De Doornkraal Vinotel

4.0 star property
4-star country house in Riversdale with winery and outdoor pool

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De Doornkraal Vinotel

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Property grounds
Egyptian cotton sheets, premium bedding, Tempur-Pedic beds, in-room safe
Breakfast, lunch, dinner served; pool views
Separate bathtub and shower, deep-soaking bathtub, rainfall showerhead

Overview of De Doornkraal Vinotel



Property highlights

  • Pool
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant
  • Laundry facilities
8 Long Street, Riversdale, Western Cape, 6670
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Winery
  • Restaurant
  • Outdoor pool
  • Breakfast available
  • Room service
  • Conference center
  • 2 meeting rooms
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Front-desk safe
  • Laundry service
Feel at home
  • Children stay free
  • Private bathroom
  • Separate bathtub and shower
  • Television
  • Garden
  • Terrace

Room options

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms

  • 33 sq m
  • Sleeps 4
  • 4 Twin Beds

Cottage, Garden Area

  • 24 sq m
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Double Bed

Luxury Double or Twin Room

  • 19 sq m
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Double Bed

Standard Double Room

  • 13 sq m
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Double Bed

About this area


  • Spur - Mountain Ridge - 2 min drive
  • Wimpy - 2 min drive
  • Nibbling Squirrel - 2 min drive
  • KFC - 3 min drive
  • Legends Restaurant - 14 min walk

About this property

De Doornkraal Vinotel

A great choice for a stay in Riversdale, De Doornkraal Vinotel features a winery where you can enjoy a glass of local wine. Guests can take a dip in the outdoor pool or grab a bite to eat at De Wingerdt, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Other highlights at this upscale country house include a terrace and a garden.



Cleaning and safety practices

Social distancing

Social distancing measures in place
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 15 rooms
  • Arranged over 1 level


  • Check-in time from 2 PM - 10 PM
  • Express check-in/out available
  • Check-out time is 11 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • The front desk is open daily from 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required


  • Children (6 years old and younger) stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding
  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • No pets or service animals allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free onsite self parking
  • Free offsite parking nearby

Other information

  • Designated smoking areas
  • No stag/bachelor or hen/bachelorette parties

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Full breakfast (surcharge) each morning 8 AM–10 AM
  • Restaurant
  • Room service (limited hours)

Traveling with children

  • Children stay free (see details)

What to do

  • Private winery tours
  • Winery release events
  • Golfing nearby

Working away

  • 2 meeting rooms
  • Conference center (1614 square feet of space)


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Concierge services
  • Dry cleaning/laundry services
  • Porter/bellhop
  • Pool loungers


  • 4 buildings/towers
  • Built in 1746
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • An outdoor pool
  • 24-hour pool access
  • Vineyard
  • Winery on site
  • Wine tasting room


  • Accessible bathroom (select rooms)
  • In-room accessibility (select rooms)
  • Roll-in shower (select rooms)

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • 22-inch LED TV
  • Satellite TV channels

Home comfort

  • Ceiling fan
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)

Sleep well

  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Premium bedding
  • Tempur-Pedic mattress

What to enjoy

  • Patio
  • Individually furnished and decorated

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Deep soaking bathtub
  • Separate bathtub and shower
  • Rainfall showerhead
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
  • Phone


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Access via exterior corridors

Special features


De Wingerdt - This poolside fine-dining restaurant serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. Guests can enjoy alfresco dining (weather permitting).

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Full breakfast is offered for an extra charge of approximately ZAR 220–242 for adults, and ZAR 0–0 for children

Pool, spa, & gym (if applicable)

  • Pool open 24-hours

Hygiene & cleanliness

Social distancing measures are in place.


This property's policy is to refuse certain bookings for the purpose of group events or parties, including pre-wedding stag/bachelor and hen/bachelorette parties.
Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.
This property does not have elevators.
This property accepts credit cards and cash.

Also known as

De Doornkraal Historic Country House Boutique
De Doornkraal Historic Country House Boutique Hotel
De Doornkraal Historic Country House Boutique Hotel Riversdale
De Doornkraal Historic Country House Boutique Riversdale
Historic Country House
Doornkraal Historic Country House Boutique Hotel Riversdale
Doornkraal Historic Boutique Riversdale
Doornkraal Historic Boutique
Doornkraal Vinotel Riversdale
De Doornkraal Vinotel Riversdale
De Doornkraal Vinotel Country House
De Doornkraal Vinotel Country House Riversdale
De Doornkraal Historic Country House Boutique Hotel

