- Conferences & Weddings
- Dine & Relax at Goedemoed
- History of Goedemoed
- Attractions in Paarl
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Welcome to our Country Guest House in Paarl
Surrounded by vineyards, mountain views and nestled in tranquility the historical Cape Dutch Manor House Goedemoed Country Inn is your perfect accommodation from where to explore the Winelands region.
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Centrally located within 1 km of the N1, Main Street, the 27-hole Boschenmeer golf-course and within walking distance of the new shopping mall, Goedemoed Country Inn has a panoramic view of Paarl Rock, the Language Monument, Berg River, Drakenstein Mountains and Du Toits Kloof Pass.
Goedemoed Country Inn offers you a unique experience in guesthouse accommodation in this historic place dd. 1818 which combines the grace of previous centuries with all possible modern conveniences. Once being the only location in Paarl where guests were welcomed on a professional way, Goedemoed Country Inn is still the place to stay for guests who prefer the privacy and intimacy of a historical Country Inn to a more commercial form of accommodation!
Accommodation at Goedemoed Country Inn comprises of nine air-conditioned en-suite guest rooms. The manor house has three rooms which have direct access to the garden and pool area, and the historical honeymoon room. The garden chalets overlook the back garden of the manor house, the swimming-pool, the vineyards and the backdrop views of the mountains.
All our rooms have their own terraces with exquisite views of the mountains and come standard with showers and tea and coffee facilities. Take a reprieve from the world and simply relax with a book in our comfortable reading lounge.
Paarl lends it own unique flavor to the sensitive Chardonnay and Shiraz grapes, turning wine tasting on the farm into an adventure. Our establishment also adds a unique historical decor to a conference or business meeting. An airport shuttle, guided tours, conference facilities and internet-service are available.
A good way to end a perfect day, have a barbeque next to the swimming pool or relax in the hotel bar. Enjoy the sunset from the lush private garden and watch the amazing display of light against the backdrop of the mountains.
Goedemoed Country Inn is perfect as a base to start your touring through the Cape Winelands. With us guests can enjoy both traditional Cape hospitality and the most magnificent of mountain, vineyards and Berg River views.
See our 360 Degree Views on the Rooms page.
MANOR ROOM ACCOMMODATION
The Manor Rooms at Goedemoed Country Inn are beautiful private rooms with twin or double beds decorated in romantic colors of Passionate Maroon. All rooms are en-suite and have mountain and vineyard views. TV’s, tea and coffee making facilities, safe, hairdryer, air-conditioning, heaters and Wi-Fi internet access are available in each room. Smoking is not allowed in the rooms.
GARDEN ROOM ACCOMMODATION
The Garden Rooms at Goedemoed Country Inn are beautiful private garden rooms with twin or double beds. The garden chalets overlook the back garden of the manor house, the swimming-pool, the vineyards and the backdrop views of the mountains. TV’s, tea and coffee making facilities, safe, hairdryer, air-conditioning, heaters and Wi-Fi internet access are available in each room. Smoking is not allowed in the rooms.
01 Oct 2012
30 Apr 2013
ZAR 900 per night
01 May 2013
30 Sept 2013
ZAR 795 per night
for the following rooms
MANOR ROOMS (max 2P)
GARDEN ROOMS (max 3P)
Children of all ages welcome and stay free when sharing the room with parents
Children from the age of 12 years to 16 years pay R200.00 per night
All reservations require a deposit of 20% of total stay.
This deposit can be paid in cash on the spot, otherwise by credit card or bank-transfer.>Cheques are not accepted.
The reservation will only be confirmed by ‘Goedemoed’ after receipt of this deposit.
Cancellation fee for individual bookings will be levied accordingly:
45 to 30 days prior to arrival: 10%.
29 to 15 days prior to arrival: 25%.
14 to 7 days prior to arrival: 50%.
Less then 7 days prior to arrival or no-show: 100%.
