Places to Stay: Lentelus Guest House – Barrydale, South Africa

Name:  Lentelus Guest House

Location:  11 kilometres outside of Barrydale on the road to Montagu on Route 62, which is said to be one of the longest wine routes in the world, Western Cape, South Africa

Description:  The double storey building, containing two en-suite rooms with a separate sitting area and kitchenette, is located in a pear orchard a short distance away from the main house where the owners, Helena and Jacobus Joubert, live. Lovingly decorated with family heirlooms, it is a space that makes one feel instantly at home. Both rooms have private outside sitting areas, but the top room has an enormous wooden deck on which one can watch the sunrise over the mountains, or gaze at the millions of stars that twinkle overhead at night. One more family room is located at the main house, but has a separate entrance, and more than enough privacy.

Surroundings:  The guesthouse is situated on a family-run fruit and wine farm in the beautiful Tradouw Valley, enclosed by the Langeberg and Swartberg mountain ranges, just off the main road. Although close to the main road, one hardly hears the traffic. Helena’s beautiful garden, with an inviting swimming pool, is an excellent place to relax and soak up the peace and quiet of the farm.

What makes this B&B special:  Staying here reminded me of what it used to feel like when visiting my grandmother. The love and warmth the owners exude quickly makes one feel like a member of the family.

Food:  The guest house has no restaurant (apart from an excellent breakfast that is served on the stoep (porch) of the main house), but Barrydale has many good ones to choose from, including The Blue Cow, Diesel and Crème, Jam Tarts, and Clarke of the Karoo. You should not miss the opportunity to visit their private wine cellar to taste and buy some of the excellent wines they make, where you can also indulge in a tasty platter or salad.

Website:  http://www.lentelus.co.za/welcome.htm

How to get there:  Fly into either Cape Town or George and rent a car. Click here for a map of Route 62.

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