Garden Week Stellenbosch

Posted on Wed September 22, 2021 in Family Fun in Stellenbosch, Art Fundi, and Nature Lover.

Nature’s splendour is a gift that cultivates perception and gratitude. That said, gardening is not a rational act, which is likely why it is easier to appreciate the works of others. As we move from winter to spring, we are celebrating all the gardens that are opened to the public – some for a restricted time only. We share a collection of must-see gardens that will reward the senses and deliver much-needed serenity to your soul.

Aspidistra and Bonne Esperance Open Garden

Situated around Bonne Esperance Guest house, an elegant Victorian Villa dating back to 1907, the Aspidistra and Bonne Esperance Garden is a sublime mixture of loose plantings and structured elegance.

The Garden is essentially English in style with a strong focus on heritage plants that includes a Magnolia tree, Pride of India and an buxus border intertwined with indigenous plants. It also boasts the oldest rose bush in Stellenbosch as confirmed by the granddaughter of the original owner, Mr Triblehorn. The garden features an impressive azalea hedge, and also includes many old-fashioned roses. Willie Schmidt, the Pasella garden guru, is the curator and he has planted and nurtured the garden with his characteristic flair.

Visitors can sit on the wrap around veranda and enjoy coffee and cake whilst overlooking the lovely garden. We invite you to be transported back into history with a visit to our heritage garden.

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Meeting Room

Posted on Sat September 4, 2021.
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No wine, no problem!

Posted by Michelle on Wed June 30, 2021 in Family Fun in Stellenbosch and Nature Lover.

When we think of Stellenbosch, we think of wine, but this town has so much more to offer.
Here are a few of our favourite things to do in and around Stellenbosch.

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Flikker & Flash

Posted on Mon March 29, 2021 in Art Fundi.

Join us as we Flikker & Flash through the streets of Stellenbosch

At the first Toyota SU Woordfees Artists Week (6-11 April) 70 top artists from across a variety of disciplines will have the opportunity to sharpen their skills, ideas and concepts under the mentorship of eight leading facilitators: theatre makers Andrew Buckland, Gcina Mhlophe, Mmatumisang Motsisi, Sylvaine Strike and Jefferson Tshabalala, dancer-choreographers Gregory Maqoma and Alfred Hinkel and the poet and performance artist Jolyn Phillips.

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Take a drive...the four passes circular route.

Posted by Michelle on Sun January 10, 2021 in Family Fun in Stellenbosch, Wine Connoisseur, and Nature Lover.

A perfect combination. Experience the majestic beauty of the mountain passes of Helshoogte, Franschhoek, Viljoen’s and Sir Lowry’s coupled with the winelands of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek.

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Itinerary: Adventure Seeker Getaway in Stellenbosch

Posted on Thu December 3, 2020.

The ultimate adventure seeker’s getaway in Stellenbosch

There’s no doubt that we head to Stellenbosch for its award-winning wine and breathtaking countryside. But adventure seekers may need a dash of adrenaline or a dose of exercise alongside Stellenbosch’s big-hearted welcome and flavourful foodie delights.

Adventure seeker’s take note: this might be the ultimate stay and play adventure in Stellenbosch!

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Meet a colleague for lunch at the Coffee Shop

Posted on Sun November 15, 2020 in Foodie.

Our "Special Occasion Package" is perfect for those who prefer a set menu and price.
Guests can select a drink as well as one savoury and one sweet item from the set menu.

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COVID NINJAS - Bonne Esperance Stellenbosch Ready Pledge

Posted on Mon September 28, 2020 in News, updates and useful information.


While no one can predict the path of this virus, Bonne Esperance Guest House would like to ensure you that we will continuously monitor developments and do our utmost to reduce the risk of potential contamination or spread of disease.
The safety and well-being of our guests and staff members are always our main priority and we are taking all possible steps to help keep our communities safe.

Here are some of the steps that Bonne Esperance have put in place for the safety and reassurance of staff and guests.

The COVID-19 protocol includes but is not limited to:

Screening of guests on arrival has become necessary in accordance with the national state of disaster.
Upon arrival of guests at Bonne Esperance, guests will be required to:
 allow their temperature to be scanned with a thermal scanner
 complete and sign a questionnaire
 For multiple-day stays, daily temperature will be recorded (when arriving for breakfast or departing the Guest House each day).
If a guest’s temperature falls within the normal range and they do not show any symptoms they will be required to sanitise their hands and proceed to check-in.
If a guest’s temperature is high (actual temperature at screening should not exceed 37.5 degrees Celsius) and/or they have symptoms of the virus they will not be allowed to check-in and will be referred to a medical facility.

 Guests will be requested to check in online prior to arrival to minimise direct contact, a screening questionnaire will be part of the online check in procedure.
 Guests are required to wear masks when in public areas, if guests do not have masks we will supply masks at check in.
 All luggage should either be sprayed with a disinfection spay or wiped with surface sanitiser. Staff handling luggage should sanitise or wash hands before and after touching luggage.
 All items on the front desk (pen, registration form and room keys) and the receptionists hands are sanitised, in front of the arriving guest, prior to any guest interaction. Guests are required to sanitise hands and credit cards, prior to interaction. The credit card machine is sanitised before and after every use. No cash will be accepted during this time. Credit card and cleared EFT payments only.

Alcohol based hand sanitisers are placed in easy reach of guests in public areas of the guest house.

Public areas such as restrooms, breakfast rooms, restaurants are wiped down on a regular basis throughout the day with a disinfectant cleaner.

Due to the restrictions our usual buffet style breakfast cannot be served. Guests can choose between room service for breakfast or ordering from the a la carte menu in the breakfast room while adhering to social distancing protocol. The a la carte menu is available on our website or a once off use printed paper.

Linen and towels are washed on the hottest wash cycle at 80°C. All linen will be ironed on a hot setting. Towels are tumble-dried until fully dry and hot enough to kill any potential viral matter.

We have taken additional measures to align with recommendations from global and local public health authorities.
Our staff have received training on sanitising rooms. This also included how to handle linen and the sanitising of bathrooms. Staff wear the following PPE while cleaning rooms and bathrooms: face masks, disposable gloves and aprons.
On check-out all furniture and all surfaces including wall surfaces will be thoroughly cleaned with an effective disinfectant.
Room cleaning frequency may be reduced and linen change frequencies reduced to lower contamination risks.

The NICD Hotline is available to all staff and guests. In the event that anyone feels ill after travelling from countries with coronavirus, the South African Department of Health advises first phoning the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) helpline rather than going straight to a medical facility, to prevent potential contamination.
The NICD hotline number is 080 002 9999.

Bonne Esperance would like to ensure our guests that we will adhere to Stellenbosch Ready protocols to maintain the highest standard of cleanliness to ensure the safety of our guests.

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Support Stellenbosch

Posted on Thu September 3, 2020.

Book your stay with us for September and qualify for a 50% discount as part of the "Support Stellenbosch" campaign. Bonne Esperance Guest House is located within easy walking distance of most of the restaurants who are participating in the "Support Stellenbosch" campaign.

Stellenbosch is well and truly open for business and ready to welcome you back to experience the #warmheart of the Winelands.

In a collaborative town effort – endorsed by the Stellenbosch Municipality, Stellenbosch University and Wesgro – we’ve launched an innovative Support Stellenbosch campaign which encourages visitors to support local business, experience our vibrant town, and be inspired to share this message with the world.

As part of this campaign, Stellenbosch has embarked on a multitude of exciting initiatives, including a restaurant rewards campaign, special deals, packages and much, much more.

"We’ve partnered with Stellenbosch company SnapScan… Anybody that goes to a restaurant in Stellenbosch and pays with SnapScan automatically gets up to 50% of their bill refunded as a voucher up to a maximum of R400. That becomes useable to spend at any other restaurant or hospitality establishment in Stellenbosch. But it does expire! … We’ve raised the cash – restaurants immediately get 100% of the cash owed to them… The money is all coming from Stellenbosch – the community is united…" The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Mike Ratcliffe, Chairperson of Visit Stellenbosch.

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