Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and take time to unwind in the beautiful town of Wellington in the heart of the Drakenstein Valley. This quaint town is surrounded by mountain ranges and secluded valleys and is worth exploring for a relaxing winter break.
Within an hour’s drive from Cape Town, Wellington offers hidden gems with country-style cuisine, wines, stylish accommodation and the customary warm hospitality that the area is renowned for. Explore off-the-beaten track wine farms, enjoy the natural beauty of the region and simply catch your breath.
Winter is an ideal time to experience the Wellington lifestyle with numerous winter offers. Known for the best terroir-driven wines in the country, wine tasting should be at the top of your itinerary.
Delve into the rich history of the region with a visit to the Oude Wellington restaurant. The original farm building has been converted into a cosy restaurant and bar. Owners John and Susanna Tecklenburg offer a dining experience featuring an eclectic menu with traditional Cape, Malay and Indian influences. Spice up your life with real comfort food next to a cosy fireplace during their weekly “Kerrie Tafel”, an informal buffet featuring mouth-watering curry dishes.
For a “delightful” food and wine pairing, visit Perfect Place in Church Street, Wellington. Real winter warmers such as slow-roasted tomato soup, lamb stew and venison pie have been paired with wines from Doolhof and Wellington Wines for a knock-out combination.
Travel along the picturesque Bodal Road and stop at the charming Imbuko Wines for a pairing with a difference. Try the tantalising Van Zijl Jam Tasting Experience with Vanilla Cabernet Jam, Butterscotch Shiraz Jam and Coffee Pinotage Jam served with a freshly baked Portuguese roll and a Babybel cheese.
There are plenty of hidden treasures in the valley, so it might be a good idea to book an overnight stay to make the most of your breakaway. Diemersfontein Wine & Country Estate has a special winter offer of R550 per person per night for accommodation in their luxurious Manor House or Garden Rooms, including breakfast and a bottle of Diemersfontein Pinotage.
Lady Loch Guest House offers various relaxation and retreat packages, while Val du Charron Wine & Olive Estate has a 15% discount offer on accommodation during winter months. Dunstone Country House is introducing a winter special with 25% off on accommodation in their guest house or self-catering facilities, including breakfast, afternoon tea, a sundowner wine tasting, and a three-course dinner at The Stone Kitchen bistro. Grand Dédale Country House, winner of the Africa’s Best Classic Boutique Hotel in 2016, is once again presenting their romantic season package for “the ultimate in luxurious tranquillity”.
Other stops worth exploring are the estates of Au d’Hex and Linton Park – all tracing their routes back to the days of the early Cape settlers. Explore the great outdoors and enjoy the opulent elegance of Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse on the Elandsberg Nature Reserve outside Hermon with reduced room rates until end of June.
* For details on Unwind in Wellington winter offers, visit www.wellington.co.za.