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Once the property of a Cape Governor who acquired a huge section of fertile land in a picturesque valley below the Hottentots-Holland Mountains, Vergelegen has one of the grandest manor houses and the most beautiful historic outbuildings in the Cape.
Governor Willem Adriaan van der Stel first acquired the property in 1700 and set about planting vines and fruit trees, and stockpiling livestock. Countless slaves were used to clear off the land and build his home before his eventual downfall in 1707 and the subdivision of his land, leaving only a quarter of the original farm, albeit still a huge tract of land. In 1971 the manor house and outbuildings were fully restored and are now part of a museum complex.
Of interest on the estate are the camphor trees that van der Stel had planted and were granted national monument status in 1942, the library containing a priceless collection of books, the slave quarters... Show more