Palmiet Valley Wine Estate & Boutique Hotel

Palmiet Valley Wine Estate & Boutique Hotel

Sonstraal Road Klein Drakenstein, Paarl 7646 South Africa
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Palmiet Valley is a producing Wine Estate in the heart of the Cape Winelands with fourteen romantic guest rooms in the historic Cape Dutch Manor House. All rooms and suites have en suite bathrooms and are furnished with the finest antiques. The setting is in a delightful garden with many tranquil spots to relax with a glass of wine and a good book. Many of the Cape's finest wine estates are a few minutes away as are some of the best golf courses. Visits, tours and tee off times are gladly arranged by our staff.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Free breakfast
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Clare H wrote a review Jan 2015
London, United Kingdom26 contributions44 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
In all honesty Palmiet Valley hadn’t been my first choice when looking to book in the wine lands outside of Cape Town as we had wanted to stay in Franschhoek (which was very busy due to us staying the festive period). We ended up being really glad we couldn’t find a place elsewhere in the end as we loved our stay in Palmiet.

The hotel has been beautifully restored by the owner, who has now sadly passed on, although his wife still runs the hotel. As a result you feel like you are staying in the real thing with a quaint charm, hundreds of antiques, beautiful architecture and stunning gardens clearly created from a lot of love and toil.

We were even more pleased we stayed in Palmiet when we visited some of the vineyards in Franschhoek including La Mott and Grande Provence, because while they are lovely (and the wines superb) they did feel a little commercial and almost cleansed in comparison to Palmiet.

Unfortunately Palmiet does not have its own wine tasting on site, but it was great to get to visit lots of other establishments and the world famous ones in Fransschoek and Stellenbosch are not far away.

We had booked one of Palmiet’s classic cars to take us around the area in, but unfortunately the one we were meant to be using wouldn’t start and it would have been a squash in the other one so we opted for the air conditioned land rover.

The owner of the hotel, Margarette, took us around. She has a fantastic sense of humour and great character and really added to our experience – a real treat.

We ate in Palmiet on the first night of our stay and found the food to be good, not amazing, but unfortunately a little cold. This could be because the hotel was full and courses for all guests were served at the same time. We therefore opted not to eat at the hotel the second night. That said, having dinner and breakfast under the oak tree in the garden is a lovely setting.

The new terrace for sundowners also has spectacular views and the surroundings and gardens of Palmiet certainly are the best bit of this beautiful place.

While the old furniture in all rooms adds to the charm of the place, I do think they should invest in some new safes as the ones there are very hard to use. That said, the place does feel quite safe.

All in all a lovely stay and somewhere we would look to return should we be in the wine lands again.
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Date of stay: December 2014
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: The rooms are lovely and all individually decorated. My parents had the cottage next to the...
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Michael B wrote a review Feb 2013
London, United Kingdom58 contributions55 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We married here on 3rd January 2013 and had the most beautiful and incredible time. Everything we wanted in our wedding was achieved. We hired the whole estate for two nights and it genuinely was perfect. All our guests who stayed here complimented the venue and the accommodation.

Some of the rooms are out of this world and the Cape Dutch style really makes the whole place feel incredibly special.

Together with our guests we lounged around the pool, had a braai under the trees and just enjoyed the grounds.

I even got a peak at 3 of the 4 nesting owls - who wisely watched us in our preparations.

The breakfasts were brilliant and the way the staff did everything to assist was just wonderful.

The beautiful surroundings, the helpful staff, the delicious food and the divine wine! Everything worked so well and we could not have been happier with our choice.

Jowine was invaluable and was so helpful in sorting out a few of the inevitable teething problems (nothing to do with Palmiet) that comes with organising such a big and important event.

The only issue we had was that we stayed in the Presidential suite (I cannot begin to even exaggerate just how big it was) and my wife felt that it was not that equipped when it came to her getting ready. There was no full length mirror and the room was rather dark. So it wasn't quite perfect in that respect. However it didn't really detract from her preparation and we have some very lovely photos of her getting ready by the big bathroom window.

