Oude Werf Hotel https://www.oudewerf.co.za Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:15:10 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 112430287 Oude Werf Hotel, the oldest continuously running hotel in South Africa https://www.oudewerf.co.za/oude-werf-hotel-oldest-continuously-running-hotel-south-africa/ Thu, 16 Mar 2017 13:06:03 +0000 https://www.oudewerfhotel.co.za/?p=6569 Oude Werf Restaurant is the spot where the congregation of South Africa’s first church worshipped. Find out more about the fascinating history of Oude Werf.

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Did you know that when you sit in the Oude Werf Restaurant, enjoying your delicious meal, you are sitting in the exact spot where the congregation of South Africa’s first church worshipped? The Church Street hotel has also been in operation longer than any other in South Africa.

Built between 1686 and 1687, the thatch-roofed building of “22 x 40 Rhenish feet” and its bell tower are visible in the earliest known sketch of Stellenbosch from 1710, before the Church and much of Stellenbosch was destroyed by fire.

Though attempts were made to rebuild it, a new site was chosen at the top of present-day Church Street, with much of the surviving building material absorbed into a new church begun in 1717. The “old churchyard” (de Oude Werf ) stood vacant for some 70 years, until the landdrost Daniel van Rijneveld divided the site into lots for sale – an act of “religious desecration” many believed doomed him to clatter through the old yard on horseback for eternity as Oude Werf’s first legendary ghost.

Leighton sketch 1889 VISIO (2)Oude Werf’s early history was forgotten over time. In 1783, on the deconsecrated ground, owner JB Hoffman is credited with the building of an elegant Cape Dutch gabled house in 1802. It opened its doors to guests as an inn and Mr Wolfrom, the proprietor, ensured “amiable lodging for 3 Rix Dollars a day”, including local wine and food.

“This house being crowded, during the summer season, with visitors from the Cape, may with propriety be called the fashionable resort … Here may be procured the finest fruits in the colony; our table groaned under a load of excellent peaches, apricots, and grapes… [and] we were well provided with excellent Roman fish… I could be contented to pass the remainder of my days there,” wrote a British officer in Gleanings in Africa, published in 1805.

Later guests, like Governor Sir George Grey, accompanying Prince Albert on his travels in1860, also praised the “generous victuals” dispensed by Wouter Wium and his wife Tant Betjie, who remains one of Oude Werf’s most colourful figures.

Arcadia Earliest photoKarl Otto Hager was another guest. He would become South Africa’s most prolific church architect but in 1841, still a poor painter, he gazed from the windows of the inn at the beautiful Cornelia and hatched a romantic plan. Convincing her father to be the subject of a portrait, the usually speedy Hager took no less than seven long sittings to capture the likeness of the man and eventually, the hand of Cornelia, who became his wife.

Sometime after 1889, a second storey was added in Georgian style and the hotel (which had been known variously as Wium’s Inn, Arcadia and Harmonia) functioned as a “parlour boarding house” for some of the first female students at the fledging university – the origin of Stellenbosch’s first women’s sorority house, Harmonie.

Gerhard Lubbe bought the Hotel in 1972 and began its extension and restoration, which in 1981 saw archaeological excavations reveal the church’s granite foundation, pillars that had supported its roof, the likely position of the ‘preekstoel’ (pulpit) and early (disinterred) graves – some elements of which are still visible beneath the kitchen and in the ground-floor room wing.

Today, Oude Werf Hotel is owned by the Petousis hotelier family, whose Albertyn ancestors were some of the original church’s first congregants. The seamless integration of contemporary renovations and extensions in 2015 was so sympathetically accomplished that it won architects Revel Fox and Partners an architectural award.

Now, a luxury hotel with all the comforts of 21st-century amenities, Oude Werf on Church Street still celebrates its 300 year history as a national heritage site and as South Africa’s oldest continuously-running hotel.

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Tokara Olive Oil Tasting with Tapas at Oude Werf https://www.oudewerf.co.za/tokara-olive-oil-tasting-tapas-oude-werf/ Thu, 16 Mar 2017 12:06:38 +0000 https://www.oudewerfhotel.co.za/?p=6563 Taste the liquid gold of Tokara’s award-winning extra-virgin olive oils, followed by tapas under the vines in the Oude Werf’s courtyard. Join us at 11h30 on Saturday, 6 May. R65 per person includes tapas.

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Don’t miss this event: Tokara Olive Oil Tasting & Tapas Lunch at Oude Werf Hotel

Renowned for exceptional wines, Tokara also crafts award-winning extra-virgin olive oils. The Olive Shed and olive groves are situated on the steepest slopes of the farm, known historically as De Hel – the origin of the name of the nearby Helshoogte Pass. The olives are cold pressed on the same day they are picked. Since 2001, when just 500 bottles were produced, production has increased, but demand still frequently outstrips supply of these award-winning oils.

Come and experience the exceptional quality of this liquid gold. A Tokara Olive Oil tasting will be followed by a Tapas lunch under the vines in the Oude Werf Restaurant’s courtyard.

