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Grand Dedale Country House
Ranked #1 of 23 Wellington B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Epsom, UK
Level 6 Contributor
131 reviews
73 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Still brilliant.”
Reviewed December 19, 2013

We did a really brief visit a year ago and promised ourselves that we would come back and stay longer and I'm really glad we did.
Staying longer means that we got to have a great massage and spend much more time outside relaxing. The room, food and service are still outstanding and much as we promised ourselves we would borrow bikes and go on a long hike, we did neither as the allure of the pool and wine proved too much.
This hotel is a really lovely addition to a Cape Town/Garden Route break, but also makes a great holiday in itself.
Already planning a trip next year.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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GrandDedaleCountry, Owner at Grand Dedale Country House, responded to this review, January 3, 2014
Dear N & A, thank you for choosing once again Grand Dédale to recharge your battery and escape the cold London days. We will ensure that the mountain bikes are well oiled and ready for your next visit. Trust us, once you have discovered our valley through biking you will want to come back for more!!!!

Kind regards from the Grand Dédale Team
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Vienna, Austria
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Reviewed November 26, 2013

After several hectic days of wine tasting we were surprised to find such a bit of heaven at the end of this valley. Booked for only one night we decided to extend our stay for another one and had the most divine time. Thanks to the team, in particular Angelo who is a wonderful host.
We hope to be able to come back soon…

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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GrandDedaleCountry, Owner at Grand Dedale Country House, responded to this review, December 4, 2013
Dear Lydia, thank you for your review and kind words. We are glad that you decided to wind down and extend your stay by one night and we hope that on your next visit you will at least book for two night and still be tempted to extend.
We look forward to welcoming you back on your next trip to South Africa.

Kind regards from the Grand Dédale Team
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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39 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed October 13, 2013 via mobile

We returned to celebrate our first wedding anniversary after a wonderful experience on our honeymoon in 2012. Wow it was every bit as wonderful as we remembered. The rooms are beautifully decorated with great attention to detail, the service excellent and the surroundings exquisite. It is the perfect place to relax and enjoy each others company, long walks in the vineyards, sundowners on the patio and a romantic dinner for two. The food is excellent and each evening we were presented with a new menu. We will definitely be returning again next year.

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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GrandDedaleCountry, Owner at Grand Dedale Country House, responded to this review, October 25, 2013
Dear H and C, once again congratulation on your first anniversary and we are delighted that you have chosen Grand Dédale for your special occasion.
We look forward to celebrate many more anniversaries with you.
Kindest regards
The Grand Dédale Team
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Hermanus, South Africa
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26 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed September 28, 2013

If you want to escape from everything this is the place to come and stay. From the time you arrive you know that you will be able to unwind in luxurious surroundings. Every need is catered for during your stay, from the personalised welcome letter to dietary requirements nothing is to much for the team. For those of us who are always connected there is still good wifi available but do not expect to have a tv in your room, and there is no cell phone reception. For the essential tv viewing there is a communal lounge.

You don't come to a luxury retreat such as this for tv, there is wine tasting, walks along the river and a chance to reconnect with your partner.

My only complaint is the road, I do not enjoy dirt roads even short 2km roads, however the reward was worth it.

Room Tip: The suites on the ground floor of the manor house are preferable over the upstairs rooms.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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GrandDedaleCountry, Owner at Grand Dedale Country House, responded to this review, October 24, 2013
Thank you for your review and we are glad to hear that we have ticked all the right boxes. Since your last visit we have made a couple of changes and one in particular was needed in order for us to comply with new Tourism Grading Council of South Africa guidelines for 5* Country Houses; all our bedrooms are now equipped with flat screen tv and Hotel Bouquet DSTV.
The gravel road get graded every six weeks by the municipality however the municipality has now supplied the farms with a grader and we are therefore able to fix the road on a more regular basis.
Lastly we have been awarded the Lilizela Tourism Award by South Africa Tourism as the best 5* Country House in South Africa.
We look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
The Grand Dédale Team
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Sulivan
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Reviewed September 27, 2013

