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Cellars-Hohenort Hotel

Cape Winelands, Constantia, South Africa

Terrace at Cellars-Hohenort Hotel
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Situated in the heart of the secure Constantia Valley in Cape Town, The Cellars-Hohenort unifies two great traditions: the magnificent restoration of the Cellars of the 18th century Klaasenbosch wine estate and the splendid Hohenort manor house previously owned by the Spilhaus family.

In its renaissance as one of the great country house hotels of the Cape, the five-star Cellars-Hohenort is a member of the international Relais & Chateaux Association. Nestled against the densely forested eastern slopes of Table Mountain, the hotel affords breathtaking views across the Constantia Valley to False Bay.

With its understated luxury, antique furnishings and original works of art, the hotel is a celebration of traditional values and gracious living.

The Hotel is adjacent to the world famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and minutes away from the Constantia Wine Route. There are breathtaking scenic drives around the Cape of Good Hope and eleven world class golf courses in close proximity. It has nine acres of magnificently landscaped gardens and a small vineyard. The gardens feature roses, herbaceous borders, herbs, indigenous flora as well as a unique Knot Garden.

In keeping with the beautiful natural surroundings, recreational facilities include two swimming pools, a tennis court and a chipping and putting golf green designed by Gary Player. Cellars also have a fully equipped spa, Carchele at the Cellars and the popular D & D Hair Salon.

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The Cellars-Hohenort has 53 individually decorated en-suite bedrooms and suites, with breathtaking views across the nine acres of world renowned gardens and vineyards. The rooms are in the following configuration:

The Madiba Villa: A gracious, two-story Cape-style home situated in the midst of Cellars-Hohenort's beautiful gardens, with its own private courtyard and small swimming pool. It features a large sitting/dining room with fireplace, built-in bar, service kitchen and two or three double en-suite bedrooms with walk-in wardrobe. Featuring its own courtyard and plunge pool, the villa offers the ultimate in peace, tranquility and privacy. The Villa is fully air-conditioned with under carpet heating and has butler service 24 hours a day.  Room size: 242m2 / 2605ft2.

The Dove-Cote: This suite, situated in its own private garden area and overlooking the Gary Player designed Chipping and Putting Golf Green, has the perfect feel for a romantic getaway or for those wanting a peaceful yet longer vacation. It features a warm & spacious bedroom with a king-size four-poster bed. Leading off the bedroom through French doors, you will find the large sitting area with fireplace. Additionally, the elegant dining room is luxuriously furnished & also has a stocked bar. There is an enormous walk in wardrobe and your own private heated jaccuzzi adjoining the bathroom. There is a large dining room table and private kitchen. Ideal for Honeymoons and Business Meetings. Room size: 118m2 / 1270ft2.

Premier suites: There are seven suites individually decorated Premier Suites ranging, in décor and design, from the traditional to the contemporary. The suite upstairs has a sunny bedroom overlooking the tranquil camphor walk, terrace and water garden. Select either a one-level or split-level Premier Suite and enjoy a private walled garden or magnificent garden views. Both styles of Premier Suite boast a separate lounge, basic kitchen area, private satellite TV, a beautifully appointed bedroom and an en-suite bathroom. Room size: 86m2 / 926ft2.

Suites: All the suites are located in the Cellars Main House and offer enchanting views of the idyllic landscaped gardens. Each suite is comprised of a cosy private lounge with mini bar and bedroom decorated in a fusion of traditional and contemporary style. Room size: 64m2 / 689ft2.

Luxury Double with Veranda: These spacious double bedrooms (larger than the standard bedroom size), with lounging area within the bedroom are havens of peace and comfort. The Luxury Double with Veranda Room offers guests a large private balcony, the perfect spot to experience the exceptional range of views on offer. Luxury Double with Veranda Rooms are all individually decorated with the trademark Cellars-Hohenort style. Room size: 52m2 / 560ft2.

