This lovely little boutique guest house is tucked away in the foothills of the Hottentot-Hollands mountains which surround the Franschhoek /Paarl valley. Conveniently, it is situated almost equidistant between Franschhoek, Paarl and Stellenbosch so it is ideally placed for sightseeing and wine tasting right across this fabulous region of South Africa; or golf if that is where your interests lie.
As you drive in past the Vrede en Lust winery off the main Paarl/Franschhoek road (you get a free wine tasting there when you stay at Angala) you begin to wonder where you might be heading but after a couple of miles of meandering country roads through the serried ranks of the vines (in the summer months please keep the speed down to prevent dust billowing up on to the grapes!), you will discover this delightful little homestead tucked away amongst the trees with fabulous views in all directions out to the ever-colour-changing mountains. I think this is what sets this place apart because it has been so cleverly put together that, from almost any vantage point at least in the summer months, you see little other habitation. Consequently, you have none of the hustle and bustle of downtown Franschhoek or indeed any of the myriad activities going on along all the local roads.
Angala will suit the most discerning traveller – my husband and I met honeymooners and over 65s and they were all captivated, enthusiastic and well impressed. Its comfortable, unpretentious and excellent quality. This place gets a rating of 5.0 on TripAdvisor from 530+ reviews. That’s as good as it gets for any hotel anywhere in the world – and, in this case, deservedly so. Book now before everyone finds out about it!
This is a truly peaceful, rural setting and the guest house itself is absolutely first class. The twelve delightfully appointed and well furnished rooms, all in natural shades of grey, beige and brown are varied, intimate and elegant. Some of them have outside showers and/or large separate bathrooms and/or good views and/or working fireplaces – but they do vary and you will need my advice to get into the right one depending, as always, on what you want. In the winter, the fires are always lit during the turndown service – believe me, its very special. The whole place exudes quality, from state of the art bathroom fittings and fluffy white bath towels to the local basket provided to carry your swimming gear to one of the two swimming pools at the property.
Angala, which means ‘Messenger of the Gods’ in Latin, is not open to the public so there will never be more than 24 guests here, most of whom will be European; and there always seems to be a charming and eclectic mix of delightful fellow guests to share your stories with if that’s your scene.
Dinner, for in-house guests only, is as a set menu of three courses with no choices, although if the hotel are pre-warned of specific dietary requirements they will always provide alternatives. The food is excellent – simple, home cooked fare done really well. And the Wine List, as you would expect in this part of the world, is interesting and good value.
Angala has two pools – either the normal aspirated small spa pool next to the sauna and steam room or the natural eco pond/pool which is kept fresh and filtered by the water reeds. You don’t come across many of those!