The hotel features a total of ten well-appointed suites in The Manor House, Stables and Poolside suites. Built in 1909, the Manor House is now a National Monument. The four Manor House suites sport typically Victorian high, embossed ceilings and large windows onto the veranda.
The suites are all en-suite and offer the best of comforts. Guests can enjoy air-conditioned rooms, underfloor heating in the bathrooms, heated towel rails, and wireless Internet while staying here.
The suites vary in size, but all offer the same level of luxury and comfort, which the hotel strives to provide its guests. The hotel is perfect for the business and leisure traveller alike and provides a beautiful country-style accommodation setting.
The Small Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily with all bookings by appointment. There is seating both inside the Manor House and on the patio beside the hotel gardens. A classic menu with refined seasonal dishes elevating the best in local produce is served alongside choice wines from the valley.
Rose Ashby of the esteemed Spring Restaurant at Somerset House in London wrote the first menu for The Small Restaurant, scouring the valley to source the finest producers of local ingredients and designed the menu to offer simple, sophisticated and strictly seasonal Italian-inspired dishes.
The Restaurant’s major artwork is the bold, graphic and abstract tapestry weave from Renée Rossouw, who drew inspiration from her own nostalgic relationship with the hotel’s surrounding landscape.
EM Bar serves a range of cocktails alongside an ample wine list. Craft liquor such as Hope on Hopkins gin and Bain’s Cape Mountain whisky are enhanced by syrups and cordials made on site.
A custom bar in blue and white porcelain by artist Michael Chandler pays homage to the bar’s last resident, the mysterious ‘Tannie Em’ who is said to have enjoyed a drink before bed.
“The style of the hotel is Victorian, so I wanted to play off the tradition of English 19th century blue and white porcelain. In my interpretation I have the town of Robertson surrounded by proteas, prickly pears, aloes, ericas and succulents, all of which are evocative of the area. ”
In the 150 years since it was founded a lot has changed in Robertson but arguably just as much has not. There is decidedly less wagon building and ostrich feather faming these days, but this is still a small country town flanked by vast, imperious mountain ranges on the banks of the Breede River, decorated by Victorian and Edwardian architecture and streets lined with the purple-flowering Jacaranda trees.
These days, wine farming is the valley’s main distraction; indeed, the number of wine cellars in the area has doubled in the past two decades, with many of the newer wineries quickly establishing themselves as industry beloveds. The Small has formed close relationships with many of the surrounding, mostly family-run farms and smallholdings, and curated a selection of bespoke experiences to allow guests to best enjoy the intimate charms of the region. The Small Guide, available to all guests, is a directory of such activities.
At The Robertson Small’s tranquil poolside Wellness Room, they offer a selection of therapeutic skincare and body treatments, specialised massages, facials, pedicures and manicures.
Things to do in the Robertson Wine Valley:
1.Excelsior Wine Estate – There is a great wine tasting area for the adults (where you can do a wine blending experience and create a bottle of your own!) and there is a play area for the kids with large open lawns.
2. Marbrin olive farm – what will no doubt be a highlight of your visit to this beautiful valley will be time spent at Marbrin Olive Farm. Hidden down a really long, bumpy dirt track, this little gem is well worth the trek; anf there is a huge selection of olive products as well as local honey, balsamic glaze and some other secrets.
3. Viljoensdrift river boat cruise – an experience not to be missed when spending time in the part of the world is the river cruise at Viljoensdrift. This is a really relaxing way to while away an hour or two. Pack your own picnic from the deli then step aboard and find your spot to enjoy lunch with a difference!
4. Van Loveren – this is a little spot of heaven especially on scorching summer days when the cool tropical gardens offer respite from the intense heat. The gorgeous lush gardens are well worth a visit alone, but there’s also the delicious pizza’s at Christina’s, the stylish wine tasting area and the fun sweet & grape juice pairing for kids that make this a destination worth discovering. Open 7 days a week (Note that this is until 3:30pm on Saturdays and 3pm on Sundays)
5. Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary – located on the road into McGregor. Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and the wide open spaces, plus a cute donkey never hurt, right!?
6. Platform 62 – platform 62 is a situated in the small town of Ashton on the scenic Route 62. It has a well stocked Wine Boutique with only the best wines from over 500 wine farms. Wine tasting is available daily from 9am to 5pm.
7. Bird’s Paradise – Bird’s Paradise in Robertson is home to more than one hundred bird species such as Macaws, Hyacins, Conures, Pelicans and lots of waterfowl. Discover birds from Australia to Peru, Central-America to Africa and Asia to Northern Wales.
8. Weltevrede underground wine cellar – another hidden gem in this valley is the underground wine cellar located in the old cement wine storage tanks at Weltevrede. Make your way along candlelit passages until you reach the wine tasting room where you can enjoy the most unique wine tasting in the area, possibly in South Africa!
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