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The husband and I recently had the most gorgeous one night stay at Coopmanhuijs in the heart of Stellenbosch. Even though our road trip was actually just a quick drive from Durbanville, it felt as though we were truly on holiday. What helped was the fact that it was a perfectly warm and sunny winter’s day. The Cape was most definitely showing off a bit.
Coopmanhuijs is a boutique hotel and spa situated on Church Street in Stellenbosch. Coopmanhuijs was one of the first grand residences in Stellenbosch and was built in 1713. Three years of painstaking renovations turned it into the 5 star establishment it is today. We were not surprised that Coopmanhuijs is ranked as the number one hotel in Stellenbosch on TripAdvisor for the last couple of years since it launched in 2010.
The location of is perfect. Church Street in Stellenbosch is filled with beautiful shops and eateries and was quite busy when we arrived. Don’t be fooled in thinking that a stay at Coopmanhuijs would not be relaxing though. The moment we stepped in the foyer, we realised it is a perfect hideaway from the hustle and bustle. The staff was absolute amazing and immediately made us feel at home.
We stayed in a lovely Classic Manor room with the most gorgeous bathroom (and lovely Charlotte Rhys lotions and potions). The room décor is warm and it truly is “where the comfortable becomes the remarkable”. And the bed… oh my. A king size extra length bed. Needless to say an afternoon nap was imminent. But first lunch.
We knew that we were in for a treat come supper time, so we opted for something small. We enjoyed a scrumptious mezze platter and a glass of wine by the pool. The aubergine sticks were just perfect. I highly recommend a mezze platter at Helena’s. With one of the gorgeous wines on their menu of course.
That evening we were treated to a 3 course candle lit supper at Helena’s Restaurant. Helena’s is located in two adjoining dining areas within Coopmanhuijs. The restaurant is something to experience. The food was superb. Every dish was beautifully presented and made from only the freshest ingredients. We highly recommend Helena’s. I had the Exotic Mushrooms Gnocchi as a main course and it was delicious. The homemade granadilla ice cream needs an extra special mention though. It may just be the best thing I have ever tasted. Really.
Luckily we were in no rush the next morning and we could sleep in for a bit before heading down for breakfast. And honestly, I really did not want to move from that incredibly comfortable bed. But we knew what was waiting for us in the breakfast area…
Breakfast was amazing. The cold buffet was a spread of croissants, scones, freshly baked bread, quiche, various cheeses, fresh fruit, muesli, yoghurt and much more. Obviously we couldn’t resist something from the hot menu. I highly recommend the Eggs Royale.
Coopmanhuijs Boutique Hotel and Spa made us feel at home and very special throughout our stay and we wish we could have stayed longer. Thank you for the friendly service and treats. We could not have asked for more.
Coopmanhuijs Boutique Hotel and Spa – where old world charm meets 5 star service and modern comfort.
To make your booking, visit their website HERE or contact them on +27 (21) 883 8207 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Disclosure Ranking: 2. Helena’s Restaurant and breakfast images belong to Coopmanhuijs and Helena’s. All other images are the property of Pretty Please Charlie.