Modern South African townhouse in lovely Paarl in the heart of the Cape Winelands

Modern South African townhouse in lovely Paarl in the heart of the Cape Winelands

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2 Bedrooms
Sleeps 4
2 Bathrooms

About our home

Our lovely home is situated in the beautiful town of Paarl, the ideal base to explore the Cape Winelands region and all has to offer to a descerning traveller.. Close to Stellenbosch, Franschoek and Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, winefarms and markets, Paarl is a beauty not to be missed! Our home has everything you need for a luxurious stay and is close to all the shops, coffee shops, restaurants and historic buildings in town. The home is situated in a security estate next to one of the few remaining vineyards in town.

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  1. We are a happily married couple in our late 40’s with two boys, age 20 and 17. We work the tourism industry and are the proud owners of a couple of guesthouses.

  2. We love to travel for extended periods of time.

  3. Love design, architecture and history, fine wine and fine food... just enjoy to experience other countries and cultures.

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the third oldest European settlement in South Africa, and the largest town in the Cape Winelands. It is located just 45 minutes’ drive from Cape Town, in the Western Cape. Paarl is known for its scenic countryside beauty, excellent wineries, trendy coffee shops, incredible architecture, and fruit growing heritage. Scroll down to view our wide range of Paarl accommodation.

Paarl’s abundance of fertile soil and its Mediterranean-like climate provides perfect conditions for farming. Famous the world over for its exclusive wine route, Paarl offers everything from Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinotage, to Shiraz, Chenin Blanc, and Chardonnay. Known as the “Red Route”, Paarl features over 25 cellars including Backsberg Estate, KWV, Nederburg, Nelsons Creek, Simonsvlei, and Avondale, where visitors can enjoy delicious wine tastings in a breath-taking setting.

The quiet town of Paarl has a rich history. It holds international claim to fame for when Nelson Mandela walked out of the Victor Verster Correction Centre (now Drakenstein Correctional Centre), ending 27 years of imprisonment. This moment was known as the beginning of South Africa’s fight to the post-apartheid era. Today, visitors can see a bronze statue of Nelson Mandela standing outside the prison. Other historical points of interest include Paarl’s magnificent architecture. The town features many well maintained Cape Dutch, Georgian, and Victorian buildings, nestled within ancient oak lined streets. Be sure to visit Strooidak Church - the oldest Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa, Die Oude Pastorie Museum, the Patriot Building, Cathedral Cellar, and the Paarl Museum.

There are numerous natural attractions that act as huge draw cards for visitors to Paarl. First and foremost, Paarl Rock, a huge granite rock formation acts as a major landmark for Paarl. The rock is now a popular attraction for rock climbers. In addition, Paarl boasts a number of nature reserves such as Jonkershoek Nature Reserve, Limietberg Nature Reserve, and Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve, which are all well worth a visit.

Paarl holds claim to a unique cultural attraction in that it was the place where the foundations of the Afrikaans language were formed by the Genootskap van Regte Afrikaners. The Afrikaanse Taalmonument (monument to the Afrikaans language) on the slopes of Paarl Mountain, the Taalmuseum (Language Museum), and the Afrikaans Language Route are all memorials that commemorate this achievement.

Other activities to enjoy in Paarl include hiking, hot air ballooning, carriage rides around Rhebokskloof Estate, scenic drives, golfing, and shopping at Paarl Mall. Attractions that are not to be missed are the Drakenstein Lion Park, Fairview Wine and Cheese Estate, Butterfly World, Wijnland Auto Museum, DV Artisan Chocolate, and La Bonheur Crocodile Farm located in Paarl’s surrounds.

Experience all that Paarl has to offer by booking one of the following fantastic accommodations available in the area.

