When you live in South Africa, especially in Cape Town, you do not need to travel far to discover “historic gems”. The minute I stepped into the reception I knew, this place, is one of our “historic gems”. As the old oak wooden floors squeak beneath me, I make my way to the reception desk. “Hi and welcome to OudeWerf hotel, we have been expecting you”. Honestly, this is the type of welcome that makes me excited about a place. As we get escorted to our room by an old man he starts telling us about the history of Oude Werf, you can see the passion in his eyes as he describes every detail, almost like he was present during every century. “Established in 1686 as a thatch-roofed church it was destroyed by a fire in 1710, rebuilt in 1802 as an “inn”, another fire destroyed the establishment. The hotel was rebuilt, but 80 years later it would once again suffer the scourge of fire that wreaked similar damage to the previous one. In 1973 Gerhard Lubbe, restored the property and incorporated its history into the hotel.” What a pleasant surprise when I found out the historical church’s graveyard can still be seen under the hotel’s kitchen today!
In 2007 it was bought over again and guests enjoy it as the OudeWerf hotel today.
Situated very centrally in Stellenbosch you can find restaurants, bars, shops and historical landmarks within walking distance. We didn’t really venture out as we found the hotel had everything we needed. Their stunning restaurant with a warm, cosy fire in the background was our spot for the night as explored their large selection of the finest wines our local farms have to offer. After a night of fine food and wine we returned to our room, as I slipped into a lush, warm robe and into bed I had to take a moment to admire the stunning decor – caught somewhere between vintage glam and modern day luxury.
Breakfast was a feast and we were quickly on our way as the valet parked our vechile in front of the entrance with our bags neatly packed in the back.
Greeted with warm and friendly smiles all around we were hesitant to leave. Oude Werf’s warm and friendly staff made us feel like family. “Maybe we could stay one more night”, I playfully hint at my husband. As reality sets in to return to the working world we can’t help but feel relaxed and energised for the week ahead.
What I loved about Oudewerf? The warm, kind and generous service we received from the moment we entered till we left the hotel. The hotel aim to apply a living green ethos through various resource saving techniques. Free wifi! Pamper goodies and refreshments. They also have lovely gardens and grass as well as a stunning pool under the shaded trees.
This is a wonderful hotel for a weekend getaway, for tourists looking for a centrally located spot while still experiencing the old historical look and feel of Stellenbosch without compromising on luxury or service.
Highly recommended on our list of travels
Untill next time!