The Devon Valley Hotel is in close proximity to a wealth of amazing places. The hotel can arrange any exciting excursions in the Stellenbosch, Cape Town or surrounding areas for you to discover our South African beauty.
Devon Valley is one of Stellenbosch’s best-kept secrets, both scenically and viticulturally. Vines have flourished here since the 18th century and it has an enviable reputation, not only for the red wines produced here, but also as a source of premium grapes.
The Devon Valley Detour offers an unforgettable journey through the picturesque Devon Valley. Experience the abundance of flavours and renowned wines of the Vintners of Devon Valley, read more here.
From its location in a beautiful and peaceful corner of the Devon Valley, just outside Stellenbosch, The Devon Valley Hotel offers golfers the ideal home-base from which to explore the surrounding area and play some of the best golf courses in the Western Cape. Within an easy driving distance radius of 10 to 30 minutes from the hotel, golfers can enjoy a choice of at least eight excellent golf estates. The options within this radius are DevonVale, De Zalze, Pearl Valley, Erinvale to name a few.
The Devon Valley Hotel is surrounded by its own working SylvanVale Vineyards that produce handmade boutique style wines that are only available for sale to guests to the property. Gourmet Food and SylvanVale wine pairing are available all year round either in Flavours Restaurant or on a smaller sample tasting scale of Flavours food canapés and a flight of three SylvanVale wines.
The Cedarwood Lounge & Bar is home to one of the most definitive collections of Single Malt Scotch Whiskies in South Africa and is frequented by self-confessed Whisky lovers from all over the globe. Whisky tastings and pairing menus are also available and presents the perfect opportunity for Whisky and food lovers to indulge in these simple pleasures while visiting the Stellenbosch Winelands.
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Wine lover or not, a visit to the Cape Winelands is an absolute must as the region is one of breathtaking vistas and majestic mountain backdrops while being steeped in rich culture and history. Rolling vineyards and quaint Cape Dutch homesteads await you, as well as award-winning wine farms offering some of the country’s best wines.
The Winelands are divided into various regions, each offering their own ‘wine route’. The most popular and well-known are Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Wellington and Paarl. Not to be forgotten are the highly acclaimed wine estates in the Constantia Valley. Also located in beautiful surroundings with stunning mountain backdrops, the Constantia Valley boasts some of the oldest estates and homesteads along with award-winning wines.
Stellenbosch and the surrounding regions offer various fun activities and excursions for families. View some crocodiles and Le Bonheur Crocodile Farm, Lions at Vredenheim Wild Cat park or Giraffes at Giraffe House Wildlife Awareness Centre. Or enjoy a fun day picking strawberries at Mooiberge Farm from October to December. Wine and dine at Warwick Wine Estate with a family friendly picnic with a nutritionally balanced kids picnics, huge open spaces and jungle gyms.
As The Devon Valley Hotel is situated in the very heart of the Winelands region and uniquely positioned in its own working SylvanVale Vineyard, guests find themselves surrounded by lush gardens and vineyards and basically everything that celebrates the fine art of wine making. If however, they wish to enjoy a day out on the beach, it is only an easy 20 kilometre’s drive to the nearest beach at Strand (about 20-25 minutes’ drive).
A further 5 kilometres along the coast is Gordon’s Bay and the ever popular Bikini Beach, adjacent to the harbour and yacht club. Boating and fishing can be done from the harbour and swimming in Gordon’s Bay’s beach area is probably the safest of all the False Bay beaches. Guests can enjoy long, leisurely walks along the Strand beach or opt for the more active beach activity options of swimming, boogie-boarding, surfing, paddle-skiing, kite-surfing and sailing.
Approximately an hour and a half from Devon Valley is the seaside town of Hermanus. Hermanus is hailed as offering the best land-based whale watching in the world. From May onwards Southern Right Whales pay homage to these warm, shallow waters in order to calf their young and to mate. The best time for whale watching is between August and November and at this time the bay is dotted with whales.