Luxury Double: These spacious double bedrooms (larger than the standard bedroom size), with lounging area within the bedroom are havens of peace and comfort. In the Hohenort Manor House - enhanced by the Edwardian ambience and panoramic vistas of the Peninsula, False Bay or the mountain. In the Cellars Main House - bright and beautifully decorated rooms with a breathtaking vista of the gardens. Room size: 52m2 / 560ft2.

Standard Double: Comfortable rooms, imbued with ‘Cellars’ charm and offering a picturesque medley of views. Room size: 42m2 / 452ft2.

Single Rooms: All the single rooms have double beds and lead onto the Cellars Pool or garden or have a view of the ocean in the distance. Room size: 36m2 / 388ft2.


Tennis Court:
The Cellars-Hohenort has one tennis court situated amongst beautiful gardens and rose bushes. Who could resist a quick game in such picturesque surroundings?

Chipping & Putting Green: Why not practice a few strokes on the Gary Player designed Chipping and Putting Green before a trip to some of South Africa's finest golf courses? The hotel provides a selection of suitable clubs and balls at the green but you are more than welcome to use your own.

D & D Hair Salon: You'll find one of South Africa's leading hair salons, D & D Hair, Image and Beauty Consultants, at the Cellars-Hohenort Hotel. Manager and Owner of two successful salons in the Northern Suburbs, Dima Tsobanopulos has expanded and developed D & D over the past eleven years and opened her third salon at the Cellars-Hohenort in November 1999. Dima is renowned and respected in the industry and has earned herself the reputation of remaining in the forefront of hair and beauty trends and technology. Over the years Dima has been involved in numerous fashion shoots and shows and has extensive experience in the field of makeovers for leading women's magazines.

Dima's highly skilled and competent staff offers all standard hair services as well as specialising in scalp and hair treatments, massage and image consulting. Special corporate and bridal packages are also available.

Carchele Spa: Carchele Spa is nestled in the beautiful gardens of the Cellars-Hohenort Hotel. Treat yourself to an hour of heaven. For one hour you can feel like an angel. Float away in a world of aromatic bliss...

Breathe deeply... Inhale the aromatic essential oils and allow Carchele Spa to take you away from all earthly pressures for an hour. Relax, enjoy... feel the tension melt away as expert hands sweep across your body during your massage. Your therapist will discover what your skin needs and provide a treatment that will reward you with the best results. Embrace the warmth... indulge your body and your spirit with revitalising, calming and detoxifying treatments incorporating aromatherapy oils, nourishing creams and natural balms. Balance your life...A Carchele treatment will help you face the daily stresses of life and achieve a calm mind, a refreshed spirit and a radiant glowing skin.

When you enter the realms of Decleor you have the fascinating world of plants and natural resources at your fingertips. The powers of natural essences such as orange blossom, angelica and ylang ylang combine with their remarkable cosmetic efficiency to provide a genuine source of well-being.

Aromatherapy massage has a deep healing effect on both mind and body and Decleor's soothing therapies offer a perfect retreat from the pressures of modern day living. Designed to work in harmony with your lifestyle, a Decleor treatment will relax your mind, de-stress your body and revive you energy levels.

The philosophy of the Spa is to combine the goodness of nature with professional skin and body treatments performed by internationally qualified and experienced beauty therapists. The ambience is serene, light music, diffused aroma essences and dimmed lights create the prerequisite for ultimate relaxation.

Professional treatments are performed using Decleor, St Tropez and Environ products. They also stock a comprehensive retail line for the discerning guest.

The Cellars and Carchele work in synergy and can provide relaxation and detoxification packages, healthy menus and the perfect environment to facilitate maximum physical and mental well-being.

The Gardens: An avid and knowledgeable gardener, Liz McGrath's exquisite gardens at The Cellars-Hohenort are acknowledged as one of the finest hotel gardens internationally. These gardens were recently voted by Garden Design, a top American magazine, as one of the top 30 hotel gardens in the world.

An example of her interest is her recent discovery of 8 camphor trees in the grounds. No one was aware that they were there because they were being obscured by indigenous plants which had sprung up and were growing in profusion around their base camouflaging an important piece of Cape history. This was soon rectified and the drama and history of the trees restored. According to Professor Wim Tuimens of Stellenbosch University, the trees were brought out from Japan by the Dutch East India Company and were planted in 1690 beside the road that came out from the Castle to Constantia, where vegetables and grapes were planted to extend the Company's gardens.

