Delaire Graff Estate’s luxurious villa and lodges offer utmost luxury in idyllic Cape Winelands setting

Delaire Graff Estate’s luxurious villa and lodges offer utmost luxury in idyllic Cape Winelands setting

Delaire Graff Estate has launched its new accommodation offering, a four-bedroom Owner’s Villa and six Superior Lodges. Nestled in the Stellenbosch Valley, the contemporary Cape architecture blends effortlessly with lavish interiors. And, while seamlessly integrating with the estate’s natural surroundings, the accommodation provides an unrivalled Winelands experience.

Laurence Graff, a leader within the international diamond industry, opened the doors to Delaire Graff Estate in 2009. Today, the estate is a leading destination for wine, art and hospitality in South Africa. Consequently, it has become known as the ‘Jewel of the Cape Winelands’. Having designed the existing winery, restaurant and tasting room, dhk was the studio of choice to complete the new extension. The client brief was to establish a new standard of luxury accommodation on the estate while enabling the buildings to coalesce with the greater site through the use of common materials and architectural elements. London-based David Collins Studio decorated the interior spaces.

Showcasing the finest contemporary Cape architecture, the villa and lodges feature a selection of natural and raw materials. This includes solid French oak trusses, stone-clad walls, thatched roofs and extended timber terraces. Refined and elegant, the villa and lodges are of exceptional quality with high-end finishes and careful detailing throughout. The buildings further coalesce with the encompassing mountain and vineyard landscape through the use of extensive landscaping.

Owner’s Villa

The four-bedroom villa covers 660m² over two floors and sleeps up to eight guests. Most notably, the impressive and welcoming arrival experience includes a thatched porte-cochere, stone-clad walls and water features. A large timber door with dark bronze ironmongery ushers guests into the entrance hall which reveals direct views of Table Mountain, as well as, vistas of Botmaskop and the estate’s vineyards.

The luxuriousness extends into the expansive main living and dining area. The room is double volume in height and features a timber-clad ceiling with exposed 200-year-old solid French oak trusses. From here, guests have access to a large state-of-the-art kitchen, walk-in wine cellar, and private study-come-lounge. Large sliding doors spill out onto a generous terrace and entertainment area that includes a 14-metre rim-flow pool, jacuzzi and outdoor shower.

Two of the four bedrooms, including the master, can be accessed via the entrance hall while a grand staircase leads downstairs to a further two bedrooms and a gym. The bedrooms have been designed for maximum privacy each featuring a sitting area with a fireplace, dressing room, ensuite bathroom and private terrace. In order to provide complete accessibility, a hidden lift connects the two floors.

Internally, guests can expect modern, open interiors with bespoke African décor, high-end furnishings and exceptional artwork. Additionally, other areas include back of house spaces, staff quarters and a security guardhouse.

Superior Lodges

The six lodges are housed within three separate buildings, each containing two interconnecting one-bedroom units that can be opened or closed to create smaller or larger suites. In addition to a bedroom, the lodges also include a private living area, dressing room and ensuite bathroom. Overall, the design follows a similar aesthetic to the villa with natural materials, high-end finishes, luxurious décor and artwork. Moreover, large floor-to-ceiling foldaway doors lead onto a private outdoor pool deck and terrace.

Derick Henstra, executive chairman at dhk says, “It is a privilege to have worked with Delaire Graff Estate for over a decade. We are proud to be the design studio of choice for the renowned destination”. Renske Haller, managing director at dhk and lead architect, elaborates. “It is rare to work on a project that exudes this level of grandeur. We worked closely with all teams involved to ensure that the architecture and interior elements were of exceptional quality. Thus, setting a precedent for luxury accommodation in the Cape Winelands”.

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