25 Things to do at Lanzerac Estate in 25 Hours


I love the fast pace, excitement and glamour of Cape Town but sometimes it’s nice to get away from the stress and strain of city life, even if it’s just for a day. With Stellenbosch a convenient hour’s drive away, there’s really no reason not to pack a bag and head to the winelands for a relaxing break.

Lanzerac is one of South Africa’s most iconic wine estates, and honestly you would ideally want to spend more than a day at this 5 star establishment with its wide range of offerings. If for some reason you only have a short period of time at your disposal, here’s a guide that includes an assortment of delicious and rejuvenating things to do in 25 hours at the estate.

1. Taste some wine
ETA: 11am

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Head to the Tasting Room to sample and savour some of the estate’s  superb wines on the veranda. The Tasting Room at Lanzerac is open seven days a week, and offers visitors a selection of informative tastings including a Wine & Chocolate Tasting.

2. Go for lunch at Lanzerac Deli
ETA: 12pm
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The deli is situated right next to the Tasting Room, and offers inside and outside seating. Tuck into one of the delicious platters on offer, while deciding on which piece of cake to have for dessert!

3. Check into the Lanzerac Hotel
ETA: 2pm

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From the moment you arrive the very essence of its 16th century history will enchant you. From intricately carved marble fireplaces and imposing staircases to authentic period furniture and hand-woven tapestries, the Lanzerac Hotel invites you to relax in its bars, courtyard areas, and its renowned Craven lounge. Each of the individually decorated en-suite bedrooms and suites reflects the taste of Cape Dutch finery of centuries past, with 5 star touches and all modern amenities.

4. Relax with a glass of Lanzerac wine on the patio of your suite
ETA: 2:30pm

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All rooms and suites offer an outside area for guests to relax in a private environment. Sit back and pour yourself a glass of Lanzerac Chardonnay and enjoy the view.

5. Order room service
ETA: 3pm

Just because you can!

6. Take a stroll through the gardens
ETA: 4pm

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Experience the incredible array of flowers, foliage, birds and plant life to be found on the estate.

7. Take a dip in the pool
ETA: 5:30pm

The heated indoor pool at the spa is perfect for a few energising laps or some quiet reading on one of the poolside loungers.

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8. Take a relaxing bath in your suite
ETA: 6pm

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Please keep in mind that the Western Cape currently faces a serious drought due to poor rainfall, so don’t waste the water!! A quick shower will also do.

9. Go for a pre-dinner drink at the Taphuis
ETA: 7pm

The Taphuis is one of the oldest bars in the Western Cape, and both barmen have worked at the hotel for over 40 years. Enjoy a pre-dinner drink while you listening to all the tales of the different eras of the hotel.

10. Tuck into a fine dining dinner experience at the Governors Hall Restaurant
ETA: 8pm

Get ready for a sophisticated dining experience at the hotel’s main à la carte restaurant which is also home to portraits of past Cape Governors. Here Executive Chef Stephen Fraser delivers an upscale menu, showcasing the finest local and imported produce.

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11. Decompress with a glass of whiskey in the Craven Lounge
ETA: 10:30pm

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Aptly named after Daniël Hartman Craven, who was arguably South Africa’s best-known rugby administrator, the Craven Lounge is a true representation of South African heritage. Enjoy a glass of whiskey or a cup of coffee while you reminisce over the incredible dinner you just had.

12. Return to your room and watch some TV
ETA: 11pm

With 2 TVs in some of the rooms, there’s more than enough channel options to pick and choose from.

13. Raid the mini bar
ETA: 11:30pm

14. Go for a late night swim
ETA: 12am

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Be mindful of other guests, unless you are in the Royal Pool suite, with its own private swimming pool.

15. Hit the sack
ETA: 1am

This ultra-upscale retreat has equally plush beds. Beds boast 400 thread count 100% cotton percale sheets, Hungarian goose down duvets and top quality micro fibre pillows.

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16. Make yourself a cup of Nespresso
ETA: 6.30am

You probably need it!

17. Hit the gym
ETA: 7am

If you are up for it…

18. Go for breakfast
ETA: 8am

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The full buffet style breakfast is served in the Governors Hall Restaurant or on the patio, if the weather plays along.

19. Enjoy a massage at Lanzerac Spa
ETA: 9am

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The ultimate oasis of serenity! The Spa at Lanzerac is situated just a short walk from the hotel’s reception. The newly redesigned building boasts an indoor pool, wellness centre, a juice and cocktail bar and sauna facilities. You can view the full spa menu here.

20. Sip on a organic smoothie at the Juice Bar
ETA: 10am

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The Lanzerac Spa Vitality corner where organic juice, smoothies and healthy meals are served.

After your massage, venture over to the Juice Bar and relax with a classic green juice or an alcoholic beverage.

21. Check out

ETA: 11am

22. Tip the staff!

23. Stock up on condiments at the Deli.

24. Book a picnic 

The perfect ending to your 25 hour experience

25. Buy some wine to take home or join the Lanzerac wine club

Build up your wine collection by investing in a couple of award-winning treasures. Alternatively you can sign up for the Lanzerac Wine Club and receive wine on a regular basis.

Safe travels!