THE DUNSTONE COLLECTION

WINELANDS | BEACH | CITY | LUXURY ESCAPE

The greater Cape Town area in South Africa wears many hats. All are equally beautiful in as much as they are different. From wild coastal shores of white sand to rolling vineyards of lush green, desolate dusty oranges of the interior and vibrant colours of the inner city. This eclectic mix of urban, suburban and countryside living within an hour’s driving radius offers travellers a feast of unique sensations and experiences.

The Dunstone Collection is a portfolio of three properties spanning across winelands, beach and city, that provides a continuity in style and service to enhance your overall guest experience. The Collection is a splattering of sea air along the West Coast, an unparalleled vineyard vista in the Cape Winelands and a stylish urban escape in the heart of Cape Town’s trendy De Waterkant district.

WINELANDS

Dunstone Country Estate

Situated on a family-run boutique wine farm, the flagship of the Dunstone Collection is Dunstone Country Estate, which offers a host of stylish and elegantly furnished 4 and 5* accommodation. Both self-catering and B&B options are available and each self-catering property has a private swimming pool, providing guests complete privacy and independence during their stay.

Additional touches in the guest rooms include luxury cotton linen and bathrobes, daily room servicing, flat screen TV and complimentary Wifi. A mobile spa service is available for those looking to indulge in further R&R in the comfort of their own room.  

All overnight visitors are invited to daily tea and cake each afternoon in the guesthouse lounge area; this rolls into free wine hour and nibbles at sunset, giving you a chance to sample the Dunstone wine underneath a sensational sky overlooking the backdrop of the dramatic Hawequa Mountains.

What to do during your stay: guided or self-guided wine tasting tour of the Wellington Wine Route, a 4×4 nature safari, horse riding through the vineyards, scenic mountain biking and trail running, or simply chill out poolside at Dunstone Estate with book in hand!

BEACH

The coastal element of the Dunstone Collection is a uniquely positioned beachfront property in the sleepy fishing village of Jakobsbaai (Jacob’s Bay) along the West Coast of South Africa. Dunstone Beach House is situated just 50m from the water’s edge of a long, sandy white beach and sleeps up to 8 adults comfortably. With fully equipped kitchen, dining and lounge areas, this self-catering property is suitable for both nuclear family getaways or larger, more festive celebrations with extended family or friends. Beautiful sea and nature views from every room make it a home for all seasons and the quiet and serenity of its position offer a true escape from the noise and stresses of city living and the chance to completely unwind and renew.

What to do during your stay: long, uninterrupted beach walks, swimming and bodysurfing in the waves of the Atlantic, fishing and diving for crayfish and mussels (permits required), or just relax on the private deck of Dunstone Beach House with a glass of wine!

CITY

De Waterkant Cottage is the newest addition to the Dunstone Collection and is the perfect option for a getaway to Cape Town city. Nestled on the lower slopes of Signal Hill in a popular, vibrant and historic residential area, it is a stone’s throw from the renowned V&A Waterfront and within walking distance to many trendy restaurants, bars and sidewalk cafés.  A fully equipped one-bedroom property, De Waterkant Cottage sleeps two adults comfortably and can accommodate infants free of charge. Stylishly furnished, it has a private patio with outdoor BBQ grill for Summer dining and a private rooftop deck; ideal for morning coffee or sundowner wine!

What to do during your stay: Hike up Table Mountain, visit Robben Island by ferry from the V&A Waterfront, get in some beach time at Camps Bay or Clifton followed by sundowners on your private rooftop deck at De Waterkant Cottage.

To book your stay at any of the properties within the Dunstone Collection, please email or call the Dunstone team on +27(0)21 864 1504

Dunstone Dog Christmas Competition – It’s a Dog’s Life!

Keeping with our four-legged theme, for Christmas this year we’re giving away one night at our 4* self-catering accommodation, Guava Cottage, to a well-behaved pooch and his/her loved ones! Does your Dunstone dog need to get away from it all?

To WIN this amazing prize, all you have to do is post a picture of your dog in the comments section of our Christmas Competition Social Post, which you’ll find on our social channels (Facebook, Instagram or Twitter) and tell us why your #Dunstonedog needs a break.

It goes without saying that to be eligible for this competition, you’ll need to bring your dog to Dunstone Country Estate to claim your overnight prize. This means, you will more than likely live within reasonable driving distance of Wellington or be happy to travel further afield with your dog.

Guava Cottage is the perfect pozzie for furry friends as it has its own walled garden to keep your pooch from roaming while you relax at the swimming pool and get a braai going.

With so many beautiful walks in the area, your dog will be spoiled for choice. The Stone Kitchen is also dog-friendly so if your pet is well trained and socialized, why not all join us for breakfast the next day before you head home.

We’ll choose a winner on Friday December 21st and the prize can be redeemed on any available date between 1st January and 31st December 2019, depending on availability at the time of booking.  Please note that we reserve the right to charge full room rate should the prize winner’s owners arrive without their Dunstone dog; please consider this carefully before entering the competition!

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