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The Robertson Small Hotel proves the Breede River Valley knows luxury

For a sneaky luxe weekend, Catherine Davis visited The Robertson Small Hotel. 

The Robertson Small Hotel doesn’t do the town any favours: it’s too gorgeous even to consider leaving for anywhere else. I don’t mean that, of course, because Robertson, in the Breede River Valley, is one of the prettiest towns in the region. And in fact, The Small gives guests a beautiful package of what to explore in the area, promoting the local characters, artisans and produce on offer.

The recent renovation curated by Studio Ashby of London has created a special haven in this National Heritage Site. The local design elements include contributions from Alexis Barrell and Michael Chandler. Warm, friendly staff contribute enormously to the sublime atmosphere while offering the highest level of service.

You can beat the Robertson heat in summer with a dip in the very blue pool mere steps away from a pool-side suite, or grab a book, feet up, on a sofa on the Victorian wraparound verandah, or pop into the Em Bar for a gin with home-made cordials. Make sure you ask the barman for the story behind the Delft-inspired bar top…

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