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About Bellingham Homestead

The historical Bellingham Homestead is situated at Groot Drakenstein, a National Monument owned by The Podlashuk Bellinchamp National Heritage Foundation.

We are just 10mins drive from Franschhoek, the Dining and Art Capital of South Africa. We too are a comfortable and easy 20 minute drive from Paarl and Stellenbosch, as well as a mere 45 minutes from Cape Town International Airport and the V & A Waterfront, as well as Worcester. Hermanus is just under 1 hour drive from here.

We are a Separate Entity, nestled amidst a Privately owned Vineyard, offering you an Affordable, Simple, Unique, Relaxed location with absolute Peace and Tranquillity. Bellingham offers you a very private, Self-Catering getaway. The Homestead was built in 1693 and is the Ancestral home of Bellingham Wines. The property was bought in 1943 and produced, amongst other wines, South Africa's first Premier Grand Cru, Shiraz and Rose Wines. Bernard Podlashuk, the father of Bellingham Wines, was the first South African to receive The Chevalier de Taste de Vin and at the time, only the Second person, outside of Europe to have been Honored with this Award.

Each Suite and Cottage has a Kitchenette (Benjis Cottage has a Full Kitchen) giving you the opportunity to prepare light and easy meals. Guests can also make use of the Communal BBQ area at the Swimming Pool. We only have local TV Channels available and Guests have access to Free Wi-Fi in the Common Ground. While the Property is a National Monument, Air-Conditioning is precluded from being installed, however, Benjis Cottage which is a Free-Standing newer Building has Air-Conditioning in the Main bedroom and the Living area.

Guests who may require a Camp Cot, please indicate this with your booking/enquiry, we will gladly provide one for you at No extra Charge.

Wedding Venues: Our beautiful Gardens and our Original Wine Cellar, dating back to 1693, create a memorable venue for Magnificent Outdoor Garden Weddings Our facilities can hold a maximum of 120 guests. Contact us for our brochure.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: an hour
  • Type: Self-catering
  • Sleeps: 16
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 28 Reviews

Facilities

  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wi-Fi
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Parking on Premises
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Safe
  • Total number of rooms 1 - 50

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans

Important Information

Enquiries made and Accepted 7 days prior to Check-In date are to paid for in FULL, when accepting Quotation received from Bellingham Homestead, via SafariNow.

Weekend bookings are a minimum of Two nights stay, one night being a Saturday, unless a Promotion is being run that over-rides this Policy.

*Easter Weekend and Long...
Enquiries made and Accepted 7 days prior to Check-In date are to paid for in FULL, when accepting Quotation received from Bellingham Homestead, via SafariNow.

Weekend bookings are a minimum of Two nights stay, one night being a Saturday, unless a Promotion is being run that over-rides this Policy.

*Easter Weekend and Long Weekends, bookings a minimum of the duration of the long weekend period, less one night. e.g Easter - a minimum of 3 nights stay, one must be a Saturday.

*Check-In is between 14h00 and 18h30

*Guests will be emailed details of our Meet & Greet and Check-In procedure and provided contact details of a Staff member who will Meet & Greet them and Check them in.
This information is critical as we do NOT have a 24 Hour Reception Facility.
To that end, we request of Guests to make contact with that Staff member, with their anticipated Arrival time 24-48 hours prior to Check-In.
Guests are asked to keep us advised of any delays or changes to this time.

*Guests who are Late Arrivals, may be charged a Late Check-In fee.
Guests who haven't advised and confirmed an Arrival time and Check-In late, may be refused entry by Security.

