Luxury Accommodation, Great Food & Wines In The Heart Of The Winelands
“De Leeuwenhof Estate”, established in 1698 is now about 12 ha in total. Situated in the Klein Drakenstein area it was previously called Palmiet Vlei and issued in 1694 to a french/dutch Hugenot called Jean Du Bois for his work for the VOC, the first Dutch multinational company in the world. Drawn by adventure and driven by a quest to seek new boundaries, the nowadays owners can tell from their own experience of how one can fall in love with this ancient part of South Africa, and how one feels linked to the European ancestors who planted the roots for today’s society. On the farm there are 3500 fruit trees which are hand-picked from March until September on a daily basis, and in January and February the delicate wines are harvested. Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cape-Riesling vineyards can be found on the farm and when asked for, every visitor gets to attend a private tour by the farmer and if one wishes one gets to ride an old tractor. Most people really like the peace and quietness on the farm, and as we see many bird and animal life around the premises, animal and bird lovers will not be disappointed.
The third oldest settlement in South Africa, Paarl is steeped in history and culture. But there’s far more to it than that! While the town is close enough for a day adventure – just an hour’s drive from Cape Town – you’ll probably want to make a weekend of it.