Explore the “Village of the Oaks” with its shady oak avenues bordered by the water furrows of the Mill Stream. Admire the charm and harmony of the Cape Dutch Architecture and listen to tales about the colourful inhabitants of three centuries.
Discover where Simon van der Stel set up camp in the Eerste River and why it is called the Eerste River. Perhaps you will meet an angel at the “Angel Factory” or a ghost in the graveyard of the “Moederkerk”
Three fires destroyed the village. Where did the fire of 1710 start and who started it? The first Christian Church building in South Africa was in Stellenbosch not in Cape Town. Today it is the site of the oldest hotel in South Africa, d’Ouwe Werf, and not all the graves have been moved. Why did Stellenbosch’s first minister, Hercules van Loon, commit suicide?
Dorp Street, ‘the wagon way to Cape Town’ is the oldest residential street in South Africa today. It is still the wagon way to Cape Town, only the wagons have changed somewhat!
Historical buildings surround three sides of The Braak (village green). During the 1809 earth tremor people rushed out of their houses onto the Braak. It was later decided that the Braak would always remain an open area. Stellenbosch has produced many famous South Africans – Prime Ministers and Sportsmen. Rugby and Cricket was played on the Braak. How did the Springboks get their name in 1906? Stellenbosch, synonymous with rugby, but the first Stellenbosch Springbok – Nico Theunissen – was a cricketer.
In 1602 the VOC was established by the Here Sewentien. Four hundred years later the “Kruithuis” on the Braak proudly flies the flag of the VOC.
Rhenish Institute, the oldest girl’s boarding school in South Africa, celebrated 150 years in 2010. Rhenish was the first school to teach Domestic Science and Needlework.
I invite you to join me to hear many more interesting facts and fables about the past while experiencing the present in “The Eikestad”
Tours from 36 Market Steet:
Monday to Friday 11:00 & 15:00
By appointment 09:30
Weekends by appointment
R90 per person
Babylonstoren is one of the best preserved ‘werfs’ (farm yards) in the Cape Dutch tradition. The days are intentionally unscripted at Babylonstoren, leaving guests free to do as theyfounding of the farm in 1690. The Koornhuis (for storing wheat and hay) and the old cellar are exceptionally fine. An ornate fowl house, pigeon loft, leaning bell tower and historic gates embellish a traditional courtyard surrounded by a low, whitewashed wall.
or vines being pruned – depending on the season. Enjoy a walk in the remarkable fruit and vegetable garden (guided if you feel like learning, or unguided for relaxation). Pick your own salad or enjoy a meal in the superb restaurant. Perhaps a massage in the spa after lunch? Or a stroll along a clivia lined stream? Then a swim in the farm dam or a
bout in the gym, before sundowners at a picnic spot? Or rather sample some of the excellent wines grown on the slopes all around the Simonsberg, possibly the finest terroir for wine in Africa? You please. Stroll out onto the farm of 200 hectares and see fruit being picked in the orchards
Babylonstoren lies in the Drakenstein Valley between Franschhoek and Paarl. Surrounded by the Simonsberg, Du Toitskloof and Franschhoek Mountains, Babylonstoren is in the heart of the Cape Winelands. It is some 60km from the city of Cape Town and an easy 45 min drive from Cape Town International Airport. can choose. Or simply lounge and read, in summer in a hammock strung among tree trunks, in winter curled up before a fire.
‘Remember gentlemen, it’s not just France we are fighting for,
it’s Champagne!’ ~ Winston Churchill, WWI .
Imagine what Winston Chruchill would have said if he only new that positioned in the charming Devon Valley lies the House of JC Le Roux, where bubbly and sweet delicacies are offered simultaneously.
The passion of bubbles has excited much thirst, and JC Le Roux as the first South African cellar dedicated solely to making sparkling wine has excited many a grape just plain fizzy.
The specialised ‘Bubbly and Sweet Delights’ tastings, pairs five different JC Le Roux sparkling wines with five home-made sweets crafted by Rodé Handmade Confectionery with natural ingredients. Delight, indulge, sip, savour; repeat. Nougat dipped in dark chocolate meets the nutty biscuit qualities of the elegant Methodé Cape Classic (MCC) Pinot Noir bubbles. The acidity of the bubbly elevates the honey and almond flavours while the berry notes complement the cocoa. The red berries and floral characteristics of the Pinot Noir Rosé bubbly is enhanced by the subtleties of the rosewater Turkish Delight. A bubbly palate of pear and litchi flavours with creamy notes and tones is tasted in the Le Valleé (MCC) which is accompanied by praline and pecan nougat arousing honey and nut notes.
Caramel coated cashew nuts enhances the tropical fruity tones of the La Fleurette rosé sparkling wine. Vanilla Fudge paired with Le Domaine bubbles cuts a mouthful of sweetness with tropical and floral influences. Bottled magic and tastes to sparkle over. Bubbles meet bliss; pop a cork, toast a flute and nibble on sweetness.
You are invited to join the summer audiences who relish in the delights of a unique season of top local and international performers under the stars in the Stellenbosch original theatre of the Winelands.
Music, theatre and dance once again find the perfect setting under the southern sky of Stellenbosch. Set among tall rustling trees, the famous open-air Oude Libertas Amphitheatre this summer hosts a top line-up of entertainment in a variety of presentations. Book your seat at the theatre (021 809 7380/ 021 809 7473) or at Computicket and share in the pleasure of this summer tradition.