Grand Ddale, located close to Wellington at the foot of the Bainskloof Pass, offers its guests an exclusive brand of elegant country house living, on a par with the best privately owned country houses in Europe.
The renovation of the deluxe facility, formerly the Doolhof Manor House, situated on Doolhof Wine Estate, with sweeping views of the valley, Groenberg, Limietberge and Hawekwa mountains, has been completed in September 2009.
At Grand Ddale, South African and international guests will be able to enjoy sumptuous comfort, discreet service and complete privacy in six individually designed and appointed en-suite bedrooms, or in the separate thatched stone cottage, amidst beautiful scenery.
-Sitting room with fireplace
-TV lounge with international channels
-Large veranda overlooking the valley
-Al fresco dining
-Three self-service residents bar fridges
-Outdoor kitchen with gourmet braai facilities
-15 x 3 metre salt water pool & loungers
-Extensive, landscaped gardens
-Wireless internet connection throughout
-On-site laundry service
-Spa room offering various beauty, wellness and non-surgical rejuvenating treatments
-Concierge service including assistance with air & ground travel plans and reservations of tours, transfers, car hire, restaurants etc.
-Airport transfers will be arranged with pleasure: you will be collected in an air-conditioned, spacious vehicle or, why not shorten your trip and take a helicopter?
The vast Estate offers a wide range of outdoor activities such as walking, hiking, mountain biking and horse riding. For a leisurely stroll choose the River Walk, a path of about 2 km winding along the river bank with three pedestrian bridges crisscrossing the river.
For the more active hiker, there is a 10 km Vineyard Walk which will lead you past all our noble grape varieties and reveals the most beautiful views of all the mountain ranges surrounding us.
Or why not hike up to the top of Bainskloof Pass from which you can enjoy the most scenic views over the entire Estate? The wild life on the Estate includes small mammals, like buck, porcupine, baboons and even Cape leopards have been spotted.
Alternatively, the Limietberg Nature Reserve which is only 10 minutes drive from the Estate offers 9 different hiking trails through fynbos rich areas which are interrupted by clear rock pools giving hikers the opportunity to cool off.
For your in-room comfort and entertainment all our rooms offer the following:
-Tea & coffee facility
-Wireless internet connection
-Two heated towel rails
-Shower & free standing bath
-High quality 720 g towels
-Remote telephone for internal and external calls
-Complimentary fruit basket and fresh flowers
-Imported, allergy-free down duvets and pillows (fine fibre pillows are available on request).
Directions from Cape Town:
- From Cape Town, take the N1 towards Paarl. Take exit 47 marked R44 Stellenbosch/Wellington and turn left towards Wellington.
2- Keep on straight for several kilometres; cross the four-way stop and two sets of traffic lights until you reach a large T-junction with traffic lights. Turn left towards Wellington.
- After a few hundred metres you will reach more traffic lights with a large white church on the left (the Moeder Kerk). Turn right into Church Street.
-Continue on through Wellington towards the mountains (Bains Kloof). As you leave the town, the road climbs and bends to the right. You will see Bovlei Winery, a cream building on your right.
- Immediately after this you will reach a sign marked Bovlei Hill Road on your left. Take this road and then turn immediately right (follow the signs for Doolhof Wine Estate).
- You will reach a T-junction. Turn right again. The road soon becomes a gravel road. Keep straight on to the end and you will eventually come to double gates with the Doolhof D.
* Welcome to Grand Ddale Country House!