Michel Roux

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Woman and Home feature

Wellington’s first five-star Country House reflects all the elegance of Cape Dutch architecture with 21st-century comfort. Formerly Doolhof Manor House onDoolhof Wine Estate, the Country House is set at the foot of the Bainskloof Pass on 380 hectares of vineyards, forest and fynbos and is surrounded by three dramatic mountain ranges – Groenberg, Limietberge and Hawekwa – and the Kromme River flows through the estate.
Check in: Enter the estate via a driveway lined with manicured horse paddocks and rows of white roses, and choose to spend the night in one of the six individually designed rooms and suites in the historic Manor House or in the free-standing stone cottage. Start your day with a sumptuous “Cap Classique” breakfast with a range of homemade treats like freshly squeezed juices, homemade jams and freshly baked rolls and croissants. If you’d like to spend the day outdoors, request a picnic basket or stay near the main house and sample the tasty delicacies of the high tea buffet. There’s plenty to do so a two-night – or longer – stay is recommended. Go for a leisurely stroll along the river bank or opt for the 10-kilometre vineyard walk, which will lead you past the vineyards and will beautifully showcase the surrounding mountain ranges.
What it costs: From R1 800 per room, which includes breakfast and afternoon tea, as well as all soft drinks, beers and house wines from the self-service resident bar
Find out more: www.granddedale.com
Feel-good factor: The sunsets in the Winelands are magical, and to celebrate the passing of each day, Grand Dédale organises sundown pre-dinner drinks.

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