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Vindoux Guest Farm and Spa, Tulbagh

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Welcome to Vindoux.

Escape to a little piece of heaven, only 90 minutes from Cape Town, but a whole world away.

Set in the foothills of the Saronsberg Mountains, just outside the picturesque, historic town of Tulbagh, Vindoux is a family-run guest farm offering the perfect retreat.  Nestled between fruit trees and vineyards, Vindoux is the proud home of the only luxury treehouse accommodation in the Western Cape.

As if that wasn’t enough to help you unwind, Vindoux also has a Day Spa, offering a wide variety of beauty and relaxation treatments, onsite dining, gym and dam fishing.  And just to ensure that you really do feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, why not sit back on the treetop stoep and spot some wildlife in the game camp?

The farm boasts four treehouse suites, a self-catering Tree Lodge and rustic self-catering cottages to suit all needs.  There is also an intimate function venue ideal for small events.

So whether you are looking for a quiet couple’s getaway or a chance to get together with friends, Vindoux has something for everyone.

The Tulbagh Hotel, Tulbagh

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The Tulbagh is centrally located to explore the town with its historic Church Street and many other attractions and amenities.

The main hotel building dates from 1859 and offers a range of contemporary-styled luxurious rooms.

The Winterhoek Manor (1813) and the Toll House (1809), opposite the hotel, are two of the heritage properties in Church Street, offering charming period rooms; individually decorated with fine cotton linen adorning four poster beds. chandeliers and yellowwood floors.

Our Honeymoon Suite is the jewel in our crown. Crafted from the old wagon shed, this suite oozes romantic charm with open thatch, two fireplaces, bath and shower for two.

There are three pool areas, free Wi-Fi throughout and an in-house beauty therapist. A state of the art conference centre caters for up to 22 delegates.

The Olive Terrace Bistro is our popular in-house restaurant, and The Lounge is our new tapas bar featuring local wines and craft beers.

All areas have air conditioning and there are cosy wood-burning fires for the winter evenings.

Tulbagh is just over an hours drive from Cape Town, nestled at the foot of the Witzenburg, Winterhoek and Obiqua Mountains in the heart of the Cape Winelands.

Essere Lodge Retreat and Conference Centre, Tulbagh

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Boutique Guest House, Retreat
& Wedding Venue, Tulbagh

Do you ever wish you could break away to a place that is close by, but feels so different and unique that you could almost be in another country? Hidden away in the Tulbagh countryside among mountains and nature reserves, Essere Lodge boutique guest house, retreat & wedding venue is a little piece of far away right on your doorstep. An hour away from Cape Town International Airport and just over an hour from Cape Town, it’s ideal for everything from a weekend getaway to relaxing holiday destination.

Boutique Guest House

Choose between seven suites, all decorated in our signature style: farmhouse chic re-imagined with a touch of steampunk. Whether you want a private garden, a bathtub with a view, an outdoor shower, or adjoining rooms for your friends – we can accommodate you. A dining area with sweeping views of the valley, a lounge with comfy sofa’s and a log fire for those chilly winter evenings. Visit local wine estates, hike the mountains, horse-ride, dine with us, hangout by the pool or read under a tree; the choice really is yours. Check availability here.

The Perfect Setting for your Private Event

Whether you are looking for a wedding venue or a beautiful setting for your corporate event or retreat, Essere Lodge is the ideal location.

We cater to all kinds of private events and have staff on-hand to help you make organising and setting up your event simple and easy. Contact us to learn more.


If you ever feel like you just want to clear your mind or if you’re curious to try something new, Essere Lodge offers some great wellness activities. Be inspired by our yoga teachers, meditation guides and detox experts.

To find out more, keep an eye out for our program of fun, enriching activities and events – all set among beautiful natural surroundings. If you are a facilitator drop us an email and we will contact you.

Igadi Ye-Oliva and Olive Garden Country Lodge



Igadi Ye-Oliva and Olive Garden Country Lodge is situated in a beautiful valley in the Western Cape, South Africa near Robertson on Route 62. The exceptional Klaasvoogd terroir gives Igadi's Extra Virgin Olive Oil its distinct flavour.

The estate operates on biodynamic principles. The aim is to produce the highest quality olive - and olive-related products using all the parts of the olive tree, with no wastage and negative impact on the environment.

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At Olive Garden you can indulge in the Italian art of 'far-niente' or 'doing nothing'.

But this is not all. Enjoy the hot hydro-jet jacuzzi in the garden, the sparkling pool and the lazy hammock. There are other activities too, such as exploring the mountain trails and discovering the Robertson wine estates. They're all right on our doorstep, as well as the romantic boat cruise on the Breede River.

Olive Garden Country Lodge offers 8 luxury rooms, set among evergreen olive trees in the foothills of the Kranskop Mountains. Luxury Bohemian Afro-chic in style, with verandahs that overlook the Klaasvoogds Valley and surrounding mountains, the cottages are designed to relax the body and replenish the soul.

Olive Garden is also a place where one enjoys 'lekker' wholesome food prepared by Belgian chef and sommelier, Fernand Van Wassenhove. Our restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner, guests only.