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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
For a more down to earth experience there are guest houses. Less expensive than hotels, they offer a more homey environment, as well as more privacy. Converted from a private house it’s a much gentler environment and for those with furry friends, there are also pet friendly options. They are usually well situated with shops and places of interest nearby. Being so small it offers a much more personal and intimate attention to it’s upkeep, leaving you with a more polished and homely experience.