On the 1 July 2018, Lanzerac Hotel & Spa will reopen after a year-long regeneration journey that has seen the Hotel being restored to its former grandeur following a devastating fire last year.
Like the fynbos endemic to the Cape, which rejuvenates by fire every few years, this iconic landmark is now blooming with enhanced guest experiences.
On arrival at this 326-year-old working wine estate on the outskirts of historic Stellenbosch, visitors will be received in the elegant Governor’s Hall, with its exposed truss ceilings, spectacular chandeliers and two fireplaces that will certainly provide a warm welcome for the winter opening.
From reception, guests will be ushered past the historic Manor House and through lush gardens to one of the Hotel’s 53 exquisitely styled rooms or suites, all of which reflect the rich history of the Estate, but with contemporary influences carefully blended in. Space and privacy are inherent elements of every room and no two are alike, with each room having been decorated with sophisticated touches and a unique selection of timeless pieces. The lavishness extends to the marble en-suite bathrooms, which are all extremely generous in size and feature a luxurious slipper bath looking out onto the Estate.
With Lanzerac having a long history of beckoning discerning travellers from home and abroad, all rooms are equipped with international plug and connectivity points. Other amenities include king size beds, underfloor heating, Wi-Fi, climate controlled air conditioning, a tea and coffee station complete with Nespresso machine and complimentary mini bar, amongst others. Most importantly, however, all rooms offer vistas of seemingly endless vineyards and Jonkershoek’s magnificent mountains.
After unpacking and exploring the 162-hectare Estate, holidaymakers can sate their appetites in any of the three main dining areas – the Lanzerac Deli, Taphuis and the Manor Kitchen.
The quaint and cosy Lanzerac Deli is a favourite breakfast and lunch destination amongst both locals and tourists alike, with its fresh breads, cakes and pastries baked daily, aromatic coffee and selection of charcuterie and cheeses used to create flavourful sandwiches and platters. A range of delightful homemade jams, chutneys and sauces are sold by the Deli so that visitors can take home a taste of Lanzerac.
Leisurely lunches can also be enjoyed either inside the Taphuis or on its terrace, accompanied by views of ‘Die Pieke’ (Jonkershoek’s Twin Peaks), the Estate’s picturesque Manor House and its gardens. The treacle brown bar has been welcoming thirsty souls since the 1960s and, although damaged in the fire, it has undergone extensive repairs to retain its original feel, with some of the elements that were salvaged from the flames being reused alongside new additions.
Patrons of the Manor Kitchen can enjoy an opulent buffet breakfast or treat themselves to classical dishes reimagined with contemporary influences and comprised of the very best local and seasonal ingredients. Diners will get a glimpse of the creativity that goes into preparing these appetizing meals through the large-scale windows that look in on the kitchen’s operations. With craftsmanship and artistry, the chefs make imaginative concepts tangible by marrying the perfect balance of unique flavours and textures.
Guests can extend the evening with a post-dinner drink in the Craven Lounge, with its extensive selection of the finest local and international spirits, complemented by a roaring fireplace, comfortable seating and walls adorned by interesting memorabilia. Honouring the heritage of the Estate, the Lounge is a salute to Doc Danie Craven and his dog Bliksem, who are fondly remembered for frequenting Lanzerac through the years.
Those interested in taking a trip into the town of Stellenbosch can do so by using the complimentary transfer service. Stellenbosch is a quaint, historic town boasting a rich heritage, offering visitors an array of must-see attractions and exciting activities. The town is an important cultural centre with many galleries and museums, together with numerous sites of historical and architectural interest.
On return to the Estate, guests can unwind in the Lanzerac Spa. In addition to being pampered in one of the seven treatment rooms, they can relax in the hydro facilities which include an indoor heated pool, sauna, Jacuzzi and steam room. The multi-faceted wellness experience offered also includes the Vitality Corner serving healthy cuisine and a fully-equipped fitness room, which is solely available for use by those staying at the Hotel.
Of course, no visit to Lanzerac – home of the world’s first bottled Pinotage – is complete without sampling some of the Estate’s globally-renowned wines. The current collection comprises of three ranges – the Premium Range, Heritage Range and Keldermeester Versameling (Cellar Master Collection). All vino-loving vacationers are treated to a complimentary tasting of five wines in the well-appointed Tasting Room, elegantly designed using oak, stone and muted fabrics, or on the veranda, with its breath-taking views of the Jonkershoek valley. Completing this premium wine experience is a tour of the working wine cellar, guided by one of the Estate’s expert Wine Advisors.
The luxurious Lanzerac experience gives all who visit the sensation of time slowing down. Come and be treated at this gloriously revamped Estate, which has arisen from ember to splendour.
To experience the winelands at its finest, book at http://www.lanzerac.co.za.