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South Africa is often described as ‘a world in one country’ as the South African landscape offers a breath-taking variety of scenery: from desert and lush forest, to soaring mountains and vast empty plains. Culturally as diverse as the landscape, many visitors are drawn to experience for themselves the pure joy of sunny days, clear skies and of course biltong (which we stock) Others are attracted by endless golden beaches, big game, diving, snorkeling or bird watching. <photo of wellington from Mara>

Whatever their reasons, visitors will find their holiday in South Africa to be a positive experience due to world-class infrastructure, transport and accommodation. Set in the heart of the Cape Winelands, Wellington Country House is situated ideally. 45 minutes from Cape Town International Airport, 10 minutes from Paarl and 30 minutes from Ceres and Riebeek Kasteel. Here we offer a personal service that only a small, privately owned and managed, country house villa and quiet getaway can provide. Wellington Country House is the perfect destination for groups of friends and family wishing to visit South Africa’s Cape Winelands, the R301 route and enjoy the many adventure activities available in the immediate area.

The house only caters for private groups (between 4 and 8 people) on an exclusive-use basis offering a choice of rates to include dinner, bed and breakfast, fully inclusive. We are particularly suitable for guests looking for peaceful accommodation close to Paarl and with access to all that the region has to offer. We are situated near Hugenote schools, 4 minutes from CPUT and Boland Rugby Stadium, 8 minutes from Dal Josafat Athletics stadium.

Wellington country house  is a  popular home to cyclists of the Cape Epic, Berg River canoe marathon. The surrounding mountains offer many activities from mountain biking, horse riding to hiking and fly fishing.  Please see our < hyper link to activities/adventure>

Our latest offering is full day excursion to the Ceres Karoo , it is best enjoyed by staying over the night before and after, with scrumptious braai and picnic meals included.  With panoramic views of Limietberg Mountains, guests can enjoy abundant birdlife, walking trails, an inviting swimming pool, realxed interiors, free WiFi, extensive library  boarg and gard games when at home. A booking service for local activities (including bespoke Great White Shark Diving, Tastings (wine, olives, beer, chocolate, whisky).  Meals, ordered 48 hours in advance, are planned with guests to ensure that the dining experience is a daily highlight.

Wellington Country House welcomes children of all ages, although the pool is deep and uncovered. This is a destination offering Cape Winelands accommodation at its best while truly embracing the essence of South Africa: its people, its wild places and its wildlife.

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There is also a self-catering option available at Wellington Country House for groups of up to 6 people, when booking the house exclusively.

Weather

We have the highest sunlight hours in the world and also in the midst of a severe drought.

For many weather plays a critical role in planning a holiday. We’ve outlined the main seasons for you below. But only you can decide whether you want to experience a South African winter or a South African summer. All we can add is that each season has a charm of its own, so it’s never a bad time to visit!

Summer: December to February, with temperatures ranging from mid thirties ° C to the occassional lower forties ° C. Being a winter rainfall area, we have no rain during summer. Evenings are long and balmy. Winter: Is rather short in the Western Cape, from June to August.  Our minimum temperatures hardly fall below 7° C, day time temperatures range from 11° C of a cold day to pleasant 25° C.  A warm rain resistant jacket is required.

In October and April there is typically less rain and a very slight reduction in temperature.

To view current weather conditions please visit: South African Weather Services

HOSTS

A dynamic Afrikaans couple who’ve made Wellington their home for everyone to enjoy

In 2015, they decided to leave their desks in Johannesburg and chose Wellington as their new home. Please click on the articles below if you’re interested in some further background information on Dick and Mara .

Staff

Our staff are the backbone behind the successful operation of Wellington Country House.  In the light of recent history in South Africa, we made a conscious decision to employ unskilled young people who wanted a hand up and a chance to make a living. Lizel April lives on a farm 12 kms away with her parents and her cute little son.  She is responsible for keeping the property immaculate and will look after all of your laundry requirements. She is always ready to greet you with a big and welcoming smile! She is Afrikaans-speaking and has lived in Wellington her entire life.  Tafadzwa is a refugee from Zimbabwe and helps Lizel in the house. He is responsible for the fire places, maintenance and the garden. He is Shona speaking but also speaks very good English.

