Rhodes Cottage, Boschendal

Cape Winelands

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  • Boschendal is one of the most beautiful estates in the Cape Winelands

  • The Rhodes Cottage is perfect for families or small groups to enjoy a special celebration or relaxing holiday

  • Enjoy sampling the produce of the highly productive farm, orchards and vineyards

  • Set in the heart of the Cape Winelands, between Stellenbosch and Franschhoek

  • Designed by Sir Herbert Baker for Cecil John Rhodes, this cottage is a true piece of history

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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 in South Africa 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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The Rhodes Cottage is a beautiful three bedroom cottage in the Cape Winelands. Commissioned by Cecil John Rhodes, Sir Herbert Baker designed 'a simple country retreat', it has recently been fully refreshed by leading Cape designer Dominic Touwen.

The Rhodes Cottage on Boschendal Estate offers visitors to the Cape Winelands the opportunity to stay in a slice of South African and British colonial history. Cecil John Rhodes commissioned Sir Herbert Baker to design the cottage in the late 1800s. Rhodes instructed Baker to create a country retreat of simple design which would incorporate the indigenous hardwoods of the area - this is immediately evident in the wooden ceilings and architectural features which define the interior.

The cottage has recently been renovated by leading Cape interior designer Dominic Touwen. The thatched roof and white-washed walls remain, and you would feel that Baker would have approved of the new interior with its strong references to the Arts and Crafts tradition, which alongside the Cape Dutch vernacular is a strong influence in architecture of this period throughout South Africa.

Guests staying at Boschendal can enjoy farm & history tours, trails for walking, running or mountain biking, trout fishing, swimming in pristine mountain water and of course fabulous picnics and wine tasting. Boschendal is a celebration of farm fresh ingredients brought to the plate to showcase the best of South Africa.

The cottage accommodates six people in three bedrooms with the option of a further four guests to stay in the garden annex.

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Six guests are accommodated in the cottage making it the perfect size for a family to enjoy. For slightly larger groups, the garden annex can accommodate four more guests.


There are no specific facilities for young children, although nannies and baby sitters can be easily organised for a small fee.


A range of different dining experiences will leave guests at Boschendal spoilt for choice. Emphasis is on farm fresh and seasonal ingredients, always locally sourced and celebrating simple and natural flavours.


The majority of the estate is only available for the exclusive use of over-night guests. This is a beautiful area to explore using the mountain bikes, hiking and running trails. In the local area visitors will be spoilt for choice with the range of activities.


  • Boschendal Estate

    Boschendal Estate is one of the oldest wine producers in the New World, incorporating French viticulture heritage. This is also the site of the original Cape Dutch Manor House, with history dating as early as 1685.

  • Butterfly World

    Stroll through a beautifully landscaped indoor garden as brightly-coloured butterflies flutter around you

  • Chocholate & Wine Pairing

    This is a unique opportunity to learn how to pair sweet wines with delicious chocolates at Waterford Estate.

  • Cycling in Devon Valley

    This half-day trip allows you to take in the picturesque view of Devon Valley, working off the delicious calories from the region's famous four-course gourmet at Clos Malverne, paired with wine tastings at two award-winning estates.

  • Dinner reservation at Tokara

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  • Elgin Valley

    Enjoy a guided tour of Thandi Estate to visit the orchards and interact with the local community.

  • Hike Jonkershoek: Panorama Circuit

    Follow the famous Panorama Circuit, trekking around 17km or approximately 6 hours through some of the most exceptional views of the Cape Peninsula.

  • Hike Jonkershoek: Sossyskloof

    This scenic trail takes you through 7.2km or approximately 2.5 hours to a scenic lookout point.

  • Hike Jonkershoek: Tweede Waterval

    For those looking for a relatively easier trek in Jonkershoek, trek around 6.5km or approximately 2 hours to a beautiful hidden waterfall.

  • Huguenot Memorial Museum

    Situated in the beautiful Franschhoek valley, the museum narrates the story of Huguenots's arrival in the Cape, how they survived and contributed to the newly-established nation.

  • 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.

Location & directions

Cape Winelands

Boschendal Wine Estate is located in South Africa's Cape Winelands, between Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, close to the town of Pniel.

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