Options for winelands and farmstays
The town of Wellington makes a good base for exploring the Western Cape winelands – it’s a 25-minute drive from Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, and 10 minutes from Paarl.
The working vineyard of Val du Charron Wine & Olive Estate, Guesthouse and Spa offers both four- and five-star accommodation, and two restaurants, all on 42ha of vineyards and olive plantations.
The four-star Guesthouse has eight rooms sleeping 18 in total. The five-star Coach House has three supersize rooms with plunge pools, and sleeps a total of six. Rates at both include breakfast, and a cellar tour with three wines to taste.
The restaurants include an outlet of top steakhouse Local Grill, and Piza e Vino for Italian fare. The Spa@Val du Charron offers a full menu of body pampering.
Some of the pursuits guests can undertake from Val du Charron are a drive along the historic Bainskloof Pass, swimming in the natural pools of the Limietberg reserve, exploration of the Route 62 tourist route, horse and pony riding, golf at nearby courses and ziplining over the Bainskloof in Ceres. There are mountain bike trials on the farm and scenic walks.
Nearby attractions for children are the Giraffe House, the Drakenstein Lion Park and Butterfly World. Bontebok Ridge Reserve has a Kwagga breeding programme and there is also an alpaca farm in the vicinity.
Wellington has museums and monuments, historic neighbourhoods, galleries, collectibles shopping Visitors can time their stay to coincide with festivals that take place during the course of the year.
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