ACTIVITIES


 

AT THE MANOR GUESTHOUSE

Excelsior Estate offers a wide range of outdoor activities includes fishing (rods are available), scenic walks,mountain biking and bird watching.
Soak up the surroundings during a leisurely stroll around the dam or through the vineyards. For the more adventurous explore the farm and scenic view points by mountain bike or golf cart.

Cellar tours provide insight into our wine making process and we welcome guest participation during harvest. Our full range of Excelsior’s award winning wines are available for tasting in the wooden beamed tasting facility, which hosts a deck extending over the dam. (Subject to Availability)

Wine blending allows guests and visitors to take up the tradition of blending our red varietals, bottle, cork and label your wine and return home with your very own creation that combines generations of skill and flair with your own style.

Summer days can be spent beside the deep blue Swimming Pool which is situated on an elevated, yet secluded wooden deck on the southern face of the house. With breathtakingly panoramic views of the vineyards and the Langeberg Mountain ranges.

A Dinner paired with Excelsior wines in the opulent dining room is the perfect way to end the day.
Attractions in the area include:

  • Lazy river cruise down the Breede River

  • Tractor ride up the Langeberg Mountain

  • River rafting

  • Nature hikes in Dassieshoek Nature Reserve,

  • Game drives at Klaasvoogds Game Reserve

  • Robertson Golf Course

  • Robertson Art Gallery

  • The Robertson Museum

  • R62 Motor Museum

  • Klipdrift Brandy Distillery

  • Wine Tours

All activities can be booked and arranged through Excelsior Manor Guesthouse at:
guesthouse@excelsior.co.za


 

CONFERENCING AT THE STABLES

Excelsior is in the heart of the beautiful Robertson Wine Valley, just under 2 hours from Cape Town International.
Excelsior’s conference centre offers opportunities for executive management teams to hold strategic planning sessions on a working wine farm.

Overnight delegates are accommodated at Excelsior Manor Guesthouse, a Cape revival ostrich palace with 9 luxury en-suite bedrooms.

Programmes, packages and menus are tailored to suit individual requirements ensuring that conferences are valuable and uplifting.
Various activities are available for team building or leisure time outside the conference. These include: hiking, riding, bird watching, river rafting, mountain climbing and sky diving. Wine tasting and wine blending are available at the Excelsior tasting centre.

The conference venue can accommodate:

  • Banquet style – 36 people

  • Cinema style– 60 people

  • School Room – 24 people

  • UShape – 23 people

Equipment available:

  • DVD player

  • Plasma Screen: 86cm x 50cm

  • Branded note pads

  • Pens

Full Day Conference package includes:

  • Tea, coffee and homemade treats on arrival

  • Morning tea, coffee and homemade treats

  • Lunch: light lunch

  • Afternoon tea, coffee and homemade treats

  • Use of Venue

  • Standard equipment

Conference Package for overnight guests includes:

  • Tea, coffee and homemade treats on arrival

  • Mid-morning tea, coffee and homemade treats

  • Lunch: light lunch – two courses

  • Mid afternoon tea, coffee and homemade treats

  • Use of venue

  • Standard equipment

  • Dinner – 3 courses

  • Bed and Breakfast

Please contact us to discuss your plans and requirements so that we can put together a suitable package for you. The only thing that we don’t compromise on is the quality of our service.


 

GOLF CART

The Golf Cart is available for guests staying at Excelsior Manor Guesthouse. Use it to explore the estate and find a secluded spot for sundowners. We can pack you a picnic basket with some Excelsior wine and nibbles.

Please note that the golf cart is subject to availability and work on a first come first serve basis.

All bookings are arranged through Excelsior Manor Guesthouse at:

guesthouse@excelsior.co.za


 

WINE WALKS

The farmhouse on Excelsior Wine Estate, with the characteristic elegance of the Victorian era and embellished with impressive chimneys and Cape Dutch gables, reflects the essence of the haute couture and affluence of the Ostrich Feather boom of the early 1900s

Recently restored under the guidance of fourth generation owners Freddie and Kathy de Wet, Excelsior Manor Guesthouse consists of nine luxurious country suites each named after famous thoroughbreds and hackneys previously bred on Excelsior Estate. All rooms incorporate the style and graciousness of yesteryear, with the comfort and convenience of modern living.

DAY 1 – GOUDMYN WALK:

Depart from Excelsior Manor and follow the Cogmanskloof river down to its confluence with the Breede River. At this point there is a weir across the river and the workings of the irrigation system in Robertson district will be explained. From here it is a short walk to Van Loveren for wine tasting, followed by another short walk to De Wetshof Estate and a tasting at the HOUSE OF CHARDONNAY.

From De Wetshof the walk ambles through vineyards and crosses over the Breede River were the hikers can enjoy the coolness and birdlife. The trail continues along the foothills of the Elandsberg Mountains, with a panoramic view over the Goudmyn area. Down to the river once again, where hikers will be picked up by the Viljoensdrift riverbarge for a trip to the opposite bank where a well-earned picnic lunch and wine tasting will be waiting. Leaving Viljoensdrift it is a leisurely walk back to Excelsior where a hot shower or bath will be awaiting.

DAY 2 – ZANDVLIET WALK:

After a Scrumptious breakfast at the Manor house, hikers leave the guesthouse in a south easterly direction walking through vineyards and orchards, and climb gently to the foothills of the Langeberg Mountains, where the spectacular view of the Breede River Valley towards Robertson will blow your mind away.

The hike continues downhill to the Zandvliet Estate, birth place of the famous race horse Pocket Power, where hikers will be treated with the wines of Zandvliet and a lunch. Leaving Zandvliet hikers will need to cross the Cogmanskloof river on their way to Arabella. Here hikers will enjoy their second wine tasting of the day.

From Arabella it is down the road to Excelsior Wine Estate for a tutored wine tasting and to blend and bottle your “Own Creation” bottle of wine.

DAY 3 – KLAASVOOGDS WALK:

This hike starts about 4 km from Excelsior and winds its way up the valley towards the Langeberg Mountains. Along the way, the hikers can visit the well known Cactus farm – Sheilam – (biggest succulent garden in the Southern Hemisphere) followed by Rusticus Estate which is a boutique winery , known for its vintage wine machinery. From here the hikers amble up to Klaasvoogds river towards Kranskop Estate with its stunning view down the valley.

Lunch will be served at Kranskop followed by an hour walk back to the vehicles. From here guests can either leave Robertson or spend another couple of days at Excelsior to explore Robertson & the neighboring towns.

Please note that a minimum of 10 guests are needed for a guide to accompany the tour.