Grand Dedale Country House, a wonderful mansion in a green, African Valley
About one hour northeast of Cape Town, in the Hawequas Mountains, there is a deep and verdant valley called the Bainskloof Pass, translated as Bain’s Cleft. Once taken by the Boer Trekkers to enter the interior of the nation of South Africa, this valley is now the site of the excellent vineyards of the Doolhof Wine Estate, which produce deep and varied red and white wines, as well as beautiful forests, rivers and the unique fynbos, or “fine bush,” of the South African environment. In this lovely dale, you can also find the Grand Dedale Country House, a deluxe boutique hotel and lodge, laid out along the banks of the Kromme River. The resort is surrounded by 380 hectares of wild South African forest and mountains, with vineyards covering 40 hectares near the heart of the estate.
The estate consists of the Manor House and the Cottage, with the Doolhof winery and supporting buildings in the same area. Offering sumptuous furnishings in an elegant resort setting, Grand Dedale is designed in a rustic theme, with bright white décor highlighting the advanced technology that serves guests. Cedar beams cross the ceilings above exquisite chandeliers, and an antique Victrola stands in the well-stocked library, while wifi and docking stations are easy to access throughout the grounds. Grand Dedale boasts luxury accommodation, and the Concierge will be happy to create bespoke journeys of the area, including the nearby wineries of Franschhoek, Paarl, and Stellenbosch.