Weekend Wanderings: A leisurely stay at the Lanzerac

Time away as a couple is not always easy to come by once you have kids – babies, toddlers or teens – but it is so very important to carve out time together to reconnect as adults and not just co-parents!

A few years ago we spent a memorable evening at the Lanzerac so it was with delight that I accepted an invitation to revisit the hotel… especially as the space has been through quite a few changes since our last visit following a devastating fire in 2017.

My Lanzerac Hotel and Spa Review

This visit proved an opportunity to enjoy the Lanzerac’s glorious rebirth…

Sweeping up the Oak-lined driveway it felt as if nothing had changed since my last visit…. and possibly not in the past 326 years since the birth of this estate.

Situated just 5 minutes from Stellenbosch town, Lanzerac is a world apart. Here time slows down (as we experienced when our 24 hour visit felt at least double that!), allowing day visitors and overnight guests the chance to step into another time and place – one filled with relaxation, tranquillity and magic.

The central reception area of the hotel, including the restaurant area, was most significantly restorated and it was this beautiful new space, The Governor’s Hall, that greeted us upon our arrival and left us awed by it’s grandeur with 13 cedar beams spanning the width of the vaulted ceiling, stunning chandeliers and incredible heritage furniture items that set the scene.

We had arrived to check in early in order to enjoy a few hours of relaxation at the Lanzerac Spa so we dropped off our bags and took a meander through some of the extensive grounds before donning our robes at the spa… (Review coming soon)

Despite my previous visits to the Lanzerac I was unaware of many of the hidden areas of this picturesque wine estate situated just outside Stellenbosch. I blame this on our previous visits having taken place during winter, whereas this visit took place during the warmer days of March and allowed us time to enjoy the gardens.

Lanzerac is a historical Stellenbosch Wine Estate that is home to a beautiful Manor House as well as many other Cape Dutch buildings some of which date back as far as 1692.

During the renovations of the hotel much care was taken to preserve the historical integrity of the estate including unveiling the original brickwork and slate floor in what is now a private dining area…

As we meandered through the estate we stopped in at the popular bar area that has attracted locals for years – Taphuis – and here we learnt that a few relics had been saved from the ruins including this antique till that survived the flames intact!

One of my favourite discoveries on the estate was this gorgeous courtyard where guest rooms are shaded by towering trees and a sparkling lap pool is the focal point…

We found this secret spot on our meanderings towards the Wine Tasting and Deli area on the Lanzerac estate where we enjoyed sampling the best of the Lanzerac wine range with our enthusiastic wine steward, Jerome.

Guest Rooms at The Lanzerac

After enjoying a leisurely afternoon enjoy the best of Lanzerac’s wine and deli delights (hello cheese board of beauty!), we headed off to find our room, well, suite!

Rick’s Cottage is one of the Junior Suites on the Lanzerac estate and was the perfect place for a romantic retreat. There was more than enough space to spread out and enjoy the exceptional level of luxury offered by the Lanzerac.

Our room was a marriage of luxury and comfort, relaxation and romance.

Each of the Lanzerac’s 53 rooms is individually styled with original artwork hung alongside a collection of timeless, antique furniture ensuring that no two rooms are alike. One of the hallmarks of a luxury stay is the bathroom…. and the Lanzerac does not disappoint with their opulent marble en-suite bathrooms!

The newly restored Lanzerac Hotel exceeded our expectations with levels of luxury that we have not encountered often. This is a timeless, elegant escape that is the perfect place to retreat for a special occasion or celebration.

Watch a short video clip of our visit to Lanzerac

Enjoy a Gourmet Food & Wine Winter Escape Package at The Lanzerac

This year Lanzerac celebrates 60 years of style in style – with this incredible Gourmet Food & Wine special…

There’s nothing quite like getting away to a beautiful place during winter and the wintery winelands can’t be beat for crisp air, cosy fireplaces, snowy peaks, rusty red vines and incredible food and wine.

The Gourmet Food & Wine Winter Escape Package at The Lanzerac includes:


  • A one-night stay in a Classic Room with the possibility of a complimentary upgrade to the best available room type at the time of booking;
  • A welcome drink upon arrival;
  • Full continental and English breakfast;
  • A four-course dinner paired with Lanzerac wines;
  • Full use of the spa’s hydra facilities;
  • One  30-minute AromaVine™ Pinotage Full Body Massage, per person per stay;
  • A cellar tour and Premium wine tasting of five Lanzerac wines, hosted by one of our experienced Wine Ambassadors;
  • Select mini-bar, replenished once daily;
  • Turn down service, including bottled water;
  • Transfer service between the Hotel and Stellenbosch town at set times; and
  • Late Check-Out (Subject to availability).



The package is available from 1 April 2019 – 30 September 2019, at R7,450 Per Couple Per Night or for a two night stay at a rate of R12,500 per couple.



Contact Details

No. 1 Lanzerac Road, Stellenbosch, 7600, South Africa.

Tel: +27 (0)21 887 1132

E-mail: info@lanzerac.co.za

Web: lanzerac.co.za


Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

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