Hawksmoor House: Serene Retreat in Spectacular Surroundings

The beauty of the Stellenbosch Winelands has to be seen to be fully appreciated. The landscape of mountains and vineyards is simply picture postcard perfect. It has a peaceful atmosphere in which you can rest and unwind, but it is also conveniently located near the main attractions of this part of the country.

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The region has gained a reputation for award-winning wines, superb cuisine and superior hospitality. Hawksmoor House certainly emulates this. Located on the picturesque Matjieskuil wine farm in the Stellenbosch Winelands, it provides uninterrupted views of the vineyards as well as Cape Town’s famous Table Mountain.

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The verandah at Hawksmoor House has perfect views of beautiful African sunsets. There is nothing quite as serene as sipping a glass of the estate’s wine and watching the sun sink below the horizon in a blaze of color.

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Historic Cape Dutch architecture has been impeccably restored to create luxurious accommodation in the form of fifteen en suite rooms. Each room has been individually decorated in an elegant style with meticulous attention to detail.

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Although the décor and furnishings differ, all the rooms exude charm and elegance in the lovely country house setting. Modern conveniences are combined with original antiques to provide exquisite accommodation that provides the best of both old and new.

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In a deliberate attempt to embrace the tranquil farmhouse country setting, there are no televisions in the rooms. However, there is a television and Wi-Fi in the communal guest lounge in the main house.

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As one might expect, in the mornings guests are presented with a hearty farmhouse breakfast. This includes fresh local produce as well as home-baked breads and pastries. In addition, in the late afternoon guests are treated to afternoon tea with freshly baked cake.

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Keeping in mind that Hawksmoor House is situated on a wine farm, there is a well-stocked wine cellar, complete with fireplace, as well as a wine tasting room where guests can appreciate the local wines. In the evening, a popular option is retiring to the drawing room to enjoy a selection of hand-picked single malt whiskies from some of the best regions of Scotland and Ireland.

During the day guests can enjoy the setting, including the ornamental pond and garden. There is a sparkling swimming pool for relief from the warm weather during the summer months with spectacular views of Table Mountain.

During cooler weather, staying snug indoors with a book from the library is a welcome option. If you feel like a little pampering, then in-room massages and beauty therapy treatments can be arranged.

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In keeping with this elegant country homestead, the staff members are warm and friendly yet discreet. Guests are welcomed and made to feel at home from their arrival. The staff is well informed regarding the history of the farm and the antiques that are in evidence throughout the establishment.

All in all, Hawksmoor House provides a wonderful combination of a warm, homely atmosphere with luxurious accommodation in a tranquil picturesque setting.

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Matjieskuil Farm, R304, Stellenbosch 7599 Tel: +27 (0) 21 884 4815 Tel (Reservations): +27 (0) 41 502 9400 Cell: +27 (0) 83 277 7046 (after hours only) Email: reservations@lionroars.com Website: www.hawksmoor.co.za/


Emma Flemming

As well as being a contributing writer for LuxeInACity, Emma is a teacher, freelance writer and has her own blog. She has four university degrees and qualifications in English, Psychology and Education. Over the years Emma has enjoyed travelling to and experiencing luxury in several countries. Apart from travelling and writing, her interests lie in art, yoga and trying out new dining hotspots. Emma lives in South Africa and when she is not writing, can be found scuba-diving in the Indian Ocean.