10 Reasons why you should stay at The Cellars-Hohenort
1) The History
The history behind the great Cellars-Hohenort is part of its charm. It dates way back to the beginning of the wine industry in Cape Town. Originally known as Klaasenbosch Farm, The Cellars-Hohenort was the sprawling estate that belonged to the chief surgeon of the Dutch East India Company, Hendrik ten Damme, in 1693. Resting on the eastern slope of Table Mountain, the fertile soil of the land led the farm to its calling in the 1750s. In fact, the Cellars building was the original wine cellar on Klaasenbosch Farm. Fast-forward to 1991, Liz McGrath purchased what was then the sole Cellars building with the intention of restoring its historical beauty. She later purchased the Hohenort building and merged the two buildings. You can see just how exquisitely Liz McGrath managed to modernise the buildings while still retaining its history. This is reflective in the decor of each of the 52 individually decorated rooms.
2) The Luxury
The Cellars-Hohenort is a part of the prestigious, internationally renowned Relais & Châteaux Association. The luxury of this 5-star hotel can be seen in every detail. There is also the luxury of choice and you will never feel bored or uninspired during your stay. There are so many activities you can partake in. Why not go for a bicycle ride around the grounds, try your hand at a game of game of boules and if a leisurely dip in one of the pools is more your thing then you’ll be happy to know there are two pools situated on the grounds. One heated and one not.
3) The Food
The exceptional cuisine of The Cellars-Hohenort is overseen by Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef Peter Tempelhoff. There are two restaurants located at The Cellars-Hohenort, the award-winning The Greenhouse and The Conservatory. While Head Chef Peter Tempelhoff stretches the boundaries of local cuisine at Greenhouse, The Conservatory continues to serve up some firm favourites. Think mouth-watering grilled rare tuna with miso glaze and soba noodles, spicy kimchi, mushroom and lentil bobotie and Cape Malay rubbed line fish.
4) The Gardens
Be sure to take the time and explore the majestic gardens of The Cellars-Hohenort. While at first glance they may look simply lush and beautiful there are in fact several vastly different gardens intertwined and each with a story to tell. Grab a map at reception and explore the secret wonders of the nine-acre garden at The Cellars-Hohenort, which features the second-oldest camphor trees in South Africa. Peep through the garden gate with its squirrel window and spot a citrus garden or relax and stare at the symmetrical reflecting pool with it’s cascading white floral sides.
5) The Relaxation
Should you wish to indulge in some spa treatments on your visit then the Fresh Wellness Spa is the perfect space for you to unwind. The treatment menu at the Fresh Wellness Spa focuses on natural and indigenous ingredients, which are used in the natural oils and massages. The Five Senses Massage, which is a bespoke treatment, comes highly recommended.
6) The Bars
The Cellars-Hohenort have two bars, The Greenhouse bar and The Martini bar. The Greenhouse bar is located in the Hohenort building and has a relaxed atmosphere. Curl up and read a book there or enjoy afternoon tea with friends while gazing over the property’s beautiful gardens. In contrast, The Martini bar has a delightful vibe to it, it’s located just off from reception and the bustle adds to this as does the seemingly constantly in action barmen. The Martini Bar also serves high tea which one can enjoy out on the terrace or comfortably on one of the many couches.
7) The Surrounding Areas
Even though during your stay you may feel no need to venture out as The Cellars-Hohenort has so much to offer, it is located in “Cape Town’s Vineyard”, the historical Constantia Valley. There are a great number of surrounding wine farms, including Klein Constantia. Klein Constantia planted the vines in the vineyard at The Cellars-Hohenort and all of the grapes go back to Klein Constantia for production of the Cellars-Hohenort’s own wine, Vin d’Hohenort, a sweet Constantia wine.
8) The Breakfast
Whilst this should fall under The Food category it too deserves its own special mention. The breakfast buffet at the Cellars-Hohenort is nothing short of exceptional and the spread caters to all palates. With unique flavour combinations to the more traditional there is truly something for everyone. From the kitchen you can choose from The Cellars full English breakfast or perhaps something lighter like smashed avo on rye toast.
9) The Tranquility
There is such an elegant air to The Cellars-Hohenort with its offering of everything one would come to expect from a 5-Star hotel, but there is also so much more. The Cellars-Hohenort feels like home which is often hard to find with modern hotels where everything is too perfect. The Cellars-Hohenort is gracious and inviting while still being top-class on all levels.
10) The Collection
Staying at The Cellars-Hohenort is undoubtably a bucket list destination and with so many positive attributes it is exciting to know that there are two other hotels which fall under the Liz McGrath Collection. The Marine in Hermanus and The Plettenberg are both 5-Star hotels which are waiting for you to explore.