Paarl, South Africa
Cape Winelands Villa
Flanked by the majestic Simonsberg mountain range, this luxurious Villa on a 160 Ha working wine estate, in the picturesque Paarl/Franschhoek valley, is the ideal base to experience the Winelands of South Africa. Just an hour and 20 minutes from the centre of Cape Town, this property is also just a stone's throw away from some of the best Wine Estate's Stellenbosch has to offer; Glen Carlou, Backsberg, Vrede en Lust, Rupert and Rothschild, the neighboring Neil Joubert Wine Estate, just to name a few.
The Villa itself is surrounded by vineyards and has spectacular mountain views. The estate is well-suited to nature-lovers, offering beautiful walks through its vineyards and surrounding mountains. For golfers there are numerous award-winning courses to enjoy in the vicinity.
All four bedrooms of this magnificent double story Villa have their own en-suite bathrooms, while the reception area and open-plan kitchen lend themselves to easy entertaining , spilling out into the manicured gardens.
Dining in the area:
Franschhoek is known as the ‘Food and Wine Capital of South Africa’ and for good reason. Although the list varies year-to-year, up to 8 of South Africa’s ‘Top 100’ restaurants are based in Franschhoek! Despite its tiny size, the town boasts an incredible range of snug cafés and stylish restaurants with every style of food on offer.
A list of recommendations will be provided in the welcome pack of the villa.
Estate with 2 levels
4 bedrooms, 4 baths, 6000 square feet
King, King, 2x Queen, and 2x Queen
8 guests maximum
Cape Town International
Car or Shuttle - 1 hour
Spectacular vIew of Simonsberg mountains. Overlooking large dam.
Activities of Interest
- Wine Country
- Pearl Valley and Boschenmeer golf estate
- Val de Vie Polo Estate
- @Pete's Horseriding (into game farm)
- Paarl Shopping Mall
Places of Interest
- Lion Sanctuary
- Babylonstoren vegetable gardens and Babel Restaurant
- KWV Brandy Tasting centre
- Winery Tours of world renowned wineries
- Fairview Cheesery and Spice Route Beer Brewery
- L'ormarins Vintage Car Museum
- LaMotte Pierneef Art Gallery
- Franschhoek wine tram
We truly felt at home!
We were so happy to be back to Donkerkloof, our favourite home away from home! It's absolutely stunning here, both the view outside and the fittings inside. The spacious & well equipped kitchen and bathrooms are just devine! I can't describe it. But as soon as we stepped in the house, we right away sensed the calmness vibe. We have stayed in many big houses around the world, this one is just special! In fact, the owners of Donkerkloof are the most special couple! Thank you Lise & Jadrick for being so generous and kind to us! ”
Fabulous villa, great environment, great staff & quiet stay
dear owners, we only stayed for 4 nights, but were so sad it was so short! we enjoyed the kindness and discretion of Rachel, the organisation of Jason helping us out to recuperate some bags we had forgotten in Hermanus. The house and rooms are truly large so everyone staying enjoyed quiet moments whenever needed. We prepared a fabulous Braai in the 'in house' BBQ with the help of Rachel. During our stay temperatures were high and we managed to set the airconditioning in such a way that we could keep the house cool when the general area power was cut on some moments. This was part of a pre-election political issue, but we understood and lived with it quiet well. Thanks again. Guy and Catherine from The Olive Retreat in Pylos, Greece. ”
This is an amazing house with super views. It even comes with a housekeeper called Rachel that we wanted to take home with us. The owner, Jads, was very accommodating and friendly. We loved it here and would love to go back to this house and to this truly wonderful part of the world. ”
Tranquility is the word
We have had such a lovely time at Cape Winelands Villa! It's well managed, very spacious yet totally comfortable. Our hosts were ever so generous and kind towards us. We'd definitely be returning if Lise & Jadrick would have us again :-)”
Warm Hospitality in a Picturesque Setting
I stayed at Cape Winelands Villa with two friends on a girls' getaway trip to South Africa. Our days were spent visiting wineries, sightseeing, fine dining, and exploring the region. The villa and its surrounds were breathtakingly beautiful- this home and property is well maintained and cared for. Jadrick and Lise were fabulous hosts and made sure we had everything we needed. Caretakers Rachel and Andrew made us feel so at home and welcome. The house itself is very spacious and well appointed. Each bedroom is large with a massive ensuite bathroom. There are several indoor and outdoor dining and entertaining spaces. The views of the vineyards are stunning! Security is top notch in this gated community. The only low on our trip was having to leave! We enjoyed our time in this special place and each of us hope to return someday soon. I highly recommend reserving a week at this home if you want the best Cape Winelands region experience! For members interested in booking this home, below are some brief highlights of our activities on this trip: -Tour of Robben Island (former political prison where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 imprisoned years) -Dining/shopping at the VA Waterfront -Morning safari at Aquila Private Game Resort -Wine tasting at Babylonstoren -Franschhoek Wine Tram (We visited Grande Provence, Eikehof, Leopard’s Leap, and Franschhoek Cellar. We especially loved the wine and chocolate pairing at the Franschhoek Cellar and our cheese and fruit platter at Eikehof!) -Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point (long, uphill walk to the lighthouse at the top but completely worth the views!) -Viewing African Penguins along the beach in Simons Town -Table Mountain Aerial Cableway (unbelievable views!) -Wine tasting and lunch at Vrede en Lust Thank you to Lise and Jadrick for being perfect hosts on this trip of a lifetime!”
