Welcome to Acara Guest Cottages

About Us

Situated on Winery Road, between Stellenbosch and Somerset West, Acara is nestled in a valley called "Happy Vale" amidst the scenic South African vineyards and has beautiful views of the Helderberg Mountains.

There are 5 exclusive units - Acara can sleep up to 14 people. Peaceful and quiet, all rooms have heating/cooling, high speed, wireless internet and ipod facilities.
We have solar backup during Eskom electricity outages (meaning your lights and aircon etc will remain working).
All units are offered on a self catering basis - they are fully equipped, but a hamper breakfast can be arranged on special request.

We are in a fantastic location for visiting the entire area. Stellenbosch is 10minutes (13kms), Cape Town International airport 20mins, V&A Waterfront Cape Town 30mins. The nearest beach is 7mins, Hermanus 40mins and Franschhoek also 40 minutes drive away.
There are more than 12 golf courses within 25minutes drive. We are on the doorstep of many local mountain bike and hiking trails. (Wine Lands Cycle Club Trails, Helderberg Mountain, Jonkershoek)

There is an award-winning restaurant almost opposite us - a short walk of about 400m: 96 Winery Road. Other restaurants and wedding venues are close-by: Avontuur Estate, Winery Road Forest, Cavalli Estate, Vredenberg Manor House, Longridge Restaurant. Other restaurants in the area are plentiful. We can provide you with many recommendations!

Fiona offers exceptional hospitality and can give many suggestions on day trips, restaurants and things to do in the region.
A great base to explore the area, or to simply relax.

Acara Guest Cottages

Our Rooms / Cottages

The Thatch Suite / Balcony Room / The Jacaranda Suite / Lavender Cottage / WillowTree Cottage

All have double doors leading to their own terrace or deck area. All have beautiful views to the sparkling swimming pool, large gardens and paddocks, and of course to the mountains beyond. Relax and enjoy! .

Balcony RoomSleeps 2 people

The Balcony room has a King bed (extra length), fully equipped kitchenette and bathroom with shower and bath. There is also a flat-screen tv, dvd player, wifi and an airco unit (which also heats). The bathroom also has a heated towel rail for those cooler days/evenings. The bedroom has double doors opening out onto your own balcony, with views to the paddocks nextdoor, which often have African Nguni cattle. Your entrance balcony also has similar views.

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Jacaranda suiteSleeps 2 people

The Jacaranda suite has a King bed (extra length), fully equipped kitchenette and bathroom with shower. There is also a large flat-screen television, wireless internet and an airco unit. Under-floor heating throughout the suite will keep you warm during cooler evenings, and the bathroom also has a heated towel rail.
The bedroom has double doors opening out onto your own terrace, with views to the beautiful gardens and (solar heated, saltwater) pool.

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Lavender CottageSleeps up to 4 people

Lavender Cottage is a renovated, old farm-labourers cottage with thick, cool walls. There are 2 bedrooms - one Queen and one twin. The fully equipped kitchen has an oven, fridge, freezer and microwave/grill. The modern, tiled bathroom has a shower. There is an open fireplace, an airconditioning & heater unit in the main bedroom and a ceiling fan in the twin room. Both the sitting room and the main bedroom have double doors opening to the terrace.

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WillowTree CottageSleeps up to 4 people

WillowTree Cottage has a King bedroom (extra length bed), a twin bedroom upstairs (both with luxury ensuite bathrooms and airco/heating units), fully equipped kitchen and double volume lounge area with a wood burning stove and flatscreen TV, DVD/CD player and wifi. You also have your own large deck and garden area, with views to the (solar heated, saltwater) pool, large beautiful gardens and paddocks and of course to the mountains beyond.

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We have DVD/CD players available. All rooms, the pool area and most of the garden has wifi.
The sparkling saltwater pool is solar heated. There are large beautiful gardens, paddocks and of course wonderful mountain views.
All rooms are normally offered on a self catering basis, but a luxury hamper breakfast can be arranged on prior request - please just ask.
You can check rates and availability, as well as make your booking, online. If you'd like to book directly or have any questions, please call or email us!

Terms & Conditions apply and include:

  • All rates are in South African Rands.
  • Children are welcome at Acara (in the 2 cottages only). However we'd like to say that we do have an un-netted pool, and 2 (very small!) streams on the property - important to bear in mind with very young children. We also have 2 Ridgeback dogs which are very good with, and very used to children. (and horses). However we do realise that some children (and parents!) may be intimidated by larger dogs which is why we mention it. However, this isn't to put you off!!! There is PLENTY of space for children to play - it's just that (normal) adult supervision would be required. If you have any questions at all, please just ask. (or take a look at some of our online reviews - children LOVE it here!)
  • Please note that all guests will be required to sign an indemnity form on arrival.
  • Acara reserves the right to admit any guest/s and furthermore retains the right to remove any guest/s whose behaviour impacts negatively on other guests and / or staff.
  • 50% non-refundable deposit will be required to confirm a booking. The remaining balance is to be paid prior to arrival.


Days of Sunshine?


Wineries in the Stellenbosch region


Roses in the Gardens


Owls in the WillowTree

The Garden

The garden here at Acara is a labour of love! We are constantly developing and growing our garden - with everything from indigenous species to the rare and unknown! If you are a keen gardener you will enjoy our garden. At the last count we had over 100 different roses growing in the garden. We are keen to make the most of the views, the tranquility and the birdlife here.

There are a variety of places to stop, to sit, and to relax. From the cool stone seat underneath the tree in our vegetable patch, to the rose-covered pergola or simply on the grass or in the hammock underneath our willows. The gardens have already been featured in a few international magazines.

The birdlife is amazing - weavers, fish eagles, blue cranes and 2 resident spotted eagle owls can often be seen.

There are also walks through our paddocks and across the streams. There are beautiful mountain views from almost everywhere in the garden.

We invite you to share them!

More information about the garden, and which plants are of interest throughout the year can be seen at the bottom of the page - under 'articles'.

Our Gallery

The best place to find photo's are on our Facebook or Instragram pages.
OR are shown when you click on 'Book Now'.
(Full room details and pics of all rooms are shown there).

Centrally located:

In the winelands, only 20 mins from the airport, 7 mins to Strand beach. And 5 mins to the N2 highway.

Get In Touch

Contact Information

Acara Guest Cottages, Winery Road, Near Raithby, btwn Stellenbosch and Somerset West
+27 84 958 5074
 Facebook: AcaraStellenbosch
Instagram: Acara_Stellenbosch

Take exit 43 off the N2 (Somerset West).
Follow the R44 (towards Stellenbosch) for 5.8km. Turn left onto Winery Road (also signposted Firgrove).
Acara is on the left hand side, exactly 1.2 km down Winery Road, just before (and next door to) the winery "Helderberg Wijnmakkerij".)
(Or simply search for "Acara" on googlemaps).

Drop Us A Message

We'd love to hear from you with any questions contact us in any of the ways shown above.
We also use whatsapp and telegram.