Delaire Graff Estate
Stellenbosch, The Winelands, South Africa
At a Glance
Private plunge pools in each suite
Stunning views of the valley
World class wine tasting
Gift shop selling Graff diamonds
Choice of excellent restaurants
The ultimate in Winelands luxury
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
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The Winelands are a wonderful year-round destination and enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate, somewhat like the South of France, which is what makes the area perfect for grape-growing. Summer is the reverse of the Northern hemisphere. The best season visit is September to March when it is hot, sunny and dry. From April to August it cools down with some rain.
To start planning your vacation to Delaire Graff Estate
Delaire Graff is perched on the magnificent Helshoogte Mountain Pass, between Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. This boutique hotel has 16 exceptional lodge cottages, spectacular views and exquisite art, food and wine from its extensive wine cellar.
Delaire Graff Lodge and Spa is situated on the highest crest along the magnificent Helshoogte Mountain Pass, linking the Cape’s two leading wine districts, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. The lodge has just 16 cottages - fourteen with one bedroom and two with two bedrooms - each has a private heated infinity pool. All afford fabulous views over the local hills and vineyards, and some extend all the way to Cape Point and Table Mountain. Spacious bathrooms feature Jo Malone toiletries. The owners villa is a further offering on this stunning estate and is able to sleep 12 people in four luxurious rooms, and boats private housekeeping, chef and butler service.
The lodge has exceptional views and exquisite contemporary art from Laurence Graff’s private art collection that is displayed throughout the lodge. There is also a private cinema, fully-equipped spa, gym and various dining options.
Guided walks in the vineyard, wine tastings and cellar tours with the winemaker ensure for an unforgettable experience. Other activities in the local area include golf, walking and hiking in the surrounding mountains and Franschhoek’s Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve, trout fishing, horse riding, hot air ballooning and visits to Cheetah Outreach, Drakenstein Lion Park and the Bonheur Crocodile Farm.
Delaire Graff offers 16 cottages - one Owners Lodge (two bedrooms), one Presidential Lodge (two bedrooms), six superior lodges, four Luxury Lodges and four Deluxe Lodges. All afford fabulous views over the local hills and vineyards, and some extend all the way to Cape Point and Table Mountain. Spacious bathrooms feature Jo Malone toiletries.
There are 4 deluxe lodges each has it's own kitchen and a large en-suite bedroom, private terrace and infinity pool.
There are 4 luxury lodges with their own kitchen, en-suite bathroom and infinity pool. All the lodges are air conditioned with WiFi internet and private decks.
There are 2 suites that have 2 en-suite bedrooms accommodating 4 people.
Children are welcome at Delaire but there are no specific facilities except babysitting which is available on request. The Owners and the Presidential Lodge both have two bedrooms so work very well for families.
Attractions kids will love in the Winelands area include Bugz Play Park, the Franschhoek Motor Museum, Stellenbosch Botanical Gardens and the Stellenbosch Toy and Miniature Museum. For a chance to see some of South Africa's abundant wildlife the Giraffe House, the Cheetah Outreach Facility and Eagle Encounters are the best places to visit.
Facilities at the hotel include various dining options, a gym, spa, cinema room, wireless internet access, wine cellar tour and tasting on the Delaire Graff Estate.
The hotel offers complimentary private Delaire wine cellar tour and tasting, daily transfers to and from Stellenbosch, guided vineyard walks and use of the spa facilities, gym and cinema room. Spa treatments are charged additionally. Other activities in the local area golf, walking and hiking in the surrounding mountains, fly fishing, horse riding and hot air ballooning (only in the summer).
Rose Gemmell (Staff)
Delaire Graff is one of the Winelands most luxurious and exclusive hotels and is ideally situated between the two main wineland towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. We arrived here just in time for a glass of wine and a chance to watch the spectacular sunset over the vineyards.
The service and attention to detail here really is second to none and it is the epitome of luxury, guests staying here will want for nothing and if they do, the staff at Delaire will be able to organize it.
We dined at the Asian inspired Indochine restaurant and the food and wine does not disappoint with beautifully presented dishes made using the freshest ingredients and paired with spectacular wine recommended by the restaurants sommelier.
Anna Hearn (Staff)
A polished and modern resort perched on the slopes, Delaire is quite one of the most luxurious options in the whole of the winelands and comes with a price tag to match! No attention to detail has been spared, from the manicured gardens and the vineyards beyond (perfectly pin sharp rows of grape vines stretch into the distance) to the rooms, elegantly designed with clean lines and muted colors and just perfect for honeymooners or adults although oddly children of any age are accepted here. There are no child facilities per se, although a cinema room will keep the littlies occupied for a few hours while Mum and Dad enjoy dinner. The food here is a complete revelation we dined briefly in the Indochine, an Asian fusion restaurant, and were not disappointed. The food was exquisite perfectly balanced and beautifully and cleverly presented. Delaire feels large but is quite small with just ten rooms all overlooking sensational winelands views - not so much a touch of luxury as a large dollop in some of the most scenic countryside in the whole country.
