A short while ago I was invited to a wedding in Stellenbosch, unfortunately we were a little late on the accommodation booking and couldn’t find anything at the venue itself. However after some research I discovered Skyview Manor which not only turned out to be five minutes away from the wedding location, but also ended up being a gorgeous spot to spend the night.
Skyview Manor has its name for a reason. Situated on the actual mountain side and overlooking the Banhoek Valley, it feels as though you are up in the clouds. We stayed over during a cold front which saw some light snow fall, dusting the tops of the mountains in white icing. I don’t think it could have gotten any more picturesque.
One of the magnificent views from Skyview Manor
Our room was lovely with a huge lounge and kitchen area as well as our very own fireplace which we were in charge of stoking. The rain fall and mist made it feel as though we were cut off from the world and hidden in our own little haven. I loved every moment of it.
The rooms at Skyview Manor vary in price and location on this enormous farm. Some rooms are inside the large house itself, ours was on the outside of the house and then there are a few stand alone cottages for those looking for an exclusive hideout.
Our room was beautiful and each of the others is equally stunning
Breakfast is an optional extra which I would recommend. Great coffee, a wide range of fresh fruit, yoghurt and a wonderful English breakfast costs only R120 a head. You can even take your java out onto the balcony and look over what feels like the entire world.
The lovely dining room
For anyone planning on doing an entire weekend getaway, know that there is no shortage of things to do. Stellenbosch is situated about 10km from Skyview Manor. The second oldest European settlement in Cape Town; there are many historical buildings and landmarks to visit. Take a slow amble through the town and soak in the rich history. If you get thirsty you can always stop in at one of the wine farms for a wine tasting.
If you are keen for a quick road trip, I would recommend heading out to Franshoek which is a half hour drive away. We arrived on Bastille Day which saw the street dotted with red berets and an assortment of artisanal foods and wines outside of many of the stores.
There is an endless array of things to do if you stay over at Skyview Manor but be prepared to have a hard time leaving; I know I did because I enjoyed myself so much and at an affordable price too. Everyone was so accommodating and upon researching their site a little more, I have just discovered that they also have champagne as an added extra. It looks like I am going to have to make a second trip back there after all!