Paarl, The Winelands, South Africa
At a Glance
Only a 45-minute drive from Cape Town International Airport
Situated on a 380 hectare private wine estate surrounded by three dramatic mountain ranges
Enjoy a private picnic in a secluded spot on the estate
Choose between six beautifully designed en-suite bedrooms and a separate thatched stone cottage
Relax by the large salt water swimming pool
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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.
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Grand Dédale is an elegant country house, formerly the Manor House of Doolhof Wine Estate. Set in a unique location, with only six luxury bedrooms and a private cottage, guests enjoy unrivalled views, discreet service and complete exclusivity.
Grand Dédale is found only 5 minutes from the historic town of Wellington, a 30-minute drive from Franschhoek and Stellenbosch, and only 45-minutes from Cape Town International Airport. The old manor house has a library, two lounge areas, a large dining room and a veranda with stunning views over the valley and out towards the Groenberg and Hawekwa Mountains. There is also a large swimming pool and a spa treatment room offering a range of beauty treatments.
The six individually decorated bedrooms reflect the Cape Dutch elegance of the original building, but have all of the modern amenities and luxuries to give a homely, comfortable feel. The private thatched cottage dates back to around 1707 and has been beautifully restored as an exclusive accommodation option, ideal for honeymoon couples or guests seeking complete privacy.
The Doolhof Wine Estate offers a wide range of activities for guests to enjoy such as walking, hiking and mountain biking, all on the estate. Alternatively, horse riding, clay pigeon shooting, golf and river rafting are only a short drive away and the charming staff at Grand Dédale are always happy to book any particular activities for guests.
"Doolhof" in Afrikaans means labyrinth, and the Doolhof Estate was named so by early settlers in 1709, due to the hills and vales surrounding the estate, allowing access by only one road in and one road out. The estate and manor house still retain this element of exclusivity and anyone who stays at Grand Dédale is guaranteed complete privacy and tranquillity.
There are six beautifully decorated rooms in the main manor house. Three of the rooms are situated in the loft with low ceilings and a comfortable, cosy atmosphere, with views over the valley; the three other bedrooms are slightly more spacious. All the en-suite bathrooms have separate baths and showers.
The thatched stone cottage has been beautifully restored and consists of a large, open-plan lounge area and two bathrooms on the ground floor and on the first floor there is a spacious bedroom and a large, patio overlooking the horse paddocks. All of the rooms have both air conditioning and central-heating, there is underfloor heating in the bathrooms and WiFi throughout the property.
Situated in the loft, Hawequa can be either a double bed or two single beds. The en suite bathroom has a bath with an overhead shower.
Beautifully decorated twin or king bed room. The en suite bathroom has a bath with an overhead shower.
The largest of the loft rooms, with a king size or twin bed, a bath and overhead shower, a walk in dressing room and views over the Groenberg Mountains.
|Lady Anne Barnard Suite||
King size or twin beds. The en suite bathroom has a bath and a separate shower. The roof also benefits from a private patio and lounge area and views over the Bainskloof Pass and gardens.
|Andrew Bain Suite||
King or twin beds and the en suite bathroom has a bath and separate shower. The room also has a private atrium, lounge and dining area and views over the Bainskloof Pass and flower garden.
|Jacques Potier Suite||
Spacious twin or double bedroom suite with private patio and lounge area. The en suite bathroom has a bath and a separate shower and the room has views over the Groenberg mountains, gardens and forest.
Private stone cottage with a thatched roof, separate from the main house. The cottage has a lounge area, a spacious bedroom, two bathrooms and a large private patio.
Grand Dédale does not accept children under the age of 12 years.
The rooms of the main house are attractively decorated. There is a cosy library, a tea lounge with a fireplace and a TV lounge for relaxing. There is a dining room with a large veranda wrapping around the property with fantastic views of the valley. The large salt water swimming pool has an al fresco dining area next to it, and the spa room offers a selection of various beauty treatments. There is also an on-site laundry service.
There are plenty of activities on the Doolhof Wine Estate itself such as walking, hiking and mountain biking. Guests can even hike up to the top of Bainskloof Pass from where you can enjoy spectacular views over the estate. Alternatively, there is the Limietberg Nature Reserve, only a 10 minute drive away which offers hiking trails into the mountains. The concierge at Grand Dedale can also book some activities which are a bit further afield such as trout fishing, hot air ballooning, clay pigeon shooting, quad biking, horse riding and river rafting.
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.
Out and about at Babylonstoren
There is so much to explore on the 200 acres of this working farm, get out with the family to wander through the vines or orchards and head up the koppie for a picnic.
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
Paarl, The Winelands, South Africa
Grand Dédale is nestled at the foot of Bainskloof Pass, surrounded by three mountain ranges. It is only a 5-minute drive from the historical town of Wellington and only 30 minutes from Franschhoek and Paarl.
How to get there
It is a 12-hour international flight to Cape Town International Airport from London followed by and a 45-minute drive from there to Grand Dédale.