If South Africa’s Stellenbosch Winelands are hailed as the ‘Kingdom of Cabernet’, then the slopes of the Helderberg are surely its royal court. Here, where the northwest slopes balance warm African sun with cooling oceanic breezes – and a healthy dose of altitude – these unique vineyards at Taaibosch are renowned for producing some of South Africa’s most iconic Bordeaux-style reds.
Wine aficionados will agree that the Taaibosch Crescendo is just that, a flag-bearer for fine wine from the southern tip of Africa, and a legendary brand that is rising, phoenix-like, thanks to the efforts of the Oddo family, who purchased the property in 2017. Alongside replanting vineyards and building a new cellar, the family has also opened the doors to three remarkable villa escapes that offer an immersive stay on a storied Cape estate.
Sitting proudly at the working heart of the farm is the five-bedroom Oak Manor House, dating back to 1838. It’s been refurbished to provide a comfortable base for families who want loads of space, rolling lawns and long terraces shaded by stately oak trees for lazy lunches outdoors. Typical of a family home that’s been added to over the years, the kitchen is relaxed farmhouse style (complete with old-world window seats, quirks from the 70s and a back door that requires a head duck), but that said, the in-house chef does breakfast and for the rest of the time, most families make use of the outdoor bbq at the sala near the pool) and eat on the front terrace.
Oak Manor House looks through the oaks and onto the heart of the farmstead and is just a short walk from the modern cellar which is not open to the public.Privacy is enjoyed by everyone who stays, and one exclusive tasting is offered within the cellar, introducing visitors to a Cape icon being reborn.
Nearby, and within the cluster of working farm buildings, is the newly built two-bedroom Olive Garden Villa – ideal for a single family, or two couples who would prefer modern, luxurious finishes and the service of a dedicated butler/host, who will help you settle in and lay out the generous breakfast spread each morning. While the kitchen comes fully equipped, there’s no need to do it yourself: private chefs are on hand to create bespoke menus – or whip up a traditional braai – as you prefer. A landscaped garden of indigenous fynbos surrounds the villa, while a private plunge pool (unfenced) offers the perfect splashdown after a day of winelands exploring.
On the hillside above, Views Forever Villa does just what it promises, opening up with panoramic views across the Cape winelands. Similar in architectural style to Olive GardenVilla, it accommodates up to eight guests in four spacious suites, with larger living areas ideally suited to multi-gen gatherings or a retreat with close friends. The contemporary indoor hearth and the poolside pizza oven lend themselves perfectly to convivial gatherings.
We have no doubt that lovers of fine wine will soon be flocking from around the world to enjoy an authentic stay in this unexpected mountain paradise under the lesser-known peaks of the Helderberg, whether they choose the historic homestead or the two contemporary villas.
1 King bedroom
2nd bedroom with twin beds (or King)
3rd bedroom with twin beds (or King)
4th bedroom with queen bed
5th bedroom with queen bed
5 en-suite bathrooms
• Extra-length beds with luxury cotton linen
• Air conditioning
• In-room safe, hairdryer, steamers, iron
• Rain shower heads and handheld showers
• Luxury bathroom amenities
• Bathrobes and slippers
• Fully equipped farmhouse kitchen with central table and additional counter seating
• 10-seater dining room
• Living room with television
• Outdoor 10-seater dining table
• Outdoor verandah overlooking lawn
• Swimming pool (not fenced) and bbq sala
• Pool loungers
• Large grass lawn
• Central fireplace
• Air conditioning
• Cot and highchairs available for children
• Unlimited Wi-Fi
AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
Advance notice required
• Concierge service
• Activities and excursions
• Babysitting and au pair
• Butler and/or chef
• Dry cleaning
• Personal security
• Personal shopping
• Personal trainer
• Spa and beauty treatments
• Being on the slopes of the Helderberg means that you’re not far from vineyards or the sea: the choice is yours but Stellenbosch is just over 10 minutes’ drive, Franschhoek about 30 minutes, and Cape Town 45 minutes’ away: this is a superb base for exploring the Winelands, yet Cape Town isn’t far away.
• Once you’ve explored the farm with wonderful walks and done a complimentary wine tasting (Mon-Fri) at the modern winery just down the hill, you have the choice of several wine routes and superb restaurants to enjoy each day.
• A visit to the Dylan Lewis sculpture garden nearby isn’t to be missed - a good alternative to the indigenous slopes of Kirstenbosch Gardens and with equally magnificent views. By appointment only, so do ask us in advance.
• It’s worth taking a day to explore the historic towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek (see our restaurant suggestions), with their notable art galleries, boutiques and museums.
• Take a scenic day trip to Hermanus: we suggest a circular drive via Elgin with a route back along the coast stopping at beaches along the way. Whale season is from July to December.
• Check in 14h00
• Check out 10h00
• Maximum 10 guests
• Pets by arrangement
• Security deposit
• All bookings subject to final approval by owner