Perched high on the slopes of Paarl mountain, under the glistening granite rock that gave the valley its name, you'll feel rather like a leopard sprawled in the bow of the tallest tree, only far more comfortable. The multi-levelled Paarl Rock Villa offers every luxury, but it's the view (a familiar refrain!) we truly love. Embraced by the craggy Drakenstein mountain range, much of it covered in vineyards, Paarl valley beckons below - third oldest town in South Africa, with an architectural profile that covers stately Cape Dutch and frilly Victorian; well-proportioned Edwardian and colourful Art Deco.
Part of the famously beautiful Cape Winelands, Paarl offers easy access to the estates and wines that have put it on every oenophile's map. After touring the region's top wineries, as the sun starts to sink behind the mountains, there can be no greater pleasure than retiring to this elevated lair to sample your plunder - you'll not have to lift a finger, other than to summon your butler.
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