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Last updated: 10 November, 2022
Expert travel writer: Richard Holmes

The oldest, continually-running hotel in South Africa, the Oude Werf began life in 1686 as a church, before being converted into a hotel in 1802.

Its 21st-century incarnation combines antique pieces with modern touches; exposed brick and vibrantly-patterned fabrics and furniture.

Don’t miss afternoon tea in the eclectically-furnished (including numerous clocks) lounge; Oude Werf’s cheesecake is legendary, and it’s a great spot to people-watch after a morning exploring Stellenbosch.

The hotel is located in the heart of town, with art galleries, wine emporiums, boutiques and restaurants all within easy strolling distance.

The world-class vineyards of the wine region are all around and close by. Cape Town city centre and the picturesque coastline, however, are a 45-minute drive away.

Surrounding area

Stellenbosch is the second-oldest town in South Africa and the oak-lined avenues and historic buildings offer plenty of yesteryear charm.

It’s also a vibrant university town, with myriad bars and restaurants bustling every night of the week. If you’re a light sleeper, ask for a room facing away from the road.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers*
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Stellenbosch Wine Region

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa[1.5 miles]

One of the world’s greatest wine regions, home to more than 150 wineries producing numerous world-class wines, gorgeous Cape Dutch architecture, superb restaurants and top-notch art galleries.

Best for ages: 6+ | Free

A day in Franschhoek

Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa[17.3 miles]

The ‘French Corner’ of the Cape Winelands is a bucket list destination for bacchanalian adventures.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

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Other worthwhile experiences in this destination if you have the time or the interest, closest first

Babylonstoren’s Gardens

Babylonstoren’s Gardens

Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa[14.5 miles]

Gardeners and food-to-table devotees would love the 8 acres of bountiful gardens at Babylonstoren, one of the oldest Cape Dutch farms. They offer daily walking tours guided by the estate horticulturists. There’s also an excellent on-site restaurant, and an elegant farm shop that sells local foods and homewares.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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A yellow Jaguar D-Type vintage racing car on display at the Franschhoek motor museum.

Franschhoek Motor Museum

Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa[14.5 miles]

Showcasing over 200 classic cars from the Rupert family’s private collection, petrolheads can delve into a century of motoring history, from South Africa’s first Model T Ford to the rare Ferrari Enzo. It’s open daily, but you must book an appointment via the website before you go. You can also book a ride in a classic car.

Best for ages: 4+ | £5

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Rickety Bridge Winery a tourist tram ride between vineyards in the Franschhoek Valley Western Cape Southern Africa

Franschhoek Wine Tram

Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa[23.4 miles]

This scenic hop-on hop-off tram operates on eight routes connecting 24 wine estates in the Franschhoek Valley. It’s a charismatically convenient way to get around, and you can stop at your own pace for wine tastings, vineyard walks and cellar tours. The routes begin/end at the Franschhoek Terminal and the Groot Drakenstein Terminal. Kids allowed.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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Destination guides including or relevant to this place to stay

Cape Town

Western Cape, South Africa

Vibrant, multicultural city with dramatic scenery, adrenaline adventure galore, Africa’s best art’s scene and golden beaches and outstanding gastronomy.

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