WHILE its provenance cannot be verified beyond a reasonable doubt, the four-poster bed in the River Cottage at Weltevreden is obviously extremely antique, and made me wish I had a proper long nightgown and frilly cap.
This accommodation is the newest to open on the farm, where the first Title Deed was registered to one Hans Henske in 1692. Some years later and with a few other owners in between, Weltevreden was bought by Piet’s (the famous Voortrekker, you may have heard of him) sister Deborah Retief and her husband, Christoffel Esterhuysen in 1812 from Sybrand Vermeulen. The buildings were proclaimed national monuments in 1975.
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Weltevreden Estate’s is humbled to have been included in the top 5 wedding venues in the Cape Winelands ranked by wine.co.za. Read the whole article here.
A Stellenbosch homestead that dates as far back as 1692, Weltevreden was first awarded heritage status in 1975. The H-shaped Cape Dutch manor house is said to have been built by Voortrekker leader Piet Retief for his sister, Deborah, and her husband in 1812 and and boasts six beautiful, intricate gables. For the wedding ceremony, Weltevreden offers the use of its rustic Waenhuis as a dedicated onsite chapel. Thereafter, guests walk across the homestead to the manicured back garden of the Manor House for pre-reception drinks before navigating the mystical pathways of the Maze to a private and enchanted covered courtyard. Catering is strictly in-house, although corkage is allowed for your preferred wine and champagne.