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Set within 9 acres of landscaped gardens and just 15 minutes from Cape Town itself, the owner-run Cellars-Hohenort’s location in Constantia is pretty spot on, and Liz McGrath's care and attention to detail has certainly paid off.
There are 51 rooms spilt between three buildings - The Hohenort, The Cellars, and one containing the Garden Suites - which are scattered amongst the nine acres of garden. The Hohenort is the original manor house dating back to 1907 and houses the more classic style rooms - the luxury terrace rooms are our personal favourite with fantastic views out to False Bay; The Cellars have the more contemporary rooms; and the Garden Suites are perfectly lovely, just slightly set back. There is also a private villa complete with plunge pool - ideal for families.
The food at Cellars-Honenort is a reason to stay in itself. The Green House is excellent and was awarded the title of Best Restaurant in South Africa in the 2011 Eat Out awards. Executive Chef Peter Tempelhoff has a conceptual approach to cooking, where anything is possible. One word of advice? Book (preferably in advance to avoid disappointment). There is also the Conservatory which spills out into the lush gardens; the Cape Malay Experience where guests learn to cook Cape Malay cuisine, which dates back to the 17th Century; and the Martini Bar serving an array of drinks and cocktails.
Facilities include a clay tennis court, two swimming pools, a fantastic spa, and a Gary Player designed chipping and putting green for those looking to get their swing in - there are 18-hole golf courses in the area which the hotel can direct guests to. The gardens provide an activity in themselves and highlight the history of Cellars - the estate dates back to 1693. Away from the hotel, the city centre is a mere 15 minutes drive away.
- The Green House restaurant serves some of the best food in South Africa (we're not just saying that, they have an award to prove it), so booking is necessary.
Tom, Original Traveller