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Sep 27, 2019 | Luxury

The new-look Lanzerac tips its hat to the past but offers 21st century luxury

Situated on the outskirts of Stellenbosch, Lanzerac Wine Estate is an icon of the winelands landscape. Established in 1692 – only 13 years after the town of Stellenbosch itself – it’s experienced various incarnations. Initially a working farm, then a cellar, and most recently a manor house and hotel, it’s grown and been added to numerous times in its more than 300 years.

It was after the estate suffered a serious fire in 2017 that it metamorphosised once more. Despite the devastating consequences of the fire, it was an opportunity to reimagine the property in a way that spoke to the past but that also catered to a 21st-century guest.

A 13-month renovation and restoration process saw refreshed interiors, and the revealing of architectural details that go back further than the buildings had suggested before the fire – the exposed brick and beams and large spaces in the main building speak to its origins as a cellar. An eclectic mix of periods and provenances of furniture too, in the public spaces and suites, reflect the long and complex history and various owners and influences the hotel has been shaped by.

But while the design consistently and respectfully acknowledges its history and communicates the grandeur and dignity befitting such a storied property, it offers a very contemporary and comprehensive lifestyle experience to its visitors. Suites have been designed with both in mind too – generously proportioned and elegantly executed, they are also incredibly comfortable, courtesy of state-of-the-art amenities and a home like approach (whose luxury factor is raised by the palatial bathrooms). Award-winning wine can be tasted and enjoyed in the Deli; a spa with hydro facilities (steam room, sauna, pool, Jacuzzi, mist room) offers a full spectrum of treatments from manicures to Rasul rituals and healthy refreshments; and the property itself with its beautiful grounds is a scenic space to relax in or explore.

Dining options (for guests and the public) range from the elegant contemporary Manor Kitchen restaurant, to the casual and charming country-style Taphuis Bar pub, the Craven Lounge cigar and drinks bar (which serves small plates in a traditional yet casual setting) and the Deli (an ideal spot for cheese boards and light meals to enjoy with your wine).

Guests also have the benefit of services that go the extra mile to making your stay seamless – from free full-access to the minibar and complimentary cellar tours and tastings to transfers into Stellenbosch.

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