If you want an intimate, special South African wedding come here.
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Date of stay: January 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Natlila wrote a review Jul 2015
3 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had our wedding at Palmiet in April. My husband is South African and I am British and we live in the UK. I scoured the Internet looking for our perfect wedding venue before coming across Palmiet; the gazebo and grounds are what won me over! It was a daunting task planning a wedding in SA from the UK but Jowine could not have made it easier for us. She gave us recommendations for the florist, decorators etc and was always available on the phone or e-mail to discuss ideas and make arrangements. When we finally flew out for the wedding, we met with Jowine a few days before to go through final arrangements. She put us at ease and we trusted that she would ensure the day ran smoothly. We were also blown away by the scenery-it is STUNNING!
What an amazing day. Food was lovely, service great, bridal suite awesome. I just wish we could do it again. If you choose to have your wedding here or simply go for a visit you will not be disappointed, it's a magical place.
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Date of stay: July 2015Trip type: Travelled with family
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LJ A wrote a review Apr 2024
Congresbury, United Kingdom177 contributions54 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We were really looking to visiting the wine lands for a relaxing visit. After a long drive, we arrived at the hotel tired and ready for a break. The receptionist apologised profusely that some large trees had been blown down in a storm the previous weekend, and that they were being chopped down and removed. We knew about the storm and accepted this as a natural occurrence. However, our room, (number 4) was thatched roof with no sound proofing. The chainsaws were going off non-stop and was so unpleasant, that instead of relaxing by the pool (which was also filthy), we decided to vacate the property to get away from the noise. Early in the morning (8am) we were rudely awoken by the continuous sound of chainsaws. It was horrendous. To make matters worse, we were forced to eat breakfast outside where we continued to hear the noise rather than enjoying the beautiful setting. The whole experience left a bitter taste in the mouth and to add insult to injury, we were offered a measly half bottle of wine as an apology. I do appreciate that these trees needed to be removed, however, due to the lack of insulation in the room, we should have been at least informed of the disturbance and offered a choice, prior to us arriving, whether we would like to stay or not!
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Date of stay: April 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Avoid rm 4 - very dark (1 sml window) thatched roof means there’s no insulation. This means you...
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Jenna P wrote a review Feb 2024
Salisbury, United Kingdom28 contributions12 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We were staying next door but opted to dine at the newly opened ‘Adara’ restaurant at Palmiet. The menu looked promising but the experience left us disappointed. The oysters were tasty but small. The starter portions were tasty but very small and the mains were even more disappointing. The seafood tortellini consisted of 3 bits of pasta and when told it was too small to be a main course we were told that the chef says 3 pieces of pasta is the portion. The squid ink fettuccini was very disapponting, lacked taste, didn’t have any scallops as described on the menu, had 4 small pieces of what tasted like prawn and no Parmesan as described and no grated Parmesan after asking as they were ‘too busy’ with less than half the tables occupied. Overall very disappointing, wouldn’t recommend.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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alicedavis wrote a review Feb 2013
Aberdeenshire17 contributions52 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nice hotel in a beautiful setting but does not do enough to cater for guests once breakfast is past. If you require anything by way of refreshments or food during the day there never seemed to be anyone on hand. We always had to go looking for staff if we fancied a drink or food when relaxing by the pool. The overall impression was that there just weren't enough staff around during the day. I think the assumption was that guests will be out and about but in fact many of the guests did stay by the pool. Those lucky enough to have fridges in their rooms probably fared better as you can stock up but all the rooms do not have fridges so you are reliant on the hotel if you want a cold drink. Too many niggles to make us want to go back.
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Date of stay: February 2013
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Smaller rooms which are the cheapest do not have fridges which is a big disadvantage
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andrea_vinifera wrote a review Apr 2012
Oxford9 contributions25 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Having requested a quiet room and been told that they were all quiet, we were given an obviously luxurious room but unfortunately one of the noisiest on the estate, having to switch to a less luxurious one to avoid traffic noise. This after a long wait, as the only person in charge had gone to the gym and to get himself a pizza for dinner!
The estate is beautiful, but sadly the overall running of the place is in disarray at present, the owner having unexpectedly passed away last month.
The room was quite ordinary for a so-called 5 star hotel, and in the first half-hour of settling in we encountered a huge coackroach and a worm. There was real coffee but no coffee making facilities, the converter plug didn't work, there were a few CDs but no player and the rusks were stale beyond belief. So, despite the antique furniture and the marble surfaces in the bathroom, we felt quite cheated.
Food was a whole different ballgame. Breakfast was delicious, with a good range of fruit and cereals, juice, and a reasonable number of cooked options, in a beautiful setting outside. Dinner, on the other hand, was diabolical. Food that seemed to come out of an 80's amateur cookbook, with too many flavours, a starter with excessive salt, and a banana creme brulée which was virtually inedible. We were relieved not to have had dinner there the first night!
The well-meaning attitude of the new manager went some way towards relieving our distress, offering us sundowners on the astro-turf terrace which allowed breath-taking views of the mountains as the sun set.
