Perfectly placed atop Helshoogte Pass lies Banhoek Corner Guesthouse, in one of Africa’s most picturesque mountain landscapes. Banhoek Valley is the heart of the famous Cape Winelands, connecting Stellenbosch, just 8 km to the west, to Franschhoek, 15 km to the east. Banhoek Corner boasts 11 elegantly appointed rooms in a warm and inviting garden setting, as an ideal home to explore all the Valley and neighbouring iconic destinations have to offer: world class cuisine, revered historic vineyards, and spectacular mountains to explore. We invite you to be our guest in the Cape’s best kept secret, the beautiful Banhoek Valley.
One of the best values within the greater Stellenbosch region are the 11 tasteful, freshly designed guest rooms in our intimate corner Guesthouse. The historic Main House reflects traditional Cape Dutch design with an eclectic collection of antiques and artwork from across the Western Cape. 7 rooms are located in the Main House, where a bountiful breakfast is served daily to our in-house guests. The generous verandah peeks at the iconic Simonsberg mountain range from a canopy of Jacaranda Trees. The 4-bedroom Villa walks out to the house pool and gardens and overlooks the neighbouring protea farm and onwards expansive mountain view. All rooms have modern, spacious bathrooms, tea and coffee stations, Smart TV and Wi-Fi
Our three-night packages, including ‘Best of Banhoek’, encourage you to sink into the Valley and learn it’s secrets. We’ve included complimentary wine tastings at our favourite spots.
The cosy room is furnished with 2 three-quarter beds, ideal for a family room for little ones, and has an en-suite shower.
Furnished with a king-size extra-length bed white cotton sheets, the room has a large en-suite walk-in shower and heated towel rails.
Opening to a terrace overlooking the garden, the room has a king-size extra-length bed, white cotton sheets and en-suite walk-in shower and heated towel rails.
The luxurious king room has magnificent mountain and pool views with a terrace and contains a king-size bed with an en-suite free-standing bath and a shower.
“Affordable luxury in the stunning wine lands”
“Friendly staff, great breakfast and beautiful gardens and the rooms were spacious and exceeded our expectations.”
“A beautiful historic guesthouse fantastically located in the heart of the Stellenbosch Wine Route.”
Banhoek Corner is family owned and operated private guest house in the epicenter of South Africa viniculture. It first opened as a guest house in 2020 but has a long history in Stellenbosch chronicles. Owned by a 9th generation South African, with a rich family heritage in the region and career devoted to hospitality and tourism, Banhoek Corner embodies warm South African hospitality and charm, with a polished professionalism.
The picturesque Banhoek Valley has a rich and fascinating history that spans centuries. From intrepid travelers and resourceful wine pioneers to dangerous animals and dense forests, the valley has seen it all.
The Helshoogte Pass, which connects the valley to the nearby town of Stellenbosch, was originally known as ‘De Bange Hoek’ or ‘dangerous corner’. Dutch farmers who crossed the steep mountain pass in the late 1600s to establish farms and vineyards encountered various challenges such as gangs, escaped prisoners, lions, leopards, and other wild animals. Despite these obstacles, they persevered and created a haven in the beautiful valley with ideal weather conditions for viniculture.
The first established farm in the valley was Zorgvliet, with its Manor home built in 1692. It is the second oldest structure in Stellenbosch and its fruitful vineyards can still be seen today from Banhoek Corner Guesthouse, located directly across the road.
Banhoek Corner’s Main House dates back to 1914 when it was originally a ‘tuck shop’ or Corner Store for neighboring farms. In 1950, the Villa was constructed, completing what is now an independent Guest House, welcoming guests from around the world to explore this historic valley.
Today, Banhoek Valley is a harmonious destination, with many award-winning vineyards, destination restaurants, and thousands of acres of protected land through the mountains for hikers and bikers. Although leopards still roam the mountainsides, the valley offers a safe and tranquil haven for travelers seeking a peaceful retreat.
At Banhoek Corner Guesthouse, we invite you to discover the rich history and natural beauty of Banhoek Valley while enjoying our warm hospitality and luxurious accommodation.