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Stay in a Cape Dutch House
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Stay in a Cape Dutch House

In-love with gables, white-washed walls, dark thatch, sturdy front doors with a window above, evenly spaced windows and T, H and U-shaped house design? The Cape Dutch house is one of the most sought-after designs for homes in the Western Cape. And it’s n...
8 Glorious Gardens That Just Happen To Be On Wine Estates
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8 Glorious Gardens That Just Happen To Be On Wine Estates

To explore a garden before, or after, tasting the wine grown on the farm is one of the highlights of these 8 glorious gardens on wine estates... BABYLONSTOREN The gardens at Babylonstoren are extensive. Modelled on the former Company Gardens of the Cape (the...
Cape Dutch architecture – 8 best spots to Gawp at Gables
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Cape Dutch architecture – 8 best spots to Gawp at Gables

Think Cape Dutch architecture and one immediately calls to mind the style's most distinctive feature: the central gable. But gables are not anything new, you might argue, what's the big deal? – European architecture is full of examples. But at the Cape, gables...
3 Things To Do In Somerset West Outdoors
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3 Things To Do In Somerset West Outdoors

Somerset West is a small town situated just outside of Cape Town. This town welcomes visitors as they come over Sir Lowry’s Pass and begin a steep descent towards the Mother City, first passing Somerset West on the left. But, this town is more than just a prec...
Kamers vol Geskenke – where gifts are flying off the shelves
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Kamers vol Geskenke – where gifts are flying off the shelves

I'm just back from three hours of soaking up the ambiance of a market that gives new meaning to the word 'craft'. The recent term for this type of craft is 'high-end craft' (there's that word again, but obviously it is irreplaceable). So, don't expect to see h...
Upmarket, down-to-earth market in Somerset West, Hathersage Market, a great place to be
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Upmarket, down-to-earth market in Somerset West, Hathersage Market, a great place to be

Make a space in your diaries for the second and last Sunday of every month, because this is a market, if you live anywhere near Somerset West, that deserves your patronage. Not just because it supports exceptional, local food, or because it is a positively sum...
The gardens of Vergelegen – time out in Somerset West
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The gardens of Vergelegen – time out in Somerset West

The gardens of Vergelegen: Despite the fact that there over 1000 camellias in Vergelegen's garden, and the estate has been around for some 300 years, Capetonians often forget that there is another city virtually a stone's throw away that also lies at the foot ...