South African Hotels

Rijks Country House

Van Der Stel Street/Winterhoek Road
Tulbagh 6820
Western Cape
South Africa
Hotel Type

Nestled in the scenic and lush Tulbagh valley of South Africa's beautiful Cape Winelands, the beautiful five-star Rijks Country House opened in October 2008 following extensive renovations. The house offers travellers and day visitors a wonderful getaway experience while enjoying the personal service and the convenient facilities of this graceful and elegant country retreat.

The hotel lies on a Wine Farm, which is home to Rijks Private Cellar; a mere five minutes away from the centre of Tulbagh, Western Cape. Old trees and an abundance of beautiful Iceberg roses welcome guests to the estate from where spectacular views of the vineyard hills set against the mountains can be enjoyed.

  • 18-hour room service
  • Laundry and ironing service
  • Airport shuttle service and transport to visit nearby wine farms and cellars
  • Full-service business desk with the internet, fax and printing
  • Wireless Internet
  • Gift and wine shop
  • Lounge and library
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Swimming pool
  • Boules
  • Private and public wine tastings
  • Picnics upon prior arrangement
  • 32-seater fine dining restaurant: Que Sera
  • 20-seater private dining room: Mon Ami
  • Polo Wine Bar
  • Conferencing facilities
  • Babysitting services


  • Night-harvesting of the vineyard grapes in the summer months
  • Wine tasting at Rijks Private Cellar
  • Hiking and walking trails
  • Fishing
  • Bird watching

Nearby Attractions and Activities:

  • Tour and tasting of Krone Borealis at Twee Jonge Gezellen
  • Wine tasting and art gallery at Saronsberg
  • Arts, crafts and curio shops
  • Art galleries
  • Oude Drostdy Museum
  • Oude Kerk Volksmuseum
  • Golf at the Ceres country club (20-minute drive)
  • Polo matches
  • Hiking and walking trails
  • Photographic tours
  • Horse riding
  • Fishing
  • Mountain biking
  • Health and fitness centre
  • Dried fruit tours
  • Beauty salon and aromatherapy
  • Plant Nurseries
  • Farmers' market
  • Belgian chocolate factory specialises in chocolate and wine pairing
  • Award-winning cheese shop selling handcrafted farmhouse cheese

Nearby Wine Estates

This Estate is surrounded by well-known wine estates which are worth a visit and where wine tastings are offered. These include Manley Private Cellars, De Oude Drostdy Manor, De Heuvel, Blue Crane Vineyards, Saronsberg Cellars, Schalkenbosch Wine Estate, Tulbagh Winery, Theuniskraal Wine Estate, Waverley Hills, Twee Jonge Gezellen, and Buck’s Ridge Wine and Olives.


The exclusive country house serves delicious and fresh cuisine combined with an excellent and detailed wine list.

  • Que Sera: 32-seater fine dining restaurant offering an a la carte menu and buffet breakfast
  • Mon Ami: 20-seater private dining room with high tables and chairs, a cosy fireplace and doors leading out onto the vineyards
  • Iceberg Terrace for al fresco dining outdoors
  • Polo Wine Bar & tasting room

Below detailed information about the Rijks Country House is available.
For any queries regarding this hotel, you are welcome to contact us.

  • Adaptors
  • Air Conditioning
  • Balconies
  • Ceiling Fan
  • DVD player
  • Ensuite / Private bathroom
  • Fireplace
  • Hairdryer
  • Housekeeping
  • Mini bar
  • Plasma TV screen
  • Safe
  • Satellite TV
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Writing desk


Que Sera

The Que Sera Restaurant at Rijks Country House in Tulbagh, Western Cape, can accommodate about 40 guests offering an a la carte menu. During the winter, cozy log-fires warm the restaurant up while air-conditioning keeps guests cool during the summer time.

Mon Ami

Mon Ami is a private and exclusive dining venue at the Rijks Country House which can seat 20 guests at a long, bar-style table for a modern, fun event for small groups.

The Iceberg Terrace

The Iceberg Terrace at the Rijks Country House can accommodate up to 120 guests. This open air dining venue is ideal for functions.

The Polo Bar

Rijk's Polo Bar offers a wooden table, private terrace, additional bar seating and a large open fireplace. This quaint bar overlooks the surrounding vineyards.

Alternative dining

Guests staying at the Rijks Country House may choose to dine by the dam, at the pool lapa or on the rooms private terraces.

