The independent boutique winery Oldenburg Vineyards in Stellenbosch, South Africa’s leading wine region, has recently transformed an original Cape Dutch family home into a luxury villa and for the first time is offering farm stays. Tucked away in the scenic Banghoek Valley, off the Helshoogte Pass between Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, The Homestead is a glamourous new offering in gasp-worthy surroundings.
Private, bespoke and cosseting, The Homestead is set amidst rolling vineyards and dramatic mountain scenery and will appeal to anyone who prefers a casual, personal approach. With six ensuite bedrooms and optional service of butler, chef or driver, The Homestead is a great option for groups of friends or families. Guests can relax in a secluded environment, conduct wine tastings at Oldenburg’s cellar door and explore the surrounding area. Award-winning restaurants, golf courses, nature reserves, Stellenbosch town and Franschhoek, and some of the region’s best internationally recognized wineries – such as Delaire and Tokara – are just a short drive away.
At the heart of the 600-square-metre house is a glass-walled wine cellar housing the owner’s personal wine collection, and a magnificent, fully equipped eat-in kitchen with stunning mountain views. The ground floor features a formal dining room and a living room with open fireplaces, as well as a reception room leading to a cosy verandah overlooking the gardens – a perfect spot to sit and relax on a hot summer’s day.
The majority of the furnishings and decorative items were sourced from local South African artisans to create a contemporary yet elegant feel. An earthy colour palette with shades of white, grey and brown creates an ambience of warm, soothing luxury. An eclectic collection of international art and antiques, representing the many countries in which the owners have lived, adds individuality and life to the stylish interiors.