THE LIGHT HOUSE BOUTIQUE SUITES

Paarl, a seemingly slow-paced town just 45 minutes from Cape Town International Airport, is far more than just a community of farmers and winemakers. There’s culture, history, world-class restaurants and a bounty of natural beauty around every corner, making it the perfect location for The Light House Boutique Suites.

With equal parts luxury and homely comforts, this grand former family home is now a glorious attention-to-detail boutique guesthouse, with each room furnished with timeless pieces that marry with the theme of each space.

While the garden and patio area provide the perfect setting for opulent brunches, indoor dining – available on request – is served with the same care and thought as every other service here. It’s hard to believe that such glorious food is produced in a small kitchen, and by one sans chef! After eating, indulge in a long siesta on crisp white sheets or browse through the guesthouse’s carefully curated collection of travel and design books.

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If you’ve got itchy feet, explore the surrounding areas (you’re 30 minutes from Stellenbosch and 25 minutes from Franschhoek), or simply take a stroll through Paarl and discover traditional Cape Dutch architecture, historic churches and quaint shops and restaurants.

Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve (home to Paarl Rock) – perfect for hiking and biking for the fit and not-so-fit – is a five-minute drive away. There’s a botanical garden and picnic area and, for real thrill-seekers, rock climbing. Take note of the Spice Route, a farm-market destination with a variety of workshops such as De Villiers Chocolates and the contemporary glass-blowing studio, Red Hot Glass.

While there, treat yourself to lunch overlooking endless rows of vines before taking a tour of the Cape Brewing Company and the award-winning Wilderer Distillery.

The Light House Boutique Suites has teamed up with this distillery to offer special G&Tea Winter
Weekends in August and September to showcase the versatility of gin in any season. For more bookings and more info, visit: thelighthouse.co.za

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