Where contemporary style and old-fashioned meet
An Italian architect. An Afrikaans matriarch. And an energetic team of Stellenbosch locals.
These are the characters in the story of Summerwood, a stylish grand dame built in 1904, and lovingly restored to cater for the cosmopolitan tastes of the contemporary traveller.
Nestled in a leafy street in the old Stellenbosch suburb of Jonkershoek, this late-Edwardian villa was the pride and joy of Maria Petronella de Villiers. Aunt Maria, a mother of eight, planted 108 fruit trees to create a harmonious haven that lived up to the estate’s original name – La Paix (Be peaceful). Here family and friends were always welcome. She even sent dried fruit and home-made jam to her children many miles away to remind them where their true home was.
Since then, Summerwood has gone through several facelifts to become what it is today – a lush retreat for local and international guests with a taste for modern comfort.
Run by the Nel family since 2012, the house consists of eight spacious rooms – each equipped with upmarket finishes and decorated in tasteful neutral tones. However, it is the garden with its large swimming pool and beautiful old indigenous tree where guests end up spending their most relaxed hours reading and sunbathing.
A pleasant 15-minute stroll will take you to the town’s best restaurants and cafés, while the numerous concert venues and art galleries scattered around the characterful university campus just a couple of blocks away will satisfy the hunger of any culture vulture.
In short, Summerwood is the perfect spot from which to explore the soulful town of Stellenbosch and surrounding winelands. And like a good red wine that ages over time, we’re determined to keep making our guests’ experience better and better.
The spirit of Aunt Maria would not tolerate anything less…
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