If you're looking for a quiet place to wander and lose yourself in the fantasy of living life on a small estate in the foothills of Table Mountain, Stellenberg is just the place to visit. This private garden is exclusively open to the public one weekend each year (usually the first weekend in November) making it worth the visit if you're traveling to Cape Town during this time. One of the oldest properties in Cape Town, has been called home by several prominent families over the years. Fortunately, despite changes of ownership, the property managed to escape the 'Victorianization' many other homes in the region underwent and retains its classic 18th century Cape Dutch feel.
While the house is off-limits to visitors, the main appeal is the property and gardens. It is divided into different gardens, each with their own unique characteristics: a white garden, a walled garden, a formal medieval garden, an herb garden, and more. After wandering through each of the areas of the storybook home, there is a small corner of the property where they serve refreshments. Both savory finger sandwiches and sweet cakes are offered, along with coffee and hot or cold tea.
There is a small entrance fee, but expect no more than R50-R60 ($6). After all the wonderful inspiration the garden provides, you will be tempted to purchase a plant or two as you walk through their nursery before exiting. The Stellenberg Nursery is open to visitors Monday - Friday, 8:30-16:30.