One of my favourite discoveries in recent years is the secret valley of Slanghoek. Somehow this spectacular place, only 1 hour from Cape Town, escaped me until a few years ago when we went camping near Rawsonville and took a drive to discover the local wine farms.
Slanghoek valley is surely one of the most beautiful in South Africa. With towering peaks and lush green vineyards stretching for miles. It’s also home to some of the very best Chenin Blanc wine in the world!
Since we discovered this special spot we’ve been back annually – and more frequently if we find ourselves in the area.
When an invite arrived to spend a weekend in the valley there’s was only one answer!
Having only enjoyed day trips to Slanghoek I was eager to linger longer and the beautiful new self-catering cottages at Opstal offered the ideal opportunity to soak up the serenity of Slanghoek
Located on a working wine farm just one hour’s drive from Cape Town, Opstal Stay features five contemporary cottages that have all been tastefully decorated to ensure a stay that is stylish and comfortable.
We stayed in the larger cottage known as Carl Everson which offers some of the most stunning views I’ve ever seen – from every window! The majestic Boland Mountains loom large, the verdant valley of vines spread out before you and the fine fynbos blows in the breeze while you enjoy a lazy lounge on the sofa with a homemade rusk and a cup of coffee.
Each cottage has an open-plan kitchen, lounge and dining area. The kitchen has a gas hob, microwave oven, fridge, kettle, as well as a toaster. The cottage we stayed in had 2 beautiful bedrooms and spacious bathrooms (main en-suite). The accommodation is luxurious, yes contemporary. Pared back interiors feature clever design details with gorgeous art on the walls and plush linens and towels that add to the experience.
Opstal Stay offers two four-sleeper units and three two-sleeper units. Each of the 5 units have been named to honour the personalities of Opstal that make up its’ rich and colourful history – Carl Everson, The Barber, Lang Jan, Nellie’s Needle and Lady Ansie – and I loved reading through the history of the farm and the various characters in the beautiful book about the estate found in each cottage.
Couples seeking a romantic retreat and families with children will both appreciate the peace and quiet of Opstal’s self-catering units throughout the year. We visited in summer where we enjoyed the panoramic views while braai-ing on the patio sipping on a glass of Opstal Chenin, but I can image that these cottages would be equally welcoming in winter when you can snuggle up next to the slow combustion fireplace inside or wind down in the hot tub on the deck!
Located over the main road, yet still on the estate, is Opstal Restaurant Breakfast and lunch can be enjoyed from Wednesday to Sunday from 09:00 until 16:30. We enjoyed a few meals here, including an abundant breakfast and, on another occasion, delicious pizza. Along with the view (have I mentioned the view?), there is also a kiddie playground and lawn area for those kids who prefer to run riot. Booking is advised. They will also be offering a private picnic experience – accessible only by tractor!
For those who enjoy experiencing the fruit of the vine in a glass, Opstal produces a wide range of quality wines. There is the affordable Sixpence Range, the Estate Range and a premium Heritage Range. The highlight is their award-winning Carl Everson Chenin Blanc.
Things to do in Slanghoek Valley
Although you may never want to leave the serenity and sumptuous surrounding at Opstal Stay (I didn’t!), there are plenty of other activities to enjoy in the valley and greater Breedekloof Valley.
- Learn about pairing wine with cheese while enjoying a wine tasting and/or cheese and wine pairing. Opstal Wine Tasting and Cheese and Wine pairing
- Get in touch with nature and get a bit of exercise as you explore the Opstal Hiking trail or Jason’s Hill Hiking Trail
- Try a gin pairing at Ou Stokery on the R101, also referred to as the Old N1.
- Navigate beautiful landscapes while mountain biking in the Slanghoek Valley at Slanghoek Cellar
- Explore the hidden Louwshoek while fly-fishing at Dwarsberg Trout Hideaway.
- Learn about birds found in the Breedekloof Wine Valley while bird-watching at Bergsig Estate.
- Join a unique and interactive Italian cooking class at Picardi Place
- Play a round of extreme Putt Putt (mini golf) at the Slanghoek Mountain Resort. We’ve enjoyed this outing twice as a family and although it is one of the more frustrating Putt Putt courses (on earth), it’s still a really fun outing – with incredible panoramic views! Hire golf balls and putters at the cafe at the entrance to the campsite.
Tucked-away in a corner of the beautiful Cape Winelands, Opstal Stay is a secret worth sharing (or perhaps not!)
The Opstal Stay four sleeper units are R1 950 per night on weekdays and R2 250 per night over the weekend. The two-sleeper units’ weekday price is R1 450 per night and R1 750 per night over the weekend.
Tel: +27 23 344 3001/ +27 66 203 8889
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