So, people tried and there were some good points, but overall the cost of our stay did not represent good value and the reality did not measure up to our expectations from the description in the guide.
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Date of stay: April 2012
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Be aware that the upstairs rooms are much noisier.
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Response from Jowine, Public Relations Manager at Palmiet Valley Wine Estate & Boutique Hotel
Responded 11 Nov 2012
Dear Andrea Thank you for taking your time to write this review. We are saddened by the experience you had. Unfortunately, the owner did pass away unexpectedly. We can inform you that we have recently employed a new General Manager- Luke Barton, who has year of experience in this field. He has been handling the property with extreme professionalism and I can assure you these types of mishaps have not been occurring. I have noted down your review and will submit it to management for discussion. Could you supply me with more details, your names, dates of stay and contact details (send these to info@smm-solutions.com). Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Kind regards, Management
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mpglobetrotd wrote a review Dec 2011
Munich, Germany15 contributions21 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This place seems to be straight out of a fairytale book - it is what any traveller to the Cape region is looking for. The buildings are from the 17th century in Dutch style and lovingly kept. To top it off, 2 blooming Jacaranda trees sit next to the main house. The grounds are exquisite. Our room, number 5, was quaint and cosy with a mosquito net (more for show, probably) and a luxurious bathroom with separate shower and bathtub. So sad we only stayed one night!
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Date of stay: December 2011
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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BobOxenburgh wrote a review Mar 2016
Alamo, California334 contributions156 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I did think of 4 stars, but now a month since we were there February 15 and 16, I recall these two days of our ten in the Cape with great fondness. I see other reviews use words like elegant, exquisite, royal. Well it's not that. But it is charming and welcoming. The estate is very pretty Cape Dutch, set close to the amazing Drakenstein mountains and the historic town of Paarl. We were guests of a wedding couple, so no complaints about price! We had two lunches, two breakfasts and a 6 hour excellent wedding feast, and dancing in the terrific wine cellar. Jowine and Rhiett were superb front office managers. Our room 7 was quaint, peaceful, cosy, had nice old furniture, slept well, airy bathroom with natural light through a window which looked over a lovely thatched roof. The shower was small. Not a problem. WiFi didn't reach. Glad to get a respite. I walked the entire estate premier of vineyards and fruit trees twice. Met the hounds, read the moving memorial to the owner who had died a while back. It was a delightful experience! Wholeheartedly recommended. PS visit the Mandela memorial at his last prison less than 15 minutes away. Also drive up the nearby pass, a beautifully engineered road from the mid 19th century. Don't feed the Baboons!
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Date of stay: February 2016
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Lucia G wrote a review Sept 2015
Pretoria8 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent a weekend away for our 20th wedding anniversary at this lovely place. On arrival we were upgraded to the honeymoon suite. The room was truly wonderful, the dinner outstanding and our stay overall amazing. We encountered the most friendly and helpful staff ever. Please treat yourself in this most extraordinary place.
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Date of stay: September 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Fredd111 wrote a tip Apr 2024
Swansea, United Kingdom88 contributions33 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Room 4 has a thatched roof with little sound insulation and is close to a large pond with a lot of frogs that make noise all night."
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LJ A wrote a tip Apr 2024
Congresbury, United Kingdom177 contributions54 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Avoid rm 4 - very dark (1 sml window) thatched roof means there’s no insulation. This means you can hear the frogs croaking loudly all night"
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Bolton wrote a tip Feb 2024
Pretoria, South Africa165 contributions45 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Outise tables are the best"
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mazzaxa2016 wrote a tip Dec 2016
France56 contributions19 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Standard room was quite large, ours had marble bathroom, thatched roof, mountain and gardens view."
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newlip wrote a tip Dec 2016
Nuremberg, Germany10 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Our room was on the ground floor in the manor house."
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Frequently Asked Questions about Palmiet Valley Wine Estate & Boutique Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Palmiet Valley Wine Estate & Boutique Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve (6.7 km), Afrikaans Language Monument (7.6 km), and Ashia (0.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Palmiet Valley Wine Estate & Boutique Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Palmiet Valley Wine Estate & Boutique Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Palmiet Valley Wine Estate & Boutique Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Palmiet Valley Wine Estate & Boutique Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Noop Restaurant, Faber, and Cattle Baron Grill and Bistro Paarl.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Palmiet Valley Wine Estate & Boutique Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Palmiet Valley Wine Estate & Boutique Hotel have airport transportation?
Yes, Palmiet Valley Wine Estate & Boutique Hotel offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Palmiet Valley Wine Estate & Boutique Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to Palmiet Valley Wine Estate & Boutique Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Groot Drakenstein Prison (4.1 km).
Does Palmiet Valley Wine Estate & Boutique Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
Is Palmiet Valley Wine Estate & Boutique Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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