Vrede en Lust Wine Estate

Intersection R45 & Klapmuts Road, Simondium, Franschhoek 7670 South Africa
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R 3 390
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Vrede en Lust offers award-winning wines, historic Cape Dutch architecture, undulating vineyards, breathtaking scenery and world-class leisure facilities. Our cellar door is open daily, with free wine tasting or special wine enthusiast food and wine pairings. Luxurious accommodation for up to 42 people plus one of the most sought-after wedding and event venues in the country. On-site is the beautiful LUST Bistro & Bakery that offers all-day breakfasts, blackboard lunch specials and freshly baked artisan breads and treats from their wood-fired oven. LUST is also available for private functions. The popular Franschhoek WineTram departs from the estate, allowing access to 8 wineries without the need to drive!
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Free breakfast
Bicycles available
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English, Afrikaans
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Sightseer49144500900 wrote a review Feb 2020
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Our family of five stayed on one of the gorgeous self-catering cottages on the Vrede en Lust estate in January 2020. It totally exceeded our expectations in every way. The cottage was beautifully presented and spotlessly clean. Thoughtful touches greeted us such as cold milk in the fridge, tea. coffee and a few odds and ends required for our first night's stay. The beds were large and unbelievably comfortable and we slept like babies after our marathon 20 hour flight! The views from the living area were just incredible over he vineyards and to the mountains beyond. What makes this property stand apart from others though is the amazing staff and the warmth with which you are greeted, be it by the waitresses in the restaurant or the staff in the wine tasting areas. Lynne, who manages the cottages, went above and beyond the call of duty in terms of answering all our questions and linking us up with various service providers such as the horse trail company in Paarl who incidentally provide amazing horse riding experiences in the valley. Lynne even dropped by specifically to welcome us to the estate as she had not around on the day we checked in. For a family with children aged 11 and 13, Vrede en Lust was absolutely perfect -the pool provides a pleasant place to cool down after various activities, be it sightseeing in Franschoek or mountain biking on the estate and the amazing options to make one's own pizza or one's own sandwich drew a huge thumbs up from us all! We have every intention to return and hopefully very soon!
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Toni Groepe wrote a review Oct 2020
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What hospitable staff. From the events /food planned for the Friday evening, right through pre-drinks the Saturday afternoon, the set up for the wedding ceremony the Saturday afternoon, through to the reception, the decor, the food. Too much to mention. Everything was professionally done. The food was well prepared, presented and was excellent. The decor, the staff were there, without being obtrusive, yet always available to assist with a smile. The wide selection of what was on offer for breakfast also deserves a 15/10. Well done, will definitely recommend the venue. The tranquility of the surrounding just added to an atmosphere of peace. A huge thank you.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Nicole08 wrote a review Jan 2020
Basel43 contributions50 helpful votes
Wonderful, relaxing place for both adults and kids: nice pool, good bistro, large rooms, comfortable beds and playground. Few minutes driving into Franschhoek with its pretty galleries and cafes. Franschhoek has many beautiful guesthouses, hotels, wine estates, but this one was particularly beautiful and we enjoyed the happy, relaxed vibe at this place.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Charlotta Kemp wrote a review Jan 2020
Perth, Australia3 contributions1 helpful vote
We booked the full Vrede en Lust estate for our wedding in January.
Having planned the full wedding from the UK much could have gone wrong.
Instead, it turned out to be the most magical three days of our lives.
The estate with the mountains in the background looks like a fairytale setting, photos don't make it justice.
The staff went over and beyond to make sure we had the most pleasant time, from making sure we had all we needed for the wedding to recommending nearby restaurants and making bookings in the days after. The accommodation was impeccable - from the beautiful interior and exterior, the exotic garden, to cleanliness, the gorgeous swimming pool, the friendly bar staff and everything we needed being kindly accommodated by the amazing staff Lynne and Paula at reception. The breakfast was delicious. Special kudos to our fantastic wedding coordinator Marne Brewis as well who made sure we could fully relax on our wedding day.
Vrede en Lust will always have a special place in our hearts and we cannot wait to one day return.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Emma S wrote a review Feb 2020
2 contributions1 helpful vote
Really good selection of wines to try. Nice to do the lindt chocolate and wine pairing. Restaurant does great food and the buildings are light, airy and relaxing in the heat. Waiter Simon very helpful and friendly, lovely to chat to someone so pleasant.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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DreamaG wrote a review Feb 2020
Cary, North Carolina341 contributions129 helpful votes
The wine farm at Vrede en Lust is gorgeous with a large indoor and outdoor tasting facility. The grounds are well maintained and offers lots of nice seating areas. In addition, the on site restaurant, Lust, offers a great place for lunch while visiting the farm. The one major drawback is the crowd and noise. Both the wine train and tram stop at the property, therefore, it gets busy. It was hard to even enjoy our experience with all the noise and commotion.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Zoe a wrote a review Mar 2023
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To any prospecting couple looking to get married at Vrede En Lust...You absolutely HAVE to! The team at VNL exceeded every single expectation we could have ever had.

