Welcome to Cape Winelands Guest House

A Cape winelands guest house in the heart of Paarl, Roggeland is an exclusive Country Guest House, offering a warm welcome with true Cape hospitality in a tranquil wine country atmosphere. Transformed into a sanctuary of relaxation and great comfort, the visitor can expect to be pampered in this haven encircled by the natural beauty of the Cape winelands and peaceful splendour.

An eighteenth-century Cape Dutch masterpiece, the farmhouse of Roggeland is a national monument, featuring a variety of original
features, exposed Yellowood beam and reed ceilings, thatch, antique furniture and art.

Surrounded by the blue purple Drakenstein Mountains, this Paarl guest house is an ideal country setting to relax and unwind with spectacular vistas of majestic mountains.

Activities

Playing a game of golf, viewing a flock of flamingoes or pelicans at the world acclaimed bird sanctuary, horse riding on a scenic trail… these are just some of our leisure options.

  • Catch a tan next to the pool, visit the nearby rose farms or stroll through Paarl – one of the oldest towns in South Africa – with its wealth of historic buildings and glistening granite mountain.
  • Spend a day in the mountains swimming in clear mountain water rock pools and relaxing with a picnic basket.
  • Try fly or fresh water fishing in one of the numerous pristine fishing spots in the mountains that are in close proximity to the Guest House or launch a canoe on the scenic Breede River.
  • Drive to the Bushman paintings on the West Coast.
  • Go horse riding through the fynbos and vineyards in the mountains either in the early morning or having sundowners during the ride in the evening.
  • Visit the West Coast with its unspoilt natural beauty highlighted by its display of flowers and birdlife in the West Coast National reserve and enjoy a seafood barbeque on the beach.

We will be happy to advise you on these and other day-trip ideas or answering any queries you may have about Roggeland Country House and the services we offer.

The members of the family are always happy to supply maps and advise you each morning on these or other day-trip ideas.

Exploring Cape Town ?

V&A Waterfront

Spending the day at the famous V&A Waterfront is an absolute must for anyone wanting to experience the magnificent City of Cape Town. There are various boat rides around the harbour. Including a boat ride to the well-known Robben Island which will give you a well-informed tour of Cape Town’s history. There are various shops and kiosks to visit in and around the Waterfront. The Red Shed is a must see for anything proudly South African. They have various stalls selling anything from fresh fruit juice to jewellery, clothes, and hand-made arts and crafts. The aquarium is a magical world of sea creatures based at the Waterfront. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to go scuba diving with the sea creatures.

Shark Cage Diving

There are various companies in Cape Town which offer shark cave diving. If you want to experience sharks in their natural habitat and don’t mind taking a little walk on the wild side. Shark cave diving is highly recommended. In this activity you are inside a cage, submerged into the water. The shark is free to roam around the ocean. You get to experience the shark up close behind the safety of a barred cage.

Paragliding

Paragliding is a wonderful way to experience the beautiful mountains and oceans Cape Town has to offer. If you would like an aerial view of the city, paragliding over Cape Town is highly recommended. Skywings is an aviation company in Cape Town who offers this service. They usually launch from Signal Hill or Lions Head. For more information you can visit their website at www.skywingsparagliding.co.za

Safari/Game Drive

The Big 5 is part and parcel of this beautiful land. South Africa just wouldn’t be the same without them in it. There are various Safari’s or game drives which gives you the opportunity to see the Big 5 up close and personal. You can either view them in the safety of a Jeep, or if you are a little more daring you can even view them via horseback, or even via a quad bike. The packages available range from 1 day to even a 5 or 7 day/night safari.

Table Mountain

Table mountain is the very heart of Cape Town. You can either go up via cable car if heights don’t frighten you. If you are fit and enjoy a brisk walk, hiking up Table Mountain can prove to be therapeutic. You have the opportunity to view the indigenous plants and animals while walking to the top of the mountain. There is a kiosk shop which sells various trinkets and snacks. There is also a café on top of Table Mountain for the famished. Don’t forget you get a free ride in the cable car if it’s your birthday and you are a South African citizen.