My wife and I recently stayed at Grand Dedale as part of our honeymoon. Our wonderful stay was only dampened by the torrential rain. While the drive in was hard on the suspension the scenery was spectacular. The property itself was beautifully maintained. Upon arriving we were met with afternoon tea by the fireplace before being shown to the cottage where a bottle of champagne was waiting. This set the tone for the rest of our stay. The cottage was particularly romantic and more than adequately equipped (although this could be said of all the rooms). While the roof leaked this was understandable given the weather. Breakfast was excellent as was dinner. Angelo was a wonderful host and proved an endless source of advice re day trips and local restaurants. He was ably supported by the delightful Brighton for whom nothing was too much trouble. Ultimately we had a wonderful time and could not fault Grand Dedale in any way.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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GrandDedaleCountry, Owner at Grand Dedale Country House, responded to this review, November 9, 2013
Dear Tim,

thank you for your review and feedback and apologies for the late reply but we recently discovered that our page had a duplicate and your review went onto the duplicated page; promptly Trip Advisor has rectified the issue and there is only now one Grand Dédale Country House.
I am delighted to hear that despite the weather your honeymoon time with us was unspoiled and I am happy to report that the roof in the cottage will be replaced next May, as likely now, we are experiencing some beautiful summer weather.

Best regards from the Grand Dédale Team
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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27 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed September 26, 2013

My husband and I stayed at Grand Dedale to attend a wedding in Wellington. After a terrible experience at the airport we wanted to have some quiet time and relax. Grand Dedale allowed us to do so immediately. On arrival, you're struck by its natural beauty and surrounds, the quiet luxury of the manor house and its rooms.

Angelo the Owner and Manager greeted us warmly on arrival, and we were quickly located to our beautiful suite (Jacques Potier). The room size was perfect, with generous wardrobe space and bathroom. A beautiful freestanding bath and separate vanities. We even had our own private and intimate dining space, where dinner was served to us.

Grand Dedale is a wonderful quiet hotel, with helpful and unimposing staff. The tea and breakfast was good and served on the patio. While dinner was a longer, more intimate affair following canapes and sparkling wine.

We only wished we could have stayed longer to enjoy some walks in the vineyards and surrounding forest and have some spa pampering. We will definitely be visiting again.

Room Tip: Jacques Potier suite is close to the pool and has easy access to the patio. Nice sized room, beatifu...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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GrandDedaleCountry, Owner at Grand Dedale Country House, responded to this review, November 9, 2013
Dear Claudia,

thank you for your review and feedback and apologies for the late reply but we recently discovered that our page had a duplicate and your review went onto the duplicate page; promptly Trip Advisor has rectified the issue and there is only one Grand Dédale Country House.
Hopefully you will not have to wait for another wedding for you to re-visit Grand Dédale, any excuse is a good excuse; birthday, anniversary or just because you want to enjoy the beauty, tranquillity and natural beauty of our valley.

Kind regards from the Team at Grand Dédale Country House
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Somerset West, Western Cape, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed September 12, 2013

What a lovely place! We loved everything about itThe beautiful decorated house, the fantastic veranda, the horses, nature and 5 star treatment made it the best hotel we ever visited in S.A. Only thing we didn't like was leaving so soon...Thank you to all who made our stay so great. See you soon!

Room Tip: All rooms are just so beautiful but next time we will definately stay in the rooms in the main house...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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GrandDedaleCountry, Owner at Grand Dedale Country House, responded to this review, November 9, 2013
Dear Brenda,

thank you for your review and kind words.
Firstly we must apology for the late response but we discovered that our page was duplicated and we have missed some reviews; Trip Advisor were quick to respond to our issue and we now have only one Grand Dédale Country House.
We are glad that you rated us the best hotel ever visited in South Africa and we are happy to announce that last September we were awarded the Lilizela Tourism Award as the best 5* Country House in the Country.

We look forward to welcoming you back.

Kind regards from the Team at Grand Dédale
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Property: Grand Dedale Country House
Address: The Bovlei | Doolhof Wine Estate, Wellington 7654, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Wellington
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 23 B&Bs / Inns in Wellington
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Grand Dedale Country House 5*
Number of rooms: 7
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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