We arrived to be greeted by the most charming full time house keeper Rachel and a wonderful hamper including premium sparkling wine. We were given a thorough briefing on the villa and its facilities by the estate manager. Very arty, very clean with all the mod cons. Each of the four couples had their on luxurious en suite rooms. Surrounded by vineyards and high mountains the scenery is truly breathtaking. Ten minutes from the historic town of Paarl we we easily able to visit the nearby attractions at Franschhoek and Stellenbosch less than 30 minutes away. There is just so much to see and enjoy in this area. You have access to many of the homesteads that are over 300 years old with beautiful Cape Dutch architecture. Many of them are now as famous for art collections and dining experiences as they are for the wine tasting. Frankly, in all my travel there is nothing anywhere quite like the winelands of the Cape and this villa is dead centre.”
Wonderful private house in a private Winelands location.
We spent a week at Villa Donkerkloof in January of 2016. The villa is as advertised, a luxury well appointed house in a secluded location just outside Paarl, South Africa. The staff is helpful and courteous. The bedrooms and baths are five star and very private.. The view of the mountains and the valley is wonderful and the opportunity to visit various areas a round Cape Town, including the Winelands, is easily done via nearby highways. All in all a wonderful vacation for our family and friends.”
The most breathtaking view ever and the best location
We could not have had the most perfect. The outstanding welcome both from the owners and their staff. They all worked very hard at making our stay the most perfect ever. The house is just beautiful and has everything one could wish for down to the minute details. Nothing was too much for Jadrick, the owner, who came quickly to our rescue late at night when my husband was seriously unwell and to help us take him to a very good hospital. He waited with me and my children to make sure we got home ok. The area where the villa is located is simply perfect to tour the vinyards and enjoy the amazing retaurants that can be found everywhere in the area. I could not rececommend it highly enough. We will absolutely stay there again.”
Our South African trip
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Cape Winelands Villa. The owner and staff of the property were extremely helpful. On the day of our arrival, they offered to pick us up in Cape Town, where we stayed at a B&B, and took us directly to the property. They went out of their way to make our stay even more enjoyable. The spacious and very comfortable villa is right in the middle of where one wants to be to visit key wineries and restaurants in Paarl, Franschhoek, and Stellenbosch.”
Great family vacation
Villa Donkerkloof near Paarl is a wonderful escape from the hectic city life but close enough to civilization that you never feel isolated. The property is near a wide range of wine farms, historical sites, curio shops, and other entertainment. The house is spacious, very well equipped and located in a stunning setting on a small lake. Once settled in, you will be tempted to stay and enjoy the tranquility. The hosts were very kind and made sure everything was perfect. It was an absolutely wonderful stay and we definitely want to return. ”
The best way to start 2014
Perfectly located for touring the wonderful wine estates in the Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franshoek areas, this magnificent property provides guests with an oasis of comfort, calm and tranquility. The house fronts on to a small lake with an abundance of bird life and also enjoys spectacular mountain scenery. It is very well furnished and appointed with all modern amenities. The owner could not have been more helpful and considerate and this added immensely to our enjoyment of our time there. All in all a 5 star experience and a great start to 2014!”
- 40"+ TV
- Air Conditioning
- Covered Parking
- DVD Player
- Espresso Machine
- Gated Community
- Laundry Service
- Multiple TVs
- Outdoor Pool
- Satellite/Cable TV
- Washer & Dryer