We stayed at Grand Dedale for two nights midweek in February - we booked hoping that we had found somewhere that was going to be the perfect place in the Winelands to unwind, and we couldn't believe our luck. Especially when we had the place to ourselves for the first night!
The guesthouse has been impeccably decorated, with particuar attention to detail in the rooms. The outside space, including the pool, is all in keeping with the beautiful decor.
The service was excellent, and the meals were another of the long list of highlights. I suppose I might have expected a slightly longer winelist - most of what's available are the Doolhof wines - but we enjoyed what we had with our dinner, all very well recommended by the staff.
Where Grand Dedale stands out I think is in having set themselves up a little off the beaten track (though still not difficult to find) - you can stay in similarly luxurious hotels in places like Franschoek (and pay a helluva lot more for the privilege), but I can't imagine anywhere can match the tranquility out there on the Doolhof Estate. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Grand Dedale - for what you get, it is incredibly good value; perhaps not ideal for young kids, but for those of us who'd managed to leave the kids with grandparents for a rare break, it was everything we wanted and more.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The historic Manor House on Doolhof Wine Estate has recently been restored to its former Cape Dutch elegance and houses six luxurious en-suite bedrooms and one free standing cottage. Spacious entertainment areas and landscaped gardens with a 15 meter pool guarantee relaxation. The 380 hectares of land are ideal for outdoor activities. Wine tasting, restaurant, function and conference facilities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Dedale Country House Hotel Wellington