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is a large town alongside the N1 highway around 100km northeast of Cape Town
in the Overberg
area of the Western Cape
of South Africa
The valley which contains the upper reaches of the Breede River is truly spectacular, encircled by a ring of distant mountains. When Dutch settlers first entered the area around 1680 it must have been a truly breathtaking wilderness, a landscape which they would go on to enhance with the creation of gorgeous farming estates centred on fabulous Cape Dutch homesteads.
Unfortunately the town of Worcester itself is a rather sprawling and relatively unattractive centre which most international visitors choose to bypass, despite the presence of some well-preserved Victorian architecture and a selection of modest museums.
Of much greater interest are the rural areas which surround the town, notably the farming district of Nuy to the northeast, renowned for high quality wine and olive production in particular.Penhill
... is the stand-out accommodation option in the area, an historic farmstead set alongside the old wagon route to Swellendam
, which was fully renovated in 2011 to create an elegant rural retreat from which to explore the important winelands between here and Robertson
and the Karoo areas to the north.