Self-Catering Accommodation Suites & Cottages.
" ... Step back in time ... to a place where new memories are made ... "
Nestled at the foot of the Groot Drakenstein Mountain, You will find the Historic Bellingham Homestead, a National Monument. Situated within a separately owned, Private Wine Estate, in the heart of the picturesque Cape Winelands.
Bellingham Homestead is owned and Managed, by the Podlashuk Bellinchamp National Heritage Foundation Trust, a charitable organisation. Bellingham Homestead was left as a gift to the nation by Bernard and Fredagh Podlashuk, who bought Bellingham in 1943. To that end, the Chairman and Trustees decided to Open Bellingham to the Public at an affordable rate - for All South Africans to enjoy a visit, not only to stay with us, or Celebrate a Special Occasion with us, but to also provide an affordable visit to the Magnificent Cape Winelands. As was the wish of the Podlashuk's, the Homestead is now a Museum and can be viewed for a Nominal Fee, by Appointment or by Arrangement.
It is the Ancestral home of the World reknowned Bellingham Wines, producing the famous ‘Johannisburger’ in that iconic bottle. Bernard Podlashuk was a Maverick and Pioneer of the South African Wine Industry at the time, He produced South Africa’s first Rose in 1951, first Premier Grand Cru in 1953 and first Shiraz, in 1957. Bellingham Shiraz was produced as a gift from Bernard Podlashuk, to his wife, Fredagh, as a Birthday Gift. Bernard Podlashuk was the first South African to be awarded the Chevalier de Taste de Vin award. Bellingham Wines are now made and distributed from Wellington, the tasting room is located together with their Restaurant, at the Franschhoek Cellars just as You enter the Village. The Bernard Room is also well worth a visit too.
The Cellar and Original Homestead were built in 1693, the Homestead was however, rebuilt, in 1797 after it burned down in a fire. Many of the Cottages are housed in original out-buildings, on the farm from that time.
If you’re looking for relaxing accommodation in the Cape Winelands, set amidst Private Vineyards, Bellingham offers you a very private getaway , surrounded by Mountains, set in Picturesque Manicured Gardens. Affording Guests a unique location with absolute peace and tranquility. A true hidden Gem in the Crown of the Cape Winelands. We are only 10 kms from Franschhoek Village, at Groot Drakenstein.
Bellingham is Ideal for guests looking for a comfortable breakaway, close to an array of attractions within the Cape Winelands. We are also ideally located for a short day drive to Hermanus and Robertson. Stellenbosch and Paarl are a comfortable 20 minute drive, either way. Cape Town’s Waterfront and the Cape Town International Airport are a mere 45 minute drive from us.
Ask us about places of interest to visit in the Region, to make your stay more Memorable! Franschhoek is the Culinary capital of South Africa and you’ll be spoilt for dining choice at one of the 53 Restaurants in and around the Village!
We Look forward to Welcoming You to Bellingham !
Take time out in our Gardens, relaxing in the various Pause area's we've provided. Whether it's with a book, bird-watching, setting out a picnic or just relaxing in the tranquility of the space...
Our guests enjoy spending time at the Swimming Pool, whether it's cooling off at the end of a day out, or on the loungers or dining area's at the Pool, through the day. Please be advised children are to be supervised by an Adult at all times.
For stays longer than 7 days, linen and towels will be changed by arrangement and confirmed when Checking in.
Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the Common Ground
Mobile users - Tap to enlarge each picture
THINGS TO DO
The Franschhoek Motor Museum is right next door to us! Bookings are essential for a visit.
Perhaps you'd like to book a Trip on the Wine Tram! Choose Your route and book at the kiosk in the Village - opposite ABSA bank,
Or, take a more leisurely Tuk-Tuk ride from Wine farm to Wine farm!
For the Equine lovers, Wine Tastings on Horseback are also available!
For the more energetic you may prefer to hire a bicycle for a ride.
Perhaps a leisurely hike through one of the many routes of the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve is your preference.
Butterfly World and Giraffe House are a short distance from us - so there is something for the children too!
Park Runners meet at Rickety Bridge every Saturday morning, starting time is 08h00
Wine Farm Visits
Bellingham Homestead is on the doorstep to some of the finest South African Wineries in the World - Franschhoek, Paarl and Stellenbosch offer a variety of farms to visit! Ask us about Wine Tasting venues in our Area. We have maps available re Farms to visit in the Cape Winelands Region, enquire at the Office.
Every Saturday, you can visit the Franschhoek Village Market on Church Square. A visit to Root 44 Market situated between Stellenbosch and Somerset West on Audacia Farm, a mere 20 min drive away is an exceptional experience!
Franschhoek is the Valley in which the French Huguenots settled in the late 1600's, bringing with them a Unique and beautiful History. The local Franschhoek Museum, situatated at the Huguenot Monument in the Village, is well worth a visit. For Art lovers, there are a number of Galleries Open to the Public, we have a map of Galleries available in the Office. You may wish to book a Historical Walking tour through the Village. There are several other cultural sites to visit, which are situated in close proximity to us i.e The Taal Monument in Paarl. Their Saturday or Sunday, Sunset Concerts in Summer are a treat to visit - take a picnic with You.
Franschhoek hosts a number of Festivals through the year. Ask us for a list of festivals and plan your weekend visit around them - come out and stay with us and visit your favourite Festival at the same time!
" Great Place, perfect location and best people in the Winelands, My home in SA."
"Incredibly beautiful surroundings. Fantastic accommodation. Wonderful friendly hosts. The ideal place to stay when visiting Franschhoek."
"Fantastic! We will be back. Thank you for all your hospitality."