Accepted Means of Payment:
Cash, Bank Credit Transfer, Debit Card, Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Diners Club
Check In/Check Out Times:
Check in: from 14:00
Check out: by 11:00
The Guest will make good any damages or loss caused by himself or his party and this will be charged to the final account to be paid on departure.
Services & Facilities
Goedemoed Country Inn offers you a unique experience in guesthouse accommodation in this historic place dd. 1818 which combines the grace of previous centuries with all possible modern conveniences. An Airport shuttle service, organized guided tours, conference facilities and internet-service are all available at Goedemoed Country Inn. English, Afrikaans and Zulu are the languages spoken.
Onsite facilities include:
• Fax, Internet Access (Wi-Fi) & Photocopy machine
• Secure Off Street Parking
• Laundry Service
• Pets Permitted by prior arrangement
• Private Garden with excellent views
• Braai / Barbecue facility
• Outdoor Swimming Pool
• Fireplace on the Premises
• Reading lounge
• Safe Deposit boxes in rooms
• Wheelchair Access
Goedemoed offers the possibility of organizing residential and non-residential meetings within a unique historical decor. An airport shuttle, guided tours, conference facilities and internet-service are available. English and Afrikaans are spoken.
- 1 seminar room
- 45 m² Maximum Size
- starting from 16 users
- up to 30 users
Conference Facilities include
- Video Projector
- Flip Chart
- Overhead Projector
Goedemoed provides a stunning setting for small intimate (stress free) wedding ceremonies where you can “tie the knot”, sign the register, enjoy some bubbly and have some photographs taken before leaving for a meal in one of Paarl’s excellent restaurants and then returning to our Honeymoon Suite.
Dining at Goedemoed
Enjoy scrumptious breakfasts in the dining area or on the patio overlooking the vineyards. Absolutely fantastic mountain & countryside views! Wining and dining is a specialty of the region and, whether you prefer traditional South African, French, Italian or Chinese, you will be spoiled for choice.
Let Kim and Heather direct you to some of the splendid restaurants in the area or simply stay in and let them prepare scrumptious breakfast, lunches or even dinners for you. Lunch & dinners are by prior arrangement only.
Relaxation at Goedemoed
Goedemoed Country Inn has beautiful terraces and a garden with heated swimming-pool in which to relax. Immerse yourself in the fantastic panoramic views on offer or take a walk through the vineyards. A good way to end a perfect day, have a barbeque next to the swimming pool or relax in the hotel bar.
Enjoy the sunset from the lush private garden and watch the amazing display of light against the backdrop of the mountains.
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History of Goedemoed
By 1818, the town of Paarl was beginning to enroach on the farmlands on its outskirts, some of which had already been subdivided. Goede Moed did not escape this reduction of its original size, and about 10 morgen were transferred to Pieter Willem Luttig, who re-sold the land to Jan de Villiers on the very same day. This was the portion on which the farm now lies and where wine grapes are still cultivated.
On acquiring the property, Jan de Villiers immediately set about building the homestead. It is uncertain, though, whether he was responsible for erecting its quare, late neoclassical gable which bears the date 1818. If this refers to the year of its construction, it would be the earliest gable of its type in the Cape.
The front door, with its glazed top half and elaborate and unusual fanlight, is extremely handsome, while the deeply recessed sash windows have the internal shutters often seen in Cape Georgian houses. The original house appears to have consisted of a single row of rooms, with the kitchen on the far left of the entrance. The open site of the range still remains, as does the large external chimney.
Very well placed in the midst of burgeoning vineyards yet close to the heart of urban Paarl, Goede Moed homestead and its jonkershuis, have recently been converted into an elegant country house where guests can enjoy both traditional Cape hospitality and the most magnificent of mountain, vineyards and Berg River views.
Kim & Heather Nicolay became the new owners of Goedemoed.
Belgian couple Frank & Siska Versyck-Deforche became the new owners of Goedemoed.
