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6 Good Reasons To Take A Winter Mini-Break
From seaside escapes to countryside adventures, we’ve got your winter weekend getaway covered
Winter might be hibernation season, but it’s also the ideal time to explore some of the road-trip destinations on our doorstep. Think jacuzzis, crackling fires, red wine, comfort food… whether you’re looking for an escapade fit for the whole family, or want to get away on your own or with someone special, this is your essential winter mini break line-up.
Tucked away in a hidden Stellenbosch vineyard, the tranquil landscape of Haskell Vineyards is home to two luxurious spaces. The Residence is a country house with two bedrooms, three bathrooms, a dining room, a fully-equipped kitchen, a TV room, free wifi, laundry room, braai area and a fireplace. If you’re after something smaller, the Cottage is a loft-style apartment with one bedroom, a kitchenette, a bathroom with free wifi, air conditioning and a veranda. Don’t forget to grab a bottle (or two) of the wine while you’re there as it’s pretty scarce in liquor stores. See what else there is to discover at Haskell Vineyards.
Rates: The Cottage costs R1500 per night and sleeps three people. The Residence costs R2850 and sleep four adults and is max capacity is five. Kids rates are calculated according to room selection.
Annandale Road | Stellenbosch | +27 (0)21 881 3895 | email@example.com
You don’t have to love golf to love the luxury of Devonvale Golf & Wine Estate’s holiday houses. Each has a spacious ground-floor living area and a fully fitted open-plan kitchen, dining area and a lounge leading to a private patio and braai area. Bundle up and take in the views while sampling something special from their cocktail menu, or give their own wine label, Friends Forever, a try. If that doesn’t do it for you, there are plenty of other warming wines to choose from at Devonvale.
Rates: R1500–R4026 per night per suite
Bottelary Road | Devonvale Golf & Wine Estate | Stellenbosch | 021 865 2080 | firstname.lastname@example.org
A NIGHT UNDER THE STARS
Feeling brave? Head to Elgin’s apple country for a night or two of glamping (tents come with real beds, plenty of blankets, wooden decks for enjoying outdoor drinks and private bathrooms). In between star-gazing and getting lost in the endless valley views, you might want to braai or wrap yourself in a blanket and hit a hammock with a book. If comfy camping’s your vibe, you’re definitely going to want to experience Cherry Glamping.
Rates: R2000 for the first night, R2950 for two nights, R1250 per night thereafter
N2 | Elgin | +27 (0)82 788 9837 | email@example.com
It doesn’t get cosier than a log cabin perched above a still river in the Slanghoek Mountains. The Platbos log cabins deep in the mountains of Rawsonville offer silence and tranquillity that not many self-catering units can match. Each cabin has two bedrooms with queen-sized beds and a loft with two single beds. The cabins are gas and solar powered.
Slanghoek Road | Rawsonville | +27 (0)23 344 3138 | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Kersefontein Guest Farm on the West Coast is a piece of historic luxury that ticks all the boxes. Stroll along scenic country roads, chat to the farm animals or row your boat gently down a stream (the Berg River, which is abundant in wildflowers in the late winter months). For dinner with a difference, there’s an early nineteenth-century dining room, or if you feel like a hot toddie, check out the Turn & Slip pub, dedicated to owner Julian Melck’s passion for flying (and minutes away from the farm’s very own landing strip). Rooms have en-suite bathrooms and have been tastefully decorated with period antiques.
Rates: R690–R930pp per night depending on suite and views.
Kersefontein Guest Farm | Hopefield | +27 83 4541025 | email@example.com
MOUNTAIN OR OCEAN? WHY CHOOSE?
Tucked away between Milkwood trees and fynbos gardens, just two hours from Cape Town, you’ll find four stone cottages on the Hermanus lagoon. Mosaic self-catering cottages each have their own unique layout, complete with kitchen, braai facilities and patio, and can sleep two to nine guests. You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to things to do along the famous Whale Coast. If you’re not into golf, whale watching, hiking, paragliding, fine dining or craft markets, there’s always Springfontein Winery right next door to the cottages for wine tasting.
Rates: Prices range from R2500–R3900 per unit (1–4 people), R250 per additional person.
Wortelgat Road | Stanford | 076 313 2814 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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