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The rambling grounds conceal excellent nooks and crannies for exciting games of hide and seek and the family-friendly restaurant next door also boasts a nice jungle gym.Contact: Tel 0, Also read: What to do and where to stay in Paarl Price: B&B from R1200 a night for a double room Travel time from Cape Town: 1 hour 30 minutes Windtown South Africa is a boutique hotel based on a simple concept: holidays that are centred on Langebaan’s two favourite sports: kite- and windsurfing.
(The original Windtown is in Brazil and the owners found the West Coast town the perfect fit for number two.) When you’re not on the water, rooms open onto a sheltered courtyard and sociable pool area (if you want a bit more privacy, book a room on the top level).Fitted with handmade furniture, a gas stove and a braai outside, the cabins are rustic but have all the necessary comforts – even the wood is chopped, piled and ready to be lit.Take your pick from one of the four cabins (sleep four to 10 people) or the tent set up high on the hill.Contact: Tel 0, on Safari Now Also read: What to do in Elands Bay Price: From R895 to R1 850 a four-sleeper house a night, depending on the season Travel time from Cape Town: 2 hours 25 minutes With its high ceilings, open-plan living areas, floor-to-ceiling windows and private pool decks overlooking the Breede River, Aloe Ridge is beautiful.A cobbled pathway leads up to the entrances of the five newly built houses that rest on a ridge overlooking the river, near Swellendam.Sitting on the wrap-around stoep will take you back to the 1920s, but the interior is modern with retro touches such as a lime-green Smeg fridge.
Bedrooms are en-suite (three with walk-in showers) and open to the garden and pool.
The living area is open plan with the kitchen and dining area leading into a comfortable lounge, which has a stovepipe fireplace.
Riebeek Kasteel is a foodie utopia with a range of cafes, bistros and restaurants.
Note: There’s no electricity, but there is LED lighting and a hot-cold-hot-cold gas shower.
Contact: Tel 0, on Safari Now Price: R550 per person per night Travel time from Cape Town: 1 hour The proximity of this eight-sleeper guest house to Riebeek Kasteel’s top restaurants and wineries keeps you in touch with the town’s slow pulse, which really only beats three times a day during mealtimes.
The seasonal menu changes every few weeks, but you can count on delicious food and great service.