On-site activities
  • private wine cellar
  • bird watching
  • scenic vineyard walks
  • hikes
  • swimming
  • boules
Nearby attractions
  • Church Street
  • Museums
  • Art galleries
  • Gift shops
  • Saronsburg Theatre
  • Local restaurants
  • Kimilili - an award-winning cheese factory
  • Moniki - a Belgian chocolate factory
  • Waverly Hills Organic Wine and Restaurant
  • Saronsburg Cellars
  • Twee Jonge Gezellen
  • Manley Private Cellars
  • De Oude Drostdy Manor
  • Schalkenbosch Wine Estate
  • Tulbagh Winery
  • Bucks Ridge Wine and Olives
  • De Heuvel
  • Blue Crane Vineyards
  • Theuniskraal Wine Estate
  • Horse riding
  • Hiking
  • Mountain biking trails
  • Kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Zip-line adventures
  • Big Five safari tours
  • Galgeheuwl Reserve and community gardens


The conference venue at the Rijks Country House in Tulbagh, South Africa, is located next to the main building while a variety of indoor or outdoor locations around the Rijks Country House are ideal for smaller meetings, breakaway rooms and coffee breaks. Conference packages at the Rijks Country House can be tailor made for different group requirements. Rijks Country House is also ideal for team building events during which activities such as treasure hunts, races, picnics and sports can be arranged.

Seating capacities:

  • Cinema style 60 guests
  • Schoolroom style 32 guests
  • Boardroom style 20 guests
  • U Shaped style 34 guests
  • Herringbone style 60 guests

Conference facilities:

  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Full service business desk
  • Bottled water and juice
  • Pens, paper and mints

  • Barbeque & braai area
  • Boardroom Facilities
  • Conference venue
  • Curio Shop
  • Gift Shop
  • Library
  • Lounge
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
  • Whiskey & Cigar Lounge
  • Wine cellar
Baby Facility

Babysitting services are available on request for guests staying at the Rijks Country House in Tulbagh.

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 10:00
Business Services
  • Wireless Internet access in public areas
General Services
  • Babysitting
  • Housekeeping service
  • Laundry services
  • Room service
  • Secure parking
  • Tours & Transfers on Request

Available Rooms

Luxury Room

# Rooms:

The Rijk's Country House offers 15 spacious rooms all of which are tastefully decorated in a country style. Each room reflects its own unique color scheme with original artworks. The use of high ceilings combined with finest in fittings and furniture create the perfect mix of old charm and classic modern.

Standard Room features:

  • Outdoor terrace: table and chairs
  • Natural light
  • Privacy and tranquility
  • Flat screen TV with DSTV
  • Air-conditioning
  • Ceiling-fans
  • Large bath and shower with twin basins and separate toilet
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Stocked mini-bar
  • Safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Sitting area
  • Dressing table or work desk.
Single Room R2670
Double Room R2670

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GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -33.288505

Longitude: 19.140245


Approximate distances by car:

From Cape Town International Airport 90 minutes
From Cape Town 80 minutes
From Paarl and Worcester wine routes 40 minutes
From Stellenbosch and Franschhoek wine routes 60 minutes

Directions Route 1 via Wellington:

Take the N1, northbound
from Cape Town towards Paarl
Turn left at the (R44) Wellington Agter Paarl/Klapmuts off ramp, heading towards Wellington. Cross over the four way stop and after about 5kms
Turn left at a set of traffic lights into Distillery Road - this is a continuation of the R44. This road leads towards Hermon, Ceres and Porterville
Drive through the scenic Nuwe Kloof Pass
After approximately 5km you will see a turn off to Tulbagh - take a left here.
Continue straight with the road until you reach a 4-way stop- turn left into the main road - Van der Stel Street
Head straight through the town and continue for another 2kms
Hotel is on the left - look out for the large white gateposts
Please note that the roads are all tarred from Cape Town to the entrance.

Directions Route 2 via Malmesbury:

Take the N7, northbound, from Cape Town in the direction of Malmesbury
Take the Malmesbury off ramp to your left and at the stop turn left again, heading into the town. Pass the large silos on your right until you get to a traffic light - continue straight over the traffic light
At the next stop, turn right
This leads out of Malmesbury and you will pass the Swartland Cellars on your right. Turn left at the R46 directing you Hermon/Riebeeck Kasteel
Continue straight with this road; past Riebeeck-Kasteel until you get to another stop which joins with the R44 at Hermon
Turn left and head on through the Nuwekloof Pass until you see the left turn to Tulbagh
Continue straight with the road until you reach a T-junction - turn left into the main road - Van der Stel Street
Drive though the town and straight on towards the Winterhoek Mountains for approximately 2kms
Look out for the large white gateposts on the left.

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On site parking facilities are provided for guests.

Star Rating

5 Star

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