The Farm

Agriculture and a simple farm lifestyle is at the heart of Boschendal. One of the oldest farms in South Africa, founded 1685, the farm has grown with the passing centuries into a cherished source of wholesome produce, great wines and happy memories.

Set in the Drakenstein Valley surrounded by dramatic mountain landscapes, lush gardens and vines, the original farmstead complex is now a national monument with a rich and intriguing history of more than 300 years.

Today, Boschendal is a Cape winelands icon and a cherished wine and food destination. Our vineyards and fruit trees have been joined by vegetable gardens and a growing herd of free range, 100% pasture fed Angus cattle reflecting our commitment to serving wholesome farm-to-table food.

Guest accommodation is also a recent addition to the farm with luxurious cottage accommodation ranging from the exclusive and historic Rhodes Cottage built by Sir Herbert Baker to the elegantly restored Werf Cottages.

Cottage guests enjoy access to the entire farm where they can walk and cycle on trails through mountain fynbos, dine under the stars, have picnics and sundowners in exclusive areas, fly-fish in the dams and swim in pristine mountain water.

Where we are
Boschendal lies in the beautiful Drakenstein Valley and is flanked by the dramatic Drakenstein and Simonsberg mountains.

The farm is located in the centre of the illustrious Franschhoek and Stellenbosch vineyard region. It is some 60 kilometres from the city of Cape Town and the towns of Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and Paarl are all within 20 kilometres of the farm.

Click here to download a map of the Estate (pdf format).
1. Boschendal Manor House
2. The Werf Restaurant
3. Farm Shop & Deli
4. Wine Tasting Room and Gift Shop
5. Le Pique Nique Area
6. The Olive Press Function Venue
7. The Werf Cottages
8. Clarence Cottage
9. The Cellar Door Tasting Centre
10. The Winery
11. Rhone Homestead
12. Rhodes Cottage
13. Orchard Cottages

Our History
The Drakenstein Valley was inhabited by nomadic Khoisan communities for tens of centuries prior to colonisation of the Cape. Boschendal was first granted to the French Huguenot Jean le Long in 1685 by Simon van der Stel, the first governor of the Cape Colony. It was subsequently bought by Abraham de Villiers in 1715 and remained in that family for 164 years.

The De Villiers family developed Boschendal into a flourishing wine farm and built the manor house and outbuildings. In 1897 custodianship of Boschendal passed into the hands of the mining magnate Cecil John Rhodes who saw a lucrative opportunity in fruit farming. Rhodes Fruit Farms was established and began exporting deciduous fruit to Britain on a large scale. In 1976 the beautifully restored Boschendal farmstead and winery was opened to the public for the first time and began to emerge as the icon it is today of the Cape winelands.

The Boschendal Valley
Boschendal, with its backdrop of sweeping mountain ranges, deep ravines, imposing peaks and sun-baked rock is renowned throughout the world for its beauty. The farm is within an area of such significance that botanists have named it a kingdom on its own – the Cape Floral Kingdom. A major feature of this diverse ecosystem is the fascinating multiform low-growing vegetation known as fynbos or ‘fine bush’.

The visual and aromatic prevalence of the various shapes and forms of this hardy vegetation inspired the iconic flora capensis symbol in Boschendal’s logo.

Things to do at Boschendal
There are many ways to immerse yourself in the goodness of farm life at Boschendal, starting with our passion for fresh food and fine wine. Guests are invited to indulge in a beautifully prepared meal at any of our three restaurants, to delight in our fruity and refreshing wines, or to enjoy a lazy day of picnicking with family and friends.

Let the historical tour of the Werf and the homestead transport you to the simple life of centuries past, or simply soak up the fresh country air while strolling through the old rose garden.

And if you’re craving adventure, you’re in for a treat. Boschendal’s rolling landscapes beg to be explored, boasting the awe-inspiring Silvermine caves, hiking and biking routes through the vineyards and mountains, and several farm dams to swim in. You can even try your hand at fly-fishing!

Boschendal’s idyllic Franschhoek setting lends itself to hours of fun and rejuvenation, and we welcome you to our home.

Click here to view the directions. 

Boschendal Estate