With urban development, most of these ancient trees have disappeared. There are still the odd one or two in the green belt of Constantia and those at the Cellars - in her own words "it is wonderful to have the 8 trees preserved in the gardens exactly as they were planted all those years ago". They are lovingly cared for and Liz McGrath has applied to the National Monuments Board to have them declared a National Monument for posterity.

Conferences/Weddings: Cellars Hohenort have a single conference facility, situated in the Hohenort side of the hotel, the Seeliger room. It measures 9.4m x 4.3m and seats a maximum of 16 people in a boardroom style.

The private Jade & Gold dining room in the Hohenort building can accommodate a maximum of 36 people and measures 10m x 6m. The latest addition to the Cellars is the new private dinning room adjoining the wine cellar, in the Cellars building. This measures 5.4m x 7.3m and can accommodate a maximum of 20 people. For that "special occasion" they also offer a private dinner for two in the wine cellar.

Out of season, bookings are welcome for small exclusive weddings


The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel boasts two world-class restaurants.

The Greenhouse Restaurant:
This stylish Restaurant, situated adjacent to the historic cellar, carefully built around a giant 300-year-old oak tree offers unparalleled garden vistas, whether you opt for the airy indoors or the sun-drenched terrace.

The contemporary cuisine of Executive Chef Phil Alcock is influenced by his extensive experience with the French and British Master Chefs. Under the direction of Manager Nicolene Kotze, the friendly service is always attentive and unassuming and, of course, what dining experience would be complete without the perfectly selected wine? For this very reason, Sommelier Tatiana Marcetteau has been "tasting away", compiling arguably one of the largest wine lists in Southern Africa which boasts some fine old vintages seldom found elsewhere.

The standard winelist, backed by a well-stocked cellar, has deservedly won a Diners Club Diamond Award for three consecutive years (2000-2002). An impressive 45-page tome, it offers an inviting eclectic collection of local and imported wines, with descriptions of cultivars and styles. If its size is intimidating, help is at hand. Petite bordeaux-born and French-trained sommelier Tattiana Marcetteau is an expert in wine and food marriages.

For the ultimate candlelit dinner it is possible to reserve a table for two in the hotel's wine cellar, surrounded by "walls of wine" from nearby vineyards.

The Cape Malay Restaurant:
This local cuisine restaurant is a unique dining experience in authentic Cape Malay food and an exciting choice of traditional taste treats awaits you. Spicy, rustic colors create a pleasant Eastern ambiance. Enthusiastic staff explain the concept behind the cuisine and guide guests through the comprehensive menus.

Hot towels wrung out in rose water will encourage you to relax and eat with your fingers. The wine list has been chosen specifically to complement the spicy foods on offer and include a good spread of local wines plus selected imports from Europe and the New World. Guests are ensured a wonderful evening and always come back for more.

Martha Williams, Head Chef at The Cape Malay Restaurant, serves two set menus on a weekly cycle with a choice of starter and dessert. All three main courses are prepared for the table to enhance your Cape Malay dining experience.


The Cellars-Hohenort's location is central to and perfect for the exploration of Cape Town and the Wine Country. This following shows distances and travelling times between destinations:
Cape Town International Airport: 22 km, 25 Min
Cape Town City Centre: 20 km, 15 Min
Constantia Wine Farms: 5/7 km, 5 Min
V&A Waterfront: 22 km, 15 Min
Cape Point: 25 km, 30 Min
Table Mountain: 20 km, 20 Min
Stellenbosch: 35 km, 30 Min

About Cape Town - The most popular places to visit are Table Mountain, Cape Point and Robben Island, all wonderful experiences. Spend the day visiting Hout Bay, Camps Bay and the Waterfront, or the winelands of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl. Within the Constantia Valley explore the Groot Constantia museum, Constantia Villiage for a shopping experience, and then make a visit to the Constantia Valley wine route, where there are seven of the finest vineyards in South Africa.

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