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 distinguish 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.
Staying in the Mourvedre room (each room is named after grape varietals) is equipped with a King-size bed in a loft style setting with two comfortable seats, 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 is hidden behind the 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.
One feature that needs to be appreciated is the sunroof windows. With a view that encompasses the Bovlei Valley, as well the brown turned vineyards, the sunrises, and sunsets viewed from our room were nothing short of spectacular.
Guests of Andreas are also treated to 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 during 07:00 – 09:00 am.
After such a hearty breakfast with an array that begins 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, one is filled for the entire day.
What to do at Andreas
Andreas is a retreat made for relaxation and reserved for couples that want to escape to the valley for a few days.
Weather permitting, walk around the lush gardens and listen to the abundance of birds chirping. If it’s a hot summers day, lounge beside the tranquil pool and cool yourself off.
Since the chilly June weather outside didn’t quite match the summer sunshine, 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.
Until next time.
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