Spier

The Spier Hotel in Stellenbosch

Live the farm life. Wine, restaurants, deli
BBQ & Bakery, Eagle Encounters, segway tours
& great accommodation specials.
 
+27 (0)21 809 1100
R310 Stellenbosch Western Cape
www.spier.co.za
info@spier.co.za
spierwinefarm
Spier Wine Farm
spierwinefarm

The Spier Hotel in Stellenbosch

Spacious village-style accommodation on one of SA's most historic, forward-thinking farms

At the four-star Spier Hotel in the Stellenbosch Winelands, guests aren’t just offered a bed and a morning meal; they’re promised a full farm-style experience. Tucked away on one of the oldest and most celebrated wine farms in South Africa, the family-friendly lodging has 1100 hectares of pastoral pastures, leafy vineyards and spectacular scenery at its doorstep, and guests are invited to get lost in the bucolic beauty of the grounds.

The main reason that overnighters have this rare privilege even in today’s crazed, commercial climate is because Spier continues a tradition of farming that stretches all the way back to 1692 when the property was first established. Burly cows still feed in the distance, chickens still peck happily around dusty paths, ancient grape vines still lift their heads to the afternoon sun and the property as a whole, though now quite contemporary, still exudes a sense of natural balance and pastoral calm. What’s more, on slow ambles around the venue, visitors will also encounter a scattering of old gabled Cape Dutch-style buildings, including the Manor House and South Africa’s first dated wine cellar (1767), that have been beautifully preserved.

The hotel itself, though erected much more recently in 2000, was also built to reflect a slice of the Cape’s diverse heritage. The 153 tastefully appointed rooms are found in a cluster of colourful, flat-roofed buildings that are reminiscent of homes in the historic Bo-Kaap and arranged in the style of a little village to, as General Manager Joep Schoof says, “recreate the intimate and relaxed atmosphere of a small town where pedestrians have right of way.”

And in addition to boasting a quaint hamlet-style set-up, like the grounds as a whole, the accommodation channels that serene farm feel too. All of the chambers – there are standard and superior rooms as well as four suites – boast a large fireplace and terracotta tiling in the en-suite bathrooms, and the downstairs ones open onto shaded outdoor patios. Plus, those rooms that don’t face onto a lush courtyard with a swimming pool (the houses huddle around six such quads) peer out over sprawling lawns and hulking mountains and are serenaded night and day by the sweet, calming sound of the bordering Eerste River.

But of course, as much as the Spier Hotel is inspired by the heritage and farm ambience of its location, it’s also all about contemporary comfort, on-trend touches and an innovative approach to hospitality. In Joep’s words, “the focus is both on where we’ve come from and where we’re going”.    

                   

So, in line with keeping up with the times, the quarters all come with various modern conveniences, like minibars, hairdryers, safety deposit boxes, flat-screen televisions, tea and coffee stations and enormous beds, and they’re sunny, airy and incredibly spacious. To make overnight stays easy and comfortable for families, there are also a few inter-leading rooms as well as toy boxes, plenty of play spaces, babysitting services and a children’s clubhouse that runs fun kids’ programmes.

Another stand-out feature of the accommodation – and example of the farm’s progressiveness – is the striking contemporary artworks that adorn the walls. Spier is an avid supporter of the local arts and its vast collection of pieces by emerging and established artists (including some well-known names like Tamlin Blake and Ricky Dyaloyi) is exhibited throughout the hotel and in the farm’s various communal spaces. Needless to say, sleeping at this spot is almost like resting your head in a cosy, inviting gallery.

But aside from its cultural commitments, where the four-star property is really showing off its pioneering potential is within the realm of responsible tourism. The hotel was one of the first in the country to be Fair Trade-certified, it incorporates a number of eco-friendly touches (like water-wise showers and electricity-saving key cards), recycles 100% of its waste water and supports neighbouring communities through entrepreneurship projects.

On an even broader level, the whole farm does its bit for sustainability by adopting a very forward-thinking sustainable farming approach. This organic agricultural method works in harmony with the environment’s natural cycles to rear healthy, happy cattle and hens and cultivate plump vegetables and legumes, all of which go directly to the winery’s on-site Eight restaurant or the hotel’s elegant dining space.

When guests are not tucking in at one of these two spots, picnicking on the ground’s rolling greens or sampling award-winning wines in the state-of-the-art tasting room, they can take a stroll out into the pastures – there are a number of tours on offer – and see for themselves how this Cape Winelands destination is pushing forward and promoting a fertile, balanced ecosystem.

It goes without saying, a stay at Spier will leave visitors with much more than just the memory of a good night’s sleep; it’ll anoint them with a rested soul and the sort of rejuvenating joy that comes with living the farm life.

Tip: As Spier has no less than 12 different conference and function venues, it’s a great place to stay if you’re hosting or participating in business meetings, seminars, workshops or any other sort of event. The rooms can accommodate anywhere between 14 and 450 people. Audiovisual and presentation equipment can be supplied.

Booking a room at Spier Hotel: To book a stay at this beautiful farm, phone +27 (0)21 809 1100 or email reservations@spier.co.za.

By Dayle Kavonic

---

Kickstart your fitness goals with MTB, bubbly and chocolate at the Stellenbosch MTB Challenge.

