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    Die Ou Hoofgebou

    by MM212 Updated Jan 22, 2014

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    Die Ou Hoofgebou, Dec 2013

    Known as Die Ou Hoofgebou (The Old Main Building) in Afrikaans, this palatial building is part of the University of Stellenbosch. It is the oldest academic building in the university, completed in 1886 by the German architect Carl Otto Hager in a Neoclassical style not short of a triangular pediment and Corinthian capitals. The construction of the building was also intended to commemorate the bicentennial anniversary of the town of Stellenbosch (which took place in 1879).

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    Walking around the town

    by vpas Written Jul 12, 2013
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    Walking around this town is the best way to get a feel of the town. This place is filled with shops selling souvenirs and little knick knacks. I found that the range they had here is far superior and different from what they sell in other places like Cape Town and J'Burg. No doubt it is expensive, but if you find something exclusive and not too exorbitant, then just pick it up here!!

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    Wine Tasting @ Bramptons

    by vpas Written Jun 6, 2013
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    This is a chic place, very warm and informal. There is good music and a friendly atmosphere. They have a 3 course or a 5 course tasting. I am not an expert on wines, but if you are or if you have limited knowledge, the people her will take you through the nuances of the various varieties, You could also have light snacks and cheese platters. I would surely recommend this place. The best part about this place is its affordability in spite of the good quality. This is the motto of the Bramptons -- to bring quality wines at affordable cost.

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    Visite the Village Museum

    by lotharscheer Updated Mar 11, 2013

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    A realy nice museum showing the information and main entrance building and 4 buildings from the 18. and 19. century with the original furnitures, 30 Rand entrance fee.
    Open monday to saturday 9 to 17, sundays 10 to 13 in may to august and 10 to 16 september to april.

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    Wine Tasting at Warwick Wine Estate

    by GracesTrips Updated Oct 19, 2012
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    This was not one of the wineries I searched out but a recommendation from Rustenberg. The wines were okay. Enjoyed a great little German love story about the wedding cup.

    The website posts that they offer a gourmet picnic. Maybe next time.

    Open Sunday to Saturday 10am-5pm
    Tasting: R25 per person
    Tour group Private tasting: Cellar tours by appointment
    Contact: tastingroom@warwickwine.com

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    Wine Tasting at Rustenberg Wines

    by GracesTrips Updated Oct 19, 2012
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    Rustenberg wines were okay. The property is beautiful. Wine-searcher.com had one of their wines on their top red wine list for Stellenbosch is why we visited them.

    Their website is in progress but they do have a facebook page.

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    Wine Tasting at Kanonkop Wine Estate

    by GracesTrips Updated Oct 19, 2012
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    Kanonkop had four wines listed on wine-searcher.com's list of top red wines in Stellenbosch. However, we tasted them and thought they were just okay. Better wines were tasted at De Toren and Thelema Mountain Vineyards.

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    Monday through Friday 9am-5pm
    Saturday 9am-2pm

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    Wine Tasting at Thelema Mountain Vineyards

    by GracesTrips Updated Oct 19, 2012
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    Absolutely beautiful property with great views of the mountains in Stellenbosch! The wines were really, really good! This was quite enjoyable and looking forward to buying their wine in the United States.

    Monday through Friday 9am-5pm
    Saturday 10am-3pm

    Tastings cost R25 refundable with purchase.

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    Wine Tasting at Ernie Els Wines

    by GracesTrips Updated Oct 19, 2012
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    Yes, this winery is owned by golfer, Ernie Els. The property is gorgeous! They have one of the best views in Stellenbosch. So does Thelema Mountain Vineyards.

    The wines were okay. Their Proprietor's Blend is one of the highly rated Stellenbosch wines according to wine-searcher.com.

    Portfolio Tasting R60 for 8 wines
    Selective Tasting R30 for 4 wines

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    Wine Tasting at De Toren Private Cellar

    by GracesTrips Updated Oct 19, 2012
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    The best red wines we tasted! Do I need to say more? They only make two red blends, the Fusion V and the Z. Both available in the United States. We received a nice little tour of the winery and learned a little about the wine making process.

    Wine tasting at De Toren is by appointment only Monday through Friday. Closed on the weekends and public holidays.

