The Devon Valley Hotel`s fascinating and colourful history on its own is well worth celebrating, but in September 2007 the Hotel will commemorate its sixth decade of providing the finest in Handmade Hospitality.
The Hotel was built in 1947 by Mr Eric Stansfield and named the Cedarwood hotel. The 21 bedroom building of Canadian timber was a masterpiece of grace and dignity in a setting of incomparable beauty. Mr. Stansfield`s vision was to design a hotel that will cater for the client who required a pleasant holiday in the country without sacrificing the comforts of a modern town hotel.
Later, the hotel was purchased by Paul and Beryl Hofmeyer and again sold in 1989. The new owners signed a management contract with the Protea Hotels Group and changed its name to Devon Valley Protea Hotel. Protea undertook major renovations and extensions. When the work was completed the hotel had 35 bedrooms and an improved restaurant and bar, but still the family feel and country style of the Hotel remained intact.
The relationship with Protea Hotels continued over the next few years but Mr. David Nathan-Meister later amended the agreement to a marketing contract when he purchased the hotel. This agreement remained in tact when Louis Group International and its partners purchased the property in September 2003. They bought the Hotel with one goal in mind – to restore the hotel to its deserved status as an elegant boutique hotel and the social hub of the Devon Valley.
Once again renovations were undertaken to meet the requirements of the target market. The results of the renovations included the Cedarwood lounge with its crackling fire place and modern contemporary design, the Flavours Restaurant offering an exquisite culinary experience, beautifully landscaped gardens, two swimming pools, a Jacuzzi, a boules court, seven conference and function venues and the active vineyard which allows the guest the opportunity to observe and enjoy the practices of winemaking – and of course, wine tasting.
The Hotel was officially awarded Four Stars by the South African Tourism Grading Council in 2005. The hotel and vineyards were also the recipient of both the 2006 and 2007 `Best of Wine Tourism Award` by Great Wine Capitals Global Network in the SA Accommodation Category.
In June this year, the Louis Group decided not to renew its marketing contract with the Protea Group. The 20 year long relationship with the Protea Hotels was a positive experience for both parties. However, the change in control enables the Devon Valley Hotel to enhance its strategic focus in extending the impact of its Handmade Hospitality theme and leveraging the significant benefits associated with Louis Group Hotels & Vineyards.
Published in the Eikestadnuus