Nestled in a beautiful valley and surrounded by stunning mountain views, Tulbagh is a grand getaway location entrenched with monumental architecture and rich in cultural history. Here are some first class accommodation and recreation spots that are home to breathtaking scenery, luxury boarding and activities to top off your visit in The Valley of Abundance.
Settle down to breathtaking scenery at Bergsicht Country Cottages, a real hidden gem tucked alongside rolling green mountains of the Witzenberg Valley.
Each of the self-catering cottages is uniquely designed, catering to a fun family holiday, friends looking for a fabulous weekend away, or a romantic getaway.
Located on the beautiful working fruit-farm, Vrolikheid, just 7km from Tulbagh’s town centre. These luxury units with a unique country-chic style, are equipped with individual outdoor splash tubs, which you can adjust into a steamy and relaxing hot tub, blended with the tranquillity of the outdoors.
The charming farmhouse, Sunburst, accommodates six guests, the chic cottages African Delight and Ruby Star accommodate three and four guests, respectively. Couples can savour the quaintness of the cottages Lady Red and Angelino, for a romantic break away.
There is also a self-catering town-stay option available, please visit Bergsicht Country Cottages website. Reserve your accommodation via this link: Book Your Stay
Address: Bergsicht Country Cottages, Tulbagh, in the Winelands of the Boland, Western Cape | Time: Check-In from 3pm and Check out at 10am
The 4 star Tulbagh Boutique Heritage Hotel is a great starting point for food, wine and nature-based experiences. This boutique accommodation is pure country glamour with sweeping views over the mountains.
A range of room and suite options, all air conditioned, are available to meet every budget and taste. But we recommend the Obiqua Suite and Heritage Protea Room for discretion and privacy. Couples can make the most out of their stay with the romantic four-poster beds, charming period features of yellow wood floors, fireplaces in some of the suites, and beamed ceiling and chandeliers.
The onsite day spa is open from Tuesdays to Sundays courtesy of Trident Spa. Here you’ll find pampering beauty treatments as well as massage and infrared sauna sessions on offer.
The Tulbagh Heritage Hotel has three swimming pools for poolside relaxation. Other features and attractions include their hotel restaurant The Olive Terrace Bistro, Karee Wine and Tapas Bar as a great lounge space, and a conference venue. The Olive Terrace Bistro serves an eclectic celebration of South African and international cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
The Tulbagh Heritage Hotel also offers a range of special tour and experience packages with accommodation and activities included. See here for more details.
Address: 22 Van der Stel Street, Tulbagh
African Tulip Guesthouse is a three-star guesthouse in Tulbagh with views overlooking the village and surrounding mountains, conveniently situated within walking distance from the historic town centre.
The venue is set in a lush garden with a large swimming pool flocked with lots of birdlife. Relax in the four individually decorated en-suite bedrooms, where guests can soak up the sun on their pool beds or bird watch from a secluded spot in the garden.
Each room has a King Size bed built for comfort with extra length and covered with crisp cotton linen. The interior also has a wonderful seating area and a small “swop a book/magazine” collection.
The African Tulip Guesthouse means being spoiled with a heavenly breakfast. A variety of activities can be booked via the guest house. These range from historical walks in the town, art experiences, hiking excursions, restaurants, spa treatments, wine tasting and more.
The African Tulip Guesthouse is currently running a ‘3 for 2’ promo where you can stay for 3 nights and only pay for 2.
Address: 8 Meiring Street, Tulbagh | Time: Check-in between 3pm and 7pm and Check out before 11am | Cost: R1130 – R1330
Saronsberg Vineyard Cottages is situated on the award-winning Saronsberg wine estate situated 5km outside of the historic town of Tulbagh, and a quick 90-minute drive from Cape Town’s CBD.
For some of the most comfortable and well-appointed accommodation Tulbagh has to offer, the Vineyard Cottages are perfect for couples, groups of friends, conference delegates or business travellers.
