Since my arrival in Cape Town I have become interested in the incredible history of the area and none-more-so than what we discovered when we did a recce on the Durbanville area and were both amazed how this area has expanded!) Where have we been whilst it’s been happening?
We ‘found’ Evertsdal Opstal and discovered it is one of the oldest historically significant buildings in South Africa. The history of this property has been traced back to 1680, 28 years after Jan van Riebeeck had landed in the Cape. This property’s history has been traced back to all the previous owners and is compiled in a leaflet which you will be able to get at the restaurant to read at your leisure at home. Interestingly across the road from the Durbanville Rose Garden, there used to be a very old wooden wind grain mill, parts of which are now stored in the wine cellar. The Rose Garden still accommodated the cemetery of the Schabort family who owned the farm for a period of 118 years!
This outing is still in the planning stage, so watch this space.