A Cape Winelands Wedding: Where To Say “I Do” in Wellington

“May our love be like good wine, grow stronger as it grows older.”

The Cape Winelands wedding industry is big business. Every year, thousands of couples from South Africa and overseas alike tie the knot in one of a multitude of licensed wedding venues in the greater Cape Winelands’ area. Fairy tale scenery, a favourable climate (and a fantastic exchange rate for foreigners) are just a few reasons why the wine farm wedding trend is here to stay.

In the rolling countryside outside Wellington, there are several idyllic winelands wedding venues to consider for your big day. Just an hour’s drive from Cape Town, the area has as much of the charm of its big brothers Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, without the crowds or the price tag. Here are three of our favourites.

Grande Dedale

Set amongst 380 hectares of mountains, vineyards, riverbeds, fruit orchards and fynbos, Grande Dédale Country House on Doolhof Wine Estate has a ‘world of its own’ feel about it and is a unique and intimate location for a Cape Winelands wedding. Located at the very end of a long gravel road, tranquillity and privacy are guaranteed. A number of venue options for ceremony, reception or cocktail function are available, with the estate accommodating up to 120 guests. All catering is strictly in-house.

Bride Bronwyn B on TripAdvisor had this to say about Grande Dedale:

“We had our dream wedding at Grand Dédale Country House in Wellington! Excellent service, exquisite decor and a serene setting! We are in awe of this place and will be back to celebrate each anniversary there!”

 

Kleinevalleij

The popular Cape Winelands wedding venue NEO at Kleinevalleij lies within a vineyard at the foot of Bains Kloof, offering panoramic mountain views. It can accommodate up to 300 guests, with in-house catering provided by the creative team at Slippery Spoon Kitchen. It is equipped with a fully stocked bar, but guests looking to bring their own wines are charged a corkage of R35 per bottle. Venue costs in season range between R20 and R35k.

Contact: Margo at or visit  http://www.kleinevalleij.co.za/

Maryke on Facebook said this about the wedding she attended at Kleinevalleij:

“WOW! Absolutely beautiful…surrounded by those amazing mountains and blue sky… speechless!”

 

Leeurivier 

If you’re looking for a blend of the old and the new, this gorgeous restored Cape Dutch venue at Leeurivier offers charm and romance, while boasting breath-taking views of rolling vineyards and a delightful English country garden. The refurbished barn serves as a possible reception hall, accommodating up to 240 guests. As there is no dedicated caterer at the venue, bridal party can select an external caterer. All drinks, including wine, should be purchased externally and the venue does not have a corkage fee. Costs are calculated per person.

Contact: Demarlene Kruger at or visit http://www.leeuwrivier.co.za/


Sleep at Dunstone

While Dunstone Country Estate is not in the Cape Winelands wedding business directly, our family bistro is in close proximity to the three wedding venues above, which makes us an ideal option for both accommodation and functions outside of the main event. We can also cater for intimate weddings of 30 people or less.

The Stone Kitchen can cater for pre-wedding family functions the night before or post-wedding brunches for all wedding guests. Seating up to 150 people, it has indoor and outdoor kids’ play areas, a tasty menu and ample opportunity for photographs under the guava trees with a backdrop of the Hawekwa Mountains.

The 5* Dunstone Manor House serves as the perfect hideaway for the bride-to-be and her lovely bridesmaids, far removed from the stress and distractions of the wedding venue set up. For the wider wedding party, the estate sleeps up to a maximum of 24 adults (extra beds can be made available for children) in a cluster of beautifully furnished self-catering properties and B&B guest suites. All accommodation can be block booked for wedding guests, well in advance.

To discuss your Cape Winelands wedding arrangements with Dunstone, get in touch at

Romantic Getaways for Two

Top tips for choosing a romantic getaway for any occasion 

While a romantic getaway is most commonly taken to celebrate birthday and anniversary milestones, at Dunstone we agree with health experts when they say that taking a breather from the monotony of everyday life is an important part of ‘keeping it interesting’, and is fundamental for any relationship’s happiness and well-being.

When selecting a romantic getaway, we are spoilt for choice in the Western Cape, with the wide range of existing destinations and experiences to take your breath away. For this reason, a strategic approach to planning your trip is wise and well worth it, to ensure maximum enjoyment and less frustration while away.

Here are our top tips for planning a romantic getaway with your other half:

  1. Pick a place that speaks to you both

Your memory bank of good times spent together will draw you both to certain geographical areas and activities that exude positivity and relaxation. For example, if you are both avid wine tasters, then a trip to a new or known wine region may be a great way to unwind in each other’s company.

  1. Take time out for relaxation and wellness

When considering your accommodation options, make sure there are spa facilities on site or close by that you can both make use of. Booking a couples’ massage or steaming it up in a sauna is a perfect way to reconnect on a physical level.

  1. Pick up the pace with an adventurous activity

Amid the calm and serenity, it is never a bad thing to up the endorphins with some physical exercise and adrenaline! Even if you’re not in the best shape, activities such as hiking, mountain biking, zip lining or scuba diving offer a chance to get out of your comfort zone and face fun and adventure head-on.

  1. Stick to budget

Although a romantic getaway should feel decadent, don’t get carried away in the heat of the moment and blow your bank balance when booking your trip. There is nothing worse than financial worry to get in the way of what is meant to be a stress-free break.

  1. Digital detox your days

Possibly the most important tip of all (and perhaps the most difficult to carry out) is to put away your phones and wave a temporary goodbye to the world of email and social media for just a few days. You might miss it at first, but no one will even realise that you are gone, we promise!

Dunstone Country Estate has two ‘honeymoon cottages’ that are perfect for any romantic getaway. They are the newly refurbished, self-catering Acorn Cottage with its own private swimming pool and Vine Cottage, our B&B guest suite with its own heated jacuzzi on the verandah. Just an hour’s drive from Cape Town, guests are treated upon arrival to extras afternoon tea and cake and are also offered complimentary a wine tasting and cellar tour. For more details on facilities, click here.

You can expect: spectacular mountain and vineyard views, wine cellar and bistro on site, scenic mountain bike and hiking trails in the surrounding Bovlei valley.

Call Carmen on +27(0)21 864 1504 or email to enquire about availability for your next romantic getaway.

Book Your ‘Dunstone Winter Special’ Now

Never has the approach of Autumn been more welcomed! It’s not only the much-needed rain we’re hoping for, we’re also looking forward to the change in pace that the cooler seasons bring and the gorgeous, fiery reds and orange of nature that will soon surround us.

The arrival of Autumn also means it’s time to announce that the annual Dunstone Winter Special is now open for new bookings. Live a life of luxury at Dunstone Country Estate including loads of edible extras at low-season rates – and we’re also throwing in a R200 food voucher per person to use for lunch or dinner at The Stone Kitchen during your stay.

The lowdown:

Cost: From R800 per person per night (based on 2-people sharing)
When: June / July / August 2018 – subject to availability

What’s Included in the Dunstone Winter Special:

*B&B guests only.
T&Cs apply. Please read all small print when booking via our website!

Book your Dunstone Winter Special online now or email to enquire about availability.