If you are seeking rustic-country charm and a relaxed getaway, then Carignan Cottages, situated on Welgegund Farm in Wellington, offers the perfect break. Welgegund, like any fine wine, has been some time in the making. Situated on the road aptly referred to as 'horseshoe', this 50-hectare farm has a historic pedigree.
Established in 1837, Welgegund was once owned by Cecil John Rhodes who, in his later life, bought 27 of the best farms in the Boland. On his death, the farm was incorporated as part of Rhodes Fruit Farms. The Manor House is featured in the book 'The Old Buildings of the Cape' and is on the register of provincial heritage sites.
During Rhodes lifetime, apricots were the main harvest and tobacco has also grown here. It is, however, as a wine farm that Welgegund has truly come into its own and award-winning wines have been produced over the past 10 years since the first vintage was bottled in 1997.
Carignan Cottages offers a choice of three en-suite bedrooms, named Chiara, Ricco and Pinotage, with two of the cottages containing double beds and the third containing two single beds. Each room features tea and coffee-making facilities and all linen and towels are provided.
In addition to the use of the tennis court, guests can choose to relax in the sparkling swimming pool and barbecue facilities are available on request. In the evening, when the mountains turn pink, enjoy a walk in the vineyards with a spectacular view over Wellington.