Michel Roux

Friday, 7 September 2012

Grand Dédale to partner with AfriAsia

AfriAsia and Beyond are delighted to announce they will be representing Grand Dédale Country House in the UK & Ireland.

Located close to Wellington with sweeping views of the valley as well as the Groenberg, Limietberge and Hawekwa mountains, AfriAsia are looking forward to working with this exclusive brand of elegant country house living; the former Doolhof Manor House and private residence of the owners of Doolhof Wine Estate.


‘Doolhof’ or ‘maze’ was the name given by the early 18th century settlers to the area surrounding the quaint town of Wellington in the Western Cape – a reference to the fact that its many rolling hills and valleys allowed only one way in and one way out.

Today, Grand Dédale Country House nestles snugly in the centre of this picturesque labyrinth of mountain ranges, vineyards and forests allowing guests the delicious opportunity to cocoon themselves away from the rest of the world, and to do so in utter luxury and comfort.

At the heart of the Doolhof Wine Estate, the sensitively restored Manor House continues its tradition of Cape Dutch hospitality by welcoming a whole new generation of guests looking to get away from it all.

The white gabled exterior of the Manor House retains its classic early Cape Dutch appearance, while the interior, by contrast, is a wonderfully eclectic mix of modern design elements punctuated by European and Asian antiques, grand statement pieces and small oddities.

A colour palette of cool white, with blue and muted green accents creates an elegant ambience, while inviting sofas encourage guests to linger awhile over an interesting book or to gaze out of the window at breathtaking mountain or vineyard views.

This attention to comfort and elegance continues in the three ‘Elegant Living’ suites. Each one boasts its own distinct feel but all three share a luxurious sense of space and an attention to the finer details in life, such as extra length king size beds complete with percale cotton linen, i-Pod docking stations and under-floor heating.

An architectural spiral staircase leads one to the three ‘Loft Living’ rooms, each facing a different mountain range and beautifully appointed under the Manor House’s sweet smelling thatch. A stay in one of these attic rooms has an added storybook feel to it, complete with fine furnishings, romantic Victorian bathtubs and walk-in cupboards.

The quaint Old Wine House – a freestanding thatched stone cottage – dates from 1707, and is an ideal hideaway for honeymoon couples or those guests craving that extra bit of privacy. A fully equipped kitchen, private patio and minibar complete the experience.

Delicious ‘Cap Classique’ continental breakfast buffets, light lunches, homemade high tea treats, sundowner canapés and three-course candlelit silver service dinners – dining at Grand Dédale is definitely an elegant affair.

Resident Chef, Daniel de Villiers, has a deep love for the Wellington area, and it shows in his menu, which is largely inspired by locally sourced produce, such as his current favourite ingredient: authentic buffalo mozzarella from Wellington’s own Buffalo Ridge; one of only two farms in the southern hemisphere producing mozzarella from original Italian buffalo.

It features strongly on the menu, as does classic Cape seafood and game, all artfully paired with the estate’s own wines.

For those guests keen to savour the serenity of Grand Dédale, the cool salt water pool encourages lazy morning dips after a treatment in the poolside spa, while comfy chairs on the terrace allow for quiet contemplation of the estate’s gracious old oak trees, horse paddocks and orange orchards.

For the more active, the estate offers 380 hectares of vineyards and indigenous fynbos to explore, either on the back of a mountain bike or on foot; while other activities such as hot air ballooning, quad biking and canyoning are available close by.

Less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town, Wellington is a quirky destination that is often overlooked by tourists, but which promises a host of interesting attractions, from the organic farms that supply Grand Dédale’s kitchens to nature and game reserves, wine estates and even its own brandy route.

Situated just outside this historic town, Grand Dédale is perfectly placed to offer visitors not only a base from which to explore the region, but also one to return to and forget the world for a while.

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UK Sales & Marketing Office:
AfriAsia & Beyond
7 Braid Drive, "Fairways", Cardross G82 5QD
Office: +44 (0) 1389 849001 Fax: +44 (0) 1389 849002


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