Just as the Crawleys of Downton Abbey (the impressive Highclere Castle in Berkshire, England) decided to open their doors to the public for a day, so too four historical homesteads of Stellenbosch (if on a somewhat less grandiose scale) combine to form the Village Museum, their doors open for daily tours.
The four homesteads form part of the Historical Stellenbosch on Foot tour, a great way to explore Stellenbosch – the quintessential historical town – filled with Georgian, Cape Dutch and Victorian architecture that lines tree-lined streets full of museums, hotels, restaurants, students, Capetonians and visitors.
It’s been here on the banks of the Eerste River since it was established by the Cape governor, Simon van der Stel. Back then it was an island known as Wildebosch (Wild Forest) that functioned as one of the cattle outposts of the Dutch East India Company (VOC). It was just time before he renamed it Stel’s Forest – Stellenbosch… Continued