The Devon Valley Hotel
Surrounded by the Helderberg Mountains and lush, rolling vineyards, this timber-framed boutique hotel offers colonial-style charm in a sublime setting. Spend afternoons sipping local varietals, tour the neighboring SylvanVale vineyards, or cool off in the greenery-shrouded pool. In the evenings, dine on refined Western Cape fare, before selecting a nightcap from more than 100 single-malt whiskies at Cedarberg Lounge & Bar. Just 45 minutes outside Cape Town near historic Stellenbosch, it is also the perfect base to explore the Cape Winelands.
- Choose from 50 guestrooms and suites, some with views of vineyards, mountains, or olive groves
- The hotel engages in sustainable travel initiatives that give back to the local community
- Dine on contemporary South African cuisine at Flavours
- Sample local SylvanVale wine in the Cedarwood Lounge & Bar tasting room
SylvanVale Vineyards surround the hotel and the estate offers the perfect introduction to South African wine making. Sample local Chenin Blancs and Pinotages at an in-house tasting, or tour the historic Devon Valley, one of the Stellenbosch wine route’s hidden gems. When you return to the hotel, be sure try the SylvanVale wine and canapé selection or the six-course tasting menu with wine pairings at Flavours.
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White linens and large windows revealing mountain, vineyard, or olive grove views brighten the earthy tones of the hotel’s 50 guestrooms, which are spread out between the historic Cedarwood building and the Manor House. Room categories range from classic guestrooms to executive suites, mixing classic colonial features — four-poster beds, red velvet armchairs, standalone Queen Anne bathtubs, and fireplaces — with contemporary additions. Book a north-facing guestroom and you can benefit from a private patio with delightful views of the vineyards.
The hotel has recently invested in an in-room Handy smartphone, described as your own personal concierge. Use it to make on-site inquiries, as well as international calls. The Devon Valley Hotel is particularly popular as a wedding venue, not just for its romantic setting and picturesque views, but also for the super-stylish Le Venue function space at neighboring House of JC le Roux. Six air-conditioned, light-filled meeting rooms can be booked for team building or conferences of up to 120 guests.
Dine on contemporary South African cuisine in the signature fine-dining restaurant, Flavours. Sip whisky or participate in a SylvanVale wine tasting in the cozy Cedarwood Lounge & Bar or enjoy lunch alfresco at Vineyard Terrace. Children’s menus are available upon request.
Flavours – Signature restaurant Flavours serves modern Western Cape cuisine, offering a seasonal menu that changes monthly. Dine on dishes such as sesame kingklip and ostrich fan fillet paired with vintages from an extensive award-winning wine list. With terrace doors that can be opened up on summer days, the restaurant is classic and refined, yet relaxed and welcoming.
Cedarwood Lounge & Bar – Sink into a leather armchair in the warm Cedarwood Lounge & Bar with a local Inverroche gin and tonic. The bar’s impressive single-malt whisky selection — arguably the best in the country — makes it a destination for connoisseurs.
Vineyard Terrace – Start the day with a farm breakfast on the terrace overlooking the vineyards, or spend an afternoon relaxing with local wine and a biltong, droëwors (a coriander seed-spiced sausage), and dried mango platter.
After a leisurely lunch, learn all about the hotel’s collection of wines with a tasting in the Cedarwood Lounge & Bar. Then retreat to the pool area for a laid-back afternoon of swimming or relaxing on one of the sunbeds. The lounge also offers a whiskey and food pairing experience.
Explore local wineries in the Devon Valley, where vines have grown since the 18th century, stopping for wine tastings and vineyard tours. The adjacent House of J.C. Le Roux is where you can dine alfresco on Saldanha Bay mussels with a glass of Scintilla Méthode Cap Classique bubbles. Afterwards, tee off at the DevonVale or De Zalze golf courses, go horseback riding through vineyards, or take a stroll through historic Stellenbosch to admire the Cape Dutch architecture.
The Devon Valley Hotel
The Devon Valley Hotel is in Stellenbosch, a charming town in the heart of the Cape Winelands in the Western Cape province. It is suitably located for exploring the wider area, including Cape Winelands and Gordon’s Bay. The hotel is easily accessible from Cape Town, which is a 45-minute drive away.
Cape Town International Airport is 22 mi / 35 km from the hotel.