A Winter Wonderland Stay at Andreas Wine Estate
With winter in full force, nothing comes close to sitting by a logged wood fire, accompanied by a bottle of Shiraz and, a good book. Fortuitously, this is exactly what we came to experience at the luxurious Andreas Wine Estate in Wellington.
Nestled away from the town of Wellington, this 18th Century Dutch-style building dates back to 1799 and, features a historic manor house with four luxurious en-suite bedrooms.
There’s a clear distinction between old-world charm meets modern in the main home; where many of the antique pieces stand in its original state. A communal dining area, two sitting spots with initial brick fireplaces filled with beautiful ornaments, and reading material make for comfortable living.
Henry de Koker, Guesthouse Manager to the 4.5-hectare vineyard, greeted us during the downpour of rain and, chatted to us like we knew each other for years. It’s very rare that managers interact with guests with such enthusiasm and, pride. One can chat for hours about what makes Wellington so unique and, sharing our travel stories.
Staying at Andreas Wine Estate
When it comes to accommodations in the heart of winter, being cosy and warm is essential and that’s what Andreas has to offer. Walking up along the wooden-floored staircase that leads to a more intimate lounge area, it’s definitely a place for a romantic getaway.
Each room is labelled after grape varietals and of course, we slept in the Mourvedre room.
A King-size bed in a loft-style, an en-suite bathroom with a free-standing bath, and a large walk-in shower will make one stay a few more nights.
The not so appealing amenities like the TV, small bar fridge, and a tiny vanity are hidden behind a closet; making the room spacious and luxurious. Even though there’s a coffee station in the lounge area, having a smaller one in the room is ideal.
The sunroof windows are something to appreciate. With views that encompass the Bovlei Valley, the autumn vineyards, the sunrises, and sunsets from our room were nothing short of spectacular.
At Andreas, guests receive a comprehensive breakfast spread each morning. All one needs to do is fill out a form a day before, hand it in before 18:00 pm and breakfast will be served from 07:00 – 09:00 am.
The breakfast starts off with cereals, fresh fruit, thick Greek yogurt, fresh orange juice, and culminates in eggs, crispy bacon, fried tomato, beef, or pork sausages with freshly-baked toast with a hot cup of coffee, you full for the entire day.
What to do at Andreas
Andreas is a retreat for couples – a place for relaxation and an escape to the valley for a few days of romance.
Weather permitting, walk around the lush gardens and listen to the abundance of birds chirping. If it’s a hot summer day, lounge beside the tranquil pool and cool yourself off.
The chilly June weather outside didn’t quite match the hot summers, a bottle Andreas Shiraz 2015 whose been listed amongst the 12 best South African wines by Independent UK kept us warm.
Book a cellar tour and taste your way through the full-bodied Shiraz with characteristics of peppery, spicy, and berry flavours notes. Bear in mind that if wine tasting is high on the agenda to book prior to your arrival.
Watch our full experience at this 4-star accommodation
There’s no better way to spend a romantic winters stay or book a weekend away for 8 to unwind from the mid-year rush. If you find yourself looking for a quick getaway, Andreas Wine Estate comes highly recommended.
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