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Acara
Ranked #29 of 115 Stellenbosch B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 29 February 2012

From the moment we arrived we knew we had discovered a very special place. Acara is set back from the road, and hidden amongst the willow trees in the most beautiful garden. Lavender Cottage was our accommodation and just as we imagined; cool, cosy and peaceful. We stayed for nearly 5 weeks and enjoyed every second of our stay. We even returned for another 5 nights at the end of our holiday.
Fiona and Dave Stafford, the owners quickly became friends and helped us with all things travel related. They are just the right sort of hosts; around most of the time but never in your way.
Highlights were; the gardens, the views, the dogs, the swimming pool, the owls in the willow trees, the mongoose family and the horses.
Nearby are the most wonderful vineyards in which to sample the wines from the region. The restaurants all serve high quality food at very affordable prices compared to home which is Vancouver. Cape Town is an easy 30 minute drive with beaches 10 minutes away.
Just wonderful!

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank imawanderer58
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Reviewed 6 February 2012

If you are looking for a quit, yet central, a peaceful, yet lively, a beautiful, yet hidden place - and all this looked after with charme and love, then make sure you book this place. Had an 8 day stay which made us (2)relax and enjoy all the way. Having seen a few other places and being south african myself, I may say I know what I am talking about. This very clean accomadation with a beautiful setting and view also has a great garden and pool to relax when not going whine-tasting. 15 Minutes to the beach and 10 to Stellenbosch - what more do you want? We loved it and there was nothing missing. Breakfast only on the days we wanted - got us ready for the day - great!

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 January 2012

Stayed at Acara for 2 nights to have a little R&R after the flight from UK. Very comfortable accommodation and a lovely garden and setting. Easy to walk to excellent restaurant each night and well situated for visiting the Winelands

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank Pepper808
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Reviewed 10 January 2012

We travelled with our two children aged 9 and 5 and we loved the tranquillity of the gardens and the fabulous views. Our kids loved the space to roam, and were so excited to discover a family of mongeese (or is that mongooses?), Fiona's horses and dogs, and lots of guinea fowl and other birds. We loved to wake up with the sun streaming through the willow trees, and to go to sleep with the sound of cicadas in the trees, or often an owl hooting at the moon. The pool was good, and fortunately no-one was around to object to our splashing and shouting and laughing. We found it an ideal base to explore the winelands, and although we already have our favourite wineries, restaurants and places to explore, we found new excellent places. I would say that although bed and breakfast is an option, Fiona probably prefers guests to self cater. Supermarkets were only a few minutes away, and we quickly got ourselves sorted out. Fiona and Dave were very friendly and helpful, and it would be lovely to go back one day.

Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
Thank Mike R
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Reviewed 13 December 2011

Fiona and Dave Stafford are the perfect hosts. We stayed in the Jacaranda Suite, which was just perfect for the 2 of us. The gardens are beautiful, with spectacular views to the Helderberg Mountains. Glorious countryside but only half an hour's drive into Cape Town. We enjoyed the very convenient restaurant, 96 Winery Road, but also just about 3 minutes drive away there is the Auberge du Paysan, which is perfect for a relaxing lunch. Everything very clean and bed superbly comfortable. Hope it wont be too long before we are able to return.

Room Tip: Jacaranda Suite perfect for a couple. The 2 cottages are larger both with room for 4 people. Laven...
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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank Jilly B
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Additional Information about Acara

Address: 24 Winery Road | Exactly 1.2km down Winery Road, nr Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch 7130, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Stellenbosch
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
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Ranked #29 of 115 B&Bs / Inns in Stellenbosch
Price Range: RM330 - RM934 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in the Winelands, between Stellenbosch and Somerset West, Acara is nestled in a valley amidst scenic vineyards. A fantastic location for visiting the entire area - from Cape Town to Franschhoek & beyond, but yet peaceful and quiet. Beautifully appointed rooms, a sparkling heated swimming pool and large landscaped gardens. Amazing views to the Helderberg Mountains. A place to relax! We don't list with the main agencies, and we don't pay for adverts, therefore our prices and availability don't show here on the TripAdvisor website. Please contact us directly, we'd love to welcome you here. :-) ... more   less 

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