Buzzy restaurants
Terra Mare, Cattle Baron, Noop,
Cool bars
Bossa Nova, Slug&Lettuce, Crown
Cozy cafés
Kikka, Bean in Love, Becks
Retail therapy
Paarl Mall Shopping Mall as well and numerous shops in Paarl.
Bit of culture
The scenic beauty of Paarl compels visitors to explore the many cultural and historical attractions in the Drakenstein Valley, together with some of the most bountiful nature reserves in the surrounding mountains. Paarl takes its name from the huge granite outcrop that stands proudly on the crest of Paarl Mountain. The town was founded in 1687, is the third oldest settlement in South Africa and has a rich cultural and historical heritage. The birth of Afrikaans as the world’s youngest language is celebrated by the iconic Afrikaans Language Monument that stands prominently on the southern slopes of Paarl Mountain. The town has many fine examples of Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian and Cape Dutch buildings that compete for space with a wide variety of fine restaurants and coffee shops spread out along the twelve kilometre-long Main Street. Just outside Paarl is the Drakenstein Prison, where Nelson Mandela spent his last years of captivity and from which he completed his “long walk to freedom”. Paarl boasts true country hospitality, award winning wine farms and estates, and a plethora of accommodation to suit both your requirements and budget. The town provides excellent conferencing venues and some of the most idyllic wedding venues in the Cape Winelands. Revel in beautiful fynbos-rich walks and hiking trails, cycle along superb mountain-biking trails or take a relaxing drive through the countryside to enjoy the spectacular scenery, followed by a leisurely lunch and fine wines from the region. We look forward to welcoming you to Paarl – the Pearl of The Winelands!
Walks in the park
Paarl Mountain Reserve and lots more parks and hiking trails in and around Paarl.
Spot of exercise
Virgin Active
Day tripping
Markets Close to Paarl – more than 30 Minutes Drive Markets Close to Paarl – more than 30 Minutes Drive The countryside offers fantastic markets for food lovers and flea market enthusiasts alike. Visiting one of these markets is a great day trip and the perfect excuse to explore the beautiful towns close to Paarl, some of these markets are even within an hours drive from Paarl. Pure Boland Farmer’s Market Pure Boland MarketTown: Worcester Distance from Paarl: 57 km Put on your wellies and catch up on the local goings-on while you shop at the Pure Boland Farmers’ Market at The Green Shed in Worcester. Weather and seasons permitting, you can even pick your own grapes in an adjoining vineyard, hitch a lift on a tractor or cycle down dirt tracks on the working farm. Stock up on koeksisters and hertzoggies, olives and preserves, fresh fruit and pies, and Trevor Daly’s potato breads and ciabattas. Trading Hours: Open on the first Saturday of the month, from 9am to 2pm. Green Shed grape depot, Brandwacht, Worcester. Call 082 301 8561 or visit www.pureboland.co.za 31 Greyton Morning Market Greyton MarketTown: Greyton Distance from Paarl: 106 km Mingle with the locals, meet village celebrity stallholders and get the inside story. This popular morning market is the focal point of social life in Greyton and aims to provide quality products ranging from fresh, gourmet produce, preserves, cakes, locally made cheeses and pestos to homemade lemon juice and lemon curd as well as a variety of freshly baked breads and pies. Shoppers queue from early morning for the delectable pancakes served with lemon ice cream. Ethical shopper tip: Only locally grown, natural and organic produce is sold at this market. Trading Hours: Sat 10am-12 noon Visit: http://www.greyton.net/ Elgin Blues Market Elgin MarketTown: Grabouw Distance from Paarl: 75 km These joyous get-togethers of food, wine and music lovers are gaining immense popularity. The atmosphere is laid-back and some of the best local blues bands perform while stallholders hawk homemade offerings such as cheese platters, savoury pancakes, steak rolls and chicken wraps, as well as real “boeretroos”. Smart shopper’s tip: Wines from top Elgin Valley wineries such as Paul Cluver, Elgin Vintners and Oak Valley are on sale at estate prices. Trading Hours: Twice a month on a Saturday Call Simon on 082 654 9654 Hermanus Pietersfontein Food & Wine Market Bread SticksTown: Hermanus Distance from Paarl: 127 km A trendy and sophisticated rendezvous for gastronomes, this carefully curated market offers a wonderful and unique mix of excellent quality homemade goods, such as breads, old-fashioned jaffles and cakes, herbs and spices, and a range of exquisite cheeses and cured meats. Wine tasting is free of charge, and the long tables under the umbrellas fill up very quickly with those enjoying breakfast or lunch. Ethical shopper tip: The market offers a child-safe and dog-friendly environment and no plastic packaging is allowed. Trading Hours: Saturdays 9am – 1pm Visit http://www.hpf1855.co.za/ Kleinmond Fresh Market KleinmondTown: Kleinmond Distance from Paarl: 107 km Navigate your way through an amazing selection of homemade produce like free-range chicken pies, fresh crusty loaves of bread, divine pancakes, fish cakes, pickled calamari and cupcakes in this converted shed at the lower end of vibey Harbour Road. Load up on your weekly organic veggies and meet the chefs and producers. Ethical shopper tip: All products are local and produced slowly as nature intended, with lots of love and care. Trading Hours: Saturdays 9am – 1pm Visit http://www.harbourroad.co.za/ The Riebeek West Funky Fresh Market Riebeek West Funky Fresh MarketTown: Riebeek West Distance from Paarl: 52 km Come peruse amongst the stalls and you’ll find Marvellous Mosaic, Comfy Plumb Ponchos, Creative Ceramics, Cuddly Soft toys, Wonderful Wooden toys, Goodies for the garden and interesting collectibles! Enjoy the smooth sounds of funky Riebeek Valley Steeldrum band. Indulge in delicious home made treats and bakery goods, as well as breakfast and beverages. Source: eat-in.co.za

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