Somerset West and Stellenbosch
As planned, we spent two weeks in the Western Cape in August this year. We’d gone especially for my daughter’s wedding, but managed to fit in some other visits, too! All in all it was a rather hectic, but extremely enjoyable visit, and we cannot wait to return!
The images this time are all from the towns of Somerset West (where I used to live) and Stellenbosch (where I used to teach). I hope you enjoy seeing them!
The information centre at the Helderberg Nature Reserve in Somerset West is built in the traditional Cape-Dutch style. The Helderberg mountain looms over the reserve.
The entrance to the Lourensford Wine Cellars on the Lourensford Estate in Somerset West. Great wines are to be bought here!
The fish pond at the Lourensford Estate cellar.
In the garden of the Helderberg Forest Boutique Lodge in Somerset West, where we spent a few wonderful nights and days. A superb place and highly recommended!
One of the entrances to the huge Somerset Mall shopping complex between Somerset West and the Strand. This used to be one of my all-time favourite haunts.
Looking up Church Street towards the Dutch Reformed “Moederkerk” (Mother Church) in Stellenbosch on a wet day.
“La Gratitude” was built for the Borcherds family in 1798. Situated at no. 28 Dorp Street, this is one of the many beautiful houses from the 1700s and 1800s to be found in this Stellenbosch street.
A fallen camellia bloom on the brick-paved pavement along Dorp Street.
Looking up Dorp Street. The channels along the street serve to run irrigation water through the town and date back from the very beginning of European settlement here. Dorp Street is also famed for its ancient oak trees, as is the town as a whole, hence its nickname “Eikestad” (Oak Town).
Stellenbosch Mountain as seen from in front of De Akker, one of the Western Cape’s oldest pubs and a favourite student hangout on Dorp Street.