---

Use our events section for an up-to-date overview of happenings in Cape Town. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter.

Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, connect with us on LinkedIn, check out our photos on Instagram and follow our Pinterest boards for updates on what’s happening in and around the Mother City!

Cape Town Events Calendar
October 2019
SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31

statements_5Fugard Classic “Statements” ...

Catch this stellar performance about forbidden love

VaseWhat Could Be Prettier Than A Room Full ...

An exhibition full of flowers in vases created by Cape Town’s top ceramicists

sotano_lambIt’s (Lamb) Burger Wednesdays at ...

... and while you eat, chill out to reggae by locals The Rivertones

a4_arts_foundationZanele Muholi Wants You To See The ...

And it’s free at the A4 Arts Foundation

Land_RewovenSee This Fascinating Interpretation of ...

Artist MJ Lourens pairs his modern landscapes with Pierneef’s, plus there’s cheese ...

gindulge1Get To Know Your Gins At This Mid-week ...

Make your October Wednesdays about food trucks, kids activities, desserts and gin at ...

sotano_lambTwo Lamb Burgers For the Price Of One

R110 gets you two fully stacked meals at both Sotanos

rodan_kane_hartRodan Kane Hart: Making the Most of ...

An expansive gallery and pristine outdoor landscape showcase a free exhibition by a young ...

William_Kentridge_2A Monumental Exhibition To Open At The ...

The iconic South African artist’s largest exhibition in Africa in over a decade

blowfish_new_4Half-Price Sushi Every Wednesday and ...

And drink in the sunset and view (and a cocktail)

Kinky BootsSmash-Hit Kinky Boots Extended To 2020 ...

With music by Cyndi Lauper, several Tonys and a Laurence Olivier Award

chicha4Get To Know Your Wine: Wednesdays are ...

Sample some fine wines and meet the makers behind your favourite tipple

Cherry_Glamping3Team Building is For Bonding, So Ditch ...

Hiking, biking, canopy tours and luxury glamping just 50 minutes outside of Cape Town

zingara_bombay5 Happy Hours, Every Day of The Week

And Cafe Paradiso has a weekend seafood platter special for two

vredenheim_2019_9Picnic Among The Golden Wildebeest on ...

A family game drive with a difference at Vredenheim

kaskaziBoost Your Week With A Hump Day Kayak ...

The chance to see ocean and bird life at sunrise and get to work on time

cocosafar_steak1From Rib Eye To Vegetarian – Here Are ...

Gourmet burgers and steak, as well as cocktails, are now on the menu at this all-day cafe ...

La Paris_Deli2Wednesday Delights at La Paris Deli in ...

A bakery and bistro experience at one of the most beautiful winelands wedding venues, now ...

cartelcafe6Lunch Sorted: A Midweek Buffet At The ...

Fill up your plate and tuck into a tasty lunch spread every Wednesday and Thursday: From ...

two_oceans_aquariumMake Memorable Moments at Cape Town’s ...

Throw a party unlike any other at the Mother City’s underwater wonderland

Comedyclub_new11End Hump Day With a Laugh At The ...

Share the experience at Cape Town Comedy Club in the Waterfront’s Pumphouse every ...

Om Revolution vinyasa poseHave an Outdoor Yoga Experience with ...

Embrace your inner yogi outdoors

asamisOverload On Asami’s Sushi And Noodles

Get sushi and noodle specials three days a week

galileo_kirstGet Comfy at Kirstenbosch Movie Nights ...

Great films, fabulous scenery, delicious food and cosy seats – look forward to a night ...

HaskellVineyards 6Save On A Meal and Wine For Two At This ...

Haskell Vineyards offers patrons a delicious meal and glass of wine at a discounted price

glam_barBeauty Special: Gelish or Shellac Nails ...

Book via Whatsapp: Workday-perfect nail treatments with free rinse and discounts on all ...

OX boat rides 110% Off: See The Marine Big 5 on an ...

Whales, dolphins, penguins, cape fur seals and mola mola (sunfish), an awesome boat trip ...

theatre and film costume hire25% Off Hollywood-Calibre Costume ...

Wednesdays only: Gorgeous vintage cocktail dresses to realistic historical costumes for ...

Strolla ChickenHalf-Price Rotisserie Chicken (& sides) ...

Warm at the fireplace inside or sip Corona on the Sunset Deck in shorts and slops (while ...

house of hLook Who's Serving a R50 Lunch Special ...

Loved by locals, House of H now does delicious new lunch specials – from boerie rolls ...

Park Inn_RGB_ItalianDinnerSpecial5All-You-Can-Eat Italian Dinner Special ...

Made fresh right in front of you, with your choice of sauces and toppings – this is one ...

beluga_whisylounge2-for-1 Whisky Wednesdays at Beluga

Your midweek escape just got a whole lot better with the 2-for-1 Wednesday whisky special ...

grub&vine_wineFree Wine Tasting Every Wednesday at ...

Grub & Vine’s #VineNight hosts a different wine farm

Vergenoegd_duckrun1Cheer On The Ducks At Vergenoegd Löw

Bring the kids along to experience the Duck Parade

pepperclubPepper Club Hotel Midweek Movie and ...

Movies and Dinner – the perfect couple…

WeatherGiveawaysTravel Tips