I booked 3 nights for my parents and I to stay at Villa Exner over the holidays... And we loved it so much we ended up staying for 5 glorious nights! The hotel is absolutely divine. Hosts Sabine and Berndt pay loving attention to every detail big and small, creating a most welcome and tranquil sanctuary.
Sabine's food is utterly magnificent... Gorgeous to look at, the flavors dance in your mouth! Her kitchen is heavenly –you must have a peek in to see how she does it. The dining area is a long open-air patio surrounded by greenery, and boasts an enchanting view of the Grabouw hillside. You won’t want to go anywhere else for a meal when you’re staying at Villa Exner.
Although if you do go out exploring, it’s all very close and there are many lovely adventures to be had. Gorgeous drives, lovely wineries, local artisans… Berndt and Sabine are ready and willing to help you plan your itinerary should you need, and offer a wealth of local information.
After a long day of exploring, coming back to Villa Exner is all the more delightful. The accommodation at Villa Exner is superb. Glamorous, yet unpretentious, the rooms envelope you in classy style. You have access to a delightfully shaded pool for a dip on a hot day, or sunny lounge chairs to read your book. The main house has a relaxing common room with books, DVDs, DSTV and wireless if you need some stimulation. There is also a private dining room decorated in pure style (complete with a very cool piece of an apple tree from their home in Germany) where you can have a private dining experience if you so choose.
All in all this is an *absolute gem* of a find, and we are already planning our trip back! We hope that all who stay here will celebrate the charm of Villa Exner, and appreciate the loving care and attention that Sabine and Berndt put in to all they do. We adore Villa Exner!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Exner is an exclusive small boutique hotel, centrally located at Elgin Valley Grabouw in the Winelands and close to Cape Town. All major attractions and activities are within easy access, making it your ideal base to explore the Cape while enjoying the space and tranquility of the country side.Experience all those indulging touches and the intimate, personal service that only a small boutique hotel can offer.Villa Exner provides the space to relax and rejuvenate; rolling lawns, a decadent open garden offering privacy and interactive places where you can sit and chat in a laid-back atmosphere, make new friends and enjoy life in a modern country style. Villa Exner is based in the heart of Elgin Grabouw, only an hour from Cape Town. Surrounded by pure nature with the two bordering Nature Reserves, the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom, as well as the Winelands and Hermanus at the doorstep, there are a million things to do. Hiking, birding, mountain biking, 4x4 off road trails & tours, quad biking, golf, tennis, paragliding over the stunning False Bay, scuba diving along the coast, to name a few. One of only two South African water-skiing schools, with the most beautiful setting, is also close by. ... more less
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