News, updates and useful information

Our Top 5: Art Galleries in Stellenbosch

Posted by Daniella on Wed December 20, 2023 in OUR TOP 5, News, updates and useful information, and Art Fundi.

Stellenbosch isn't just a wine and food lover's paradise, it's also an art enthusiast's haven. From esteemed museums to captivating galleries, this town offers a diverse display of artistic experiences. Here are our top picks for the best art galleries not to be missed during your visit in Stellenbosch.

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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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Visit Stellenbosch | Duty of Care | Accommodation Protocols

Posted on Wed May 27, 2020 in News, updates and useful information.

We are so proud to be part of Visit Stellenbosch, they have been so supportive and pro-active in these trying times. Below is an info graphic of the Duty of Care protocols that they have developed for the accommodation sector of Stellenbosch. We want to assure guests that together as a town we are doing everything we can to take care of the health and wellbeing of our guests.
We look forward to welcoming you as soon as the lockdown on travel is lifted. #WarmheartStellenbosch #StellenboschReady #ProudlyStellenbosch

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We Shall Overcome

Posted by Carmen on Wed April 22, 2020 in News, updates and useful information.

As we are all locked behind doors for now we know for sure that this boundary is not indefinite, we will get to travel, explore and visit loved ones again, not tomorrow but soon. For now we can dream about the things we want to do when this wave has passed.

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Renovation and Refurbishment

Posted on Mon November 11, 2019 in News, updates and useful information.

Bonne Esperance Guest House has gone through a huge transformation this past winter and we can proudly say that the outcome is even better than we anticipated. The beautiful Victorian Villa was built in 1907 and we decided that it was time for the grand old lady to get a makeover.

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Renovation announcement

Posted on Wed May 8, 2019 in News, updates and useful information.

We are excited to announce that Bonne Esperance Guest House will be extensively renovated during the South African winter of 2019.

The beautiful Victorian Villa was built in 1907 and with the utmost care we will renovate the bathrooms and add balconies to the courtyard rooms to create a more contemporary feel. The vision of the architect, Lienkie Troskie from VIZI architects, is to create a harmonious flow between the historic and the contemporary but still see a distinct difference so one can identify what was built in which era.

Two new rooms will be added in the roof space of the 1960's part of the building with balconies that will have vistas from Bothmaskop to Stellenbosch mountain. All the bathrooms will be updated with walk-in showers and contemporary bathroom fittings and the rooms will be redecorated through a collaboration of Annemien Kotzé, the co-owner, and Jill Julies from Supreme Upholstery. The photographs on the website of the Classic rooms are examples of what the new rooms will look like.

We will keep our guests and followers updated on social media on the progress, so please watch this space and like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram.

We look forward to welcoming you to the new and improved Bonne Esperance Guest House.

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Our Top 5: Golf Courses in the Winelands

Posted by Michelle on Sun October 7, 2018 in OUR TOP 5, News, updates and useful information, Fitness Fanatic, and Nature Lover.

Bonne Esperance Guest House is situated within driving distance from some of best golf courses the Western Cape has to offer. Beautiful natural surroundings and rolling vineyards make for the perfect setting for a good game of golf, especially after the great rainy season we have just had.

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Late Arrivals at the Studio Apartment

Posted on Fri March 9, 2018 in News, updates and useful information.

Dear Guest,

Welcome to Bonne Esperance Studio Apartments. We hope you enjoy your stay with us and that you have a wonderful time in Stellenbosch.

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Late Arrivals at the Guest House

Posted on Fri March 9, 2018 in News, updates and useful information.

Dear Guest,

Welcome to Bonne Esperance Guest House. We hope you enjoy your stay with us and that you have a wonderful time in Stellenbosch.

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