Please be advised, we do not have Card facilities.
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Availability and pricing

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  • Benjis Cottage Benjis Cottage Sleeps 4 Includes: Self-catering 2 Bedroom (Queen and Twin beds), 2 Bathroom (main en-suite) Cottage. Spacious Living and Dining Area - open-plan onto... see more Features:  Double beds, Queen beds, Local channels, Private bathroom, Bath only, En-suite see more Double beds, Queen beds, Local channels, Private bathroom, Bath only, En-suite, Shower over bath, Shower only, Fireplace, Balcony/patio, Self-catering, Air-Conditioning, Fan, Heater, Television, Tea and Coffee Facilities, No Smoking in Rooms
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      • Four Poster Suite Four Poster Suite Sleeps 2 Includes: Self-catering Step back in time! This Suite is dominated by the magnificent 17th Century, Antique, Queen-size, Four Poster bed. Kitch... see more Features:  Queen beds, Local channels, Private bathroom, En-suite, Shower only, Mountain views see more Queen beds, Local channels, Private bathroom, En-suite, Shower only, Mountain views, Balcony/patio, Self-catering, Garden views, Fan, Heater, Television, Tea and Coffee Facilities, Bar Fridge, No Smoking in Rooms
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          • Original Guest Suite Original Guest Suite Sleeps 2 Includes: Self-catering King-Size bedroom, En-Suite Dressing Room and Bathroom with an over the bath shower. Open-plan dining area/kitchenette.... see more Features:  King beds, Local channels, Private bathroom, En-suite, Shower over bath, Mountain views see more King beds, Local channels, Private bathroom, En-suite, Shower over bath, Mountain views, Balcony/patio, Self-catering, Garden views, Fan, Heater, Television, Tea and Coffee Facilities, Bar Fridge, No Smoking in Rooms, Swimming pool views
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              • Garden Cottage Garden Cottage Sleeps 4 Includes: Self-catering A spacious, historical Building at Bellingham. 2 bedrooms (Twin beds) 2 bathrooms (main en-suite has an over the bath... see more Features:  Local channels, Private bathroom, Bath only, En-suite, Shower only, Fireplace see more Local channels, Private bathroom, Bath only, En-suite, Shower only, Fireplace, Balcony/patio, Self-catering, Single beds, Garden views, Fan, Heater, Television, Radio, Tea and Coffee Facilities, Bar Fridge, No Smoking in Rooms, Swimming pool views
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                  • Lara's Cottage Lara's Cottage Sleeps 2 Includes: Self-catering Lara's Cottage is a One bedroom with a Double Bed. The Sitting Room has Air-Conditioning for Summer and Heating for... see more Features:  Double beds, Local channels, Private bathroom, Bath only, Mountain views, Balcony/patio see more Double beds, Local channels, Private bathroom, Bath only, Mountain views, Balcony/patio, Self-catering, Garden views, Air-Conditioning, Fan, Heater, Television, Tea and Coffee Facilities, Bar Fridge, No Smoking in Rooms
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                      • Syringa Cottage Syringa Cottage Sleeps 2 Includes: Self-catering Syringa Cottage is a Cosy, Spacious, Studio-style, Self-Catering Cottage with a Fireplace and Separate Kitchenette.... see more Features:  Twin beds, Local channels, Private bathroom, Bath only, En-suite, Mountain views see more Twin beds, Local channels, Private bathroom, Bath only, En-suite, Mountain views, Fireplace, Balcony/patio, Self-catering, Fan, Heater, Television, Radio, Tea and Coffee Facilities, Bar Fridge, No Smoking in Rooms
                        • Adults

                          Reviews for Bellingham Homestead

                          28 guest reviews Reviews of

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                          Sandile Sitsila
                          02 December 2019

                          I loved how quite it is and how clean and professional one gets attended

                          Junaid Sayed
                          24 September 2019

                          i was very disappointed with the lack of comfort and facilities were very basic

                          Pieter de Villiers
                          21 June 2019

                          It was a beautifull experience

                          andre Fourie
                          24 April 2019

                          Leon was amazing and very helpful

                          Allison Darling
                          30 March 2019

                          The cottage was delightful. We loved this quaint little place and all agreed that it would be lovely to come back in Winter as well as it was so cosy. We had a lovely time in the braai area and the swimming pool and surrounds were beautiful.

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                          Bellingham Homestead is 12km from the centre of Franschhoek , the nearest airport 47.9km (Cape Town International Airport).
                          *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling