine homely bedrooms, with ensuite bathrooms, and exudes old world charm. Generous home cooked country breakfasts and delicious three course dinners are served in the traditional dining room or on the raised deck overlooking the swimming pool with a view over the vineyards to the Langeberg mountains. Excelsior is a working wine farm which has been in the de Wet family for 5 generations since 1859. Guests are invited to explore the 250 hectare farm either on foot or in the golf cart provided. There is a tasting centre, set on the picturesque dam, where guests are invited to try the range of Excelsior Wines and to blend their 'own creation'. Each of the nine unique luxury bedrooms at Excelsior Manor Guesthouse has a history linked to a famous thoroughbred or hackney horse that was previously bred on Excelsior Estate. All the rooms are ensuite and are equipped with the following:•Complimentary water, chocolates and a small bottle of local Muskadel•Towels •Hairdryer •Tea & coffee facility •Bathrobe & slippers •Bathroom amenities •Wireless internet connection is available in the lounge area •Clock radio/ alarm •International plugs Octavius - Octavius Caeser, the first thoroughbred sire introduced to Excelsior, was bought by Koos de Wet in 1873 ... more less
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