Cape Heritage Hotel
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Cape Heritage Hotel  
Hotel in Cape Town  
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It owns the oldest fruit-bearing grapevine in South Africa, planted in 1781 in the courtyard. The hotel itself was construct in 1780, it was one of the first Dutch and Georgian properties that was built in the town. It was a monumental figure in the town's history. In 1960s, it was earmarked for demolition. Luckily, the square was renovated in the late 1980s which started one of the first conservation projects to preserve the town's history.
Year built: 1771
What is the history of the property?
The Cape Heritage hotel is an integral part of the restored Heritage Square, which dates back to the 18th Century. Our central courtyard is shaded by South Africa’s oldest known fruit-bearing grapevine, a calm oasis from which to explore the Mother City.
What was the era and/or the architectural style in which the property was built?
The Cape Heritage Hotel is an integral part of the restored Heritage Square, which is bordered by Buitengracht, Hout, Bree and Shortmarket streets. The earliest Dutch and Georgian houses were built in 1771. The Cape Heritage Hotel itself was built in the 1780′s.
Is the property surrounded by other historic buildings?
Archival research shows that most of the original buildings were used for commercial reasons. Tobacconists, snuff makers, gunsmiths, bakers, coach makers and wheelwrights prospered here. There was a rope warehouse, several retail outfits, a boarding house, a chapel and an undertaker.
Has restoration work taken place?
The vine – and Heritage Square itself – might not be in existence if the city council had had its way. In the 1960′s, Heritage Square was earmarked for demolition.
In its place, there were plans to establish a multi-storey car park. Luckily, finances to complete this project were never forthcoming. Instead, at the end of the 1980s, consent was granted to renovate the square, starting the largest private conservation project the city has ever known. For more information on the restoration of the square, visit the Cape Town Heritage Trust’s website.

Are there any elements of particular historical importance at the building?
Many historic features are still clearly visible in the hotel. Exposed original wall finishes and murals are complemented by dëcor that reflects Cape Towns diverse historical and cultural heritage.
Are there any important guests or previous owners worth mentioning?
J.B. Munnik, the first person in South Africa, and the 4th in the world to be born by caesarean operation.
Are there any significant events that took place at the property in the past?
In the early days of Cape Town’s existence, the roads and streets around Heritage Square were some of the most important thoroughfares of the early colony. Buitengracht Street, for instance, which marked the western border of the property, ran along the canal marking the outermost limits of the original Dutch settlement, established in 1652. Shortmarket Street, on the Southern side, leads directly to Greenmarket Square, the original market place for fresh farm produce.
Riebeeck Square, named after the pioneering father of permanent European settlement, was first known as Boere Plein after the free Burghers, who brought their ox wagons here to sell their farming produce. Later still, it was known as Hottentots’ Plein after the noisy, Khoi farmhands who manned the farmers’ wagons.
In general terms, the houses of Heritage Square were built in typical 18th Century Cape Town architectural style, the earliest of which was documented in 1771. Archival research shows that these were not entirely residential building and all the owners engaged in some form of enterprise, ranging from blacksmith to retail and tobacco manufacturers. Businesses included tobacco and snuff makers, gunsmiths, a bakery, a wheelwright, a warehouse, coach makers, several retail outfits, boarding houses, a chapel and even briefly, an undertaker.
At 108 Shortmarket Street, the building was designed with the usual conspicuous front entrance (the building’s public face) –Whilst the rear of structure was accessed through a narrow alleyway, which led to the rear courtyard, out rooms and kitchen. This hidden dimension of the building would have been used by servants, slaves or people residing in the backrooms.
J.B. Munnik, the first person in South Africa, and the 4th in the world to be born by caesarean operation, owned 108 Shortmarket Street. This unique operation was performed by an even more unusual historical figure, Dr. James Barry (who is reputed to have been a women, disguised as a man, in order to practice medicine); and James Barry Munnik was named after him/her.
By the end of the 19th Century the insurance plans indicated that the cluster buildings which today make up Heritage Square were already a mixed commercial area with manufacturing enterprises, with boarding houses and hire houses in the same block. The owners, and the times, may have changed, but Heritage Square is possibly closer to its historic roots now than any other time this century.
Has the property received any certifications for its historical status?
Heritage Building
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Hotel
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Heritage Square
While the hotel dominates the square, this historic area is also home to a variety of restaurants and shops - so you don’t have to wander far to satisfy your needs.


The VineLike many houses of the day, it was centred around an intimate courtyard. A grapevine, planted in this courtyard in 1781, still flourishes today, bearing fruit and shading guests who shelter here for their daily repast. Thanks to vigorous pruning each year, the oldest known fruit-bearing grapevine in South Africa survives without ever being fed or watered!
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Jan Harmsgat
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Jan Harmsgat  
Hotel in Boesmanspad  
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Year built: 1723
What is the history of the property?
JAN HARMSZ SCHAT

In 1674, east of the current town of Bonnievale, on a farm nestled under the towering Langeberg Mountains, Johannes Harman Jansz Potgieter was born.

Johannes married in 1714, and the farm appears on the grant of 1723 as Jan Harmsz Schat (treasure)- from which it was apparently corrupted to Jan Harmsgat. In 1731 we find the grazing rights being granted to a famous hunter, Jacobus Botha. His hunting career was brought to an end a couple of years later, when he shot a lion, and the lioness (which he had not seen) attacked and mauled him, leaving him for dead. Botha recovered but was never able to hunt again and in 1734 Governor de la Fontaine made a freehold grant to Botha, for services rendered, of the farm Jan Harmans Gat that he was then occupying. The farm was described as “vier uur te perd van die dorp Swellendam”

Jacobus Botha lived to the age of 90, dying in 1782, and his 12 sons gave him 190 grandchildren.

The farm is situated along the slopes of the Langeberg, between the mountain and the Breede River. The modern road from Swellendam to Ashton runs along this beautiful valley.

In 1789 the farm passed into the hands of Hermanus Steyn de Jonge. In 1765 he had married the widow Margaretha van Staden, and by the time the farm was occupied by him, he was already a man of some stature in the area. In addition to farming, he also did some Trustee work and sat on the District Council of Swellendam.

In 1795 the farmers of the District rebelled against their Dutch masters, and declared themselves independent of the Cape Government. Hermanus Steyn was chosen as the president of the new republic, which lasted only a short while before the British assumed control of the Cape Colony, and Swellendam again reverted to their original status. Hermanus Steyn lies buried on the farm Jan Harmsgat in a small plot marked by a granite gravestone, which can be seen a few hundred meters from the main house.

A grandson of the old President, Gideon van Zyl, changed the name of the farm to the gentler name of Nooitgedacht. A cousin, one Piet van Eeden, again changed the old building with its three gables under thatch. He removed the upper floors and rebuilt the house with a corrugated iron roof.

The original wine cellar and old slave quarters were retained, but again the thatch was replaced by corrugated iron. This has subsequently been changed back to thatch and is the form in which the buildings now exist.

The wine cellar reminds us of the days when Jan Harmsgat was a large wine farm. The owner of the farm during that time, one F.J. van Eeden was a member of the Legislature, and inherited the farm from old Gideon van Zyl.

One day, while sitting in a meeting of the legislature, he became so angry about a proposed excise duty, that he had all the vineyards cut down, and planted orange trees in their place.

Jan Harmsgat became famous for it’s oranges, which thrived in this climate. Four giant old orange trees, which had been planted by Hermanus Steyn, de Oue, produced wagonloads of oranges for 150 years, but were then cut down by van Eeden, and 5 dozen orangewood chairs made from the timber.

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Geskiedkundige Swellendam. L.L Tomlinson

In the Footsteps Of Lady Anne Barnard - Jose Burman

What was the era and/or the architectural style in which the property was built?
1700

Old Victorian Style
Is the property surrounded by other historic buildings?
Yes

Swellendam - The third oldest town in South Africa
Has restoration work taken place?
Yes
Are there any elements of particular historical importance at the building?
Old Slave Quarters - Now four luxury rooms

Old Wine Cellar - Now Restaurant

Are there any important guests or previous owners worth mentioning?
Currently Owned by Miss Amy Kleinhans Curd ( Former Miss SA of 1992)
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Farmhouse
Is there anything that you would like to highlight, add or clarify?
President Hermanus Steyn historic grave on the property. He was the president of the first republic of Swellendam.
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Schoone Oordt Country House
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Schoone Oordt Country House  
Country House in Swellendam  
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The origins of the property is mysteriously unknown. Historical accounts say that in 1887, it was sold to Hymie Liberman and Abraham Buirski who were parterns in the firm Liberman & Buirski of Swellendam. They were prominent businessmen and buyers of wool and wheat. Abraham Buirski used it as residence with his wife and raised a family there. His son Eli went on to own the house until his death at the age of 54. His gravestone can be found on the reformed church yard. He was the mayor of Swellendam from 1953 to 1923 and a representative in the South African Parliament from 1924 to 1929. The house was rescued by Herman & Dulcie Moore in 1968 from a state of disrepair. Danie & Mercia Theron bought it in 1980 and have lived in in for 20 years until the current owners bought it in 2003.
Year built: 1853
What is the history of the property?
https://schooneoordt.co.za/swellendam/
What was the era and/or the architectural style in which the property was built?
Originally Georgian. Filigree-lace balcony added in the Victorian era.
Is the property surrounded by other historic buildings?
Yes.
Has restoration work taken place?
Yes. Completely
Are there any elements of particular historical importance at the building?
Wooden floors, shutters, ceilings, sash windows
Are there any important guests or previous owners worth mentioning?
The mayor of Swellendam, Eli Buirski
Are there any significant events that took place at the property in the past?
Events that were significant to the owners at the time, but not worldly events.
Has the property received any certifications for its historical status?
Yes
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Villa
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Esperanza Guest House
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Esperanza Guest House  
Guest House in Cape Town  
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Year built: 1903
What is the history of the property?
The house was commissioned by a retired British Army officer. At a later stage owned by a very well known medical doctor from the area.
It began operating as a guest house in 1994.
What was the era and/or the architectural style in which the property was built?
Victorian
Is the property surrounded by other historic buildings?
Yes.
The whole suburb is classified as historically significant and is protected by the heritage authorities.
Has restoration work taken place?
Yes.
Upgrading of bathrooms.
Are there any elements of particular historical importance at the building?
Pressed ceilings. Beautiful large wooden doors. Stained glass. Large staircase. Large interior spaces.
Are there any important guests or previous owners worth mentioning?
No
Are there any significant events that took place at the property in the past?
No
Has the property received any certifications for its historical status?
It is recorded by The City Council to be historically significant but does not have an official certificate.
Would you describe your property as (or has it ever been in the past) a:
Large Victorian House
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De Leeuwenhof Estate
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De Leeuwenhof Estate  
Guest House in Paarl  
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Year built: 2004
What is the history of the property?
still is a fruit farm since 1714
What was the era and/or the architectural style in which the property was built?
est 1714 cape Dutch style
Is the property surrounded by other historic buildings?
the area is full of historic buildings
Has restoration work taken place?
the building is completely restored old style.
Are there any elements of particular historical importance at the building?
the gables and slave bell are original still
Are there any significant events that took place at the property in the past?
the buildings were partly burned in 1900 in the civil war between britisch and boers. The farm was the first Guava fruit farm 9 EST 1714 )in South Africa and still today.
Has the property received any certifications for its historical status?
no
Would you describe your property as (or has it ever been in the past) a:
Farmhouse
Is there anything that you would like to highlight, add or clarify?
no
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Barry Hall Apartments
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Barry Hall Apartments  
Apartments in Cape Town  
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Year built: 1892
What is the history of the property?
The property was built to house a very large family
Is the property surrounded by other historic buildings?
no
Has restoration work taken place?
no

maintenance only
Are there any elements of particular historical importance at the building?
wonderful ceilings,

exceptional wooden inlaid floors

Ornate Teak staircase to 1st floor

Lead colour Glass windows

Exterior Ornate window decorations

original fireplaces

Are there any important guests or previous owners worth mentioning?
no
Are there any significant events that took place at the property in the past?
no
Has the property received any certifications for its historical status?
no
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Villa
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San Gabriel Homestead
San Gabriel Homestead  
Apartments in Somerset West  
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Year built: 1756
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The Historic Pig and Whistle Inn
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The Historic Pig and Whistle Inn  
Guest House in Bathurst  
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Year built: 1821
What is the history of the property?
the property was built in the 1820's by a British settler originally as a blacksmith's forge. Later it was converted into an Inn.
What was the era and/or the architectural style in which the property was built?
early English
Is the property surrounded by other historic buildings?
Yes Bathurst celebrated its 200th anniversary as village in 2020
Has restoration work taken place?
some essential
Are there any elements of particular historical importance at the building?
The old pub has the oldest continuous liquor licence in South Africa
Has the property received any certifications for its historical status?
It is a registered Heritage site (formerly historic monument)
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Inn
Is there anything that you would like to highlight, add or clarify?
Bathurst is home to many heritage sites and the world's biggest pineapple
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Jambo Guest House
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Jambo Guest House  
Guest House in Cape Town  
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What is the history of the property?
Original house built circa 1885, our home for the last 40 years and a multi award winning Guest House for the last 25 years
What was the era and/or the architectural style in which the property was built?
Victorian style ?
Is the property surrounded by other historic buildings?
Green Point is an old suburb of Cape Town
Has restoration work taken place?
Yes
Are there any elements of particular historical importance at the building?
Very high ceilings
Are there any important guests or previous owners worth mentioning?
Important guests include Ambassadors, Diplomats and Dignitaries.
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Franschhoek Country House & Villas
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Franschhoek Country House & Villas  
Hotel in Franschhoek  
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Historic Hotel

Year built: 1890
What is the history of the property?
Main building was once a perfume producing factory

The property was then coverted into a homestead and then later developed into a guesthouse

When restaurant was added the owners named the restaurant after the perfume factory Monneaux
What was the era and/or the architectural style in which the property was built?
Cape architecture
Has restoration work taken place?
Yes, together with other buildings added, like the luxury rooms and Villa Suites
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Boutique Hotel
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Cape Diem Lodge - Boutique Hotel
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Cape Diem Lodge - Boutique Hotel  
Guest House in Cape Town  
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Year built: 1888
What was the era and/or the architectural style in which the property was built?
Victorian
Is the property surrounded by other historic buildings?
Yes
Has restoration work taken place?
Yes
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Falcons View Manor
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Falcons View Manor  
Guest House in Knysna  
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The hotel is rooted from the Thesen Family. One of the most important families in the infancy of the town of Knysna and budding timber trade. The most notable member is Charles Wilhelm Thesen, originally from Norway and later immigrated to South Africa. His company started in timber trade and later ventured into saw-milling and buying forested lands. His big family resided in the Hill House, later transformed to the hotel it is today.
Year built: 1899
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Oakdene Guest House
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Oakdene Guest House  
Guest House in Oudtshoorn  
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Year built: 1853
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Mount Nelson, A Belmond Hotel, Cape Town
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Mount Nelson, A Belmond Hotel, Cape Town  
Hotel in Cape Town  
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This hotel housed notable personalities throughout the years. Winston Churchill once referred to it as "a most excellent and well appointed establishment which may be thoroughly appreciated after a sea voyage". The property has been around for more than a century. In 1918, it was painted pink to symbolize peace. This legacy has been carried for 100 years, priding itself with rose-coloured furnishings.
 
Vineyard Hotel
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Vineyard Hotel  
Hotel in Cape Town  
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The property was initially used as residence for Lady Anne Barnard, daughter of James Lindsay, the Fifth Earl of Balcarres. It turned into a hotel in 1894, under Mrs. O'Sullivan, the first general manager. For over 2 centuries, it evolved into a more environmentally-friendly and contemporary hotel in Cape Town. To ensure modern comforts, it was renovated in 2008 during the 350th celebration of wine-making in the city, along with the reconstruction of a small but vital part of the property, the vine area.
 
The Andros Boutique Hotel
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The Andros Boutique Hotel  
Hotel in Cape Town  
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The hotel offers magnificent views of Table Mountain and park-like gardens. It was originally designed by an Edwardian architect, Sir Herbert Baker, and was built in 1908. It boasts the old-world charm common with traditional Cape Dutch homesteads while maintaining 20th century comforts. Each room will have a private veranda and view of the mountain or the garden.
 
Steenberg Hotel
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Steenberg Hotel  
Hotel in Tokai  
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The Cape’s first farm, established in 1682. Catharina Michelse asked Simon van der Stel for a portion of the ground where he agreed to leased 50 acres to her. Later, she asked him for a legal title to "cultivate, to plough and to sow and also to possess the farm below the stone mountain". Originally named, 'Swaaneweide' - The Feeding Place of Swans, reminding her of her native town. In 1695 Frederik Russouw bought the farm, he was a wealthy member of the Burger Council. He built the new house. The original Manor House was restored and declared a Provincial Heritage Site.
 
Coopmanhuijs Boutique Hotel & Spa
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Coopmanhuijs Boutique Hotel & Spa  
Hotel in Stellenbosch  
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This quaint five star hotel sits in the renowned Church Street. The property is a restored Manor House that dates back since 1713. Areas in the hotel are intricately designed with antique yellow-wood ceiling and richly carved French wallpaper. A wall is adorned by lighted trees made of wire. The dining area has hand-hewn poplar chairs under a glass roof. Interior design blends contemporary comfort with traditional aesthetic.
 
De Kloof Luxury Estate Hotel and Spa
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De Kloof Luxury Estate Hotel and Spa  
Hotel in Swellendam  
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The property is a well-preserved masterpiece that was built in 1801.The original floors, ceilings and white-washed walls are still kept to maintain an old-world feel. It stands as one of the oldest buildings in the town of Overberg, the 3rd oldest historical village in South Africa. It is between Cape Town and George and along the beautiful Breede River. It is declared as a South African national monument.
 
Hacklewood Hill Country House
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Hacklewood Hill Country House  
Bed & Breakfast in Port Elizabeth  
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This historic building was built in 1898. It sits in a lush English setting in the green suburb of Walmer, a perfect place for tranquil getaways. Hacklewood Hill is one of the few standing Victorian Manor Houses, it maintains the old-world elegance while keeping up with the pace of modern comforts. Once you walk in, you are greeted by intricately stained glass doors, gleaming wooden floors and banisters.
 
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