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My favourite travel partner is by far my fiancé and it’s non-negotiable – birthdays and special occasions we sneak off for a getaway. Valentine’s Day is no exception, I love travelling on Valentine’s weekend because people are generally happy and in a good mood, and you meet couples with such awesome stories. Therefore, this year I decided to make a list of some of my favourite Valentine’s getaways to help you book the perfect weekend away.

Close to home

Bantry Bay Airbnb
Mid-century Bantry Bay apartment with parking!
Staying close to home for a getaway doesn’t need to be boring. If you stay in Cape Town then this one is a no-brainer. A beautiful classic Cape Town apartment with high ceilings and only 100m from the promenade. I’m not even going to talk about the area as everyone knows that there are loads to do and see.

As the Airbnb title states, the apartment comes with parking which, in Cape Town is very far and few between, so that is a massive bonus point. The apartment is uncluttered and tastefully decorated, perfect for a home base when exploring Sea Point, as well as the CBD.

Scarborough Airbnb
The Tree House
Back in Bloemfontein, my hometown, my dad built us this beautiful tree house where we used to play for hours. I’ve been in love with tree houses ever since, and this Airbnb, which is essentially a treehouse that overlooks the Cape Peninsula, is the stuff of dreams.

Located in Scarborough, which is close to Kommetjie and Simon’s Town, is definitely the best of both worlds because you are still in Cape Town but without the hustle and bustle of the CBD.

Boland breakaway

Stellenbosch hotel
Evergreen Manor and Spa
Situated in the heart of this historic town, Evergreen Manor and Spa is a home away from home. It is perfectly situated for you to be able to explore Stellenbosch by foot, which is most definitely the best way to experience the unique culture of this student town.

February is the hottest time of the year in Stellenbosch and therefore having a pool will come in handy. You should also opt for a spa treatment in their wellness room where they have a wide variety of treatments available to choose from.

Jamestown Airbnb
Funky Cabin Set Amidst an Organic Herb and Veg Garden
This aptly named funky cabin is part of the Airbnb Plus range and situated within the up-and-coming neighbourhood of Jamestown, just outside of Stellenbosch. Tucked away in a gorgeous herb and veg garden, peace and quiet is definitely guaranteed.

Container homes, as well as tiny homes, are all the rage now and if you want to experience this trend with the added benefit of being able to forage the garden for fresh produce, look no further!

Franschhoek hotel
Franschhoek Country House and Villas
If pampering and luxury are on your Valentine’s getaway list of prerequisites, planning an escape to the Franschhoek Country House and Villas will check all your boxes. From the moment you enter the gate, this property transports you to what feels like a villa in the European countryside.

I highly recommend enjoying some G&Ts poolside, switching between the hot and cold pools before heading for dinner at their on-site restaurant, Monneaux. They also provide transportation to and from Franschhoek, so it is really an opportunity to just sit back and relax with the one you love.

 

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Wellington glamping
Africamps @ Doolhof
Ahh man, this is a special one. If you are not familiar with the Africamps offering, let me enlighten you; luxury, boutique glamping experiences for couples and families alike. The tents are equipped with everything you may need and you have the option of ordering CIY (cook-it-yourself) dinners and breakfasts.

The Wellington branch of the Africamps group is situated on the gorgeous Doolhof farm in the Bainskloof Valley. There are loads of activities, but if you want to just sit back and enjoy the hot tubs with that special someone, that too is encouraged.

 

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Beyond the DuToitskloof mountains

Slanghoek self-catering
Opstal Stay
I often feel that the Slanghoek valley is extremely underrated. When I first arrived at Opstal Wine Estate, I was blown away by the mountainous views, interesting wines and unique accommodation offering. The Opstal Stay was added to their portfolio just last year, but it’s already a hit with visitors.

If you are looking to visit some wine farms and explore the valley, Opstal is a great base. Just don’t forget to also sample their own wine; I especially fell in love with their Semillon.

 

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Tulbagh Geodome
Dome in Tulbagh
There is a bath on the deck. I repeat, there is a bath on the deck! If you want to be secluded and have nothing but each other’s company amid the Witzenberg mountains as backdrop, you need to book at this unique location ASAP. Swimming, fishing, mountain biking and hiking – these are just some of the activities you get to enjoy at the dome that is situated on a 270 hectare farm.

The dome sleeps two and is completely self-catering, although you are allowed to forage fruits and vegetables from the surroundings. The space is surrounded by trees, so no need to worry about neighbours as you enjoy a bath on the deck.

Rock up in the Robertson valley and surrounds

Robertson guesthouse
theLAB Robertson
Think high-tech room automation, solar-powered electric car charging stations and environmentally-friendly amenities. This guesthouse, situated on the Rosendal farm, is very unique in its offering. They also have a spa, sauna, pool and jacuzzi, all known for their commitment to eco-friendly alternatives.

