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Montagua that magical, rather mystical village in the famous Breede River wine valley, just off the Route 62, is a haven for those who want to “get away” from the hustle and bustle of city life and find true relaxation. It is a village which welcomes visitors but, at the same time as offering many attractions, respects your privacy.
The accommodation in Montagua is geared to cater for all tastes. There is a village “bed & breakfast” with a cosy pub where you will meet up with the locals, or wonderful self catering cottages – fully furnished and just waiting for you.
We have a retreat where you are able to indulge yourself in wonderful relaxing therapies – accommodation in self contained cottages -there are holistic healers in our village and we do have a very “special” wedding venue.
The price range is broad and there will certainly be something which will suit your pocket. If you have not been to Paarl previously, now is the time to rectify that!
We are only a 2 hour drive from Cape Town – but in another world! Summer has just arrived and our climate is just too wonderful for words. Mornings are cool – wake up and feel the pure clean air – no smog or other pollutants. The days are becoming warmer. It is a typical “Klein Karroo” climate. Our average rainfall is about 240mm per year. Can you imagine anything better?
Evenings are cool – and the sky is huge! Perfect for sitting on the “stoep” with a glass of local wine gazing at the stars. You will be pleasantly surprised at the variation of menus available in Montagua. They cater for all tastes – vegetarians are well looked after! Tebaldis restaurant at Temenos has 2 of the finest chefs in the country. So, please, check out our accommodation pages and do come and visit us – soon.
The Breede River Valley is a region with breathtaking views, incredible scenery and all the outstanding rocks. It is one of the main cultivation areas of wine and fruit in the Western Cape; Cities: Montagu, Ceres, Bonnievale, Worcester and Tulbagh.
Ashton is located along the R62 between Robertson and Swellendam at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains. Ashton is a well-known wine and fruit growing area; There are 5 wine cellars and two large canning factories. Activities include a visit to the Viljoensdrift Winery, located on the banks of the Breede River.
The place is located in the most important fruit growing area of South Africa. Ceres is a popular holiday resort – with warm windless summers and occasional snowfall in winter. At the Ceres Bergfybos reserve there are various native flowers and plants, dramatic rock formations and bushman drawings. Beginning in the middle of November visitors can harvest their own cherries at the Klondyke farm.
Montagu is known as the gateway to Little Karoo from Boland, but has many of the advantages of both regions. There are orchards, vineyards, hot springs and historic buildings. You can taste the excellent sweet wines of the area in the Montagu Muscadel Farmer’s Co-operative, which is very close by. In the museum of the city there is an impressive collection of Africana.
The largest area in the Western Cape, where wine is cultivated with irrigation. The Robertson Wine Trust includes Ashton, Bonnievale, Paarl and Robertson, representing eleven co-operative, nine estates and private manufacturers. Wine tastings and tours can be arranged. In the Robertson Museum there is a wonderful collection of lace and tools for their production. The best racing horses in the country are bred in this area.
The Tulbagh Wine Route includes five wineries and wine cooperatives. Bookings for wine tastings can be made at the Paddagang Wine House. In the historic Church Street, there is the largest collection of national monuments in the country. The Paddagang Restaurant, renowned for its excellent cuisine, and the De Ouder Drostde Museum are also worth a visit. About eight kilometers from the city, Schalkenbosch provides a wonderful example of Cape Dutch architecture. Both Tulbagh and Wolseley date from the early days of the Cape settlement when Jan van Riebeeck sent a number of men into the Landesinnere to explore a path across the mountains.
Worcester was founded in 1820 and is known as the capital of the Breede River Valley. The Worcester Wine Route includes 24 wine cellars, which can be visited. The entire range of Worcester wines is available in Kleinplasie Wine Cellar.
Well-sighted make the R 62 continue through Robertson to Worcester. Take the N1 to the exit for Paarl. Here you can find information about all the interesting sights of Paarl right at the beginning of the village. Especially spectacular is the Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve to climb the Paarl Rock.
From here you have a good view over Paarl and the wine region. By the way: “Paarl” is Afrikaans and means pearl. Afterwards, the city is named, because the Paarl skirt shimmers like a pearl, depending on the sunlight.