Category Archives: Winelands & Four Passes

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.

Afrikaanse Taalmuseum en -Monument, Paarl


The Taalmuseum is situated in the heart of Paarl, in the former house of Gideon Malherbe, one of the founders of the Genootskap van Regte Afrikaners (GRA) (Association of True Afrikaners). The museum’s exhibitions inform you about the history and diversity of Afrikaans. Come and view the GRA’s printing press, test your knowledge of idioms and buy a souvenir in our museum shop. Guided tours need to be pre-booked.

The Taalmonument is situated on Paarl Mountain. Come visit us to discover more about the history of Afrikaans! Did you know that the roots of Afrikaans can be traced back to three continents, namely Europe, Asia and Africa? The architect, Jan van Wijk, designed the Taalmonument to give recognition to these diverse origins of the language. Click here for a virtual tour of the Taalmonument



Ommiberg/Round the Rock, Paarl Wine Festival


The Ommiberg / Round the Rock wine festival started 10 years ago. The objective was to introduce the Paarl Wine Route to consumers who are not aware of the region, and especially to introduce them to smaller producers who may not be open during normal business hours.

The trade idea behind the Ommiberg / Round the Rock festival is based on a well-known German festival, where you taste the young wines of the new harvest season. The cellars open their doors for one day so that people actually can go into the cellar and taste straight from the tank. The new wine is unfiltered so you can experience the mercy and cloudy color of the wine. The Germans call the color of the wine “Fiederweissen”, which means “ feather white”.

This festival is based on a unique concept. There are many different wine festivals but during the Ommiberg / Round the Rock festival you can actually taste the first wines from the current season here in Paarl, at the beginning of March.