The rooms are minimalistic and stylish, and the guesthouse provides access to the famous Robertson Wine Valley where there are loads to see and do.

 

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McGregor Guest Accommodation
Le Bonheur McGregor
I can write article after article about my love for the little town of McGregor. From the beautiful dirt roads to the fact that there is little to no reception, I just love the town’s charm. Le Bonheur is an oasis with beautiful gardens and a pool, and is situated in the town, so you can easily walk to the various sights.

If you are looking to explore McGregor, Le Bonheur is definitely your best option as they are not self-catering, so you can explore the various culinary options in town and surrounds. They have two suites, perfect for a romantic weekend away.

 

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Ashton manor
Excelsior Manor Guesthouse
If you are looking for luxury and old-timey elegance without breaking the bank, you’ve got to book a night at the Excelsior Manor Guesthouse. Situated just outside of Ashton, this beautifully restored farmhouse is tastefully decorated and surrounded by vineyards.

Expert tip: go for the dinner, bed and breakfast package. Excelsior’s kitchen prepares wholesome, delicious food and serves a three-course dinner to guests, and is paired with wine from the cellar.

 

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Bonnievale historic farm
Jan Harmsgat Historic Farms & Country House
Jan Harmsgat is a 680 hectare working farm with orchards of fruit, nuts and olives. Dating back to the late 1700s, the farm became famous for the production of oranges. Today, Jan Harmsgat is a Fair Trade certified, five star hotel perfect for a romantic breakaway.

The farm also has a restaurant, Just Amy, where guests can spend leisurely afternoons beneath the orchard trees. Jan Harmsgat is uniquely situated, giving guests access to both Route 62 and the Overberg.

 

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Barrydale Self-Catering
Blue Cow Barrydale
Recent years have seen an increase in visitors to the small artsy town of Barrydale. The Blue Cow, a working onion and carrot farm, borders the small town and if you crave a quieter weekend on Route 62, this is the perfect spot.

Also situated on the farm is the Blue Cow coffee shop, located at what locals call the Barrydale Waterfront. I highly recommend taking a stroll from the guesthouse to the coffee shop and breathing in the Klein Karoo air.

 

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Overberg dreamin’

Bot River Eco Cabins
Copia Eco Cabins
These eco cabins are the stuff of Instagram dreams. The units are beautifully decorated and every cabin features a hot tub overlooking the Overberg. Currently, they have three cabins to choose from and all three are powered by solar panels.

What is really great about these cabins is that they are totally secluded and private. Reception is sparse and you therefore have the opportunity to really connect with your loved one.

 

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De Hoop Nature Reserve
De Hoop Collection
The De Hoop Collection is situated within Cape Nature’s De Hoop Nature Reserve and is an ode to its surroundings. I would highly recommend staying in the Cloete Suites and spending at least one evening at the Fig Tree restaurant.

The Reserve also goes to great lengths to provide activities for guests to explore the area and get in touch with nature. My personal favourite is the marine walk where you get to explore the rock pools and their inhabitants with a trained guide.

 

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Greyton Brewhouse
Old Potter’s Inn
The first time I stayed at the Old Potter’s Inn, was the dead of winter and on a Monday night. This meant that the entire town closed up shop and headed for the warmth of their own houses. I headed to the Inn, started a fire in the indoor fireplace and fell asleep on the couch – it was heaven!

The units are extremely cosy and situated right in town, so you can easily explore it on foot. They have a restaurant on-site, as well as a brewery – definitely go for the Plaas Japie Saison.

 

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Suurbraak Container Airbnb
Marinda se Veranda
On a recent trip to Suurbraak, I fell in love with this small container home in the one horse town of Suurbraak, just outside of Swellendam. If you love the outdoors and a good braai, this is the perfect place for you!

The entire home is powered by two car batteries connected to a solar panel, and is situated right on the bank of the river that flows through the little town. The petite garden is lucious and well-kept with loads of trees to relax under.

Houw Hoek Hotel
Wildekrans Country House
Wildekrans is tucked away in the small town of Houw Hoek, just beneath the popular farm stall of the same name. The country house is a refreshing mix of art, the outdoors and luxury. The accommodation is favoured by guests embarking on slackpacking journeys in the surrounding mountains, but is also a hideout perfect for couples.

Upon visiting the accommodation, you definitely need to take a stroll through the gardens filled with unique pieces of art. Each has a backstory and is very much a testament to the diversity of the South African art scene.

 

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Free State-girl, living in Stellenbosch. Love to explore small towns, read in Afrikaans and everything pop-culture. My favourite yoga move is 'The Pigeon' and one day I'd like to own my own vintage cinema.

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