Dominic Atterton (Staff)
Although we only stopped at Delaire for a wine tasting and lunch I was taken aback by the beauty of the estate. The valley stretched out ahead of the property with vineyards growing on all sides and huge oak trees stretching off into the distance. In complete contrast stands the hotel, made up of a main building full of glass and stone which houses the barrel room and restaurant and surrounded by the individual rooms dotted through the gardens.
Each room is essentially a small villa with lovely large living rooms, glass fronted bedrooms looking down the valley and private decks with plunge pools. Again the feel is modern but still very warm and welcoming.
The main event at Delaire is not the rooms but the food and the wines. We tasted some fantastic whites including their Chenin Blanc, one of the best we tried anywhere on our tour of the winelands. The restaurant Indochine is Asian inspired and makes a fantastic change after heavier options being served up elsewhere. I enjoyed a fantastic octopus salad and duck which was presented impeccably. They say they are looking for a Michelin star, I do not think it will be far away.
Sarah Clegg (Staff)
On its own away from the hustle and bustle, Delaire is found midway between the two famous wineland towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. This beautiful winery is perched on the side of a hill with dramatic views over the rugged surrounding countryside. A small number of spacious chalets all come complete with their own plunge pool and full butler service. The atmosphere at Delaire is very calming, focus is on attention to detail and exceptional service in a dramatic location only 1 hour from central Cape Town. Indochine, the on site restaurant has been voted in the top ten restaurants in South Africa and there arent many better places to enjoy lunch accompanied by a cool glass of rose from the winery next door.
Louisa Verney (Staff)
Delaire Graff is the brainchild of Lawrence Graff, of Graff Diamonds based on Bond Street in London. It is one of those truly special places that are few and far between. Set just outside of Stellenbosch, perched on the Drakenstein Mountains, this is the new best thing in the Western Cape. The main areas and the private lodges are adorned with striking pieces of art all by local artists. The views are breathtaking and look even better and more atmospheric than all of the brochure shots that you'll have been drooling over prior to your stay (like me!). When Louisa and I arrived in the late afternoon we were whisked away to our Owner's Lodge and actually squealed when we saw where we would be spending the night. The rooms are beautifully decorated in lush, heavy silks and muted tones which are incredibly luxurious. The attention to detail is staggering! There are little bed-time notes, delicious Jo Malone bathroom products and fantastic pre-dinner canaps, to name but a few. Each lodge also has its own private deck and large plunge pool for you to relax by as the sun goes down in the afternoon. The service is fantastic and so on the mark but it is ultra discreet and not constantly looking for recognition. Every room has its own private butler who will serve you throughout your stay, including breakfast and dinner. Not one request is too much trouble and the staff will go out of their way to ensure that your every need is met. Everyone was very unassuming and extremely friendly. I was worried that coming from such a grand background as Graff Diamonds, that it could have the possibility of being aloof or arrogant but this just wasn't the case in the slightest. The emphasis on the Asian-infused food at Delaire is about fresh, healthy, light eating. It is in keeping with the overall wellness feel at Delaire (there is also a fantastic spa and state-of-the-art gym). The food is simply divine, with dishes such as Poached Quail's Breast in Green Tea with Black Noodles, there is not one heavy, overly-rich option in sight and it's really refreshing in South Africa, where it's possible to feel quite stuffed after just a few days! This really is a one-in-a-million property. You'll fall in love immediately and be so wowed to the very end of your stay that you'll find it hard to move on.
Dine at Babel
A trip to the Winelands is not complete without visiting Babylonstoren. A walk through the gardens is a fantastic experience, time your visit to take advantage of Babel's opening times. Lunch here is not to be missed!
Dinner reservation at Tokara
This evening we have booked you a table at Tokara.
Le Quartier Lounge Bar
Le Quartier Lounge Bar is a recently opened, stylish cocktail bar at Le Quartier Francais in Franschhoek. Mixologist, Matthew Roberts is quickly making it Franschhoek's evening 'hot spot' with his unique, African-inspired cocktails.
Private guided Winelands tour - Full Day
Exploring the Winelands with a private guide comes highly recommended. Not only do you avoid the question of who's driving, but you'll be taken to some hidden gems you'd never find in a guidebook, and the tour can be completely tailored to your interests.
The Garden at Babylonstoren
Take the opportunity to explore the wonderful acres of Babylonstoren's gardens. Team up with the gardeners for a fun and interactive experience.
Waterford Wine Estate Wine Drive Safari
Waterford Wine Estate, in the heart of Stellenbosch offers a range of tours for visitors, including a Wine Safari Tour in a safari style Land Rover, a Wine and Chocolate Tasting Tour and a Reserve Vintage Tasting Tour.
Wine at Babylonstoren
Enjoy an interactive tour of a working wine farm. Babylonstoren take you from the grape to the finished product. The enthusiasm and commitment to the Babylonstoren ideal shines through on this tour.
Location & directions
Stellenbosch, The Winelands, South Africa
Delaire Graff is perched on the magnificent Helshoogte Mountain Pass, between Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Situated in one of South Africa’s most impressive regions – the Cape Winelands.
How to get there
12-hour international flight to Cape Town International Airport. Delaire Graff is a 35-minute drive from Cape Town International Airport and a 45-minute drive from Cape Town’s city center. Transfers can be arranged by the hotel.