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Bona Vista

Anyswortelrug Road, Paarl 7625 South Africa
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Discover the Cape’s best kept self-catering secret by far. Bona Vista is in the heart of the Cape Winelands, which is surrounded by a semicircle of picturesque Boland mountains. It is on an active wine and fruit farm with a thoroughbred horse stud. Bona Vista offers11 self-catering, en-suite rooms within a farm environment, just 10 kms from Paarl and 15 km from Stellenbosch.
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LizelDV wrote a review Jun 2020
Paarl, South Africa172 contributions33 helpful votes
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We urgently needed clean, fresh, self-catering accommodation while doing maintenance in our home. Bona Vista was our haven of calm for a week and gave us a home while ours was turned upside down (or so it felt). It is a luxury hotel suite with a farm view! Best shower ever! Delightful, Super Clean, Private, Enjoyable, Beautiful farm setting with chickens, horses and lots of birdsong. Perfectly situated between Paarl and Stellenbosch and only minutes from the N1, but feels like countryside. I could work on the wifi and sometimes took my meetings into the garden for some fresh air. Amazing sunrises and sunsets. Thank You Risa and Theunis, we appreciate our time spent on your beautiful farm.
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Milamuis wrote a review Mar 2020
Hoedspruit, South Africa39 contributions19 helpful votes
Staying at Bona Vista feels good! The cottage we stayed in is modern and well equipped, very neat and clean. There is a large fridge/freezer and a microwave, lots of crockery and cutlery and a table inside as well as outside on the stoep. The hosts are really friendly and helpful, and even offered to bring us a braai if we desired to have a bbq. Very close to Paarl and Stellenbosch, and also many wine farms and restaurants in the vicinity. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Peter McLoughlin wrote a review May 2019
East London, South Africa187 contributions49 helpful votes
We booked on the day after missing our flight, our cottages were immaculate and had everything you needed. The farm is peaceful and exactly what I needed, we asked for a braai and before we got there it had been delivered with starters wood etc. what a wonderful experience and true value for money. A huge thanks must go to the owners for making our overnight stay such a pleasure.
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Date of stay: May 2019
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Collingwood2019 wrote a review Jan 2019
Melbourne, Australia115 contributions75 helpful votes
All the previous comments about this lovely working farm retreat are all true and more. Rooms are spacious,absolutely clean, well equipped and if you require a braai or BBQ, they will have it ready complete will utensils, fuel and starters. WiFi avalabe and I rang Riza to ask where is the nearest swimming pool that we can go too on a hot day, without hesitation she said we can use her house pool. Sitting in the pool overlooking the valley with the mountains in the background, The Pearl of Paarl. And JP the son brought us a small basket of the fruit they grow on the farm, very delicious
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Date of stay: December 2018
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: All rooms are good
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Tom B wrote a review Nov 2018
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Bona Vista is an accommodation on a working farm in the Paarl Valley. From there, many attractive destinations are an hour or less away; from Cape Town, Vineyards, parks and hiking trails, to name a few. The setting is spectacular. It was almost enough to sit in the garden amongst the blooming jacarandas and just take in the scenery. The picture of one of the accommodations posted by Risa and Theunis Uys shows the style of the rooms accurately. We stayed in a unit just like the one in the picture and it suited our purposes as an HQ for excursions in wine country and beyond perfectly. However, as good as the physical attributes of the place were, the excellent hospitality of Risa and Theunis deserves special mention. Despite their management of a sizable farm and other enterprises, they were always available to assist us generously. They are wonderful people and I hope we have opportunity to see them again someday.
