Two beautiful historic houses have been charmingly restored to create River Manor, a luxury hotel in the heart of the Cape Winelands town of Stellenbosch. On a leafy oak lined avenue beside the Eerste River, the intimate hotel provides peace, comfort and colonial style only two minutes walk from the centre of the historic university town. With a wide selection of fine restaurants and the whole of the WInelands to explore, River Manor is the perfect base for wine-tastings, sightseeing and gourmet indulgence, and in between times guests can relax beside the two swimming pools or book a treatment at the tranquil spa.

There are eighteen comfortable en suite rooms between the two houses, each with their own character and charm.

All are decorated in discreet colonial style with period furniture pieces and warm African textiles setting off the original architectural features. Choose between the generous Superior rooms with extra space to spread out and relax in armchairs and large Victorian bathrooms with both tub and shower, the very comfortable Classic rooms, or the smaller Standard and Petite rooms, which have the same modern conveniences as the larger rooms and are ideal for those who spend their days out and about and just want a comfortable and peaceful place to sleep at the end of a busy day. All rooms have air-conditioning, mini bar, tea and coffee facilities, satellite TV and wall safes.

Start the day off with a delicious breakfast out on the verandah and hot dishes cooked to order, then consult with the helpful and well-informed staff on plans for the day, whether booking a wine tour or restaurants for dinner. Stellenbosch has plenty of historic and cultural interest to explore and Franschhoek is an easy and picturesque drive away. Spend a lazy day lounging in the beautifully kept gardens, dipping in one of the swimming pools, or in winter curl up with a book by the log fire in one of the elegant lounges after a relaxing spa treatment.

With old world charm, plenty of character, a peaceful atmosphere and excellent service, River Manor makes an ideal base for a Cape Winelands vacation.