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Clouds Estate

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • A boutique, 5-star guesthouse set in a vineyard & working farm along the scenic Helshoogte Pass
  • It's near Stellenbosch, Franschoek & two nature reserves
  • Upscale rooms have furnished balconies with panoramic views of the Drakenstein & Simonsberg mountains, & include a free breakfast
  • It has two outdoor infinity pools with sun decks, a refined restaurant with wine tasting & a bar/lounge


Set within the lush grounds and landscaped gardens of the 12-acre Clouds Wine Estate vineyard and working farm, this luxurious upscale guesthouse is on the scenic Helshoogte mountain pass -- widely regarded as one of the most beautiful mountain passes in the world -- in the heart of the Stellenbosch/Franschoek vineyards. It is 7.4km (or a 9-minute drive) from the town of Stellenbosch, 27km (or a 20-minute drive) from Franschoek and about an hour's drive from Cape Town.

The Stellenbosch/Franschoek vineyards region of South Africa is blessed with a mild Mediterranean climate that provides dramatic scenery, abundant vegetation and the perfect conditions for wine-growing, with many South African wines emerging as some of the world's best. The Clouds Estate vineyard produces its own range of distinctive wines, among them its famous Pink Sauvignon Blanc, as well as a Chardonnay and a Pinot Noir. Along with wine tasting, swimming and relaxing on the grounds, guests can explore two nature reserves -- the Jonkershoek and Heiderberg -- by mountain bike, horseback or helicopter, and there are also several hiking trails and a golf course nearby. The estate offers complimentary transport via its golf carts to spas and wellness centres at neighbouring establishments.

The chic accommodation comprises seven stylish, modern, individually decorated rooms (many featuring original art from some leading South African artists) arranged over two floors, each with floor-to-ceiling windows, spacious bathrooms including soaking tubs, and furnished balconies offering beautiful panoramic views of the Drakenstein or Simonsberg mountains. Each guestroom includes a generous breakfast, tea- and coffee-making equipment, a complimentary mini bar/fridge with additional free bottled water, free Wi-Fi, DVD and Blu-Ray players, a safe and a smart 40-inch flat-screen TV. An upgraded room features a Jacuzzi on the deck. There are also self-catering villas with fully equipped kitchenettes and a patio for outdoor dining.

Clouds Estate has a refined on-site restaurant serving lunch and dinner daily, and also offering wine tasting (for a surcharge). Other amenities include a landscaped garden, an outdoor terrace with mountain views, two outdoor infinity pools surrounded by a sun terrace with sun loungers, a bar and free on-site parking. There is also a shuttle bus and airport shuttle service (for a surcharge), banquet and meeting facilities, fax/photocopying services, a concierge and laundry facilities.

Rooms & Rates

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  • Bar
  • Restaurant


  • 24-hour room service
  • Airport transfer (fees apply)
  • Concierge service

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Mini bar
  • Safe
  • DVD / CD player & library
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas


  • Bathrobes
  • Hair-dryer
  • Slippers


Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: No cribs (infant beds) available

Pets: Pets not allowed. Only service animals are allowed. Service animals are exempt from fees/restrictions

Additional details:

Know Before You Go

  • This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply). Guests must contact the property with arrival details 48 hours prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
  • Children 11 years old and younger are not permitted at this property.
  • Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.
  • The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.


The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Airport shuttle fee: ZAR 700 per room (one way)
  • Late check-out is available for a fee (subject to availability, amount varies)

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

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Customer Service available Mon-Sun, 9am-9pm ET

Winner: People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

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