Heritage & Architecture
The Stellenbosch Village Museum currently comprises four houses of historical interest, each of which represents a different period in the history and development of Stellenbosch and its people. It’s a great way to get an idea of the iconic architecture of the town.
Schreuderhuis is the oldest restored and documented town house in South Africa. The interior furnishing and the garden are typical of a Stellenbosch home and family from 1680 to 1720.
Blettermanhuis was built in 1789 by Hendrik Lodewyk Bletterman, who was the last landdrost (magistrate) of Stellenbosch to be appointed by the Dutch East India Company.
This house is built in the typical 18th Century Cape style, with six gables and an H-shaped ground plan.
Grosvenor House, together with Koopmans de Wet House, is an outstanding example of a two-storeyed, flat-roofed patrician town house. A large garden and early 19th century appointments characterise this home, which represents the period from 1800 to 1830.
OM BERGH HOUSE
The home of OM Bergh is a typical mid-nineteenth century home with wallpaper, furniture and accessories from the period 1850 to 1870.
More of Stellenbosch’s iconic architecture can be found at these sites:
La Gratitude’s gable is famous for the plaster relief of the Lord’s ‘all-seeing’ eye.
Libertas Parva is a gracious H-shaped Cape Dutch homestead, built in 1783.
Ackermann-huis is where renowned statesman Jan Smuts lodged as a student.
The Rhenish Church was built in 1823 as a school for slaves’ children and ‘coloured’ people.
Die Bergkelder ‘underground cellar in the mountain’ was built in 1968.
Stellenryck Wine Museum depicts the history of winemaking and includes a late 18th century German wine press.
Van Ryn’s Brandy Distillery was built in 1904 and was constructed using large, rounded rocks from the Eerste River.
Oude Libertas Amphitheatre is nestled on the slopes of Papegaaiberg.
d’Ouwe Werf (Oude Werf) is South Africa’s oldest guesthouse, built on the site of the country’s first church.