For 130 years The James Sedgwick Distillery in Wellington was closed to the public. Three years ago, they opened for day visitors with a collection of tutored whisky pairings and guided visits. Now, for the first time in Africa, Three Ships Whisky is offering whisky-lovers the ultimate experience of staying at Africa’s only commercial whisky distillery.


Stargaze at night across the open Wellington horizon, uncluttered by buildings and sheltered from city-buzz whilst the whisky quietly slumbers in the maturation cellar right on one’s doorstep. It simply is the finest way to immerse oneself in the art of whisky making.

Four luxurious, double tents, situated in the distillery campus, next to the scenic water reservoir, only steps away from the distillery buildings with the soothing hums of distillery-life.

A two-night programme was tailored to create an exclusive experience, nowhere else to be found. Thoughtful touches such as whisky-infused products, private seating areas, indulgent dinners, afternoon tea and whisky tasting, completes the unique getaway.

During their stay whisky-lovers will experience the lifeblood of the distillery, the maturation cellar with its ever-present Angel’s Share, be able to stand proud next to the pot stills that distill the award-winning Three Ships 10-Year-Old Single Malt spirit.

Guests start their 2-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.  Post some leisure time to stretch out on 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, the town of Wellington waits for some exploration, numerous nature walks and mountain trails.

Since whisky making is a 24/7 operation the space is very secure with staff constantly on the premises and the designed program doesn’t cater for under 18s.

Bookings are made through Airbnb (Airbnb link – https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/33175021?s=51) 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 who combats dangerous and devastating runaway wildfires. Their 200 strong 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.


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