A dirt road led us to this luxurious country house, Grand Dédale, close to the winelands town of Wellington. Located on a working wine farm, Doolhof, at the foot of the Bainskloof Pass, the retreat offers country elegance comparable to that in Europe.
You can’t help but feel somewhat like royalty, not the Lesotho type but more Belgium or Monaco, as high mountains, rolling green lawns and 380 hectares of vineyard, forest and fynbos – so grand and remote they seem like yours and only yours – greet you.
Grande Dédale ensures complete privacy and comfort, with opulent white interiors, six individually designed and appointed en-suite bedrooms, or accommodation in the separate thatch stone cottage.
Grande Dédale makes eating a uniquely decadent experience, rather than just a chore. Think ‘Cap Classique’ breakfasts with freshly squeezed juices, homemade jams, exotic fruit, fresh breads, rolls, muffins, croissants, cereals and yoghurts and various hot meals like salmon scrambled egg, crepes and omelette. There are light lunches and snacks on offer as well as a high tea buffet, four course table d’hôte menu, with locally-sourced game and seafood, and picnic baskets to be revelled in at prime mountain and beach spots.
You can expend the hours between dining at the pool or spa, hiking, horse riding, mountain biking, walking by the river or vineyards or venture out on a short drive and go fishing, canyoning or hit some balls on world class golf courses nearby. We were enjoying our stay too much (read: too lazy) to leave the comfort of the lounge and TV room, where we reclined with a book – choosing to ignore the Internet, although it’s available should you need.
Grand Dédale ensures good country living at its best – whether for a weekend away or a few days.