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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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Unique venue for celebrations - "Life is too short not to celebrate"

Posted on Wed September 2, 2020.

Did you miss out on a special celebration during the lockdown? Book the grand dining hall of Bonne Esperance guest house to celebrate the special occasion with a High Tea.

The setting is absolutely gorgeous with high ceilings, grand chandeliers, sash windows, wooden floors and a cosy fire place. The table will be set with a feast of delectable High Tea bites and we can customise the menu to suit your personal taste.

This is the perfect venue for a birthday, baby shower, kitchen tea or just a celebration of life with the people close to your heart.

Please look at the info sheet below for more information.

Phone 0218870225 to make a booking and discuss your menu today or send us an email to

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Bonne Esperance "Pop-up" Coffee Shop now serving breakfast

Posted on Tue August 18, 2020.

Bonne Esperance "Pop-up" Coffee Shop was born out of a hope to keep all staff employed despite the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the hospitality business. We started with coffee, cake, pastries and quiches but soon the demand grew for our famous hot breakfasts. Come and enjoy a delicious Eggs Benedict in front of a cosy fire during colder days and the best omelet in town on the wrap-around veranda on a sunny day. We look forward to hosting you!

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Bonne Esperance "Pop-up" Coffee Shop

Posted on Mon August 10, 2020.

OPENING 12 August 2020

Bonne Esperance Guest House has been a part of the Stellenbosch landscape since 1907 and has played a major role in the lives of the owners and guests over the years. In the famous words of Winston Churchill: "We shape our buildings and afterwards our buildings shape us." If only the walls could talk to share all these stories!

Today the Victorian Villa creates jobs for 15 people with 39 dependents. Bonne Esperance, translated from French, means “GOOD HOPE”. Staying true to the essence of our name, we aim to build HOPE during these trying times. The pop-up coffee shop was opened to keep HOPE alive for our employees and their families. We set out to be a local #ProudlyStellenbosch destination.

Bonne Esperance wants to be the connection point for locals and visitors to our neighbourhood and our story. With this pop-up coffee shop, we aim to add HOPE to many more stories.

“May your choices reflect your hopes and not your fears” Nelson Mandela.

We are part of the Stellenbosch Ready campaign and pledge to adhere to the Stellenbosch Ready Covid-19 Protocols to ensure that our guests and visitors have a safe experience.

Operating hours:

Monday to Saturday 8:00-17:00
Sundays 8:00-14:00

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Restaurants Open for Sit Down in Stellenbosch

Posted on Sat July 18, 2020.

"Drinking good wine with good food in good company is one of life's most civilized pleasures."

Stellenbosch is well known as a wine destination, but one cannot live of wine alone. Our town also consists of a myriad of top end restaurants, museums, historic buildings and other attractions. Exploring Stellenbosch by foot provides intriguing glimpses of colonial Dutch architecture. During Hard lockdown restaurants were prohibited from operating but as government restrictions eased, some restaurants are now operating.

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