Spier Hotel & Wine Farm

Wine Estate, Stellenbosch


One of South Africa’s oldest wine farms, Spier’s spectacular estate contains superb restaurants, a spa, birds of prey and 153 rooms inside classic Cape Dutch-style buildings.  Located outside the Winelands hub of Stellenbosch, it also boasts masses of acclaimed vines – ones which visitors can stroll or Segway around – and staunch, multi-award-winning eco-principles: determinedly-organic production, fair trading and terrific community projects.


Mimicking a Mediterranean village, Spier’s sleepy white and cream-walled clusters enclose six leafy, lawned courtyards – each with communal swimming pools – or line the Eerste River.  Ground-floor Superior Rooms give easy bathing or waterside access from their armchaired patios while, one storey up, Standard Rooms provide equal space and comfy wooden furniture, plus the same large baths.  Some larger suites for families await beside the Eerste River.


Facing the Helderberg Mountains, Spier’s attractive wine-tasting centre offers various food-pairing packages (extra cost) under a chandelier made from recycled bottles.  Next door is a local craft market (October-May) selling high-quality pots and jewellery, with classes available.  The landscaped grounds also shelter a contemporary-art collection, an amphitheatre staging summer concerts and a spa.  As for food, residents must (somehow) decide between informal Eight’s farm-to-table fare, picnics from the Eight To Go Deli, slow-smoked meat platters at Hoghouse BBQ & Bakery or seasonal fine-dining in Spier Restaurant and Wine Bar.


Spier hosts Eagle Encounters, a bird-of-prey rehabilitation project, and guests can meet its resident falcons, owls and so on.  Also possible are 90-minute walks around the vineyards and its prolific protea (sugarbush) gardens, or Segway versions (extra cost).  Golfers will be sated by the nearby De Zalze estate.

Child Policy

Spier’s Kids' Clubhouse lets children aged 2-12 enjoy a range of activities including ice biscuits, make feather art or take farm walks while their parents taste wines.  As well as enclosed gardens with climbing frames and age specific toy caches, Spier also offers a babysitting service at an additional cost.  The hotel allows one child to stay in the parents room, and a range of spacious inter-connecting rooms and suites.


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