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‘I really don’t consider myself an art collector - I would say more of a magpie. I remember growing up and having an appreciation for paintings and old Delft plates that my mother hang on the wall’
Dané Erwee
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A ‘contemporary garden shed’ is how architect Johann Slee describes his designs for rebuilding and renovating the cluster of old farm buildings at the heart of Johannesdal farm… this reflects their pared down simplicity, but doesn’t hint at the elegance, the bursts of colour and the gorgeous fabrics that turn his uncluttered and sympathetic architectural vision into a truly special farm refuge.

Owners Chris Willemse  and Dané Erwee are the dynamic design duo behind Stellenbosch floral design business Okasie. They’re inspired gardeners and over the last ten years have created water-lily gardens and terraces, heritage rose gardens, citrus orchards and botanical nurseries, a lush setting against a dramatic mountain backdrop which inspires relaxation from the word go.

Five spacious and luxurious suites bring the outside in with plants and floral installations. Rich fabrics and tapestries add layers of colour, artworks from their personal collection are placed almost haphazardly – propped on shelves at waist height, in a cluster with a decorative objects to form a still life tableau, in a corner beside a chair and jug, another tableau. A stripe of colour at wainscot level, picked up by draped curtains, continues out onto the suite’s deep private verandah. A rich imperial purple carpet contrasts with the farmhouse simplicity of brick and wood flooring. Texture, colour, raw wood and elegant antiques play exuberantly and light-heartedly together to create roomscapes that embrace and uplift.

Three of the suites give onto a shared courtyard with swimming pool, (one of these is a cottage with a second bedroom, lounge and kitchen, ideal if travelling with children), one has a private courtyard and plunge pool, another an upstairs terrace to soak up mountain views.

The welcoming reading room and wide verandah overlooking the pool courtyard have a galley kitchen and make an ideal spot for leisurely breakfasts. If you are travelling as a multigenerational extended family, these five suites can be taken together with Marlene. Add in the adjacent events venue, should you want to host a milestone celebration in this beautifully memorable location.

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En-suite bathrooms
Adjacent bathroom
Rates from
11 000
per night*

5 king suites (can be split into twins)
All en suite
All with mountain or garden views

Saffron Suite, Water Lily Suite and Blue Disa cottage lead onto a pool courtyard and garden
Cardomom Suite is completely private with mountain views, a verandah and enclosed garden
Silverboom Cottage has an enclosed courtyard and plunge pool

• Fully equipped kitchen
• 6-seater dining
• Additional dining at the Reading Room
• Alfresco Breakfast Terrace
• Fireplaces (wood)
• Espresso machine
• Sound system
• Security system
• Television
• Alfresco dining
• Barbecue
• Water feature
• Swimming pool
• Sun loungers
• Lawns with views


• Housekeeping(daily)
• Concierge
• Unlimited Wi-Fi


Advance notice required for:
• Activities and excursions
• Babysitting and au pair
• Butler and/or chef
• Dry cleaning
• Personal security
• Personal shopping
• Personal trainer
• Spa and beauty treatments

• You're in the heart of wine country here with Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl and Wellington a short drive away. Oldenburg, Delaire, Tokara and Bartinney are just up the hill. Both Delaire and Tokara have significant art collections and sculpture to enjoy in their gardens.

•  Boschendal (just down the road) will shortly be opening a new art gallery in the Manor House. In the other direction, don't miss the world-renowned Babylonstoren (take a walk in the beautiful formal kitchen garden) or Bosjes, with its award-winning architectural chapel and wall of handmade tiles by artists Lucie de Moyencourt and Michael Chandler at its restaurant.

• Visit the Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden up in the mountains between Stellenbosch and Somerset West.

• Cape Town is an easy 50-minute drive away.

• Check in 14h00
Check out 10h00
• Maximum 10 guests

• No pets allowed
• Non-smoking
• Security deposit
• Social events on request
• All bookings subject to final approval by owner

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