The house consists of seven magnificently suites in the Grand Dedale Country Manor along with one thatched bungalow, which all reflect the Cape Dutch elegance with 21st - century comfort and 5-star luxury. The hotel is on the wine farm is 16 from the town of Wellington in the direction of Bainskloof. Facilities and activities on offer are a swimming pool, a spa room, hiking, horse riding, mountain biking, and River Walk.
House Guests are invited to start their day with a sumptuous "Cap Classique" breakfast with a range of homemade treats such as freshly squeezed juices, homemade jams, exotic fruit slices and fruit salads, as well as newly baked bread, rolls, muffins and croissants, homemade muesli, healthy cereals and yoghurts. Also, this luxurious country retreat offers a mouth-watering selection of cooked dishes. Light lunches and snacks are served throughout the day.
There are many beautiful picnic spots on the estate and the surrounding areas. Visitors are encouraged to pack their blanket, a good book and one of the delicious picnic baskets. For the active hiker or mountain biker, the country house also provides picnic backpacks. In the afternoons, guests are served a high tea buffet with freshly baked delicacies. Sunsets in the Winelands are magical, leaving the mountains dipped in shades of orange and purple. Sunset is celebrated with sundown pre-dinner drinks on the veranda or by the swimming pool. On cooler evenings, the estate serves the aperitif in the library in front of the fireplace. This is followed by a four - course table d’hôte menu. Emphasising game and seafood, all ingredients are locally sourced and prepared in a Cape idiom.
Roughly 41 of the farm’s 381 hectares are under vine. Soils, growing conditions and microclimates vary considerably across this broad expanse which reaches up into Bain’s Kloof, and each grape varietal is faithfully wedded to its ideal terroir. Two white varietals, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, are grown, with a substantial number of reds, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Merlot, Pinotage and Shiraz. The white varietals are planted on the eastern slopes of the Groenberg, which allow the grapes colder days and less direct sunlight. The late sunrise and early sunset also allow for a more extended ripening process, enhancing the elegance of the award-winning wines.
The gorge in which Doolhof lies is a microclimate for growing conditions and soil types make it ideal for growing wine grapes. The Estate lies nestled between Bain’s Kloof and the Groenberg Mountain Range. The result is that soils are more delicate, more balanced and more profound than in the surrounding countryside with clay content evenly distributed. A combination of Malmesbury shale, homogenous Glenrosa and Clovelly soils ensure that the roots can descend to four meters or beyond.
While Doolhof has more than sufficient irrigation, natural water preservation is also excellent, without any sign of permanent wetness. While the shape and exposure (topography) of the various parts of the Doolhof Estate allow for several distinct microclimates, generally, Doolhof will experience cooler winters and moderate summers compared with the Wellington norm.
Set in a beautiful long valley, the hotel is set on 380 hectares of vineyard, forest and fynbos and is surrounded by three dramatic mountain ranges. “Doolhof” is the Afrikaans word for the labyrinth and was given to the Estate by the early settlers in 1700, due to the many hills and vales which allowed only one way in and out. The dreamy country road leading into the estate provides guests with an incredible view of the mountain scenery, vineyards and mysterious forests. The gates with the high “D” lead past manicured horse paddocks and rows of white roses, revealing the beauty and elegance of the Estate. At this property, tranquillity and privacy are guaranteed. The Cape Town City Center and Cape Town International are a mere 45 minutes drive away.
The specials listed below will automatically be offered to you when proceeding through the booking process.
Stay for three nights at the Grand Dedale Country Lodge and only pay for two nights. Enjoy one free night. This offer is valid 1 April - 31 October excluding long weekends.