The service was the best service I have ever experienced at a restaurant or hotel, let alone at a wedding with 125 guests! And they maintained this unbelievable service across all 3 days.

The waiters and waitresses went above and beyond for each and every guest and 50+ guests commented to us how unbelievable the staff were. Particularly Vee, Cedrick and Ed! They were exceptional and we are blown away by them and the entire team!

The food was also absolutely incredible - so many people said that it was the best wedding food they have ever had and couldn't get over how delicious the ravioli was and how perfectly cooked all of the steaks were. Several people said that their favourite meal of their entire 2 week holiday in Cape Town, was our wedding food!

Having postponed our wedding twice due to the pandemic, we had extremely high hopes and dreams of what our day would FINALLY end up being...and the Vrede En Lust team, surpassed it in every single way. They run such a slick operation and had thought of everything. They were so accommodating and polite and never made us feel like any ask was an inconvenience or not possible.

Thank you so much to the Vrede En Lust team - we feel incredibly lucky and grateful to all of you!
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Date of stay: February 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Chinedu I wrote a review Nov 2021
Lagos, Nigeria5 contributions2 helpful votes
Do NOT book this location. They have had issues through out this year and have chosen not to refund guests when they double book dates

We confirmed our wedding date back in 2020, in 2021 found out they double booked and we had to change location last minute. They have now refused to refund our deposit.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Response from Jessica Buys, Other at Vrede en Lust Wine Estate
Responded 15 Nov 2021
​Dear Chinedu, We're sorry to hear that your wedding day didn't materialise as you had hoped. This is important to us, as we are in the business of making dreams come true on such a special day. With this vision in mind, I take your comments against our service very seriously and need to outline how the team went above and beyond to do everything in our power to support your wedding. This even extended to us taking a financial loss and providing a refund that was not contractually obligated. Your wedding planner never confirmed the date change with us, even after multiple follow-ups - we have the full email trail should you wish to see it. Please take the matter up with your wedding planner. Kind Regards, Jess Buys Hospitality Manager
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Ale wrote a review Jan 2020
Zurich, Switzerland2 contributions
We booked the whole venue for our wedding and we love love loved it. All our guests, family and friends stayed at the place and enjoyed it very much. For ZA this is a relatively expensive place, but worth every Rand. The staff, the rooms and the food are just excellent! We can't wait to come back!
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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MaireB wrote a review Feb 2022
London, United Kingdom4 contributions
I visited for a wedding in February 2022. The venue was incredible - beautiful setting, amazing food and wine, the guest rooms are absolutely gorgeous. The manor house is huge and comfortable with lots of antique touches. We were also blown away by the service - every single person working here is was attentive, professional, and a real asset. Genuinely, it was faultless.

I wanted to leave a review even though I hardly ever do, because I think the recent reviews are unfair and a result of the recent pandemic situation, rather than a reflection on the venue.
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Date of stay: February 2022
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msjhaffey wrote a tip May 2019
Hook, United Kingdom385 contributions186 helpful votes
"Stay at a cottage - they are superb."
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WayneBrain wrote a tip Apr 2019
Johannesburg, South Africa17 contributions1 helpful vote
"Great wedding venue"
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Johann van der Merwe wrote a tip Dec 2018
6 contributions1 helpful vote
"best views, good food, great wine, lovely ambiance"
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Stuart P wrote a tip Aug 2018
Johannesburg, South Africa217 contributions40 helpful votes
"All rooms are quiet."
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Anne S wrote a tip Oct 2017
Brisbane, Australia47 contributions26 helpful votes
"The vineyard suite was a good choice for a couple it is quiet and has a balcony"
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PRICE RANGE
R 3,376 - R 4,277 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
South AfricaWestern CapeFranschhoekSimondium
NUMBER OF ROOMS
20
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Frequently Asked Questions about Vrede en Lust Wine Estate
Which popular attractions are close to Vrede en Lust Wine Estate?
Nearby attractions include Franschhoek Motor Museum (6.6 km), Boschendal (5.4 km), and Afrikaans Language Monument (7.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Vrede en Lust Wine Estate?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Vrede en Lust Wine Estate?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Vrede en Lust Wine Estate?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Vrede en Lust Wine Estate?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Vrede en Lust Wine Estate?
Conveniently located restaurants include Lust Bistro & Bakery, Cosecha Restaurant, and Restaurant @ Glen Carlou.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Vrede en Lust Wine Estate?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is Vrede en Lust Wine Estate located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.3 km away from the centre of Simondium.
Does Vrede en Lust Wine Estate offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Vrede en Lust Wine Estate?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.
Are there any historical sites close to Vrede en Lust Wine Estate?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Boschendal (5.4 km).