The Saronsberg Vineyard Cottages offers the choice of 16 modern self-catering cottages, each boasting their very own patio overlooking beautiful mountain views. Combined with modern furnishings and well equipped with self-catering kitchens including convenient amenities.
The eye-catching décor extends throughout the cottages, reflecting cool textures, tones and colours while modern South African art adorns the walls. Not to mention the crystal blue swimming pool and Lapa, that offers the best place to unwind and catch some sun.
For more information, or to make a booking please contact Saronsberg Cellar.
Address: Waveren Rd, Tulbagh | Time: Check-in at 2pm and Check out at 10am | Cost: From R900 to R2200 per cottage per night
Diggers Home Estate offers an idyllic experience set in the beautiful Tulbagh Valley, set on a glorious farm setting coupled with their exclusive selection of award-winning wines.
Nestled between the mountains and lush vineyards, this picture-perfect setting is a no brainer for all wine lovers.
The wines on offer have won the ‘Veritas’ awards in the first year of production. Top up your glass with the medium-bodied 2018 Unwooded Chardonnay- an elegant wine with pleasing notes of mixed fruit and flowers.
If you’re in the mood for soothing red wine, try out the full-bodied 2018 Merlot. This serves fragrant red berry bouquet with delightful flavours of plums. Guests can also look forward to the launch of the divine Rose and unique Red Blend, and test each wine with the tasting option too. See some of their wine offerings here www.diggershome.co.za
The Diggers Home team are looking forward to treating their guests to delectable dining options that complement their wines, and are excited to be re-opening the restaurant very soon.
Address: Twee Jonge Gezellen Rd, Tulbagh | Time: Open from Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and Weekends from 10am to 5pm | Cost: R195 per bottle red wine and R125 per bottle Chardonnay
The Cape Dutch Quarters has long been established as a local landmark situated in the middle of the old Tulbagh village. Hosting diverse accommodation for guests and travellers alike, with an array of attractions in and around its heritage properties.
From B&B, guest house, self-catering and budget accommodation options, holiday seekers will have the chance to explore Tulbagh right from the town’s doorstep.
One of the great buildings to stay in is the Tulbagh Country Guest House. Built from a 200-year-old manor house, this monument of historical brilliance. Situated in the iconic Church Street. It’s like staying in a museum, revamped for a luxury stay and maintains its sense of antiquity.
Whether you’re travelling as a romantic couple, pack of friends or as a family, The Cape Dutch Quarters is a breath of fresh air. Hosting quality getaway accommodation, allowing you to experience the ‘Tulbagh’s way of life’ and loads of intriguing attractions around you.
For more accommodation options please visit The Cape Dutch Quarters website.
Address: 33 Van der Stel Street, Tulbagh, Cape Winelands | Time: Mon – Sat 8am to 7pm Sunday 8am to 3pm
Take a trip down memory lane by visiting the iconic Earthquake Museum, where you can discover more about the biggest earthquake that shook Tulbagh 1969.
The 29th of September 1969 marks a significant moment in Tulbagh’s collective history. The seismic event recorded a massive 6.3 reading on the Richter scale that brought the small town down to ruins.
51 years later, the museum’s exhibitions and educational programmes pay homage to residents and showcase the pre-industrialised Tulbagh setting all the way to the redevelopment of the iconic Church Street.
The museum stands tall as a plethora of information. Visitors can delve into the town’s history by observing newspaper articles and images reported from many years ago.
Visitors can revisit the past through rare and nostalgic photographs, including detailed illustrations that display the earthquake’s impact and aftermath on people’s lives. A trip to Tulbagh wouldn’t be complete without a stop at The Earthquake Museum. It reflects a revived sense of optimism of the town and its people, highlighting a big piece of Tulbagh’s identity.
Address: 6 Church St, Tulbagh | Time: Open from Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm | Saturday 9am to 1pm | Sunday closed | Cost: Adults R30 | Silver Bells R20 | Children: R5 | School children in groups, by appointment, free of charge