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Old meets new at Lanzerac Hotel & Spa, whose recent update has resulted in a creative and curated feel. Image: courtesy Lanzerac Hotel & Spa

After suffering considerable damage in a fire last year, Lanzerac Hotel & Spa in Stellenbosch boasts a brand-new look, which sees elements of the past combined with present-day touches.

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Lanzerac Hotel & Spa is a 326-year-old wine estate situated in the picturesque Jonkershoek Valley in Stellenbosch, Western Cape. Image: courtesy Lanzerac Hotel & Spa

With its rich Cape heritage, award-winning wines, top-quality facilities and picturesque white façades offset by scenic mountain ranges, Lanzerac Hotel & Spa in Jonkershoek Valley is an idyllic five-star retreat steeped in history.

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The expansive Governor’s Hall lobby boasts high ceilings, original wooden beams, restored vintage furniture, and limestone and brick walls. Image: courtesy Lanzerac Hotel & Spa

The 326-year-old estate, which has recently undergone extensive renovations after suffering considerable damage in a fire last year, has been restored to its former glory by Project Co-ordinator Con van der Colff.

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Dark brown leather furniture, layers of ambient lighting and polished wooden panelling combine to give the Craven Lounge cigar bar its moody aesthetic. Image: courtesy Lanzerac Hotel & Spa

‘After the fire, we as a team became much more heritage-conscious in our approach,’ says the designer, who combined an array of restored vintage furniture and ornate collectables with original features such as sandstone-clad fireplaces and weathered slate floors as well as a selection of pieces salvaged from the blaze.

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Characterised by its statement ceiling, the Manor Kitchen restaurant serves classical cuisine with a contemporary twist. Image: courtesy Lanzerac Hotel & Spa

The grand public spaces – which include the moody Craven Lounge cigar bar, the elegant Manor Kitchen restaurant, the relaxed Taphuis eatery and the refined Governor’s Hall lobby – are magnificent to behold, but it’s the 53 suites and their expansive bathrooms that truly take your breath away.

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Project Co-ordinator and Designer Con van der Colff is known for conceptualising luxurious bathrooms on an epic scale. Image: courtesy Lanzerac Hotel & Spa

‘No two rooms are alike – they are all unique,’ says Van der Colff, adding that he began the decoration process in each by selecting a main piece and allowing the design to grow organically around that central point.

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Lanzerac Hotel & Spa has 53 suites, each with its own unique look and feel. Image: courtesy Lanzerac Hotel & Spa

Large upholstered headboards contrast with exposed brick walls, sumptuous Persian carpets with smooth marble surfaces and dark mahogany furniture with soft neutral palettes in an arresting aesthetic that’s as creative as it is considered.

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Additional features of the wine estate include a world-class day spa and health centre, premium wine tasting room and artisanal delicatessen. Image: courtesy Lanzerac Hotel & Spa

Add in the fact that the estate also boasts a world-class day spa and health centre, premium wine tasting room and artisanal delicatessen, and Lanzerac Hotel & Spa has everything you need to experience the winelands in complete luxury.

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