Bjorn and I were recently totally spoilt with a blissful weekend in gorgeous Stellenbosch, staying at Oude Werf Hotel which is situated at 30 Church St.
Established way back in 1802, the hotel has some serious bragging rights for being South Africa’s oldest & most historic hotel. It is located right in the heart of Stellies, which means you’re totally in the thick of things and just walking distance from all the amazing little shops, museums, galleries & eateries. There’s also free valet parking, which means you can safely tuck that car away while you happily explore on foot.
The hotel has been designed & decorated in a Georgian Style which takes you back to a time of elegance & drama. It also boasts a modern and truly beautiful garden courtyard & pool area. Let me tempt you with some photos…
The hotel has 45 en suite bedrooms (12 classic, 21 superior & 12 deluxe) as well as 5 self catering apartments. All the rooms/apartments have been individually styled with antiques which have been collected over the years (and remember, there’s been A LOT of years, so there’s some really incredible furniture pieces to be seen around the hotel).
We were staying in one of their deluxe rooms which boasts a huge bed & equally huge bathroom with underfloor heating en alles. The one we stayed in was situated just past the pool area, facing the street (so you can expect some road noise, but nothing too crazy).
A lot of their superior rooms however look over the pool and the ones which are situated on the 1st & 2nd floors, have the cutest little balconies. So I’d say, if you prefer to be tucked away in your cosy room and have that bit of extra space inside, go for the deluxe option. But if you like to be part of the action a little more & have the option to step outside, opt for the superior room.
Dinner at their restaurant, 1802 (open to anyone, not just those who stay there), was an absolutely lovely experience. You can sit inside our outside in the restaurant’s own little vine covered courtyard. Both are great options because it’s a beautiful dining spot inside & out:
The dinner menu offers up some great traditional dishes with a modern twist. Think butternut soup infused with Rooibos tea , wild mushroom tart with salsa verde & truffle oil, venison loin, lamb shank, Cape Malay Bobotie and West coast sole with a beetroot risotto…
Breakfast the next morning was an equally great treat. With a buffet spread of fresh fruits, yoghurts, cereals, cheeses, meats, breads, baked treats (like yummy scones!) and more. Moving on to a hot breakfast of your choice. It left you needing a little post brekkie nap, that’s for sure.
All ‘n all we had a really great stay. The staff were super friendly and welcoming. We got to catch up on so much needed lost sleep and we left their with very happy pot bellies. I can highly recommend Oude Werf if you’re looking for a little winelands getaway…
To sweeten the deal, they have a few really great special packages at the moment. We were there to experience their Weekend Market Day package where you are encouraged to explore the various amazing markets Stellies have to offer while you are there. The deets are as follows:
From only R1125.00 per room, per night Valid until 30 September 2013 (min 2 night stay)
– Dinner in Restaurant 1802 on one of the evenings
– Scrumptious breakfast every morning
– A late check-out at 14h00 Or extend your stay by 1 more night and pay only R900 (that’s still including breakfast)
– Receive a special parcel of homemade jam’s from the market to take home
Read more about this one & other specials, click on over here. And for any queries, contact the hotel on 021 887 4608 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A huge thanks to the entire Oude Werf team for an amazing stay. Hopefully we can make it back there at some point. I do really love Stellies, so it’s definitely not a hard sell. 😉