A first for Africa – luxury stay at a whisky distillery

Posted on 27 March 2019

Imagine being one of only a handful of people in the world to spend a night sleeping at a whisky distillery. Not just close, but breaths away from where the whisky is being crafted.

In a first for Africa, Three Ships Whisky is offering whisky-lovers the ultimate experience of staying at Africa’s only commercial whisky distillery, The James Sedgwick Distillery in Wellington.

Stargaze at night across the open Wellington horizon, uncluttered by buildings and sheltered from the city buzz, while the whisky quietly slumbers in the maturation cellar right on one’s doorstep.

Immerse yourself in the art of whisky-making with this two-night stay with luxury tented accommodation, overlooking the distillery dam, only steps away from the distillery buildings.

Thoughtful touches such as whisky-infused products, private seating areas, indulgent dinners, afternoon tea and whisky tasting completes the unique getaway.

During their stay, guests will experience the lifeblood of the distillery, the maturation cellar with its ever-present Angel’s Share, be able to stand next to the potstills that distill the award-winning Three Ships 10-Year-Old Single Malt spirit, and relax with the quiet hums of distillery-life at night.

Guests start off their two-night stay with a gourmet South African braai and after a restful sleep and breakfast, start their Three Ships Whisky distillery experience with a private guided tour of the distillery and food and whisky pairing. After some leisure time where you can recline in the comfortable seating areas, an indulgent afternoon tea is served with some delicious whisky cocktails followed by an exceptionally paired whisky dinner.

The second morning will arrive far too soon and after a light breakfast, explore of the town of Wellington or one of the numerous nature walks and mountain trails.

Bookings are made through Airbnb at a cost of R10,000 per couple and is inclusive of two nights’ accommodation, all meals, beverages, whisky tastings, tours and experiences at the distillery. Profits from bookings will be donated to the Volunteer Wildfire Services that combat dangerous and devastating runaway wildfires. Their 200 volunteer members, located at four stations (Newlands, Jonkershoek, South Peninsula and Grabouw), have assisted a number of national parks and districts across the Western Cape in saving lives and natural habitat.


Image: Supplied/The James Sedgwick Distillery

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