Staff Tips

All of our staff would be grateful for any appreciation you care to show them in the form of tips. We have a tip box available. R10 per guest per day is suggested, but this should be a minimum of R60 and a maximum of R1,000 depending on length of stay and entirely at your discretion. This amount will be shared between staff members on a quarterly basis.

History

The train station is built on land donated to the Town Council in 1863, as part of the British Government’s first railway line to the North.  A condition of the donation was that every passenger train using the line would have to stop in Wellington.  It was the terminus at which the early locomotives turned, allowing fresh produce from the interior to be brought into Wellington by wagon to meet buyers from Cape Town who had travelled by train.

Originally known as Limiet Vallei (border or frontier valley), the area became known as Val du Charron or Wagenmakersvallei (Valley of the Wagon Maker) towards the end of the 17th century when the French Huguenots settled here. After the eventual establishment of the town in 1840, the name was changed to Wellington in honour of the renowned soldier and conqueror of Napoleon at the battle of Waterloo

Human occupation dates back to Stone Age groups like the Khoikhoi and the San, to the settlement of Free Burghers and Huguenot refugees.  The first title deeds were signed by Willem Adriaan van der Stel in 1699. Pioneers, such as Andrew Geddes Bain, builds the first road to the interior across the Limiet Mountains and Andrew Murray revolutionizes education for girls by the establishment of the Huguenot Seminary.

In the 1840s Andrew Geddes Bain was working on the Michell’s Pass, when he began to contemplate a pass through the Wellington’s mountains. At the time there was only a bridal path through the mountains. He asked Johannes Retief to act as his guide through the mountains. Other members of the group were the sons of Daniel Malan and Septimus du Toit. Horses were provided by Field Cornet Rousseau. They followed a cattle track, then left their horses at the neck (now Bainskloof village or Eerste Tol), and then walked eastwards down into the kloof.

Bainskloof Pass was opened in September 1853 and is still in use today – with a few minor improvements like getting a tarred surface in 1934. It became a national monument in 1980. There are wonderful walks and mountain streams to enjoy. <Photo of Bainskloof>

Many of the The old farms remain: Olyvenhout, Kromme Rivier, Versailles, Groenfontein, Vrugbaar, Onverwagt and Doolhof, as recorded in Title Deeds dating back to  1700.  The Bosmans still own the eight generation family farms, Groenfontein and Lelienfontein, still owned by the Bosman family, is the home of Bosman Family Vineyards wines.

The second-oldest co-operative wine cellar in the country, Bovlei Cellar, was founded in 1907 and Sedgwick’s Distillery established in 1886

The South African Dried Fruit industry was founded here in 1890, and still has its headquarters in the town. The South African Dried Fruit Board (co-operative) was started in 1908 by a group of prune farmers for the selling of their dried fruits

The house Breytenbach grew up in is today a cultural centre, The Breytenbach Centre, that opened in 2007 after extensive restoration work. The house was built roughly 150 years ago and was first a hotel, Commercial Hotel, before it was sold in the late 1890s as a student boarding house. It  was later used as a hospital and today serves as a vibrant cultural centre for the town, hosting exhibitions, plays and musical concerts. <Photo of Breytenbach centre>

Wellingtonners generally have a lively interest in the arts. Amateur theatre, music productions and art exhibitions are held regularly. Until recently, Wellington had the only piano factory in the Southern Hemisphere. Quite astonishing, as the founder, Mr Dietman, a German immigrant, was a mere piano tuner. Another successful enterprise established by a foreigner in the last century is the Western Tanning Company. Mr J.H.Coaten, a Yorkshireman, began the leather Tannery in 1871. The tannery is the second oldest in the country and still situated on the same spot. It is now a popular wedding venue, boasting a coffee shop.

The Wellington Museum is fountain of information about the history of Wellington and well worth a visit see activities for more details

Contact Us

+27 83 309 1154
Postal address:
Postnet Suite 28, Provate Bag X3036, Paarl, 7620, Western Cape, South Africa