When we were in South Africa on our honeymoon, we had the pleasure of spending a few days in the Cape Winelands (full review on that to come!). We enjoyed night one at a stunning property in Franschhoek and on day two, we made our way to the larger, college (and wine country) town of Stellenbosch.
Unfortunately for us, it was raining the whole day so when we arrived at the Devon Valley Hotel, we didn’t have a chance to fully explore the property as I much as I would have liked. From what we did see, the large property is made up of multiple buildings with the restaurants, bar and lounge being part of the main building area, making for easy access.
We did have a welcome drink in the bar/lounge area, which was a very cozy, warm environment. Had it been nicer out, we definitely would have taken advantage of the huge outdoor patio (and outdoor bar) that they have, which looks like a great way to start or finish the day. The staff was very helpful – they helped us book our airport transfer right away and they even had a bottle of champagne and some strawberries waiting for us in our room. So thoughtful!
Our room itself had hardwood floors and an open concept. There were builtin wardrobes on the left, the bathroom on the right and oversized shutters that left the soaker tub either open or closed from the bedroom area. The opposite end of the room was lined with French doors which overlooked the stunning landscape of the Devon Valley vineyards. A flat screen television was mounted over a gas fireplace, which we were sure to take advantage of. I must say that after a long day of wine tasting in Stellenbosch, taking a bubble bath while facing a fireplace and catching a view of rolling vineyards in the background was quite spectacular.
All in all the Devon Valley Hotel is a nice property with comfortable accommodations, a lovely staff and nice amenities. The only concern is that the hotel is about 5 miles outside of the city center down a country road and, quite frankly, one night felt too rushed. While it’s located in a beautiful setting, it takes a while to get everywhere so I would only recommend staying here if you’re able to stay at least two nights. With adequate time I would have dined in the on-site restaurants, toured a few local wineries and spent more time on the property.
Thank you to The Devon Valley Hotel for sponsoring this post. Even though our stay was complimentary, thoughts & opinions are my own.