Bliss is the word that comes to mind when you check into this beguilingly rustic Cape Dutch manor house, definitely on our list of most romantic country hotels in Cape Town (though this depends on how much of a princess your partner is). Located on a vineyard near Stellenbosch, Hawksmoor House occupies a restored an historic homestead that’s been given a second lease on life with an eclectic assortment of antiques and a bright, appealing palette. It’s as much working farm as guest house, with the delightful aromas of fresh countryside to draw you outdoors, and-on a clear day-silhouetted views of Table Mountain in the distance. A help-yourself liquor cabinet is well stocked, feisty cheese platters with bottles of the wine made on the farm can be served if you’re too lazy to head for one of the Winelands restaurants, and a simple breakfast is served on the garden terrace overlooking the delightful garden; later on, cookies and cakes will emerge from the oven to accompany peppermint tea. It’s barefoot laid-back luxury-a place where the occasional power outage or sudden lack of running water is forgiven, because that’s the price you pay for being in this kind of paradise.