Recently we took the opportunity to escape to luxurious seclusion in the Riebeek Valley and stayed in the Ruby Rose Country House for two glorious nights. Magnificently restored, this lush oasis in one of the Cape’s favourite rural idylls, located a mere one hour’s drive from Cape Town.

The Riebeek Valley has long held appeal for artists, seekers of a laid-back lifestyle and self-sufficient professionals thanks to its unhurried and scenic village air. It is here among the suburban streets of delightful period homes and a backdrop of the fynbos-covered Kasteelberg Mountain that Ruby Rose Country House has established its loyal following.

The enterprise is the creation of Clive Richardson and architect Gerd Weideman, designer of amongst others, the 2020 World Luxury Awards African boutique hotel winner O’Two in Mouille Point. Located in a 4 200m², tree-shrouded garden, the Ruby Rose is a beautifully appointed haven complete with all the modern conveniences for a perfect stay including air-conditioning and high-speed wifi for those wanting to work remotely in this glorious home away from home. 

The heritage-certified manor house is built in the Victorian style, complete with wooden floors and decorative trim typical of the period. It is the property’s crown jewel and lived many former lives, including the owners believe as a police station. Today, its guests are certainly more eager to visit, especially when they step through the gate into the tranquil paradise.

Ruby Rose Country House offers a range of rooms and suites, also catering for families; and safe, on-site parking.

We were lucky enough to have temperatures reaching 30degrees on both days so needless to say we took great advantage of the stunning pool in the afternoons. And enjoyed our breakfast’s poolside both mornings. The venue offers a lovely continental spread followed by a hot breakfast of choice.

Ruby Rose Country House is situated at 12 Sending Street, Riebeek West. Bookings can be made directly on the website, which also provides more information.

Other must-visit spots that we enjoyed in the Riebeek Valley:
The Barn: they served a lamb shoulder with mash & veggies that is out of this world! Much like the view from the courtyard in the daytime.
Kloovenburg Wine & Olive Estate: they serve the most delicious pizzas and other picnic-style foods set in a beautiful garden. We thoroughly enjoyed the Kloovenberg Sparkling Brut Rosé!
Au Bouchon Rouge: On Saturday evening we had the wonderful opportunity to indulge in the Theatre & Dinner experience offered at Au Bouchon. We indulged in a 3-course meal starting with french onion soup, followed by a delicious hake main and upon our return from the show, finished the night off with a delectable pavlova! To keep up to date with the shows happening at the Royal Arts Town Ampitheatre click here.

La Pátisserie Francois: a newly opened authentic French patisserie, situated next to Au Bouchon Rouge Brasserie and The Royal Hotel.

Meerhof Wines: a winery with an epic view of the Riebeek Valley, offering a tasting of 6 wines for R50.

Allesverloren WinesTasting is charged at R35 per person for 5 wines and we particularly enjoyed the Tinta Rosé!

The Royal Hotel: Known for serving a variety of gins “on the step”, The Royal Hotel is the oldest hotel in the Western Cape.

Riebeek Valley Garden Centre: one of the most exquisite nurseries we have ever seen with the best cheesecake we have ever tasted.
riebeek garden centre - nursery