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About Bellingham Homestead

The historical Bellingham Homestead is situated at Groot Drakenstein, a National Monument owned by The Podlashuk Bellinchamp National Heritage Foundation.

We are just 10mins drive from Franschhoek, the Dining and Art Capital of South Africa. We too are a comfortable and easy 20 minute drive from Paarl and Stellenbosch, as well as a mere 45 minutes from Cape Town International Airport and the V & A Waterfront, as well as Worcester. Hermanus is just under 1 hour drive from here.

We are a Separate Entity, nestled amidst a Privately owned Vineyard, offering you a Unique, Relaxed location with absolute Peace and Tranquillity. Bellingham offers you a very private, Self-Catering getaway. The Homestead was built in 1693 and is the Ancestral home of Bellingham Wines. The property was bought in 1943 and produced, amongst other wines, South Africa's first Premier Grand Cru, Shiraz and Rose Wines. Bernard Podlashuk, the father of Bellingham Wines, was the first South African to receive The Chevalier de Taste de Vin and at the time, only the Second person, outside of Europe to have been Honored with this Award.

Each Suite and Cottage has a Kitchenette (Benjis Cottage has a Full Kitchen) giving you the opportunity to prepare light and easy meals. Guests can also make use of the Communal BBQ area at the Swimming Pool. We only have local TV Channels available and Free Wi-Fi in the Common Ground.

Guests who may require a Camp Cot, please indicate this with your booking/enquiry, we will gladly provide one for you at No extra Charge.

Wedding Venues: Our beautiful Gardens and our Original Wine Cellar, dating back to 1693, create a memorable venue. Our facilities can hold a maximum of 120 guests. We are 1.3kms from St Georges Anglican Church. Contact us for our brochure.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 2 hours
  • Type: Self-catering
  • Sleeps: 14
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 21 Reviews

Facilities

  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wi-Fi
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Parking on Premises

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans

Important Information

Weekend bookings are a minimum of Two nights stay, one night being a Saturday, unless a Promotion is being run that over-rides this Policy.
Easter Weekend and Long Weekends, bookings a minimum of the duration of the long weekend period, less one night. e.g Easter - a minimum of 3 nights stay, one must be a Saturday.

Please be...
Weekend bookings are a minimum of Two nights stay, one night being a Saturday, unless a Promotion is being run that over-rides this Policy.
Easter Weekend and Long Weekends, bookings a minimum of the duration of the long weekend period, less one night. e.g Easter - a minimum of 3 nights stay, one must be a Saturday.

Please be advised, we do not have Card facilities.
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Availability and pricing

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  • Benjis Cottage Benjis Cottage Sleeps 4 Includes: Self-catering 2 Bedroom (Queen and Twin beds), 2 Bathroom (main en-suite) Cottage. The Spacious Living and Dining Area are open-plan... see more Features:  Double beds, Queen beds, Local channels, Bath only, En-suite, Shower only see more Double beds, Queen beds, Local channels, Bath only, En-suite, Shower only, Fireplace, Balcony/patio, Self-catering, Air-Conditioning, Heater, Television, Tea and Coffee Facilities, Wi-Fi, No Smoking in Rooms
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      • Four Poster Suite Four Poster Suite Sleeps 2 Includes: Self-catering Step back in time in Four Poster Suite is dominated by the magnificent 17th Century, Antique, Queen-size, Four Poster... see more Features:  Queen beds, Local channels, Private bathroom, En-suite, Mountain views, Balcony/patio see more Queen beds, Local channels, Private bathroom, En-suite, Mountain views, Balcony/patio, Self-catering, Garden views, Fan, Heater, Television, Tea and Coffee Facilities, Bar Fridge, Wi-Fi, No Smoking in Rooms
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          • Original Guest Suite Original Guest Suite Sleeps 2 Includes: Self-catering Kind-Size bedroom with an en-suite dressing room and bathroom en-suite with an over the bath shower. Open-plan dining... see more
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              • Garden Cottage Garden Cottage Sleeps 4 Includes: Self-catering A spacious, historical Building at Bellingham, 2 bedrooms (Twin beds) 2 bathrooms (main en-suite has an over the bath... see more
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                  • Syringa Cottage Syringa Cottage Sleeps 2 Includes: Self-catering Syringa Cottage is a Cosy, Spacious, Studio-style, Self-Catering Cottage with a Separate Kitchenette. The En-Suite... see more
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                      Reviews for Bellingham Homestead

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                      Lesme Van Breda
                      13 November 2018

                      Loved the beautiful peaceful atmosphere. The pool was definitely a highlight. The house was beautifully furnished and comfortable. And what I loved the most was that they let us stay as late as we needed the last day as there was no one booking in the next day. So we didn't have to rush. Great friendly service from management. We were made to feel welcome by all staff.

                      issy Salkinder
                      17 March 2018

                      The Bellingham homestead has the most fantastic views of the mountains but there are a few things to note before you make up your mind to stay there for more than one night.It is not a B&B, nor a proper Guest House or a Hospitality Inn, it is just a "room with a view".We were informed that there is no housekeeping to clean our rooms, this means that you have a hetic fly infestation in your room as they are after your garbage. There is no windows in your bedroom, that makes it very stuffy and hot. They have a rotting pond outside that has not been cleaned for years and is a breeding ground for...
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                      Randall Apollis
                      08 March 2018

                      We loved every moment of our stay. Very warmly welcomed and looked after whilst there. The place was clean and well maintained. The only problem was the TV reception but the natural beauty of the place more than made up for it :-)))).Thank you for an awesome break away.

                      Jeremy Hayward
                      17 September 2017

                      Loved feeling total relaxed, a wonderful place

                      Brenda Robertson
                      24 May 2017

                      The accommodation was very comfortable and spacious. Unit was not serviced, but we prefer to do our own cleaning and tidying up and we feel more secure knowing that no one else has access to our unit and our goods are safe.

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                      Bellingham Homestead is 12km from the centre of Franschhoek , the nearest airport 47.9km (Cape Town International Airport).
                      *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling