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De Doornkraal Historic Country House Boutique Hotel

De Doornkraal Historic Country House Boutique Hotel

8 Long Street, Riversdale
4.0 out of 5.0
4.8 out of 5 (8 reviews)
Unexpected gemOvernight stopover during garden route travels . Excellent experience with Chris and his team making you feel welcome from the moment you arrive until you leave . Rooms are comfortable and very clean . Gardens well maintained and encourage you sit back and relax and enjoy the sunshine . The restaurant ...
  3 Feb 2016

£69

£69
Schoone Oordt Country House

Schoone Oordt Country House

1 Swellengrebel Street, Swellendam
5.0 out of 5.0
4.9 out of 5 (40 reviews)
A step back in time at a gorgeous hideaway This hotel oozes charm from the moment you arrive. Every detail in the main house and rooms is perfectly crafted, from the decor to the chocolates left in your room at turndown with an accompanying note about tomorrow's weather forecast. The owners have taken a huge amount of care to ensure that ...
  4 May 2017

£118

£118
Earthbound B&B

Earthbound B&B

19 Naude Street, Oudtshoorn
4.0 out of 5.0
4.8 out of 5 (39 reviews)
Beautifull settings on the outskirts of oudtshoornThe whole experience is one of luxury-nothing is too much trouble and the staff are first class. If you want a great b and b please stay here!
  23 Mar 2017

£40

£40
Turnberry Boutique Hotel

Turnberry Boutique Hotel

130 St John Street, Oudtshoorn
4.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (9 reviews)
Good and chip hotel. Great value for money. The hotel is quite old and not that pretty... But the stuff are great, the location is good and the price is very chip for what you get.
  13 Oct 2016

£43

£43
De Kloof Luxury Estate

De Kloof Luxury Estate

Weltevrede Street 8, Swellendam
5.0 out of 5.0
4.9 out of 5 (15 reviews)
Fantastic service and foodFrom checking in to departure you were treated like VIP's rooms food and ambiance were superb
  11 Apr 2016

£120

£120
Aan de Oever

Aan de Oever

21 Faure Street, Swellendam
4.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (21 reviews)
Delightful Guest House in an interesting town.My wife and I stayed for 5 nights in this lovely house. We had a warm reception and had already been booked in for dinner at a restaurant within easy walking distance. It turned out to be excellent and we returned there several times. Our room was comfortable and was well-equipped; it had a wonderful ...
  24 Feb 2017

£47

£47
Bid Huisie

Bid Huisie

2A Meiring Street, Prince Albert
3.0 out of 5.0

£40

£40
De Zeekoe Guest Farm

De Zeekoe Guest Farm

R328, Mosselbay Rd, Oudtshoorn
4.0 out of 5.0
3.9 out of 5 (21 reviews)
Great lodge for birdwatchingStayed in one of de Zeekoe's peaceful, secluded lodges, all of which have big verandas overlooking a lake with interesting bird life. Great place to unwind
  15 Mar 2017

£60

£60
Augusta de Mist Country House

Augusta de Mist Country House

3 Human Street, Swellendam
4.0 out of 5.0
4.9 out of 5 (15 reviews)
Superlative Boutique HotelThe owners have created an unique piece of heaven set in a garden of eden complete with culinary delights normally reserved for Michelin Star restaurants. The host, Renata, along with all the staff were fantastic - Renata brings a warmth and sense of humor that really compliments the whole experience. ...
  21 Mar 2017

£69

£69
Morningside Cottage

Morningside Cottage

3 Thatch Close, Cape Town
4.0 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (8 reviews)
Nice place - but careful of the drivewayCouldn't risk parking on the grounds. When we arrived I stopped our car outside and rang the bell. The gate opened and I drove in - scrape - the front bumper ruined. The receptionist basically told me it was my fault - no apology - how rude is that? If you look at the angle of the short ramp to the ...
  8 Feb 2015
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Pocket Guide: Historic Hotel Hotels in Western Cape

Discover Western Cape’s Rich History

The Western Cape is a region steeped in history. Originally inhabited by the indigenous Khoi people, the Cape was later populated by European settlers, including French Huguenots, the Dutch and the British, as well as Malay slaves, all of whom arrived in the 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries. This range of cultural influences can still be observed all across the Cape.

Historic Hotels in Western Cape

To experience the storied history and multicultural heritage of the region, stay in one of Western Cape’s historic hotels. Opt for a characterful 19th-century country house packed with Victorian-era furniture and flourishes, or stay in an even older manor house set amid the vines of the Cape Winelands. Functional yet rustic guesthouses offer great options for budget travellers.

Western Cape Attractions for History Enthusiasts

Whether you’re a keen amateur historian or simply want to know more about South Africa’s past, the Western Cape is an excellent spot for a history lesson. Start at the famous Robben Island, home to the prison where the late Nelson Mandela was once held. It now functions as a museum and visitors can even enter the small cell where the former president was confined. For more information on Apartheid-era South Africa, visit the District Six Museum in Cape Town.

Explore Museums and Fortresses from Your Western Cape Hotel

Rewind the clock even further back at the Castle of Good Hope, a colonial fortress built by the Dutch East India Company in the latter half of the 17th Century. The Iziko Slave Lodge in Cape Town, which has served as a brothel, post office, jail, mental asylum and court in addition to being a residence for slaves, also recalls the early colonial era. Now a museum, the lodge documents the experiences of slaves in the Cape.

For some French flair, wander the streets of Franschhoek, a popular 18th-century destination for incoming Huguenots. Evidence of its French heritage is everywhere, from its street names to its wine cellars. Delve into the history of the Western Cape’s Islamic community at the Bo-Kaap Museum in Cape Town. For a primer on the Cape’s 350-year-old wine-producing history, Groot Constantia is the go-to spot.