Tokai Road, Steenberg Estate, Constantia 7945, South Africa
Air Conditioning, Airport Transportation, Babysitting, Banquet Hall, Bar/Lounge, Concierge, Conference Center, Dry Cleaning, Family Rooms, Fitness Center, Free Breakfast, Free High-Speed Internet, Free Parking, Golf Course, In-room safe, Laundry Service, Meeting Rooms, Multilingual Staff, Non-Smoking, Restaurant, Room Service, Satellite TV, Self-Serve Laundry, Shuttle Bus Service, Spa, Suites, Swimming Pool, Wifi
The Constantia winelands are one of my favourite corners of Cape Town. Despite lying just 20 minutes from the CBD,...
The Constantia winelands are one of my favourite corners of Cape Town. Despite lying just 20 minutes from the CBD, they’re a world away from the cosmopolitan bustle of the city. Here, the ridges of the Table Mountain National Park frame vineyards that trace their history back over three centuries; orderly lines of vine rolling across farms that have their own tales to tell.
Steenberg estate has one of the most engaging stories to tell thanks to one Catharina Ras, who in the 1680s – and by then on her fifth husband – defied local convention to become one of the first female farmers in the fledgling Cape colony.
And Catharina’s feisty spirit lives on in the three historic suites of the delightful Steenberg Hotel. While a range of more modern rooms have been added, the spacious suites in the original farm buildings – meticulously renovated to five-star standards – offer some of the most charming hotel accommodation in the Cape. Beautifully restored and impeccably decorated, the suites boast private terraces with secluded swimming pools and vineyard views. Oh yes, and there’s butler service on tap.
Although it’s just a short drive to many of the Cape’s top attractions, the estate surrounding the hotel has plenty to keep you entertained. The 18-hole championship golf course is regularly rated among the best in the country, and the hotel offers preferential tee times and green fees for guests. Adjacent to the hotel is the compact Ginkgo spa that offers an excellent array of treatments.
Stretched and exercised, you won’t go hungry either. Under the skilled knife of chef Garth Almazan, Catharina’s is an excellent fine dining option, offering innovative Cape cuisine. Alongside the winery, the more relaxed Bistro1682 has built up a loyal local following for the modern bistro fare.
With outstanding food, accommodation and facilities, this boutique hotel has become a firm favourite in my favourite corner of the Cape.
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