Winelands Gem: The Robertson Small Hotel

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If you’re looking for a luxurious weekend escape in the Cape Winelands, a weekend at The Robertson Small Hotel is the perfect to base to explore the celebrated “valley of wine and roses”.

One of the Western Cape’s secret gems, this cosy boutique hotel also enjoys the top starred rating yet does without all the fuss, providing its guests to its historic Victorian manor with highly personalised service, stylish interior design that includes a wonderful contemporary art collection, and a menu based around seasonal produce by renowned chef, Chris Erasmus.

Established in 2011, the hotel was redesigned by owner Tim Rand’s daughter Abigail in 2016, pulling together a team of local designers and artists including Alexis Barrel, Michael Chandler, Renee Rossouw, House of Gozdawa, Lisa Firer, Rene Botes, Bofred Furniture, among others. Most recently, in 2021 The Robertson Small Hotel collaborated with online art platform Art Gazette and the Norval Foundation to showcase new collections of original artworks by emerging and established contemporary artists and he collection adorns the hotel’s rooms, corridors and restaurant.

Winelands Gem: The Robertson Small Hotel

And the food there is certainly worth a mention too. “A showcase of local produce fused with wild ingredients with a classic French bias and a local twist,” is how Chris describes his dishes. “Each ingredient must be at the height of its season.”

Winelands Gem: The Robertson Small Hotel
Winelands Gem: The Robertson Small Hotel

One particularly useful service the hotel provides is their in-room publication, The Small Guide that contains a carefully curated list of 26 intimate experiences with the Small’s many and various neighbours in the valley … as it turns out, perfect to facilitate the weekend we had planned.

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