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About Grand Dédale Country House

The historic Manor House on Doolhof Wine Estate, dating back to the early 1700s has recently been restored to its former Cape Dutch elegance and now houses six individually designed and appointed en-suite bedrooms, offering 5 Star luxuries and service. Our free-standing thatched cottage forms the seventh bedroom and is ideal for honeymooners or guests seeking additional privacy.

We believe that luxury comes with space and have therefore created a large veranda, two dining areas, a library and tea lounge, a TV lounge with international channels, two conservatories, extensive landscaped gardens and a 15-meter pool, ensuring a high level of privacy and comfort.

Situated in a long valley just below the Bainskloof Pass, the estate not only offers a wide variety of outdoor activities but is also an ideal base from which to explore the Cape. The name 'Doolhof' is the Afrikaans word for labyrinth and was given by the early settlers of the 1700s to this estate, due to the many hills and vales which allowed only one way in and out. 'Grand Dédale' translates into 'great labyrinth'. 

Today we invite our guests to experience the mystical Doolhof Valley. When entering the romantic country road leading into the estate, visitors are surrounded by breathtaking mountain scenery, vineyards and mysterious forests. The gates with the great 'D' lead past manicured horse paddocks and rows of white roses, revealing the beauty and elegance of the estate. 

Start your day with a delicious 'Cap Classique' breakfast with a range of homemade treats and a mouthwatering selection of cooked dishes. Light lunches and snacks are served throughout the day; picnic baskets or backpacks are available by prior arrangement. In the afternoons we serve a high tea buffet with homemade delicacies. Join us for a sundown aperitif or wine tasting, which is followed by an imaginative three-course table d’hôte menu, prepared by our resident chef. Emphasising game and seafood, all ingredients are locally sourced and prepared in a Cape idiom.

For the active traveller, the 380 hectares of mountains, vineyards and fynbos, which even stretches across Bainskloof Pass, are ideal for hiking, mountain biking and horse riding. For larger groups we can also arrange clay pigeon shooting, quad biking or paragliding on the estate. Many more activities, such as trout fishing, hot air-ballooning or canyoning are available close by. Some of the most beautiful golf courses are within a 45-minute drive. 

A treatment room by the pool area is available for a wide range of stress relieving and invigorating spa treatments performed by professional mobile therapist.

Spa: A treatment room by the pool area is available for a wide range of stress relieving and invigorating spa treatments performed by professional mobile therapist. Kindly note that the spa is for the exclusive use of our in-house guests.

Wedding Venues: Wedding facilities are available from 2 to 120 guests. Choose to have your ceremony on the veranda or in the gardens. Our tasting room courtyard is ideal for wedding receptions. The mountains and gardens create the perfect photographic backdrop.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: an hour
  • Type: Hotel
  • Sleeps: 14
  • Check-in: 14:00
    Check-out: 11:00
  • Reviews: 5 Reviews


  • Airport Shuttle
  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Satellite TV*
  • Hiking
  • Wi-Fi
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Room Service
  • Restaurant on Premises
  • Parking on Premises
  • Romantic
  • Kids Stay Free
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • German
  • Afrikaans
  • French
  • Italian
  • Austrian


  • 5 Stars - Tourism Grading Council of South Africa
* Please enquire for further details.

Important Information

Children from the age of 12 who can stay in their own room are welcome.

None of the rooms are able to accommodate a third person.

Any room type can be booked in single accommodation and is eligible for a 15% discount off the room rate.


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Stay for 3 nights and only pay for 2 nights between 17 Jun 2020 and 20 Dec 2020.

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  • Elegant Suite Elegant Suite Sleeps 2 Includes: B & B Rooms / Units: 3 50 sqm, ground floor, direct access to patio areaExtra length king/twin beds, free WiFi, air-con, TV, phone, safe, tea... see more
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      • Superior Loft Room Superior Loft Room Sleeps 2 Includes: B & B Rooms / Units: 2 45 sqm, thatch roof, access via spiral stairsExtra length king/twin beds, WiFi, air-con, TV, phone, safe, tea & coffee... see more
        • Rooms Adults
          • Luxury Loft Room Luxury Loft Room Sleeps 2 Includes: B & B 32 sqm, thatch roof, access via a spiral staircaseKing or twin beds, free WiFi, air-con, TV, phone, safe, tea & coffee... see more
            • Adults
              • Romantic Cottage Romantic Cottage Sleeps 2 Includes: B & B 115 sqm, freestanding, thatched cottage, free WiFi, air-conGround floor: large open plan lounge, two bathrooms (shower/j... see more
                • Adults

                  Reviews for Grand Dédale Country House

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                  Erik Dekker, South Africa
                  06 January 2014

                  Great spot found amongst stiff competition in the Winelands. Their attention to details with everything was excellent and first class. Will return.

                  Rebecca Johns , South Africa
                  20 February 2012

                  We had a wonderful weekend at Dedale Country House. The setting is beautiful, very peaceful and the house is beautiful, luxurious yet relaxed. The food was outstanding.

                  Justin Melville, South Africa
                  04 July 2011

                  Despite the miserable weather, our night at Grand Dedale was stunning. The pictures just don't do the place justice, it is beautiful and tucked away the hills and valleys. My recommendation is to go for the lofts, they are wonderful and cosy, as well as private. Don't make our mistake though, get there in time to enjoy the High Tea. if it's anything like breakfast, it'll be amazing.

                  Mr Thevelin
                  06 March 2011

                  Exceptional location, difficult to find but worth it! Outstanding rooms, friendly service, excellent food, peace and silence. The best in the area; perfect to visit the wine area.

                  Marian Nuttall, United Kingdom
                  25 February 2010

                  This was an unforgettable 24 hour stay. The Manor House has been restored and decorated to an immaculate and extremely elegant standard. The service was exceptional; the setting is glorious - surrounded by mountains and vineyards. This is the perfect place to get away from it all and be pampered.

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                  Grand Dédale Country House is 9.1km from the centre of Wellington , the nearest airport 66km (Cape Town International Airport).
                  *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling