Stellenbosch winelands lies in one of the most beautiful valleys in the South Africa. Enjoy visiting the many wine farms in the area. Wine tasting, cheese and chocolate tasting as well as experiencing the wonderful cuisine offered on these breath taking wine estates are all part of this memorable winelands experience.

Stellenbosch is synonymous with the oldest Wine Route in the country, which draws wine-lovers and tourists from around the world.

Established in 1802, d’Ouwe Werf is South Africa’s oldest and most historic hotel and has defined hospitality and fine dining for centuries. Our guests enjoy the wonders of the Cape Winelands from the repose of our luxurious accommodation, situated in the historical core of the university town of Stellenbosch, only 45km from Cape Town, 20km from the sea and surrounded by beautiful mountains. Stellenbosch is famous as the premier wine region of South Africa.

Located on vibrant Church Street, d’Ouwe Werf retains the graceful ambience of Georgian style throughout. Soft hues and antique furniture have been tastefully aligned with the comforts of modern living to create a calm haven from which to base your exploration of Stellenbosch.

The hotel consists of 32 en suite bedrooms and 6 Courtyard Apartments (self catering,optional) which are individually styled with antiques collected over the years. Modern facilities, and staff who pride themselves on their friendly, personal and professional service, make each visit an enjoyable and memorable one.

The “1802 Restaurant” is renowned for its traditional and international cuisine and boasts a wine list that will satisfy even the most sophisticated connoisseur. On sunny days, sit outside in the vine-covered coffee garden, and enjoy a slice of the best cheesecake you have ever tasted.

Sit back and sip sundowners in the tranquility of a lovely verdant garden, or bask in the sun on the wooden deck. Enjoy a dip in the heated swimming pool. For those who feel a bit more energetic, there are signature golf courses in close proximity to the town, guided historical village walks, wine tours and a variety of other activities that can be arranged from the hotel. A myriad shops, museums, art galleries and beautiful examples of Cape Dutch architecture are within easy walking distance of the hotel.


d’Ouwe Werf has a total of 38 rooms comprising 32 en suite bedrooms and 6 apartments. Apartments allow for self catering if desired.All rooms have satellite TV, DSTV, tea & coffee making facilities, air conditioning, bathrobe, bathroom amenities, mineral water, hairdryer, high speed Internet access, safe, telephone, work desk with lamp.Mini bar stocked on request and non smoking rooms are available.

No two rooms are alike and all are beautifully appointed with en suite bathrooms.

d”Ouwe Werf offers guests the perfect retreat from the bustling activities of Stellenbosch, in a serene environment .Evenings may be spent with a fine glass of port in our resident’s lounge “de Kromme Elleboog” (“the raised elbow”). Our private courtyard’s relaxing atmosphere will also ease away any strains after a busy day or prepare you for an exciting day ahead, d’Ouwe Werf being the perfect setting from which to explore the splendour of Stellenbosch and the Cape Winelands.

Classic rooms

These rooms have a bath/shower combination each with its own personal character. Available in 5 double and 5 twin rooms and one room with inter-leading door which is a perfect room for a family.

Luxury rooms

Situated in the original building, these rooms date back to 1802. These large rooms are furnished with antiques and decorated individually. The bathrooms are furnished in Georgian or Victorian style. 5 double and 4 twins.

Superior rooms

These rooms were refurbished in 2006 and are spread over 3 buildings. Furnished in a modern Cape style, these rooms are larger than the others rooms on the Hotel.

3 double and 6 twin rooms.

Governor rooms

Named after the first governors of the Cape, these spacious rooms are all furnished in comfortable modern Cape style. They boast walk-in dressing rooms, large bathrooms and under floor heating. 1 double and 3 twin rooms.

Oak apartments

Luxurious apartments, perfect for long stays, each with their own kitchenette, dining room table and lounge.


On 2 April 1982, the well-known d’Ouwe Werf restaurant was opened. This Restaurant is regarded as one of the culinary landmarks in Stellenbosch. For decades the restaurant was renowned as the best in town. To maintain the reputation and in keeping with the vastly improved levels in the hotel, the restaurant (now called 1802 @ d’Ouwe Werf) was completely renovated during 2003-2006. The Executive Chef has again positioned the restaurant as a leading light in Stellenbosch. The Hotel has always striven to present a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere in the restaurant for the benefit of our many regular guests. It aims to maintain an unhurried pace so that guests would never feel pressurised. In addition to the extensive traditional menu, a variety of lighter dishes are available, including Continental cuisine.

Breakfast at d’Ouwe Werf consists of a selection of cereals, fruits, juices, yogurts, cold meats, cheeses, muffins, toast , followed by a choice of warm dishes. Tea & filter coffee are of course available.

During the winter months, the fireplace keeps guests snug while the air-conditioning, not to mention the magnificent vine-covered courtyard where most tables are situated, provides a welcome respite from the African sun in summer. Our extensive Stellenbosch wine-of-origin list makes it possible for the 1802 Restaurant to be one of the best places where one can enjoy some of the finest wine this area has to offer.