Despite my inbox being the bain of my blog existence, sometimes it serves up a gem…. and an invite to spend a night at The Lanzerac Hotel in Stellenbosch was one email that caught my eye immediately!
Within a few days of the invitation we found ourselves heading out towards the autumed-hued winelands for a few hours of indulgence in the good time trio of wine, food and a night away from the children!
The Lanzerac Hotel
The Lanzerac is one of those hotels that have stood the test of time. The name is familiar to most who live in Cape Town or the vicinity of Stellenbosch. Mentioning it to my parents to convince them that they wanted to help us our with some overnight babysitting, both my mom and dad recalled their fond memories of time spent at the Lanzerac bar or enjoying their cheeese lunches. My mom even revealed a secret past of a time when she actually worked in the kitchen while a student at the university! Fortunately this meant that they were happy to help out so we could experience the hotel for ourselves.
As this was to be our first personal experience of The Lanzerac we arrived anticipating an olde world style hotel that would appeal to people of our parents age. Of course there is a lot of history to the estate but what we would be pleasantly pleased to discover is that there is now so much more to the estate than just the historical old manor house.
Wine tasting at The Lanzerac
After a brief check-in, we headed straight for the Tasting Room! Much of the hotel has been refurbished recently and this area is one of the newly revamped sections. On the menu was a Chocolate and Wine Pairing which seemed silly to ignore…
Five premium wines paired with five selected chocolates made for a great start to our Lanzerac experience. We were able to sample some of the very best wines Lazerac has to offer and the gorgeous chocolates were perfectly paired to bring out the subtle flavours of each wine.
Sauvignon Blanc paired with a white ‘Safari Fruit’ chocolate.
Chardonnay paired with a white ‘Lemons and Limes’ chocolate.
Merlot paired with a ‘Dark Cherry Cigar’ chocolate.
Pinotage paired with a chocolate dipped macerated cherry.
Cabernet Sauvignon paired with a ‘Cape Malay Spice’ chocolate.
The Tasting Room also offers a variety of other tasting options from a Standard Tasting for R40pp where you can taste any 4 wines from the Alma Mater or Premium Range, a Cheese & Wine Pairing for R75pp and a Heritage Tasting for R130pp where you can taste Lanzerac’s Heritage Range, a collection of 3 flagship wines.
The Tasting Room is situated adjacent to The Deli so we opted to order a cheese and charcuterie platter to enjoy too and extend our time in this relaxed, intimate space before heading downstairs for a brief Cellar Tour.
The Deli at The Lanzerac
The delicious deli smells drew us in and we delved deeper to discover it’s delights…. Freshly baked breads, cakes and pastries, aromatic coffees, speciality teas, home-made jams, chutneys and sauces, charcuterie meats and cheeses. Next time we’ll be sure to order one of their picnic baskets to enjoy in the garden overlooking the vineyards!!
The Lanzerac Manor House
Then it was time to learn a bit more about the history of the estate so we took a stroll up to the main Manor House museum for a quick browse followed by some time exploring the main building of the hotel itself including the famed Taphuis Bar and the opulent lounge and dining areas where we would enjoy our supper and breakfast the following morning.
Accommodation at The Lanzerac
As the sun was sinking lower and the weather turning colder, it was time to head off to our room for an hour or two of relaxing before dinner. We were shown to one of the recently renovated suites and discovered that it was a gorgeously opulent room. Decorated to the highest standards with amazing antique furniture, luxurious linens, glimmering glass chandeliers and a beautiful bathroom – this was possibly the grandest bedroom I’ve ever slept in!
Each room has a private patio and looks out over the winelands backdrop of vineyards and mountains. I snapped a few photos of the view before returning to the haven that was our room, and most especially the huge bath for an indulgent Charlotte Rhys soak. Some chill time on the King-size bed followed before dinner, served in Governors Hall…
We opted to enjoy dinner at the hotel, although it would be an option to venture further afield into the town of Stellenbosch. We preferred the idea of eating and drinking and taking as few steps as possible to bed! The elegant Governors Hall Restaurant is the hotel’s main à la carte restaurant that offers a fine dining experience and we were certainly not disappointed with our choice.
The fire side spot we selected kept us warm, the friendly staff met our every need and the menu was varied and delicious. It was a true treat to be enjoying a meal in such a space and we felt like we were celebrating something… even if it was just spending time alone, it was well worth it.
Unfortuantely one night was all we had and it certainly wasn’t enough to discover all that The Lanzerac has to offer (including the Spa!). Our last few minutes were spent enjoying the extensive buffet breakfast and then it was time to hit the road back to reality!
On our exit we stopped a few times to capture a bit more of the Lanzerac magic… the Autumn colours were incredible and created a very unique backdrop to my pictures, however I look forward to seeing beautiful trees lining the driveway in full flush on a return visit!
No. 1 Lanzerac Road
Tel: 021 886 5641