Introduction: Situated on one of the world’s most beautiful mountain passes, Clouds Wine and Guest Estate is a small boutique hotel on top of Helshoogte pass. This private estate is a working farm that produces its own wines. It also offers premium accommodation that blends designer luxury with all the mod-cons. A stylish destination surrounded by incredible views, a stay at Clouds Hotel & Villas is difficult to forget.
The estate came to pass because a Dutch couple holidayed in South Africa back in the year 2000, and fell in love with the wine, the food, the landscape and the historical connections with their homeland… Great lovers of wine and good design, Paul Burema and Jolanda van Haperen dreamed of owning their own wine farm. A dream that finally came true when they were able to purchase a modest estate with vineyards, accommodation and extraordinary views.
They then set about remodeling the old guesthouse into a contemporary hotel that cleverly opened up to the views. They also landscaped the grounds, and brought in Dutch designer pieces and South African art for the interiors. And voila, Clouds as we know it today was born!
Above information is how the hotel presents itself on their website.
Below is my experience based on a one-night stay at the property.
My arrival experience: A warm welcome from the staff with a welcome drink and talk with the owners. After that, the friendly Zimbabwean lady escorted me to the room.
What I loved: The incredible views.
What about the service: Great, personalised service from the friendly staff. It makes a difference being small. The owner told me they don’t accept anyone from outside for their restaurant to respect the privacy of the in-house guest. The attention to detail is impressive for a small hotel and I especially enjoyed the complimentary mini-bar that also included a bottle of Clouds excellent wine.
What about my room: Beautiful contemporary room with rain shower, bathtub and Charlotte Rhys’s products in the bathroom. Flat screen Tv and a comfortable bed made the room complete with the stunning views as the highlight.
Number of rooms: 12.
Type of property: Country hotel.
Location: Near Stellenborsch, South Africa.
Complimentary internet: Yes, good and unlimited.
My overall impression: Great experience.