Hop on/off bus

The hop on/off bus is a great way to experience Cape Town. It has a guide on board to explain the various parts of the city. It’s great for anyone wanting to get some really good photo’s of Cape Town. It’s also a great way to get around to various hot spots in Cape Town.

 Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens is a beautiful garden within the city of Cape Town. There is a bridge called “the tree snake” which is a really long bridge expanding 130 m. It’s located above and through the trees of the garden. You can buy a picnic basket and enjoy the serenity of the garden. There are also sunset concerts featuring local artists which takes place during the summer months. A great way to spend outdoors with the family and enjoy the beauty of nature.

In our opinion given the feedback we get from our guests at Roggeland after spending a day exploring Cape Town and returning home exhausted, it would seem that tandem paragliding over Cape Town is the most fun and memorable. I think it takes a certain kind of person to attempt this for starters, but those that do, are always exhilarated when they return back to Roggeland.

Roggeland Rooms and Cuisine

A choice of superior or standard rooms give you the option of a large room with bath and freestanding shower or a smaller room with bath and shower combination. Each of the bedrooms has a unique character and charm, fully appointed with a large double bed, or optional twin beds and en-suite bathrooms. All have ‘riempie’ reed or yellowood ceilings and deep casement windows with wooden shutters, all features of traditional Cape architecture.

Handmade linen, down duvets, ceiling fans, fresh flowers and handmade soaps all conspire to bring about a pleasant and restful stay. Rise as early or as late as you please to your choice of fresh filter coffee or tea brought to your room.

No TV or mini bar facilities are available in the rooms.

Voted amongst the top 100 restaurants in 2004 by Wine Magazine, one of the highlights of your stay at Roggeland will be the food. A pre-dinner selection of wines to taste is served under the trees and is an opportunity to mingle with other guests. Take time to informally chat about Roggeland and the exquisite surroundings with family members and staff.

The dining room, originally the old kitchen of the manor house, still has the original oven and fireplace which form part of the character and charm of the homestead. Dinner is a four course, candle lit affair, with carefully selected wines with each course and changes each evening for the duration of your stay.

Our menus are inspired by the regional produce of Paarl and vegetables and herbs are grown in Roggeland’s own gardens. Varied, balanced, never heavy, our country cuisine contributes, along with the sunshine, the fresh mountain air, historic setting and general serenity, to a feeling of profound well-being. Special dietary requirements can also be catered for.

The menu de gustation, with specially selected wines to partner each dish, varies daily.

Additional Information

  • Wine Country: Roggeland is at the crossroads of Five Wine Routes: Paarl, Franschhoek, Wellington, Stellenbosch and Worcester
  • Golf: World-class golf courses nearby: Paarl (6km), Pearl Valley (12km), Stellenbosch (35km), Worcester (44km), Erinvale – Somerset West (54km), Royal Cape, Mowbray and Milnerton (70km).
  • Outdoor Activities: Swimming Pool, Walking, Hiking, Mountain Bikes, Rock Pools for Swimming in Mountains, Horseriding, Wine Tasting on Horseback.
  • Distances
    – Cape Town City 68km
    – Table Mountain 70km
    – Franschhoek 25km
    – Stellenbosch 30km
    – Airport 64km
    – Waterfront & Robben Island departures 64km
  • Transfers to the above can be arranged.

Directions

From Cape Town
Travel on the N1 in the direction of Worcester.* Take Exit no 59 marked R301 Jan van Riebeeck Drive, Wellington.
Follow the R301 towards Wellington, with the town of Paarl on your left hand side, for 8 km’s. Watch out for the sign to Roggeland. Turn right and after 60 metres turn left. Then turn right again at the Roggeland sign onto a gravel road for 1,2 km’s and you will find Roggeland on the left hand side.

From Cape Town International Airport
Leave the airport on the Cape Town exit. Branch left onto the N2 Somerset West. Continue for 5-6 km’s and turn left onto the R300. About 16 km further on, the R300 sweeps right to join the N1 to Paarl. Travel on the N1 for approximately 30km and take Exit no 59 following the directions as above.*

Please note
The Exit numbers are not consecutively marked, but show number of kilometres from the centre of Cape Town. eg. Exit 59 follows Exit 55.