Frequently asked questions

What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at De Doornkraal Vinotel?
This property confirms that social distancing measures are in place. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Is there a pool at De Doornkraal Vinotel?
Yes, there's an outdoor pool. Guests have 24-hour pool access.
Are pets allowed at De Doornkraal Vinotel?
Sorry, pets and service animals aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at De Doornkraal Vinotel?
Yes, there's free self parking.
What are the check-in and check-out times at De Doornkraal Vinotel?
You can check in from 2 PM - 10 PM. Check-out time is 11 AM. Express check-in and check-out are available.
What is there to do at De Doornkraal Vinotel and nearby?
De Doornkraal Vinotel has a winery and an outdoor pool, as well as a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near De Doornkraal Vinotel?
Yes, De Wingerdt offers alfresco dining and garden views.
Does De Doornkraal Vinotel have rooms with private spa tubs?
Yes, each room has a deep soaking bathtub.
Does De Doornkraal Vinotel have any outdoor private spaces?
Yes, every room features a patio.
What's the area around De Doornkraal Vinotel like?
De Doornkraal Vinotel is a short 5-minute walk from Julius Gordon Africana Centre and 6 minutes' walk from Riversdale Old Jail / Die Tronk.







Staff & service


Property conditions & facilities




8/10 Very good

Mphatso, 3-night family trip
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8/10 Very good

Christopher, 1-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

A hidden gem!
We stayed here to break up the drive from Cape Town to Knysna. Traveling with a 5 and 2-year old, we wanted a place that was family friendly. The staff was exceptionally friendly and accommodating for our family, the pool was a great relief from the warm summer day, and the food was prepared to perfection by the spirited chef. We stayed in the two-bedroom cottage and it was perfect for a family of 4. A sleepy city, but if you are looking for a relaxing place to help break up a long car ride, a perfect stop.
Daniel, 1-night family trip
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6/10 Good

Could be great
This hotel could be wonderful with better and friendlier service and greater attention to detail. The hotel is in one of Riversdale's historic buildings and in a quiet location well off the main road. We arrived to find the reception office locked. The proprietor arrived, asked us into her office, sat at her desk and after some time asked us to sit down. We felt rather like naughty schoolchildren in front of the teacher's desk! Her only real comment to us was that she was glad we had paid in full, because it was less work for her. She directed us to our room, but gave us no information about the hotel, times for dinner and breakfast, etc, nor was there any of this information in the room. The room was small, with only one upright chair, so one person had to sit or lie on the bed. There were no toiletries of any kind provided in the bathroom - we had to ask for a bar of soap so that we could wash our hands. The shower leaked considerably and flooded the bathroom. On the plus side, the bed was comfortable, with good sheets and pillows and the room was attractively furnished. We decided we would use the pool after our journey, but it was covered in scum and fallen leaves, so changed our minds. There were a few loungers, but with no cushions nor pool towels. We had to track someone down to ask for a beer. Dinner was well cooked and presented. Huge potential but at present a disappointing place to stay.
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10/10 Exceptional

Unexpected gem
Overnight stopover during garden route travels . Excellent experience with Chris and his team making you feel welcome from the moment you arrive until you leave . Rooms are comfortable and very clean . Gardens well maintained and encourage you sit back and relax and enjoy the sunshine . The restaurant is like an oasis in a desert with some of the best food I have enjoyed in south Africa . A substantial menu choice in a very nice restaurant with great service and excellent food . Would definitely recommend that you experience this hotel and the great service from Chris and the team for yourself and don't think that you will be disappointed and will leave with a smile on your face. Will definitely stay here again
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8/10 Very good

Good stop over on N2
Free laundry because we stayed three nights. So helpful, lovely staff.
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6/10 Good

Fantastic 5* Restaurant but I would say 3* hotel.
The restaurant is Fantastic , dinner and breakfast 5* . The hotel is I would say 3* It is an old hotel and has a lovely garden and bedding and bed is fine just that no airconditioner and for a 4* and at R1500 per night per couple , I think that should be included. I would really go back for the food but you can get alternative accommodation at a lower rate. The Manager is great and he is also the fantastic chef! So spend your money on the food!
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10/10 Exceptional

A little piece of paradise!
This was one of the most beautiful places I have ever stayed with exceptional hospitality and professionalism. The room was beautiful with a vineyard out the window and a willow with birds' nests. High security, amazing food and delicious wines. Paradise all around.
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10/10 Exceptional

Great stopover on N2
my wife and I stayed for one night on the recommendation of a friend who stayed last year. We were not disappointed. The rooms were very basic but clean, and need air conditioning..there is a fan. The swimming pool was just the right temperature and very clean. Christopher , the manager, is an excellent host and could not do enough for us. He is a really fine chef and we had the most wonderful meal. I would recommend this hotel for only a one night stay
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10/10 Exceptional

You have to experience this!
This is a historic building but well maintained and functional. Absolutely awesome is the only way to describe the service you get at De Doornkraal. I wish we could have stayed longer as 1 night wasn't really enough. We were the only guests the night we were there and were treated like Royalty from the moment we arrived and nothing was too much trouble. Dinner was full al a carte service with a full menu with plenty of choice and again for breakfast. Often hotels cut back menus etc when times are quiet but not here and I am sure nothing changes when it is busy either. Big hotel chains should send their staff her to learn what hospitality is about and how to treat customers.
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