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    Wine Tasting at Meerlust Estate

    by GracesTrips Updated Oct 19, 2012
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    Meerlust is one of the oldest wine estates in Stellenbosch. The red wines we tasted were okay but not great. However, they did have their blend, Rubicon, on winesearcher.com as one of the top wines from Stellenbosch.

    Tastings cost R30 per person and refunded with a purchase. Tasting room is open Monday through Saturday and closed for public holidays.

    Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
    Saturday 10am-2pm

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    Stellenbosch Village Museum

    by mikelisaanna Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    One of the houses of the Stellenbosch Museum

    The Stellenbosch Village Museum encompasses five buildings. The first is a small building with exhibits about the town's history. The other four buildings are historic houses that you can tour, all of which are located within a hundred meters of each other. The oldest house, the Schrueder House, dates from the early 1700s, while the newest of the four houses, the Bergh House, dates from the 1800s. The other two, the Grosvenor and Bletterman houses, date from the late 1700s. All four of the homes are well-preserved and very interesting to visit.

    The guides in each home were well-informed and added some interesting history lessons for us. They also made a good effort to educate our 8-year old daughter about the houses and their history. We enjoyed our visit.

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    Spier Winery

    by mikelisaanna Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The tasting room at the Spier Winery

    There are plenty of wineries in the area around Stellenbosch, which lies within South Africa's main wine-producing region. Many of the wineries offer tastings to tourists. Some also have restaurants and tours.

    We chose to visit the Spier Winery not because of its wine (which was good), but because it is fun for kids (we had our 8-year daughter and her 7-year old friend with us). In addition to a nice tasting room and restaurant, Spier also has a cheetah exhibit, that the kids loved. Also, there was a space in the tasting room where the kids could color and read while the parents tasted wine. The kid-friendly touches really made Spier a fun experience for the whole family.

    As for the wine, they had a good selection of whites and reds. We had a couple of each (except for the designated driver) and found them to be good. The tasting room was well-appointed and comfortable, with friendly bartenders (or whatever they call the guys pouring the wine).

    If you want to stay overnight, the winery also has a sizable hotel attached to it, which also includes conference facilities.

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    Village Museum

    by mvtouring Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Stellenbosch Village Museum is a group of four carefully restored and furnished buildings representing the major stylistic periods of the previous three centuries. Here one can move through these time periods in a matter of minutes, experiencing fascinating architecture, and getting a glimpse of life in the early development of the Cape.

    1. Schreuderhuis (ca. 1709)
    A pioneer dwelling which survived the first great fire, and is furnished to represent the period 1690 - 1720.

    2. Blettermanhuis (ca. 1789)
    A magnificent H-plan Cape house decorated with six gables, typical of the period 1760 - 1790.

    3. Grosvenor House (ca. 1803)
    Outstanding example of a double-storeyed flat-roofed Cape house in the neo-classical style, reflecting the period 1800 - 1830.

    4. O.M. Berghhuis (ca. 1850)
    A gabled dwelling like Blettermanhuis, which became a double-storey in the late 19th century. The cluttered interior is typical of the Victorian era between 1840 and 1870.

    Open: Mon - Sat and public holidays: 09:30 - 17:00
    Sundays and religious holidays: 14:00 - 17:00
    Closed: Good Friday and Christmas Day

    Entrance fee payable.

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    Stellenbosch Village Museum

    by myriam_c Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The famous Cape-Dutch style

    The Stellenbosch Village Museum is a group of four carefully restored and furnished buildings representing the major stylistic periods of the previous three centuries.

    1. Schreuderhuis (ca. 1709)
    On the very first drawing of Stellenbosch (1710) the front part of this house is already mentioned. The house is small, with an open fire in the kitchen and primitive Cape furniture. A contradiction with the other 3 houses!

    2. Blettermanhuis (ca. 1789)
    A large typical Cape-Dutch house, built by Hendrik Lodewyk Bletterman in the 18th century. It has some fabulous furniture inside, typical for a rich Stellenbosch house from that period.

    3. Grosvenor House (ca. 1803)
    A two story flat-roofed Cape-Dutch house, one of the most beautiful examples of this kind of patrician house in South Africa. Again beautiful furniture in 1800-1830 style.

    4. O.M. Berghhuis (ca. 1850)
    Another example of a rich-man's house in the 19th century. The cluttered interior is typical of the Victorian era between 1840 and 1870.

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