Tips for Choosing Guest House Accommodation in Stellenbosch
Nestled between the idyllic Boland Mountains and the undulating Cape Winelands, is one of South Africa’s oldest towns: Stellenbosch. Established in 1679, it is one of the most beautiful historic towns in the country, and continues to captivate residents and tourists alike.
If you’re considering a trip to this Winelands jewel, here are four things to keep in mind when selecting places to stay in the area:
1. Centrality and Having Enough Time
Opting for a Stellenbosch guesthouse that is centrally located will afford you a truly immersive stay. Being in walking distance from the various attractions and sites is recommended for getting the most out of your stay.
However, factor in enough time to see and explore what the City of Oaks has to offer. We recommend staying a minimum of three nights.
2. The History
With a rich architectural history rooted in Cape-Dutch elegance, the town offers numerous guided walking tours that can easily be arranged. Dorp Street is one of the town’s original roads and is a must-see for visitors.
Prominent historical attractions also include:
- The Moederkerk
- The Stellenbosch Village Museum
- The V.O.C. Kruithuis and Die Braak
- The Wijnland Auto Museum
3. The Culture
There are numerous art galleries to visit during your stay in this culturally vibrant town.
- the Stellenbosch Art Gallery, showcasing the South African masters
- the SMAC gallery, featuring dynamic local and international contemporary works
- the Rupert Museum, displaying the Rupert family’s extensive private collection
Music and theatre are also deeply ingrained in Stellenbosch’s culture. Attend concerts featuring top talent at the Konservatorium’s Endler Hall or the Oude Libertas Amphitheatre. The Drostdy Theatre also features an eclectic production mix.
4. The Wine
Stellenbosch is the ideal base for exploring the world-renowned wineries in the Cape Winelands. With a longstanding wine-making tradition, wine tasting should be at the heart of your trip, whether you’re visiting some of the many wine farms or having dinner at one of the town’s fine restaurants.