In 2016 we followed a dream when we moved from Oslo, Norway to Riebeek Kasteel to renovate, re-open and run the family’s guest house. We have fallen in love with the lifestyle, hosting guests from all over the world, creating a space to unwind, be together and enjoy the treasures of the Riebeek Valley.
We look forward to welcoming you to Shiraz Estate Guest House to experience the tranquillity and beauty, living on an old tobacco and wine farm between the vineyards, olive trees and mountains.
Please drop us a line or give us a call, we would love to welcome you!
Kristine and Thorbjørn
The three farm buildings on Shiraz Estate can trace its heritage back to 1881 when the Laubscher family originally farmed tobacco on what was then the Vlakfontein Estate. Time passed and a Shiraz vineyard was planted and some excellent wines were produced.
In 2004 a family from Norway, who are award winning landscape architects and urban designers, bought the farm and decided to restore the old farmhouse and make it into a guesthouse. They had worked in and visited South Africa since the mid 1970s and have always wanted to realise their dream of creating a “Perfect Getaway” surrounded by the Cape Vineyards and with spectacular mountain views, away from the busy city life.
The farmhouse was restored, with great care to preserve the massive Oregon pine ceiling beams, original windows and doors. The old Cellar was later restored into a beautiful venue with open gardens, and the old Barn was restored into accommodation and guest rooms. The field where the cattle used to graze was sectioned into 11 plots where two- and three-bedroom houses have been built.
The old farmstead has changed, but the vineyards still grace fields alongside the Shiraz Estate and exceptional quality wines are still produced at nearby cellars.