Nuy Valley, South Africa
It’s rare to find a country retreat as unique and authentic as Penhill. 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 on endless emerald lawns comes into view. It is nothing short of an oasis in the ruggedly beautiful Nuy Valley, so it’s easy to imagine this wonderful historical place as it was some 300 years ago when it was built as a refreshment station on the busy route to Stellenbosch, Swellendam and Graaff Reinet, pre-dating the N1.
Guests have access to all 5 lodginds on the estate for a total of 12 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 plenty of room to breathe, which is what sets it apart from so many other places.
Having been lovingly restored, Penhill has literally gone back to its roots, although, rather than a stop for the ox wagons of before, it’s now a private and very special place for groups of up to 24 people to relax and replenish body, mind and soul. And to have a whole lot of fun, too, as it’s perfectly suited for hosting fabulous parties, from formal affairs to outdoorsy bashes that make the most of the glorious natural surrounds.
While there are dozens of lovely, picturesque spots where everyone can gather for meals, teas, sundowners and to be sociable in general, there’s also more than enough space on the 3 500 acre property with its well-tended garden to find quiet time alone with a book. Where better for a nap than propped up under a tree beside the dam?
The gorgeous Penhill Manor oozes country charm and history. Built in 1840, it is an outstanding example of Cape Dutch architecture. Today, the fully renovated, air-conditioned Penhill Manor accommodates a total of 24 people. The living spaces include comfortable sitting rooms, kitchens and dining rooms, and thoughtful little extras include excellent WiFi as well as DSTV and a sound system. When you are not making the most of the extensive activities on the farm.
Daily housekeeping, good security and onsite management included free of charge. Meals can be arranged with our great Chef at a fee. Staff tips highly recommended.
Estate with 1 level
12 bedrooms, 11 baths, 30000 square feet
King, King, King, 2x Full, 2x Full, King, King, King, 2x Twin, 2x Full, 2x Full, and 2x Twin
24 guests maximum
90 minutes drive
The Cape mountains and vineyards
Activities of Interest
- Wine Country
- There are dams and pools for splashing about in, a court for tennis as well as boules and croquet, not to mention trails for gentle walks, more strenuous hikes and runs, and mountainbiking.
- think mountainbike rides, hikes and walks, fishing or canoeing in the dam, getting competitive on the tennis court or with a game of croquet or boules – you can simply relax on a lounger beside your own swimming pool.
- Private wine tasting on Penhill Farm done by award winning winery Conradie Penhill Vineyards at extra charge (groups only) or at no extra cost at Conradie Family Cellars a mere 4km down the road
Places of Interest
- Visit some nearby wine farms
- Stellenbosch, Franschhoek
- Horse riding combo outrides to include wine, olive or beer tasting
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- 40"+ TV
- Air Conditioning
- Chef's Kitchen
- Covered Parking
- DVD Player
- Espresso Machine
- Gated Community
- High Speed Internet
- Hot Tub
- Laundry Service
- Multiple TVs
- Outdoor Grill
- Outdoor Pool
- Pets (with Approval)
- Satellite/Cable TV
- Staffed Guard Gate
- Washer & Dryer
- Wireless Internet
- iPod Dock Stereo