The original building dates back to 1946, and was owned by Prof. Gerrit Kruger, a lecturer in Theology at Stellenbosch University. In 2007 it was purchased by the current owners to convert into what is now Albarosa Guesthouse. The house was home to a vast collection of books, which inspired the names of the various rooms. The self-catering flat, Stories Cottage, was built during these alterations.
This restored Cape-Dutch building offers several elegantly furnished and air-conditioned rooms. Relax in the lounge with its cosy fireplace and large range of interesting books, or outside on the patio. A healthy and hearty breakfast is served in the garden or in the dining room and on those hot summer days, guests can cool off in our splash pool.
Choose to stay in one of our Luxury Double Rooms with Double bed and en-suite bathroom with bath and shower or in one of our Luxury Twin Rooms with Twin beds and en-suite bathroom with shower. We also have a Standard Room with 2 adjacent Twin beds and full, private, but separate bathroom as well as a self-catering cottage with one bedroom with Double bed, living area with Double fold-out couch, kitchenette and full en-suite bathroom with bath and shower.
In Room Facilities:
Coffee and tea making facilities,
Stellenbosch is the second-oldest and undoubtedly the most scenically attractive and historically preserved town in southern Africa.
The name conjures up images as few other towns or cities can. History is reflected in the neo-Dutch, Georgian and modern-Victorian architecture that encompasses simple lines, fine detail and elegant proportions that bear witness to a proud and dignified heritage.
There is a small-town atmosphere and leisurely lifestyle surrounded by nature's bounty, yet Stellenbosch is no more than half an hour's drive from the cosmopolitan buzz of Cape Town and endless stretches of pristine white beach are within 15 minutes' drive.
The tranquil, friendly town offers a plethora of activities and events for young and old, the adventurer, nature-lover, music and art-lover, and history buff. The unsurpassed scenery with views over vineyards, mountains and orchards, offers excellent photographic opportunities.
Stroll along the streets and secluded lanes and savour the atmosphere, mingle with the locals at an open-air coffee shop or bistro, or titillate your taste buds with fine local fare or international cuisine at one of the many restaurants and eateries.
Take a tour to all the surrounding wineries and experience the true flavour of the winelands.
Hike through vineyards and along mountain trails that have been the source of inspiration to poets and artists for centuries.
At the end of your day, relax at one of the many health resorts and spas located in the town, amid rolling vineyards, or set snugly against the foothills of majestic mountains.
Coetsenberg Stadium and Stellenbosch University Gym is just around the corner from the guesthouse.
Lounge with cosy fireplace and large range of interesting books,
A shuttle service can also be provided at an additional rate.
For the culture-buff or historian there are art galleries and museums and wonderful architecture. For the lover of entertainment, there is a variety of music and theatre, with some productions taking place in the enchanting environment of local amphitheatres.
There are several hiking trails along mountain slopes, through a series of "koppies" (hills) and ridges, forest, vineyards and olive groves, in what is undoubtedly one of the most scenic and historic farming districts in the country.
Beautiful mountains, valleys and rivers and the mild weather make Stellenbosch and surrounds has attracted a plethora of bird species to the area.
Enjoy spectacular sunsets from a hilltop or mountain with 360º views of breathtaking scenery. Hikers can enjoy a leisurely stroll along the clearly marked vineyard trail through a Renosterveld conservancy and yellowwood forest.
Stellenbosch is steeped in history. Find out more about this second oldest town in South Africa by visiting the many museums and art galleries dotted around the town. Historic Dorp Street; a National Monument; has one of the longest rows of surviving old buildings of any major town in southern Africa.
The Village Museum comprises four historic houses, including Schreuderhuis, said to be the oldest existing town house in South Africa.
Oude Meester Brandy Museum gives an insight into the history and development of brandy.
Wijnland Auto Museum boasts the biggest collection of South African Classic Cars under one roof.
The Toy & Miniature Museum houses a collection of 1:12 scale miniatures, room boxes, miniature houses, antique dolls and other toys and a lifelike miniature of South Africa's famous Blue Train.
Try your hand at mountaineering, hang-gliding, abseiling, mountain biking, cycling, canoeing, aviation, paintball, 4 x 4 trails, horse-riding and hiking, or join an adventure camp.
For the golf enthusiast there are three world-class, 18-hole golf courses in Stellenbosch. Stellenbosch Golf Club that has hosted many prestigious tournaments; Devonvale golf course offers a regular challenge to both local and international golfers, and De Zalze that has an excellent mix of parkland holes and water features. Six more golf courses are within 30 minutes drive of the town.
Get up close and personal with the fastest land animal on earth, the cheetah and interact with owls and other raptors at the eagle encounters centre, visit the zoo on the outskirts of Stellenbosch, the magical Butterfly world, Lion park, Giraffe House animal sanctuary and Crocodile farm.