If you do not want to be in the town centre that never sleeps, investigate the numerous other overnight options on offer in the Stellenbosch area.
Situated on the Devon Valley road, next to J.C. Le Roux and opposite Clos Malverne, the Devon Valley Hotel has just been named best South African hotel in the Best of Wine Tourism Awards on the basis that it provides visitors with a most comfortable means of having a true wineland experience.
Following an extensive revamp under ownership of the Louis Group, the hotel is now geared to receive visitors in an environment that exudes an oasis-like tranquillity. Shaded walkways are welcomingly cool on those typically hot and humid Stellenbosch summer days. The design of the hotel is of a quizzical sort. Almost Tudor, with a good dose of colonial influence, it is perhaps best described as eclectic.
Little impedes on the comfort, however, with each of the 50 suites decorated in line with the corner it is situated in.
From classic to executive and standard, rooms in the vineyard block are the ones to book if you like a more retro feel and want to be spoilt with vineyard-patched views of the valley.
If your room looks out onto a courtyard or pool, relax on the terrace where views are equally impressive. Don`t feel like driving into town for dinner? Take a seat at on-site Flavours restaurant for meals that are just plain yummy.
The original building dates back to 1947, and grapes have been grown here since the 1960s. Today working vineyards still surround the hotel, and from these the SylvanVale series of wines are made.
Viticulturist Lorna Hughes, from Stonehill Wines, lives next door to the property, and visitors will often see her with Bristle, her crossbreed and the star of her own wine label trailing not far behind. The hotel is not pet-friendly but VIP Bristle, with a listing on the winelist, is happily allowed on the premises. Tel 021 865 2012.