The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel is set in the heart of Cape Town's Constantia Valley.
Cellars-Hohenort: Our full report
Close to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, in the heart of the beautiful Constantia Valley, The Cellars-Hohenort is a delightful Relais & Châteaux property. It is set in nine acres of beautifully manicured gardens and vineyards – for which it is well known. The name Cellars Hohenort is derived from the original buildings here – the Cellars of the 18th century Klaasenbosch wine estate and the Hohenort Manor House - both which have been beautifully restored.
There is an air of elegance at Cellars Hohenort, created by the combination of the old buildings and antiques mixed with modern chic, but there is also a very personal feel due to the friendly staff. Large displays of beautiful fresh flowers are displayed in the main areas.
Cellars Hohenort has 48 luxurious rooms and suites. All rooms have high ceilings, making them bright and airy, TV and DVD player, air conditioning and heating, under-floor heating in both the bedrooms and the bathrooms, hairdryers, complimentary toiletries and an electronic safe. They also have lovely views either of the gardens and mountain or across the vineyards.
Each room is individually designed and furnished and has a traditional, yet contemporary feel often with a floral theme befitting its garden setting. Depending on whether they are located in the Hohenort Manor House or the Cellars Main House some rooms are more modern in design while others are more Edwardian in style, and some have a mix of both!
There are a number of different room types at Cellars Hohenort, including:
- Standard rooms which are all en-suite, comfortable and individually furnished with a couple of comfy chairs to relax in. All have views over the gardens.
- Luxury rooms which are larger and have a lounge within the bedroom. These rooms are located both in the Cellars Main House or in the Hohenort Manor House. Some of these have a small terrace whilst others have a lovely large verandah and all have a good view.
- The suites all have a separate lounge area, walk-in closet and minibar.
- The premier suites (four of which are duplex) either have a small garden area or balcony, a separate lounge and a basic kitchen area.
- The Dove-Cote suite, which had just been renovated prior to our visit in May 2014. It has a large bedroom with a king sized four-poster bed, a sitting room with a fireplace, a dining room, a private jacuzzi and a private garden area – perfect for a honeymoon treat.
- The Madiba Villa named after the former South African President Nelson Mandela, is a double storey Cape-Dutch-style house located in the hotel grounds, and is ideal for a small group or family traveling together. It has a large open plan lounge and dining room, with fire place, and three double en-suite bedrooms. It has its own private courtyard with small swimming pool and 24 hour butler service.
All the rooms at Cellars-Hohenort offer a welcome bottle of wine, a fruit platter, tea and coffee making facilities, complimentary WiFi, hot water bottles in the beds in winter and a complimentary newspaper.
The hotel has two excellent restaurants. The Conservatory in the Cellars Main House serves fresh produce from the gardens and is open all day, serving breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. The Greenhouse is located in the Hohenort Manor House and is the more formal restaurant of the two, offering fine dining, with a seasonal menu making the most of the local produce. It is only open in the evenings from Tuesday to Saturday and bookings are essential.
Beside the Conservatory restaurant, in the Cellars Main House, is The Martini Bar, which serves both afternoon tea and evening drinks and cocktails including its namesake, the martini – there are over 152 martinis on its drinks menu! This is an elegant bar which is brightly but tastefully decorated with comfy sofas and armchairs. In the Hohenort Manor House is The Fern Bar which has lovely views of the gardens. It leads into the Greenhouse Restaurant so guests often start their evening here with a drink or two before heading to dinner. It also provides a quiet spot in the afternoon for tea or coffee, with a few comfy sofas to relax in.
For an intimate evening meal why not consider dining in the one tabled wine cellar.
There is also lovely outside terrace in front of The Conservatory where guests can enjoy breakfast or lunch or just relax having a drink and taking in the views of the gardens.
The Cellars Hohenort has two swimming pools (one heated), a Wellness Spa, a boutique, a hair salon, a chipping and putting green and a tennis court surrounded by a rose garden. There is also petanque (similar to the French game of boules) – located near the herb garden. Nearby is a Virgin Active gym which Cellars Hohenort guests can use free of charge. The hotel also has four bicycles for guests to explore the immediate surrounds of Constantia and the many wooded trails on the lower slopes of Table Mountain.
