The Manor House
The Manor House
It’s rare to find a country retreat as unique and authentic as Penhill Manor. A scenic 90-minute drive away from Cape Town, you’ll spot its towering twin palms long before the outcrop of white-washed buildings set against endless emerald lawns comes into view. Featuring twelve bedrooms and resting on 30000 square feet, Penhill is nothing short of an oasis in the ruggedly beautiful Nuy Valley!
The gorgeous Penhill Manor oozes countryside charm and history. Built in 1840, the manor is an outstanding example of Cape Dutch architecture. Today, the fully renovated, air-conditioned Penhill Manor is a modern delight. The living spaces include comfortable sitting rooms, kitchens, and dining rooms, and thoughtful extras include excellent WiFi as well as DSTV and a sound system. Make use of these modern luxuries, but also make sure you make the most of the extensive activities available to you on the farm!
It’s easy to imagine this wonderfully historic place as it was some 300 years ago when it was first built as a refreshment station on the busy route to Stellenbosch, Swellendam, and Graaf Reinet. Guests have access to all five lodgings on the estate for a total of ten bedrooms. The layout of the various lodgings, Penhill West Grange, Penhill East Grange, Penhill Manor House, Penhill Fruit Barn, and Penhill Pepper Tree, also allows for plenty of room to breathe, which is what sets it apart from so many other places.
Having been lovingly resorted, Penhill has quite literally gone back to its roots, although, rather than a stop for ox-wagons and travelers, it’s now a private, special place for groups of up to 24 people to relax and replenish their bodies, minds, and souls. It makes for a lovely entertaining space as well, perfectly suited for hosting fabulous parties, from formal affairs to alfresco bashes that make the most of the glorious natural surroundings.
While there are dozens of lovely, picturesque spots where everyone can gather for meals, teas, sunsets, and just to be together in general, there’s also more than enough space on the 3500-acre property, with its well-tended garden, to find quiet time alone with a good book. Where better for a nap than propped up under a shady tree beside the dam?
Daily housekeeping, good security, and onsite management are included free of charge. Meals can be arranged with our great chef for a fee. Staff tips highly recommended.
Enjoy a week in rustic elegance at Penhill Manor!
Estate with 2 levels
4 bedrooms, 3 baths, 7500 square feet, 697 square meters
King, King, King, and Queen
8 guests maximum
1 hour 40 minute by car
Mountains and Valley views
No Pets Allowed
Not Handicap Accessible
Meals prepared by a wonderful chef can be arranged for an extra fee.
Activities of Interest
- Wine Country
- Mountainbike trails
- Bird watching
- Boat cruises ( 30 minute drive)
- Franschhoek wine tram (1 hour drive)
- Golden Valley Casino (30 minute drive)
Places of Interest
- Lion Sanctuary Drakenstein Park (1 hour 10 minutes drive)
- KWV Brandy Tasting centre (1 hour drive)
- Winery Tours of world renowned wineries
- Fairview Cheesery and Spice Route Beer Brewery (1 hour drive)
- Pearl Valley and Boschenmeer golf estate (1 hour drive)
- Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden (30 minute drive)
- Val de Vie Polo Estate (1 hour 10 minute drive)
- Brandvlei Nature Reserve (40 minute drive)
- Klipbokkop Mountain Reserve (40 minutes drive)
Elizabeth L.November 2021
Loved it!! Beautiful home, perfectly kitted out. The ducks were our favourite.”