A tranquil farm atmosphere at San Gabriel Historic Guest Farm

San Gabriel

At the foot of the majestic Helderberg Mountains lies the San Gabriel Historic Guest Farm. Here you can relax and enjoy the simplicity and beauty of life and enjoy spectacular views of the mountains and the wide open spaces.

If you enjoy holidays where you can be surrounded by nature and enjoy birdwatching and hiking activities and more.

Whether you are a young couple looking to enjoy some peace and quiet together, or a small family looking for a fun and relaxing holiday away from the city, San Gabriel Historic Guest Cottages can accommodate you.

Trudy Pelser, your host and owner of San Gabriel, says: “Staying at San Gabriel, you can enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of the farm with its magnificent setting and still be in easy reach of Stellenbosch, Cape Town, Hermanus and Franschoek.

“Strand beach is only 10km away. If you love mountain biking, 4×4, or hiking this can be done on the neighbouring farm.

“Being on the Stellenbosch Wine Route you can enjoy several of the top wines of the Cape.”

The gable (Holbol) on the Manor House – dating back to 1756, is one of the two oldest existing gables in the Cape. This historical homestead surrounded by old oaks and an exquisite garden, remains a most beautiful homestead.

San Gabriel Guest Farm’s wide selection of beautiful self-catering cottages

San Gabriel
Beautiful gardens

There are nine self-catering cottages to choose from during your stay, all of which come equipped with an en-suite bedroom, kitchen, DStv, a lounge area and a covered veranda.

The Mr Brickerton Cottage can sleep two people and comes equipped with a King-sized bed, and en-suite bathroom with a shower, a flat screen TV and an indoor braai/fireplace.

The Olive Cottage sleeps two people on two extra-length single beds, and comes equipped with and en-suite bathroom with a shower, a flat screen TV and a fireplace.

The Rose Cottage sleeps two people on two single beds, and comes equipped with an en-suite bathroom with a shower and a flat screen TV.

The Riverside Cottage can sleep two people on a King-sized bed, and comes equipped with an en-suite bathroom with a shower and bath and a flat screen TV.

The Slave Quarters Cottage has three different rooms to choose from.

One of the Slave Quarters Rooms can sleep up to three people with a King-sized bed and a separate single bed. It comes equipped with two bathrooms; one with a shower while the other has a bath, a large farm-style kitchen and a flat screen TV.

The second Slave Quarters Room can sleep two people on a Double-bed. It comes equipped with an en-suite bathroom with a shower and a flat screen TV.

The third Slave Quarters Room can sleep three people with a Queen-sized bed and a single bed in one bedroom. It comes equipped with an en-suite bathroom with a bath tub, a fireplace and a flat screen TV.

A cottage with majestic views

There are two Mountain View Cottages on offer for guests to choose from. The Cottages can sleep up to two people with two single beds in one bedroom. They both come equipped with an en-suite bathroom with a shower and a flat screen TV.

There is a swimming pool and free Wi-Fi that is accessible for all guests to enjoy as well as secure parking for your peace of mind. Your children can have some fun running around the large green lawns and explore the beautiful vineyards.

Their Manor House accommodation offers four luxury rooms with en-suite bathrooms – each with a bath and shower. Each room has access to Manor House pool. The large kitchen can be used by guests to prepare meals. It is the ideal home for a large family getaway.

“We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at San Gabriel. Trudie and Jan are wonderful hosts. The facilities are clean and well equipped and so comfortable. It is really home away from home. Most certainly highly recommendable!” – Janis2017 TripAdvisor.

San Gabriel Guest Farm is more than just a luxury accommodation

San Gabriel
Beautiful decor

As San Gabriel is a self-catering accommodation, there is no restaurant on-site. However, should you not be in the mood to cook, there are several restaurants and wine farms within a 5km radius that you can pay a visit to and relax for the evening.

Have an interest in vintage cars? Well, so do the owners of San Gabriel. They have an exclusive collection of classic cars on the property that you can access and view during your stay.

San Gabriel also functions as the perfect venue for small, intimate weddings and other events. A special package is also available should you wish to use one of San Gabriel’s vintage cars for your wedding. The venue can accommodate up to 100 guests without a dancefloor and 70 with a dancefloor.

For more information about San Gabriel Historic Guest Cottages, call them on 082 606 7495, or email sangabriel1756@gmail.com. Visit their website at www.sangabriel.co.za.

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No matter that the food is delicious and the setting delightful, poor service can ruin the occasion.  However, great service combined with mediocre meal and a plane jane restaurant can still be a pleasant night out.

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A small, personal spa that is owner run can result in the best massage you have ever experienced.  However, the grand spas in five star hotels offer unsurpassed facilities in an environment that just makes the stress in your shoulders and neck melt away before you even finish checking in.


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