Vergelegen Manor House
Our favourite wine farm!
The town of Stellenbosch is situated about 50 kilometres (31 mi) east of Cape Town, along the banks of the Eerste River.
Stellenbosch is full of charming scenes and rich in history.
From the myriad of meticulously restored Cape Dutch style buildings throughout the town to the 19th century university buildings, the town exudes history and good taste.
This visual effect of Stellenbosch is, of course, compounded by the fact that the town is surrounded by spectacular mountains and some of the world’s most famous vineyards adding to the town and region’s attractiveness.
A wide variety of activities is on offer to both locals and tourists alike.
Stellenbosch is also perfect to use as a base for visiting Cape Town, Paarl, Hermanus and Franschhoek. It is within an hour's drive to Hermanus for whale watching.
Betty's Bay can be visited en-route, when travelling on the spectacular Clarence Drive.
There are 23 private cellars and five co-op wineries to visit. The Bergkelder Cellar has a wine museum and offers excellent wine tours as well as wine tasting.
Our current favourite wine farms:
Vergelegen (Somerset West): if you have time only for one wine farm - this is the one! Beautiful gardens, 2 restaurants, wonderful manor house, library, wine tasting.... this is our favourite.
Uitkyk: on the R44 towards Paarl. Stunning manor house and very good wines
Plaisir de Merle: (towards Franschhoek) A house and garden to dream of. Wonderful wines, beautiful setting
Babylonstoren: beautiful gardens and lovely lunches served in the green house
The Jonkershoek State Forest and Assegaaibosch Nature Reserve offer walks, hikes and mountain biking for the outdoor enthusiasts. Jonkershoek Fish Hatchery offers fly fishing in their dams.
Stellenbosch Mountain is a popular walking and mountain biking destination.
Buy fresh strawberries or pick your own at Mooiberge or Polkadraai Farm Stalls. (August to November)
Stellenbosch Golf Course on the R44 is within walking distance.
De Zalze Golf Estate is within a 5 minute drive and Devonvale Golf Estate (10km) all offer excellent venues to test your golfing skills.
Stellenbosch University is an internationally accredited university with an idyllic campus at the heart of this picturesque town. The University faculties include education, science, agro sciences, arts and social sciences, theology, law, engineering, economic, management sciences and more than 40 research institutions.
Oude Libertas and Spier Amphiteatres, the Dorp Street Theatre and Klein Libertas Theatres, the Stellenbosch Music Conservatorium and the HB Thom theatre offer productions to suit every taste.
- The Stellenbosch Slow Market brings together a variety of fine foods and wines. You will experience an ancient way of shopping in a modern context. (Saturdays at Oude Libertas farm.)
- Blaauwklippen Family Market is open every Sunday from 10h00 to 15h00 and offers a range of fresh produce, homemade products,crafts and plants. There is also live music and space to relax under the trees.
- Root 44 at Audacia wine farm on the Annadale road is a favourite with the locals, both old and young. Open on Saturdays and Sundays.
Discover a unique variety of plants or enjoy a light meal, tea or coffee in the Botanical Gardens.
Visit Bletterman Huis, Grosvenor House, Toy Museum, Schreuder Huis (dating back to 1709), Die Dorp Museum in the centre of town and the SASOL Art Museum.
The Rupert Museum has just been re-vamped. Well worth visit.
Besides the above, Stellenbosch has many wonderful art galleries.
We can supply you with a free Stellenbosch Art Route map.
- Basic Bistro - quaint atmosphere, affordable meals
- Asta - for authentic Italian pasta & pizza
- Greengate - for buffet breakfast & lunch, coffee & cake
- Volkskombuis - authentic South African cuisine in a beautiful setting
- Wijnhuis - excellent food and wine
- Tokara - cuisine and beautiful views of the Stellenbosch Mountains
- Oppiedorp - a local favourite
- The Blue Crane & the Butterfly - wonderful home baked cakes & light meals
- The Fat Butcher - for steak, steak and more steak
Shopping in Stellenbosch
Stellenbosch has many lovely shops to browse in.
Oom Samie se Winkel is an old world shop selling everything from shoelaces to rooibos tea.
We love Milieu in Ryneveld Street, for authentic South African gifts and homeware. And they wrap it beautifully too!
Big Blue is another great shop for browsing for gifts. Funky and fun genuine South African gifts and clothing.
Protea Boekhuis is a wonderful book shop with a huge selection of books, both fiction and non-fiction. A favourite for book lovers.
Eikestad Mall has clothing boutiques, supermarkets and restaurants.
Dorp, Church, Andringa and Ryneveld Streets are the best for browsing.
Stellenbosch is the home of Stellenbosch University and as such offers world class sporting facilities.
If you are a mountain biker you can explore the trails on Stellenbosch Mountain or cycle to Jonkershoek Nature Reserve.
Stellenbosch University Sports Centre has an excellent gymnasium with both an indoor and outdoor swimming pool.
The Root 44 Market is the venue for the Stellenbosch Park Run every Saturday.
If you just want to go for walk or a run, a walk/run in the vineyards on the edge of Paradyskloof is a wonderful way to wind down.