by Alan Maguire July 21, 2021
The 207-room luxury hotel, is the Petousis family’s flagship hotel. The hotel is located in the leafy green suburb of Newlands. It is within walking distance of the popular Cavendish Square shopping centre and is only a short drive from the Cape Town CBD.
The Vineyard Hotel offers guests four types of accommodation - courtyard, mountain, suites and apartments. There are two restaurants, Myoga and The Square Restaurant and the Angsana Spa ensures that guests are pampered and relaxed during their stay.
The Vineyard Hotel gardens have enthralled visitors for over 200 years. Lush lawns and pristine pathways meander throughout the diverse and beautifully-tendered gardens. The magnificent grounds were originally home to diarist and artist Lady Anne Barnard and her husband, Andrew. Lady Barnard took pride and inspiration from her garden, ensuring that it flourished year-round. Her watercolour paintings of the garden still exist as proof of her love for the space. These paintings are proudly displayed on the walls around the hotel. The Vineyard gardens have delighted visitors for over 200 years, and in 2021 they remain as innovative and ground breaking as they were when they were first created. The beautiful lush paths and by-ways stretch across 7.5 acres of plush suburbia overlooked by the eastern buttresses of Table Mountain.
When the original manor house was built, there were almost 22 000 vines at The Vineyard - hence the name. (Wine-growing in this area of the southern suburbs actually pre-dates wine-making in Constantia). In October 2008, approximately 350 years after the first vineyards were planted in the area, five renowned wine producers helped re-establish a private vineyard on the banks of the Liesbeek River (Meerlust, Klein Constantia, Simonsig, Warwick and Waterford) and they take turns every year to produce wine from the hotel’s grapes.
The hotel also boasts its own herb garden and vegetable garden that produces just enough food for both restaurants on site. A pair of tortoises, over 50 years old, also roam the gardens and sample the fresh vegetable produce from time to time.
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