Angala, Cape Winelands

This delightful boutique guest house in the foothills of the Hottentot-Hollands mountains, between Franschhoek, Paarl and Stellenbosch, is ideally placed for sightseeing, wine tasting and golf.

 

Angala, means ‘Messenger of the Gods’ in Latin, and this lovely little homestead is in a truly peaceful, rural setting, surrounded by trees, with fabulous views of the ever-changing mountains in all directions. The guest house is comfortable, unpretentious and exudes quality. It is suitable for the most discerning traveller – my husband and I met honeymooners and over 65s there, who were all captivated, enthusiastic and impressed.

 

The twelve delightfully appointed and well-furnished rooms, all in neutral shades of grey, beige and brown are intimate and elegant. Some have outside showers and/or large separate bathrooms and/or good views and/or working fireplaces, lit in winter, as part of the turndown service. This guest house is absolutely first class, from the state of the art bathroom fittings and fluffy white bath towels to the local basket provided to carry your swimming gear to the two pools on the property. One is a natural eco pool where the water is kept fresh by being filtered through the reeds. You don’t come across many of those!

 

Angala is not open to the public so there are never more than 24 guests here, mostly Europeans. Dinner is a set three course menu, with a charming and eclectic mix of delightful fellow guests to share your stories with. The food is excellent – simple, home cooked fare and the wine list, as you would expect in this part of the world, is interesting and good value.

Angala has achieved a rating of 5.0 on TripAdvisor from nearly 500 reviews – as good as it gets for any hotel in the world, and in this case, deservedly so. It’s a very special experience. Book now before everyone finds out about it!

 

Susie suggests:

  • Guests of Angsala are offered a free wine tasting at the Vrede en Lust winery, which you pass on the drive there.
  • The rooms vary, but I can advise you on the right choice depending on your requirements.
  • As dinner is a set menu, make sure you pre-warn the hotel of specific dietary requirements so they can provide alternatives.
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