The enchanting Lanzerac, nestled in the heart of the picturesque Stellenbosch wine region is not just a hotel; it’s an experience.
The Lanzerac is steeped in history, dating back to its inception as a homestead in the picturesque Jonkershoek Valley. The estate’s most influential owner, Elizabeth Catherina ‘Kitty’ English, renamed it to Lanzerac, rumored after General Charles Lanrezac, a French General who served in World War I. The property has operated as a fine country estate since 1958, with vineyards first planted over 300 years ago, retaining its Cape Dutch charm while embracing modern luxury.
Legacy and Location:
As you drive through the grand entrance, the history of the place unfolds. The Lanzerac story began in 1692, making it one of the oldest wine estates in the country. The property is a harmonious blend of Cape Dutch architecture and modern elegance. Surrounded by lush vineyards and majestic mountains, it offers a serene escape from the hustle and bustle.
The Lanzerac is renowned for its wines. Take a leisurely stroll through the vineyards or join a wine tasting session to savor the rich flavors of their award-winning wines. The connection between the hotel and the vineyards creates an immersive experience, inviting guests to explore the very essence of the South African winelands. Guests can even embark on a sensory journey with innovative wine and chocolate pairings.
Luxury Room Retreat:
Our room for this stay was a Luxury Room, located in the property’s historic stables. These rooms epitomize modern design while retaining the charm of exposed brick. And the original architecture. The spacious accommodation (over 500 sq ft) includes a substantial and comfortable king bed, ample living and seating areas, and a luxurious bathroom featuring a clawfoot bathtub, a walk-in rain shower, and his and her vanities and sinks. Additionally, each room boasts a private patio, enhancing the overall experience.
The room’s interior design underscores meticulous attention to detail. A palette of rich textures, muted tones, and thoughtfully chosen design cues cultivates an ambiance that exudes sophistication while maintaining an inviting atmosphere. The en-suite bathroom is a veritable spa-like sanctuary, complete with an its immense standalone bath and a rejuvenating rain shower, providing a retreat within the broader retreat experience.
Beyond the room, Lanzerac beckons exploration. Wander through the meticulously landscaped gardens, discovering hidden corners and serene spots to unwind. the architecture, vineyards and mountains are exquisite.
At the Lanzerac, guests are invited to embark on a culinary adventure that showcases the best of local and international cuisine across four distinct dining venues. we can confirm the chefs and staff are passionate about fusing local products with international levels of service, all with a relaxed but refined South African easiness.
Manor Kitchen: A Fusion of Elegance and Flavor The Manor Kitchen is the heart of fine dining at Lanzerac, where guests can indulge in a sumptuous buffet breakfast or savor classic evening dishes reimagined with contemporary flair. The menu is a celebration of the very best local, seasonal ingredients, and diners can witness the culinary artistry firsthand through the expansive windows that offer a view into the kitchen’s operations.
Taphuis Bar: Casual Dining with Local Charm For those seeking a more laid-back atmosphere, the Taphuis Bar presents a convivial setting where the menu pays homage to the rich bounty of the region. Here, guests can enjoy a selection of dishes that highlight the freshest local produce, all within the warm embrace of this welcoming bar.
Lanzerac Deli: All-Day Dining and Artisanal Offerings The Lanzerac Deli is renowned for its exceptional cappuccinos and all-day breakfast options. Beyond the morning fare, the Deli boasts an extensive array of homemade bread, pastries, gourmet sandwiches, and platters featuring locally sourced cheese and charcuterie, perfect for a leisurely lunch or a quick, delicious bite.
Craven Lounge: Sophisticated Spirits and Tapas At the Craven Lounge, guests can explore a world of flavors with a selection of local and international spirits, a meticulously curated wine list, an assortment of craft beers, and an innovative tapas menu. This venue is ideal for an evening of relaxation and socializing over shared plates and fine drinks.
The Lanzerac Spa completes the experience with its serene ambiance. Guests are invited to indulge in rejuvenating treatments or relax in the comfort of the thermal suites, which include a heated pool, jacuzzi, sauna, and steam room, all designed to soothe the senses and refresh the spirit.
Guests can also bask in the South African sun at one of the two outdoor pools, each designed to provide a tranquil environment for relaxation and leisure.
Throughout the property, guests find a sanctuary where luxury is woven into every detail and the storied past of the estate enriches the present. From the sumptuous comfort of its accommodations to the delectable offerings of its restaurants, every aspect of the Lanzerac experience is designed to captivate and delight. It is a place where the beauty of Stellenbosch’s wine country is matched only by the warmth of its hospitality, ensuring that each stay is not just a visit, but a cherished memory in the making.
At Lanzerac, the essence of South Africa’s winemaking heritage is celebrated, and the promise of an unforgettable stay is fulfilled with grace and grandeur. Whether it’s for the tranquility of the spa, the indulgence of the culinary journey, or the charm of the vineyard views, Lanzerac stands as an enduring symbol of elegance and an invitation to savor the richness of life.