In between 1864 and 2003 Goedemoed was sold to many families, in recent times to the Family Philips who sold it later on to the Family Steenkamp.
Gabriël J. du Toit
Daniël Rossouw & Anna M. de
Isak Jan de Villiers & Hester S. Jouvert
Attractions in Paarl
Le Bonheur Crocodile Farm
Le Bonheur Corcodile Farm offers guided tours (which are conducted every half an hour), leading you across open dams via ramp ways. Over a thousand crocs are housed in these dame. Visitors have an opportunity to touch and hold a baby croc, and during summer months, will have the opportunity to witness the feeding of the bigger crocs (please enquire about feeding times.)
Meet Snowy, Le Bonheur’s one and only white crocodile. Snowy is a rare breed of an albino crocodile and was bred in captivity. As its name suggests, he is completely white except for a few black spots. He surely enjoys all the attention he gets from visitors! Our traveling crocodile show consists of a baby croc, Mr. Wiggly, (and some other surprises) which will make an appearance at your special event under the expert guidance of a trained croc handler.
Our on-site shop boasts an extensive range of Nile croc leather articles: belts, wallets, bags, shoes and furniture. Skins are finished to perfection. These are sourced from our own tannery and we strive to combine world class craftsmanship to produce these timeless articles.
Historical Walks in Paarl
A veritable treasure of architecture is to be found along a 2 km stretch of Main Street, starting at the Strooidak Kerk (Thatched Roof Church), the oldest Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa. Zeederberg Square is surrounded by picturesque Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian buildings. Paarl boasts one of only three examples of Egyptian architecture in South Africa! The walk ends at the two museums; Paarl Museum and the Afrikaans Language Museum.
The Boschenmeer Golf and Country Estate with its David Frost signature golf course, offers superb golfing. It is the only 27-hole golf course in the Western province, and the first David Frost signature golf course in South Africa. Backdrop to your back-swing is the majestic Paarl Franschhoek mountain range.
Add mature trees, artfully conceived water features, and the famous Berg River and you’ve got the kind of layout that challenges the pro, rewards the amateur and inspires residents out for a stroll in their 140 hectare back yard. Boschenmeer blends the experience of natural beauty with playability in a way that is set to achieve world renown. Designer David Frost has created a golf course of true championship standard.
At the same time he has achieved a first class golfing experience that will both challenge the low handicap and scratch golfer, yet not be too daunting for the less experienced ‘weekender’. The 27-hole layout lends itself to championship play, with more simultaneous rounds possible. Which means less time taken to reach the final rounds.
Afrikaans Language Monument
The Taal monument, on Paarl rock, is one of the most famous Afrikaans monuments erected in South Africa and dedicated to the Afrikaans language. It was designed by the architect Jan van Wijk and inaugurated in 1975. The monument is shaped in several tall obelisks style columns erected on the granite of Paarl Rock. The monument, atop Paarl rock, is visible from a great distance as one approaches Paarl.
Walking Trails in Paarl
Limietberg Trail – two-day trail from the foot of Du Toitskloof via Bainskloof village Eerste Tol to Tweede Tol. Distance 36km. Donkerkloof – about 3km (2.5 hours) to the small waterfall starting in the hairpin bend on the Paarl side of the old Du Toitskloof Pass. Miaspoort – distance is 4km (3 hours) but it is a long and initially difficult walk.
Klipkershout Walking Trail – Paarl Mountain Nature reserve – various scenic walking trails from 2.4km to 10km. Wine Hiking Trail – Laborie Estate offer this unique trail that will appeal not only to the nature-lover, but to the botanist, horticulturist and ornithologist with a special interest in Cape flora and bird.
Hot Air Ballooning in Paarl
Wineland Ballooning offers the unique and exclusive adventure of hot-air balloon flights in the beautiful wine region around Paarl, Cape Town. Enjoy the wonderful feeling of floating through the sky as slow as a cloud and as free as a bird. Fly near the most southern tip of Africa and see Table Mountain in a distance.
