We are the fortunate owners of Grand Dédale, a luxurious hideaway in the Cape Winelands. We love delicious food and great wine, our four cats and the serenity of Wellington, our herb & veggie garden and sunsets over the mountains. We enjoy travelling the world and coming back home. And most of all we are passionate about sharing this amazing place and our privileged lifestyle with our guests.
Wednesday, 24 September 2014
Press Release - Grand Dédale winner of Best Hotel at SATOA Travel Awards 2014
Grand Dédale Country House
Winner of Best Hotel less then 20 rooms SATOA Travel Awards 2014
Dédale Country House
Wellington, South Africa, Wednesday 24th September 2014
Grand Dédale Country House continue to shines as of the leading Country
House and Boutique Hotel in South Africa as it wins the prestigious Best
Hotel (with less than 20 rooms) in the SATOA Travel Awards 2014.
"This award is the best gift for our 5th birthday and it recognizes
our hard work, passion and dedication in establishing Grand Dédale as the
leading Country House and Boutique Hotel in South Africa" says Angelo
Casu, whom with wife Tina, manages and owes Grand Dédale Country House.
“The award has also a special meaning to us as it is given by peers in the
Travel industry, a testimony that our goal and commitment to position not
only our establishment but Wellington as a winelands destination, has been
achieved" continues Angelo Casu.
The SATOA Travel Awards are designed to reward companies and/or individuals
for the quality of their products and/or their valuable input in the
destinations promoted by SATOA (Africa and Indian Ocean).
About Grand Dédale
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 CapeDutch 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 CapeDutch 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. Our Resident Chef has a deep love for the Wellington area,
and it shows in her menu, which is largely inspired by locally sourced
produce, such as her 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. 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.
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.