Oude Werf’s story has many chapters, old and new – from our origins as a national heritage site and hotel landmark, to the evolution of a luxury hotel that’s also a leader in responsible, ‘green’ hospitality and committed to the lives of our diverse team and our communities. Here’s a small glimpse of Oude Werf’s heart and soul…
Oude Werf is the oldest hotel in South Africa, on the site of its first church, built in 1687 and destroyed by fire in 1710. On this ‘old churchyard’ would rise the Cape Dutch-style Wium’s Inn, the two-storey Arcadia and, in the 20th Century, after much rebuilding, Oude Werf Hotel, today owned by the Petousis family and run by its 65-strong team. Since 1802 it has welcomed guests from statesmen and artists to explorers, the university’s first female graduates and even the odd ghost.
Oude Werf’s ‘Living Green’ ethos applies environmental, sustainability and resource-saving practices throughout the Hotel. We recycle a most of our waste, generate solar thermal power and use energy and water-wise devices. We actively source producers of local, eco-safe and ethically produced goods and we are members of key environmental initiatives. For more information, contact our Group Sustainability Manager, Chris van Zyl, e: firstname.lastname@example.org | t: + 27 (0) 21 657 4500
Our Kids of the Cape
We’re known for our warmth, hospitality and personal care. This extends beyond our hotel to many less advantaged Cape and Winelands communities. Here, our Kids of the Cape Fund assists a variety of upliftment projects that provide child/youth refuge and care, education, skills-training, feeding and care of the disabled. Run by elected hotel volunteers, the Fund also receives vital contributions from our guests. To see how your contribution changes lives, please view our short video here, or visit our website.