About Grand Dédale Country House
The historic Manor House on Doolhof Wine Estate, dating back to the early 1700s has been restored to its former Cape Dutch elegance and now houses 6 individually designed and appointed en-suite bedrooms, offering 5 star luxuries and service. Our free standing thatched cottage forms the 7th bedroom and is ideal for honeymooners or guests seeking additional privacy.
Situated in a long valley just below the Bainskloof Pass, the Estate not only offers a wide variety of outdoor activities but is also an ideal base from which to explore the Cape. The name “Doolhof” is the Afrikaans word for labyrinth and was given by the early settlers of the 1700’s to this estate, due to the many hills and vales which allowed only one way in and out. Grand Dédale translates into “Great Labyrinth”.
Today we invite our guests to experience the mystical Doolhof Valley. When entering the romantic country road leading into the Estate, visitors are surrounded by breathtaking mountain scenery, vineyards and mysterious forests. The gates with the great “D” lead past manicured horse paddocks and rows of white roses, revealing the beauty and elegance of the Estate.
We believe that luxury comes with space and have therefore created a large veranda, two dining areas, a library and tea lounge, two conservatories, extensive landscaped gardens and a 15 meter pool, ensuring a high level of privacy and comfort.
The 6 rooms in the Manor House are very spacious and all offer king size or twin beds, air-conditioning, tea & coffee tray, electronic safe, I-pod docking station with radio, wireless internet connection, remote telephone, flatscreen satellite TV, hairdryer, under floor heating in the bathroom, heated towel rail, a free standing bathtub with separate shower or shower overhead, highest quality 720 g towels, luxurious velour bathrobes, 300 thread count percale cotton linen, imported, allergy free down duvets and pillows, fine fibre pillows, as well as luxurious amenities.
The three rooms on the ground floor offer a private patio and dining area. The romantic rooms upstairs are beautifully appointed under thatched roof.
The freestanding thatched stone cottage (115 sqm) dating back to 1707 has been lovingly restored and is ideal for honeymoon couples or guests seeking additional privacy. There are two bathrooms downstairs, one with shower and one with a jet bath. The wooden staircase leads to the bedroom upstairs with a king size bed overlooking the paddocks and the Manor House. As it stands a short distance from the main house, the cottage offers a private minibar and satellite TV in the open plan lounge downstairs. A private patio overlooking the horse paddocks & forests completes the experience.
As it stands a short distance away from the main house, the cottage offers a private minibar and satellite TV. A large, private patio overlooking the horse paddocks & forests completes the experience.
Start your day with a delicious “Cap Classique” breakfast with a range of homemade treats and a mouth-watering selection of cooked dishes. Light lunches and snacks are served throughout the day; picnic baskets or backpacks are available by prior arrangement. In the afternoons we serve a high tea buffet with homemade delicacies.
Join us for a sundown aperitif or wine tasting, which is followed by an imaginative three-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.
A treatment room by the pool area is available for a wide range of stress relieving and invigorating spa treatments performed by professional mobile therapists.
For the active traveller, the 380 hectares of mountains, vineyards and fynbos (which even stretch across Bainskloof Pass!) are ideal for hiking, mountain biking and horse riding. There are two well marked walks leading past the river and the vineyards, allowing our guests to enjoy the scenic views over the mountains and the Estate. For larger groups we can also arrange clay pigeon shooting, quad biking or paragliding on the Estate.
Many more activities, such as trout fishing, hot air ballooning or canyoning are available close by and we are ready to assist with arrangements. Some of the most beautiful golf courses are within a 45-minute drive.
The full range of Doolhof’s award winning wines is available for tasting in the tasting room; on request, we will gladly arrange for a private tour through the wine cellar.