Built in 1747, the Drostdy House in Stellenbosch is one of the oldest and best preserved buildings in South Africa. The Drostdy was established by the Governor Hendrik Swellengrebel as the headquarters for the magistrate in charge of land affairs for the Breede River area.
The original Drostdy building was enlarged during the early 1800's, but the building has essentially remained unchanged ever since. Much of the original interior decor captures the Cape baroque style that was common at the time. Later occupation by the English is reflected by the neoclassical furnishings.
The house consists of a dining room, parlour, kitchen with pantry, and several bedrooms, all all which have been fully furnished with paintings, photos, and furniture that reveal the lifestyle of the well-heeled.
THE OLD GOAL:
Beside the main building of the Drostdy stands the old gaol, along with a small cottage for the gaoler that dates back to 1790. A small central courtyard stands where slave prisoners would have once been beaten and flogged at the whipping post.
The Drostdy Museum complex has been expanded to include the "Ambagswerf" or trade yard, where typical homestead tools for making and repairing furnishings and farming equipment are displayed. The Ambagswerf has a reconstructed charcoal kiln, similar to that used by blacksmiths of the time. A mill and bakery demonstrate the milling of grain and baking of bread. Also found at the Ambagswerf is a tannery for preparing leather, a cooperage for
constructing wooden barrels, and a copper-smithy for creating kitchen utensils.
Originally the estate was surrounded by vineyard and orchards, but most of this has long since become residential property
Recent additions to the Drostdy Museum Complex is a home called Mayville built in 1846, which has been fully restored, and the beautifully reconstructed Zanddrift, which now houses the museum's restaurant.
Address: 18 Swellengrebel Street, Stellenbosch
Sat, Sun and public holidays: 10:00-15:45
18 Swellengrebel Street, Swellendam
Sleeps: 12 in 6 units/rooms
0.5km South of center of Drostdy Museum
Swellendam, nestling below the majestic Langeberg mountain range, is the historical heart of the Overberg with many fine examples of early Victorian and Cape Dutch architecture.
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23.5km West of center of Drostdy Museum
Asher Riverside Cottages offers the perfect location for a relaxing family
farm break-away or holiday. Asher Riverside Cottages have 4 private
self-catering cottages beautifully situated amongst the vineyards on the bank of
the Breede River over..
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32.4km South East of center of Drostdy Museum
Tides offers three self catering cottages and one Boathouse all are right on the banks of the river and have stunning views, verandahs and braai areas. Bedrooms have Queen size beds, 100% cotton linen. Kitchens are fully equipped.
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35.0km West of center of Drostdy Museum
Boesmansdrift, where you can experience your dreams of a country life, and the friendliness of the Bonnievale community! Relax in our fully furnished self-catering farm house, (which sleeps 8), nestled along the Breede River...
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36.6km South East of center of Drostdy Museum
The Breede Riverine is only a three hour drive from Cape Town's busy city life, which is close enough to serve as a relaxing weekend getaway for city dwellers.
37.5km South East of center of Drostdy Museum
Waterkloof Guesthouse, a free range ostrich farm, is situated in the scenic vastness of the Southern Cape, near Swellendam and Heidelberg. A few minutes drive will take you to the holiday town of Witsand with its superb beach and fisherman's paradise
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