I love exploring little towns! Pniel is a picturesque little Western Cape village surrounded by mountains, vineyards and orchards, unexpectedly nestling on the Helshoogte Pass (take the R310) between Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, and about an hour’s drive from Cape Town CBD.
It is a settlement and former mission station that dates back to 1843, and the very apt biblical name, pronounced “Pin-yel”, means “Face of God” (Read Genesis 32.30 to find out why.)
Despite its many historic buildings and beautiful rural setting, Pniel is still somewhat off the mainstream tourist map, but the locals are very friendly, eager to greet and always willing to help.
I stayed overnight at the lovely Lumley’s Place guesthouse/B & B, where we received the most heartfelt welcome! The beautiful open-plan foyer has huge panoramic windows overlooking stunning scenery and the spacious lounge area with plush couches is a perfect spot to curl up and relax with a good book (and) or a glass. If you are looking for total tranquillity and a proper getaway from the mad, metropolitan hustle and bustle, then Lumley’s Place is ideal for you.
Lumley’s Place has four attractive en-suite rooms with different names and themes. I stayed in the “KlipHuis” (Stone House) room. Enhancing its luxurious, light-filled space and palette of whites and creams accented by deep red and crimson orange. Kliphuis also boasts a breathtaking mountain view. It’s perfect for couples, but can sleep three if necessary. Unlimited WiFi is an added drawcard.
Lumley’s Place is a family-owned guest house. We met the charming Bonita (Lumley CEO) the next morning. She has a natural ability to make you feel welcome and served us a delicious breakfast of home-baked muffins, a freshly made green smoothie, and the best cup of coffee ever! She is passionate about feeding her guests with the tastiest foods made from the freshest ingredients.
Pniel is an undiscovered gem and a postcard-perfect view of mountains and vineyards combined with style and hospitality makes Lumley’s Place a memorable – and best of all affordable – getaway.
Activities in and around Pniel
Breakfast Lunch and Dinner: Boschendal wine farm
Bike tour: Bikes & Wines
Wine tasting and picnics: Solms Delta
I hope you enjoyed this post. Watch this space for more!