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Hermanus, Western Cape
Cradled amid the hills of the Hemel-en-Aarde (Heaven and Earth) valley,
Bouchard Finlayson is widely acclaimed as one of South Africa’s leading boutique wine cellars.
With a terroir defined by both ancient soils and a cool maritime climate, the vineyards of Bouchard Finlayson are famous for producing award-winning
Pinot Noir, elegant Chardonnay and terroir-driven Sauvignon Blanc, while inspired blends showcase the depth of skill and innovation in our winemaking team.
The Bouchard Finlayson cellar is conveniently located a scenic 90 minutes’ drive from Cape Town, close to the world-famous whale-watching centre of Hermanus.
"In 2008, The OGH - as it is now affectionately known - was purchased by Red Carnation Hotels and I was offered the honour to move to Guernsey and take up the position of General Manager. I am proud to be able to work with a committed team who thrive on continuing a long tradition of hospitality in this fine house.
Built in the early 18th century for a local merchant, the house was bought in 1796 to provide a permanent residence for the Lieutenant Governor. For 46 years, successive Governors lived here until it opened for the first time as a hotel in 1857.
I love nothing more than bringing the history and heritage of the house to life for guests. We are so grateful to live and work on such a beautiful island, to be surrounded by the sea, and to have the opportunity to enjoy all that it offers. There is nothing better than taking a cliff walk from St Peter Port to Fermain Bay, or enjoying fish and chips on the beach at Cobo Bay whilst savouring the sunset.
We are thrilled to have partnered with Dave Bartram, a local guide and manager of Le Société Guernesiaise’s herd of six steers. Dave treats our guests to a stunning tour and is also beekeeper to our hotel's own hive.
I very much look forward to welcoming you to The Old Government House Hotel and introducing you to our beautiful island."
- Andrew Chantrell, General Manager