Grand Dedale Country House

5* out of 5 stars

Found in the quiet valley amongst the evergreen South African mountains, the Grand Dedale Country House sits on the award-winning, historic Doolhof Wine Estate. Located just minutes away from the picturesque town of Wellington, this boutique hotel offers an intimate hideaway, where privacy is the priority and switching off is key. With only six rooms and suites on offer, it’s the perfect destination for travellers needing a no-fuss escape. The hotel sits on about 380 hectares of vineyards, forest and fynbos, all surrounded by a dramatic mountain backdrop. The Kromme River also runs through the estate, adding to the mystical atmosphere that is South Africa’s natural beauty. On the estate itself, animal lovers might spot buck, baboons, and even leopards

Activities at Grand Dedale Country House

For those that glean their moments of holiday joy from the calm indulgence of nature, there is a world of stunning landscapes and fascinating wildlife right on your doorstep at Grand Dedale Country House. Activity-lovers will be in sheer paradise, with the hotel’s grounds and surroundings offering walking, hiking and mountain biking though the countryside, vineyards, nearby nature reserves and neighbouring estates. Fishing, hot air ballooning, quad biking, and clay pigeon shooting are even on the cards for guests fortunate enough to stay here. You can even find plenty of world-class golf courses close by, so go ahead and take a swing.

Grand Dedale Country House Winery

No detail is too small when it comes to creating an award-winning bottle of wine. The Doolhof Wine Estate, on which Grand Dedale Country House sits, grows its grapes in a meticulous fashion to ensure that every bottle produced excites all sommeliers alike. As a guest, you’ll be able to sample some of the reds and whites at the wine tasting centre, which overlooks glorious vineyards. Doolhof specialises in all of the classics, ranging from a fresh Sauvignon Blanc to a full-bodied Malbec. To avoid disappointment, be sure to secure your wine tasting session once you’ve booked your holiday to South Africa.



Luxury Loft

Hawequa – A luxury loft room in the Manor House. 32 sqm with a king-size/twin bed, twin basin, bathtub with shower overhead in the bathroom and views of the Hawequa mountains and gardens. Special features also include an upstairs under thatched roof; access via a spiral staircase.

Superior Loft

Limietberg – A superior loft room in the Manor House. 45 sqm with an extra-length king-size/twin bed, twin basin, bathtub with shower overhead in the bathroom and views of the Limietberg mountains and gardens. Special features also include an upstairs under thatched roof, walk-in dressing room; access via a spiral staircase.

Elegant Suite

Lady Anne Barnard – An elegant suite in the Manor House. 63 sqm with an extra length king-size/twin bed, twin basin, bathtub and separate shower in the bathroom, and views of Bainskloof Pass and gardens. Special features also include a patio, lounge and dining area.

Romantic Cottage

Cottage – The free-standing thatched stone cottage dating back to around 1707 has been carefully restored and is ideal for honeymoon couples or guests seeking additional privacy. The downstairs area consists of an open plan lounge and two bathrooms, one with shower and one with a jet bath. As it stands a short distance from the main house, the cottage offers a private minibar and satellite TV. The wooden staircase leads to the bedroom upstairs with a king size bed. A large, private patio overlooking the horse paddocks & forests completes the experience. The Cottage (Old Wine House) can also be booked as a chapel for wedding ceremonies or as a function venue.


Food & Drink

Grand Dedale Country House Restaurants & Bars

Breakfast - Start your day with a sumptuous “Cap Classique” breakfast with a range of homemade treats such as freshly squeezed juices, homemade jams, exotic fruit slices and fruit salads, as well as freshly baked breads, rolls, muffins and croissants, homemade mueslis, healthy cereals and yoghurts.

Lunch/Picnic - There are many beautiful picnic spots on the Estate and the surrounding areas. Pack your blanket, a good book and one of our delicious picnic baskets and you are perfectly equipped for a lazy day out in the mountains or by the beach. For the active hiker or mountain biker we also have picnic backpacks available which can be filled with carbohydrate-packed snacks. Please order your picnic basket a day in advance.

Dinner - Sunsets in the Winelands are magical, leaving the mountains dipped in shades of orange and purple. At Grand Dédale, you can celebrate this event with sundown pre-dinner drinks on the veranda or by the pool. On cooler evenings, enjoy an aperitif in the library in front of the fireplace. This is followed by a four-course table d’hôte menu, prepared by our resident chef. Emphasising game and seafood, all ingredients are locally sourced and prepared in a Cape idiom.