Services at Lekkerwijn
Lekkerwijn provides a number of guest services and facilities.
Lekkerwijn caters for parties who want to have exclusive use of the venue. We can cater for up to 27 guests between the main house and two cottages. To have exclusive use you need to reserve the main house which sleeps 14, you do not have to reserve the 4 outside units.
Lekkerwijn staff will continue to work during your stay. Bedrooms and bathrooms will be serviced daily. Breakfast will be cooked and served and other home cooked meals can be provided by prior arrangement. You are welcome to self-cater and a member of staff will be on hand to help you in the kitchen. If you would like a chef, we will be happy to source one for you.
The Lekkerwijn ground staff will continue to maintain the property throughout your stay.
Catering for Children
Lekkerwijn is very child friendly. We want your whole family to enjoy their stay at Lekkerwijn and sometimes that means doing different things!
Let your children have fun at the Homestead – playing in the grounds, feeding the animals or occupying themselves in the children’s room and courtyard – supervised by our qualified Nanny.
We can provide child care. Our child minding and baby sitting facility is available at anytime during your visit at only R50 per hour. This leaves you free to go wine tasting, to dine in one of the many award-winning local restaurants, to go shopping or do something more energetic with peace of mind that your children are being well looked after by our Nanny.
All of the room rates in the main house include breakfast. We provide fruit, cereals, fresh orange juice, muffins, yoghurt and a cooked breakfast. We are happy to cater for any special dietary needs that you may have. Breakfast is normally served in the dining room and can also be served in the Courtyard.
Other meals during your stay can be provided by prior arrangement. Lekkerwijn can offer a range of meals e.g. :
- local cheeses, wine and biscuits
- local cuisine: babotie, brede (chicken, lamb
- Roast chicken or lamb with seasonal
- formal dinners for special occasions
- braais/BBQs can be arranged at the pool or in the garden
Use of kitchen facilities
Guests staying in the main house have shared access to a small kitchen area (microwave, small stove, fridge etc ) where they can prepare light meals, snacks and children’s food. Crockery, cutlery and glasses are all provided.
Historical Tours of Lekkerwijn
Lekkerwijn has a rich history. Harry Pickstone made the T-shaped Cape Dutch Homestead his home in the 1880′s. His grandaughter, Wendy, or great-grandson, Simon, are happy to give guests tours of the house and tell you about its rich history. We have also produced a 15 minute video of the Lekkerwijn’s history, which includes many interesting old photographs and pictures and discusses the people, architecture, farming, furniture associated with house and valley. Guests are welcome to watch this video at Lekkerwijn, please ask for help in getting this set up for you if necessary. The link for the A U-tube version of the video is on this website.
The original land grant was given by Jan Van Riebeek to a French Huguenot, Ari Lecrevant, in 1690. The Dutch farmers could not pronounce his name and called him ‘Lekkerwijn’. He was murdered though a few years later by a neighbour. Lekkerwijn was owned by various families. The homestead was probably built in the 1700′s. Harry Pickstone had Sir Herbert Baker design additions, including the double story bedroom wing over 100 years ago. Harry admired Cape Dutch antiques and his collection furnishes the guest house. Harry was sponsored by Cecil Rhodes to start the Rhodes Fruit farms and he was largely responsible for founding South Africa’s export deciduous fruit industry. Simon and Wendy can tell you about, the furniture, the architecture, the fruit industry, the people who lived here and many other aspects of the history of the valley.
Paid tours for visitors not staying at the Lekkerwijn, can be set up by prior arrangement.
Winetasting, Village Tours and Local Activities
Lekkerwijn sits in the heart of the Cape Winelands and is only 15 minutes drive from Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl. The local area has a host of historical sites and places to visit: museums, monuments, gardens and points of cultural, social and historical interest. A number of festivals take place in the valley every year, e.g. cheese, wine, champagne, literary and food. We are also next door to Victor Verster prison where Nelson Mandella was finally released from his long captivity.
Lekkerwijn is situated within walking distance of Boschendal, Allee Bleue and Solms-Delta wineries. All three have excellent restaurants and wine tasting. Solms-Delta has a unique museum which records the social and cultural history of the local people.
Within a short car journey are an abundance of other famous wineries and restaurants. If needed we will help you to design excursions to local places of interest, villages, wineries and restaurants. If preferred, we will also provide a chauffeur and source a local guide .
We can arrange horse riding, cycling and tennis.
Delat Crest equestrian estate is 1 km away and provides local horse treks and riding lessons.
Eddies Mountain Bike Adventures is next door to us, offering guided scenic mountain bike trails and bike rentals.
You can also join us as a visitor to Franschooek Tennis Club during your stay.