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Date of stay: November 2018
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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BRUCE W wrote a review Aug 2018
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My family and I were looking for somewhere to stay for the night after attending a wedding at a nearby vineyard during a visit to South Africa from the UK when we were luckily booked into the Bona Vista by a friend from Cape Town. Set amongst the beautiful surroundings of this part of the Western Cape, Bona Vista offers extremely comfortable accommodation in a lovely bucolic setting at a price that would be hard to match in the Europe. Yet despite its rural location, the rooms were spotlessly clean and fully equipped with everything you could possibly need including electric blankets which, being as our stay was on a particularly wet, cold night in August, were very much appreciated. Our only disappointment was that we were only booked in for one night and would gladly have stayed for longer if we'd only known about it sooner. Quite honestly, we couldn't recommend Bona Vista and its hosts more strongly and will definitely come again if ever we return to SA. (Walder family from London)
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Date of stay: August 2018Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from RisaUys, Owner at Bona Vista
Responded 25 Sept 2018
Hi Walder family. Thank you so much for this beautiful review. We would love to have you back. Bona Vista Team
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WhiteHunterFranconia wrote a review Dec 2017
Nuremberg, Germany90 contributions22 helpful votes
My wife and I stayed at Bona Vista for the fifth time now in December. If you like it cozy, clean, well-kept, tranquil and especially super friendly and helpful: this is the place to be! All the reviews for this great gem and its lovely owners Risa and Theunis speak for themselves. We only can confirm all the positive statements and and hereby would like to thank Risa and Theunis so much for letting us feel so much at home and being friends with such great people like you now. We will always come back and stay with you when visiting the Western Cape again. All the best for your and for your great family!
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Date of stay: December 2017
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: all rooms are perfect!
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Responded 25 Sept 2018
Hi WhiteHunter Thank you so much for this review. We are waiting for visit number 6, all the way from Germany. Greetings, Theunis and Risa
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JOHAN R wrote a review Sept 2017
Pretoria, South Africa10 contributions16 helpful votes
We stayed at Bona Vista from 20 till 26 September 2017. The rooms are clean and neat with all the required amenities. Risa was extremely helpfull and made us feel at home. It is centrally located and ideal for peiple looking to explore the different winelands. We highly recommend Bona Vista if you are looking fir self catering accommodation in the Paarl/Franschoek region.
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Date of stay: September 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 25 Sept 2018
Hi Johan Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay, hope to see you soon. Greetings, Risa
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Adrienne O wrote a review May 2017
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I would really like to congratulate Risa on the excellent facility that she runs on her farm! Top quality accommodation at affordable price! Very neat and clean and she has thought of everything! Thank you Risa for your personal attention and very comfortable stay! You'll definitely see us again! Regards! A3 (Minnaar family from Klerksdorp)
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Date of stay: May 2017Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from RisaUys, Owner at Bona Vista
Responded 23 May 2017
Hi A3, was so nice to meet you and your family. It was a privilege to have you here. Always good to hear when guests enjoyed it on the farm with us. Looking forward to your next visit. Greetings, Risa
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Antoinette P wrote a review May 2017
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We return to this beautiful place for the past 3 years and 5 months.clean room with everything you need and a hostess that treats you like one of her own!! We will always come back.thank you Tannie Risa for always making us feel very special.with much appreciation.Antoinette and Eddie
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Date of stay: May 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from RisaUys, Owner at Bona Vista
Responded 22 May 2017
Antoinette and Eddie It is always a privilege to have you here, thank you for the kind words. Wish I could give guests a star award, then you will definitely get 10 out of 5. Hope to see you soon. Theunis and Risa
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Frequently Asked Questions about Bona Vista
Which popular attractions are close to Bona Vista?
Nearby attractions include Drakenstein Lion Park (1.0 km), The Alpaca Loom Coffee Shop & Weaving Studio (6.5 km), and Exotic Animal World (0.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Bona Vista?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Bona Vista?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Bona Vista?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Bona Vista?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cosecha Restaurant, Restaurant @ Glen Carlou, and Delheim Winery Restaurant.
Are there any historical sites close to Bona Vista?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Boschendal (12.6 km) and Groot Drakenstein Prison (14.8 km).