Life in Paarl truly offers one the best of the Cape. As the third oldest town in South Africa, it has a rich heritage of scenic beauty, viticulture and fruit growing. Situated only 60 kilometres from Cape Town, it is also the third largest town in the Cape Winelands, with easy access to award-winning wine farms, exclusive golf and polo estates and top-class schools. Residents can enjoy quality country living with modern amenities close by.
Country Estate Lifestyle
Paarl boasts a unique cultural attraction in the “Afrikaanse Taalmonument” (monument to the Afrikaans language), a landmark on the slopes of Paarl Mountain.
It also offers access to popular attractions, including Spice Route, the Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve, Fairview Wine and Cheese Estate, Berg River Brewery and Wilderer Distillery.
Paarl offers access to some of the most prestigious primary and high schools in South Africa, including Paarl Boys’ High, Paarl Girls’ High, La Rochelle Girls’ High, Paarl Gimnasium and Labori High School.
Honeydew Country Estate is conveniently situated near both private and government hospitals.
Nederburg Estate, Avondale, Plaisir de Merle, Boland Cellar, Rhebokskloof, Backsberg, Val de Vie, Laborie, Vondeling and Doran Vineyards are among the many beautiful wine farms situated in the region.
Speciality, gifts and coffee shops
A connoisseur’s paradise! Speciality shops in Paarl include the Alpaca Loom Coffee Shop & Weaving Studio, the KWV Wine Emporium, DV Artisan Chocolate, Dalewood Fromage and Haute Edit. Lovers of Java will find many coffee shops in mid-town, making it easy to find the perfect spot to meet up with friends for a quick cup or a leisurely visit.
Surrounded by the mountains and vineyards of the famous Paarl-Franschhoek Valley, Val de Vie is one of the most spectacular polo estates in the world. Apart from hosting international tournaments and elegant social events, the Val de Vie Polo Club has polo matches every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.
Paarl offers avid golfers access to two beautiful golf courses, namely Pearl Valley Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course as well as Boschenmeer Golf Estate. As the name implies, the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course truly bears the signature of the world’s pre-eminent golf course designer.
- Named the Best Conditioned Golf Course in the Western Cape for 2010, 2011, 2012/2013 and again for 2014/2015 by Golf Digest magazine;
- Consistently ranked among the top ten courses in South Africa by Golf Digest Magazine since 2006;
- Awarded the Five Star Experience Award by Compleat Golfer for six consecutive years.