Complimentary shuttle services are provided to transport guests to the V&A Waterfront, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens and the nearby Constantia Village Mall.
The hotel also has its own vineyard which Cellars Hohenort has been developing over the past five years, and they now produce their own desert wine which is currently producing 600 bottles a year.
Our viewThe Cellars Hohenort is a luxury hotel offering a relaxing place to stay in beautiful, tranquil surrounds whilst based in Cape Town. The tasteful design mix of contemporary and original antique furniture, coupled with local artists work, which is dotted around the main areas, and plush furnishings create a luxurious ambience. The staff are warm, friendly and totally professional. It combines well with its two sister properties The Marine in Hermanus and The Plettenberg in Plettenberg Bay.
Ideal length of stay: 3 – 4 nights to explore all that Cape Town has to offer, or longer if time permits.
Directions: From the N2 Highway (towards Cape Town from airport), take the turnoff to "Muizenberg, M3" to the left. Continue along the M3 (Edinburgh Drive) past the suburbs of Claremont, Bishop's Court and Wynberg. Take Exit 14 off the M3. Turn left at the intersection, travelling under the bridge. At the second set of traffic lights, turn right into Brommersvlei Road. The entrance to the hotel will be on the left, 2.5 km down Brommersvlei Road.
Accessible by: Self-drive
Owner: The Collection Liz McGrath
Food & drink
Usual board basis: B&B
Food quality: The quality of food at the Cellars Hohenort is excellent, with a cookery book based around the signature dishes from this and the other two 'Collection' Properties – The Marine in Hermanus and The Plettenberg in Plettenberg Bay.
A full continental and hot breakfast is offered and is served in the Conservatory restaurant or outside on the terrace.
There is a full a la carte lunch menu with starters ranging from (when we last visited in May 2014) R60 to R90 (£3.50 to £5) and main courses ranging from R85 to R160 (£5 to £9.50).
For dinner you have a choice of two restaurants, both serving top cuisine.
The Conservatory offers an à la carte menu with starters ranging from R65 to R90 (£3.50 to £5.50), main courses from R100 to R175 (£6 to £10) and deserts from R60 to R80 (£3.50 to £5)
The Greenhouse offers fine dining with a tasting menu of four courses for R565 (£33) per person or seven courses for R785 per person (£46). Both restaurants also have an extensive wine list.
You can, of course opt to dine out at one of the many restaurants found in Cape Town!
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Drinks included: Drinks are not included
Further dining info: Room service is available
Attitude towards children: Children of all ages are welcome at Cellars Hohenort.
Property’s age restrictions: There is no age restriction.
Special activities & services: Professional child minders are available at a cost of R200 per hour (£12). Children’s menus are available as well as games and activities.
Equipment: Cots and highchairs are provided. There is a kiddies pool beside one of the adult pools, as well as tennis and petanque for the older children
Generally recommended for children: Previously the Cellars Hohenort did not accept children under the age of 12, however they have become much more family friendly and accept children of all ages. However it is a very smart, sophisticated hotel and we feel it is really suitable for children aged 5 years and older.
Power supply: Mains Electricity
Communications: There are direct dial phones in all the rooms. There is mobile phone reception, WiFi throughout the hotel and a computer room with two computers for guests to use. There is an in-house travel desk in the hotel and they are happy to reconfirm flights and onward arrangements and also book tours for guests.
TV & radio: All rooms have a TV with selected satellite services, as well as DVD player.
Water supply: Mains
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: No
Medical care: There are doctors nearby as well as hospitals.
Dangerous animals: Low Risk
Security measures: There are three security guards on duty during the day and two at night. There are security cameras located throughout the hotel.
Fire safety: There are evacuation plans on the back of each bedroom door. There are also extinguishers throughout the hotel as well as smoke detectors.
Disabled access: In Place
Laundry facilities: Laundry is available at an extra Charge. Dry cleaning is also available.
Money: They can change money however they do charge a 15% handling fee for this service.
Accepted payment on location: They accept payment by Visa, Amex and Mastercard. They will also accept foreign currency converted into SA rands at the days exchange rate. Otherwise payment in SA rands is preferable.