You will be thrilled by the blues of the silhouette of the Hottentots Holland Mountain Range and the endless rolling wheat fields glowing in the sun. Balloon flights in Paarl take place (weather permitting) at sunrise before thermal activity starts. We get you involved in the rigging of the balloon and a gentle ascent takes you well above tree top level and with a light breeze you fly away over fields and vineyards. Operating daily from November to April.
Butterfly World, the largest free flying park for butterflies in Southern Africa, opened its doors to the public in November 1996. The concept originated in the UK and such enclosed parks can be found in countries throughout the world. Each year these parks are visited by thousands of visitors and now thanks to the initiative taken by two Capetonian women, South Africans have the opportunity to experience nature at its best.
Nederburg Wine Cellar
Matching the momentum of its award-winning wines, Nederburg has turned its already gorgeous surroundings into a seamless synergy of contemporary design, user-friendliness and warmth, creating the perfect location for a wine tasting.
The elegantly renovated tasting lounge and the recently unveiled Old Cellar museum offer visitors a welcoming atmosphere in which to absorb the magnificent history of the winery. With attention to detail and eye catching interior, the stylish lounge is the perfect spot to enjoy a mezze platter while sampling a range of wines, including an impressive list of local and international medallists.
The captivating history of Nederburg is beautifully presented as a timeline in the Old Cellar and the rustic interior of the original building creates a magical charm. Complete with awards, wine and labels of long ago, the history reflects the incredible journey of the winery from its humble beginnings in 1791 to the present day.
Chardonnay is the world’s most popular white wine grape. It’s homeland is the Burgundy and Champagne region of France, where it produces sublime, complex wines, but it also flourishes extremely well in South Africa, especially in the Paarl region.
Chardonnay ripens easily and produces medium-to-full-bodied wines with rich apple, citrus, and tropical fruit aromas and flavors. Although it can be vinified as a crisp, fruity quaffing wine, the best, most complex chardonnays are fermented in small oak barrels and put through a secondary, malolactic fermentation, which imparts toasty, buttery characteristics to both the wine’s aroma and flavor.
It also can result in the METHODE CAP CLASSIQUE, South Africa’s answer to Champagne. Bottle fermented and degorged in the traditional French method. It is ideal as an aperitif, with seafood or to celebrate the good times.
Shiraz forms intense wines, with deep violet, nearly black color, chewy texture and richness, with aromas that tend to be more spicy than fruity. It is important to find the right site not only for planting, but certainly also to restrict the growth of the vine and its crop to achieve the best results. As Shiraz likes warm climates it seems well suited to South Africa.
The sunny climate has led to increasing phenolic ripeness at harvest time, and consequently heightened alcohol levels. Rhône varieties don’t mind a bit of sunshine and they tend to cope with the heat a bit better than Cabernet- or Merlot-based wines.
Because Shiraz is emerging as the Cape’s leading red variety, knocking the various Bordeaux grapes from their perch with increasing regularity, you will not be surprised to see that South Africa’s Shiraz wines were given a slating in the March 2005 edition of the UK’s Decanter magazine.
Physical Address: Cecilia Street
Postal Address: Cecilia Street Paarl
Postal Code: 7646
Directions: N1 from Cape Town to Paarl, Pass first Paarl Turnoff, Take exit 57 into Cecilia Street, get to circle, go half way round and carry on Cecilia Street 600m after Toyota McCarthy on the right hand side there are two flag poles at the entrance to the property.
N1 from Worcester to Paarl
Take the second turn off after Huguenots Tunnel Turn right towards Paarl First Robot turn left into Arboretrum Street, At Circle, drive three quarter way round, exit into Cecilia Street and 600m after Mc Carthy Toyota on the right hand side there are two flag poles at the entrance to the property.
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