De Doornkraal Historic Country House, Riversdale

The good-natured team are proud that De Doornkraal has been recognised as the best four star Country House in South Africa, as well as the best in our province two years running at the prestigious Lilizela Tourism Awards – 2014 and 2015. In addition, we also are proud recipients of The TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2013, 2014,2015 and 2016.

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Old style with new flavour

Our splendid facilities and service will ensure that your stay with us is a comfortable one. You have a choice of luxury or standard en suite rooms with private entrances, as well as two cottages with private lounges located on the wine estate. Enjoy a drink served by our attentive team in the wine garden, private lounges or by the pool.

At De Wingerdt Restaurant you will find fresh local fare with a touch of flavours from around the globe. For a more exotic experience, we offer dishes inspired by flavours from Europe, the Mediterranean, Asia and North Africa.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to taste our award-winning wines, born on the banks of the Vette River in the single-block Syrah vineyard of the Aan’t Vette Wine Estate. Our Syrah wines have been appraised by numerous prestigious award shows such as the Traditional South African Young Wine Show and the Veritas awards. Find out more on our Winery page.

“Old style with new flavour. De Doornkraal and De Wingerdt, located on one of the older streets in Riversdale, has been converted magnificently into top class accommodation and restaurant. The rooms are excellent and well equipped while the staff are professional and very accommodating. While you are here you have to join chef Christopher for an international dinner menu made possible using local, fresh, organic produce. The food is delicious and best accompanied with their own wine…yes they have their own wine too, as if things couldn’t get any better. I very highly recommended reason to stop in Riversdale!” Roger, The Expedition Project


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