River Manor

Stellenbosch, Winelands

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The hotel

River Manor occupies a stunning location on a sleepy street lined with Oak trees, just steps away from the centre of bustling Stellenbosch. This sumptuous boutique hotel has National Monument status and is comprised of 2 historical houses set in Stellenbosch’s famous ‘Avenue’ opposite the Eerste River. Beautiful guest rooms are furnished in a colonial style with antiques and historical artefacts adorning the hotel combining old world charm with a classic design. For pampering, there’s an intimate Studio Spa in a tranquil garden setting, offering a wide range of stress-relieving treatments. A delicious full English breakfast is served on the terrace every morning and a Country style snack menu serving light meals and dinners. The restaurants and bars of Stellenbosch are just around the corner amongst the many galleries and boutiques that make this little town so special.

Amenities

  • Laundry Service
  • Room Service
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool

Where is it

Situated in the Cape Winelands, a 2-minute stroll from the historical town of Stellenbosch with its museums, street cafés, restaurants and galleries. Transfer time from Cape Town Airport: 35 minutes.

Hotel information

18 rooms. All with air-conditioning, lounge-style seating, satellite TV, complimentary WiFi, complimentary bottled water, sherry and treats, bathrobes and hairdryer. Standard Rooms are compact with en-suite shower and double bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Classic Rooms are larger with additional luxurious amenities with double or twin beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 1 child.

Superior Rooms are larger still with luxurious amenities with double or twin beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 1 child.

Full English breakfast served on the terrace. Country style snack menu serving light meals and dinners. Garden bar service provided with high tea (subject to availability). 2 lounges with fireplace. 2 large swimming pools in a spacious and private garden. Studio Spa*. Room service*. Laundry service*. Exclusive prestige tours offered only to River Manor guests (booked at River Manor). Complimentary WiFi in public areas.

* Denotes local charge.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Charming and relaxing in a good location

May 10, 2022 michelethorns Lancaster, United Kingdom

We enjoyed a one night stay in May and wished we gad booked for longer! It’s a charming hotel, the staff were attentive and it has a lovely ambiance. Coffee and cake in the afternoon was a lovely touch! There are lots of thoughtfully positioned sitting areas where it is easy to while away the time while the soft jazz music washes over you. The… Read more
We enjoyed a one night stay in May and wished we gad booked for longer! It’s a charming hotel, the staff were attentive and it has a lovely ambiance. Coffee and cake in the afternoon was a lovely touch! There are lots of thoughtfully positioned sitting areas where it is easy to while away the time while the soft jazz music washes over you. The location of the River Manor is excellent, just five minutes from the centre of the beautiful Stellenbosch town centre. Breakfast in the orangerie was great and I’d highly recommend a stay! Read less
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Apr 21, 2022 Amanda H Portland, Oregon

River Manor is a gem. I stayed here with my mom and sister and enjoyed it thoroughly. The accommodations are lovely, the breakfasts, fantastic, the afternoon tea cake a delicious touch...but it's the staff that really made it extra-special. We unwittingly came to Stellenbosch during graduation week and had a very tough time finding anywhere to… Read more
River Manor is a gem. I stayed here with my mom and sister and enjoyed it thoroughly. The accommodations are lovely, the breakfasts, fantastic, the afternoon tea cake a delicious touch...but it's the staff that really made it extra-special. We unwittingly came to Stellenbosch during graduation week and had a very tough time finding anywhere to have dinner on our first night—we ended up reserving in Franschoek after calling almost every restaurant in town. The next day, we asked the front desk for advice for our second evening. Samantha encouraged us to enjoy our day and promised she'd get us a reservation for traditional fare. And she more than delivered, finding us a gorgeous spot to dine. Throughout our stay, Samantha, Elmarie and all the rest of the staff went above and beyond to check in on us and ensure we were well taken care of. Lovely people, lovely setting, River Manor exceeded our expectations. Read less
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Apr 18, 2022 Wiebe v Utrecht, The Netherlands

Just a short walk from Stellenbosch center this place is a real gem. There are very comfortable rooms over two levels or located around the pool area which are very spacious with comfortable beds. What really does it though is the extreme hospitality of the staff. At every moment you feel welcome, outstanding!
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Apr 16, 2022 Kennethoo7 Billericay, United Kingdom

We had a fantastic stay.Hotel was great,great room,breakfasts were good, and staff were so friendly,professional and helpful.Would definitely recommend to others.Cannot wait to return.Even the hotel cat was a character.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating An oasis of calm in a beautiful setting

Apr 4, 2022 D8545GEjohnt Edmonton, United Kingdom

I stayed at the hotel for 3 nights from 19th until 22nd March. The hotel is located about 5 minutes from the centre. The hotel is predominantly staffed and managed by females save for night reception and gardener. The staff are helpful efficient and on hand to provide advice. I wanted to undertake the wine tram tip to Franschoek and they organised… Read more
I stayed at the hotel for 3 nights from 19th until 22nd March. The hotel is located about 5 minutes from the centre. The hotel is predominantly staffed and managed by females save for night reception and gardener. The staff are helpful efficient and on hand to provide advice. I wanted to undertake the wine tram tip to Franschoek and they organised a cab (Clint) to drive me there and pick me up. I enjoyed the Chocolat Pinotage at the Grand Provenance winery.. Breakfast is served in a beautiful cool room overlooking the garden and pool. I occupied room 5 on the first floor that was large and comfortable,(note no lift). A big thank you to Stephnie, Brenda, Volene,Jovene,,Elmarie and Sam. I hope to come back Read less