Lothian Vineyards is the most exquisite wine estate situated in the Elgin Valley.
Its location is quite unique in that it’s positioned in the Kogelberg Biosphere – an area which posesses 1654 plan species that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Their location also means that if you’re patient and alert enough, you’ll also be able to spot rare species like the Cape Leopard, African Fish Eagle, Cape Clawless Otter and the Cape Eagle Owl.
This gorgeous estate is owned by the Wilson family who are originally from Scotland, but hail from 3 generations of Cape Winemakers. They actually grew up on their grandmother’s vineyard in the 1950s & 1960s… you might recognise the name: Rust en Vrede? Yup, that’s certainly some good wine heritage they have there…
The naturally cool climate of the area plays the perfect host to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Rose and Riesling varietals made in a Burgundian style, and thanks to their winemaker Stefan Gerber’s philosophy of not forcing any particular style onto the fruit and rather letting it reach its own full expression, they’ve already collected quite a few awards.
Accommodation wise, Lothian Vineyards has Lothian House – a 22,000 sq. ft masterpiece that can only be described as pure, unadulterated & exquisite luxury. I know this, because I was lucky enough to spend a night there last week, and I almost cried when I had to leave again the next day. Seeing as Lothian House is certainly not short on space, I took along two partners in crime – my good friends Jacki & Clouds.
This really ended up being an experience like no other, so prepare yourself for lots and lots of photos. (the perfect kind of “reading” for a Monday, right?)
Just to set the scene: This gorgeous 2 level home comfortably sleeps 14 – 16 people. It boasts 7 double en-suite bedrooms (including a little guest cottage), each with a private terrace. The lush gardens stretch out as far as the eye can see, and you have uninterrupted views of Lothian’s vineyards, the orchards, the private Applethwaite Lake, the Palmiet River, as well as the Elgin valley mountain-scape.
From the moment you walk through their tree-inspired front door, straight into the most elegant & striking glass stairway, you just know you’re in for quite a ride…
Let’s start the grand tour with a walk through the ground level, shall we:
Now if you’re not already completely blown away, let’s head upstairs:
Our afternoon was spent by the pool, enjoying all the beautiful Lothian Wines and digging into the most amazing cheese & charcuterie platter prepared by house manager (and most amazing guy), Grant Butterworth.The house also comes with a foosball table, jetskis, paddle boards and various other things to keep you entertained. If the great outdoors is your thing you can also do some hiking, fishing, bird watching, picnicking & lots more. (Check out the full list of facilities over here)
Because we were going more for the more chilled out approach, we decided to light a fire & enjoy the sunset while continuing our Lothian wine exploration. Clouds at least got a bit adventurous and tried her hand ad SUPing:Sitting there watching the sun setting over the lake truly is an experience. Even though you’re only about 70kms away from Cape Town, you really feel like you’re in a completely different world…
- Lothian House costs R75k per night during peak season & R35k per night during low season.
- You of course book the entire house and get to enjoy all the amenities I’ve mentioned above.
- The house also comes with: A house manager, private chef and housekeeping/gardening staff. AND they’ll make sure your kitchen & wine rack is fully stocked.
One night just really isn’t enough though, you’ll want way more time there. Therefore, if you’re able to, I’d encourage you to at least book a few days to really take it all in. They also cater for weddings & special events, so that’s good to keep in mind. (I’m totally getting married there – just need to find myself a husband… with money… not asking for much…)
For bookings & more info you can contact Grant Butterworth:
And if you need someone to tag along, you can drop me an email as well.
A BIG thank you to Grant and the rest of the Lothian team for looking after us so well. We have now been spoilt for life… cursed never to be impressed by anything else ever again…