Kloovenburg Pastorie Guesthouse, Riebeek Kasteel

It was a cold and stormy evening when I decided to venture out of Cape Town to visit the charming little town of Riebeek Kasteel – an hour and a bit from home. Known for its annual Olive festival, the town is home to some fantastic galleries, chocolatiers, an exclusive Swartland wine shop in The Wine Kollective and gastronomic delights at Bar Bar Black Sheep and Café Felix.

On entering the town, you find the ultra-luxe Kloovenburg Pastorie guesthouse – a stunningly restored home perched among the vineyards. Offering three air-conditioned, underfloor-heated, en-suite bedrooms, as well as a chicly decorated lounge and dining area with a cosy fireplace, this makes for the ideal winter escape. The complimentary bottle of wine on arrival, which we immediately tucked into, is a very nice touch, too.

Stay in under the comfy linen covers while watching a film on DSTV or indulge at the Kloovenburg Wine & Olive Estate tasting room on a Sunday, which is open from 11am to 2pm. This was one of the best stays I’ve had in a while.

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