It’s time for an aperitif and we’re heading to Stellenbosch founded in 1679 by the Governor of the 
Cape Colony, Simon van der Stel, who named it after himself  Stellenbosch means "(van der) Stel's forest."  It's situated on the banks of the Eerste River ("First River"). It’s  only a 30 minute drive from Franschhoek.  We’re going to pay a visit to one of my favorite places on the wine route, the Lanzerac Hotel & Spa, a member of Gatsby International Hotels & Resorts. This is a 300 year old wine estate; set on 155-hectare, with a historical manor house. After the images be sure to select the "read more" option.

The Esquire Cigar & Whisky Lounge bar; is the very best bar as far as I’m concerned, and it caters for both young and the young at heart and is the ideal place to come an unwind after a day of sightseeing.  Esquire offers a wide variety of exotic snacks and even an imposing wood cupboard in which you can safely store your bottle of Jonny Walker Whisky until your next visit. Open from 17h00 until late. Perfect for pre and/or post dinner drinks. It also leads out onto the beautiful Lady Anne Courtyard.

Accommodation is exclusively limited to 48 spacious rooms, including 5 Junior Suites, the luxurious Royal Pool Suite with its own private swimming pool and the Presidential Suite. Most rooms and suites open out onto private patios overlooking lush vineyards, landscaped gardens and the majestic Helderberg Mountains.

Presidential Suite 

There is also plenty more to do and see here is a (short) list:

The Chef
The well-renowned chef Stephen Fraser, of Welsh decent, decided to join The Lanzerac Hotel as the executive chef. This young go-getter has travelled the globe, cooking up a culinary storm at some of the finest 5 star hotels in the world. Some of the patrons who have enjoyed the honour of sampling his delicious food include Sir Sean Connery, David & Victoria Beckham, Gordon Ramsay and Calvin Klein.

Famous Governors Hall Restaurant 
The Hotel's main a'la carte restaurant, the Governors Hall, opens into impressive, wood-pannelled doors
daily throughout the year.  Classically decorated in rich jewel tones, this stately establishment is home to imposing portraits of past Cape Governors, ensuring that guests dine in fine company.

The Terrace
Set in the very heart of the estate, this shaded outdoor venue is the only restaurant in the region to boast a view over distant Table Mountain.  An ideal venue for those seeking a more casual yet equally tempting menu.

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