De Oude Werf was established in 1686 as a modest thatch-roofed church at the request of Dutch governor Simon van der Stel, namesake of Stellenbosch. Originally named d’Ouwe Werf or ‘the old yard’. The church was deconsecrated after being destroyed by a fire in 1710. It is the oldest running hotel in South Africa and have a history that spans back over three centuries.
The location is perfect for strolls around the quaint town, where you can walk to several boutique shops, museums, art galleries, cafés and chocolate shops designed to suit everyone’s taste buds. The period-inspired architecture blends with contemporary South African art and culture, as ornate furniture from bygone eras is carefully fused with modern touches throughout the hotel. The air-conditioned rooms at Oude Werf Hotel have a modern Cape style combined with Victorian antiques. The bathrooms have double basins and a separate bathtub that comes with complimentary soap and shampoo products. Each room has a seating area, satellite TV and internet access.
Why we like it
The location can simply not be surpassed
The touches everywhere combining the old with the new
The breakfast buffet is really good
Great outside area to relax with a glass of wine
See HERE our recommended things to do in the Winelands
Stellenbosch, South Africa