The tasting will begin at 11h30 on Saturday, 6 May 2017. R65 per person.
Phone 021 887 4608 or email hotel@oudewerfhotel.co.za to book your table.

See you at the tasting!

 


Extra-virgin olive oils produced by Tokara:

PREMIUM EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OILPremium_OliveOil-500ml
A fusion of the Coratina, Leccino, Frantoio and Mission olive variants. Intense, fresh and rounded green fruit aromas on the nose with hints of apple and artichoke. The rich, cream mouth-feel is balanced by dominant fruit, tingling pepper tones and a pleasant bitterness.

MULTI VARIETAL – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
A Blend of: FRANTOIO, LECCINO & MISSION. Medium Olive Flavour. This fusion of three varietals olive oils has a full fruit character rounded with delicate herbaceous and spicy flavours.

MISSION – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
Mild Olive Flavour. The Mission variety extra virgin olive oil is mild and gentle with finely balanced grassy, herbaceous aromas and flavours. A delicate oil and light condiment.

FRANTOIO – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
Intense Olive Flavour. The Frantoio variety oil is renowned for its robust fruitiness and full herbaceous aroma and flavour. The spiciness indicates freshness and superb quality.

LECCINO – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
Medium Olive flavour. The Leccino variety oil is renowned for subtle fruit and nut tones in aroma and flavour with a gentle herbaceous character.

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what to do in Stellenbosch https://www.oudewerf.co.za/what-to-do-in-stellenbosch/ Fri, 10 Feb 2017 11:27:06 +0000 https://www.oudewerfhotel.co.za/?p=5964 From street parties and markets to walks, duck parades and a celebration of Afrikaans literature, plan your visit to Stellenbosch now.

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From street parties and markets to wonderful walks, duck parades and a celebration of Afrikaans literature and music with more than 1 000 performances on the schedule, there is so much happening in and around Stellenbosch. Plan your visit around these events.

Stellenbosch Street Soirees
8 Feb, 22 Feb, 8 Mar, 22 Mar; 6pm
Drostdy Street

Enjoy the carnival atmosphere and happy throngs wandering down Drostdy Street twice a month for the Stellenbosch Street Soirees. Savour delicious Stellenbosch fare and try the wines from a selection of cellars and caterers. Entry to the street party is free, but R70 gets you a wine glass and a ticket to taste as many wines as there are on offer on that evening. Food dishes are priced individually by vendors. www.wineroute.co.za

Markets
Every weekend

Stellenbosch is famous for its wonderful markets. Our favourites are the Slow Food Market (at Oude Libertas, Saturdays, 9am-2pm- all fare sourced or produced by stall-holders themselves), the Blaauwklippen Family Market (Sundays, 10am-3pm) and Vergenoegd Market (see below).

Top of the Hill Fun Walk
8 February; 10am
De Waal Wines

Mid-morning walk to the oldest existing Pinotage block in the world. Enjoy a wine-tasting of the De Waal range including their flagship Top of the Hill Pinotage 2014 and local cheeses.  Email: admin@dewaal.co.za | Tel: 021 881 3711.

Woordfees
3-12 March
Venues around Stellenbosch

Celebrating all forms of expression using words, the festival boasts talks by and discussions between distinguished thinkers and writers, dramatic performances by South African greats and exciting emerging artists; there is comedy and music of every genre, from classical and jazz to folk and pop. Set up an account at woordfees.co.za, choose the events you wish to attend and pay via the links to Computicket.

Duck Parade
Every day, 12:30 & 15:30
Vergenoegd  Wine Estate

Watch more than a thousand Vergenoegd ducks head out to keep the pest population under control in the vineyards. Tie your visit in with one of the music concerts (Arno Carstens is up on Sun, 5 March) or the Saturday Family Breakfast Run (8am) and Market (10am-4pm). 021 843 3248, vergenoegd.co.za

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our recipe for a detox energizer smoothie https://www.oudewerf.co.za/recipe-detox-energizer-smoothie/ Wed, 04 Jan 2017 08:08:05 +0000 http://www.oudewerfhotel.co.za/?p=5606 Your resolution for 2017, start every day with a cleansing smoothie. Here is Chef Jeromy’s favourite detox smoothie recipe. Get ready to be energised.

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If you make one resolution for 2017, let it be to start every day with a cleansing smoothie!

Those wonderful indulgences during the festive season can come at a cost. Our livers take a real pummelling. So it is not surprising that a January detox has become an annual ritual for many. Here is Chef Jeromy’s favourite detox smoothie recipe. Get ready to be energised!

Whizz together in a food processor or liquidiser, the following ingredients:

1 banana, peeled and chopped
1 handful of English spinach, washed
1 stick of celery, chopped
2 leaves cos lettuce, chopped
half a cup chopped cucumber (skin on)
parsley
fresh lemon juice
slice of ginger
1 pear, peeled, seeded and chopped
mint leaves
quarter teaspoon chai seeds
quarter teaspoon turmeric
quarter teaspoon cayenne pepper
quarter teaspoon cinnamon
honey to taste

Find a quiet spot, and enjoy!

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SA’s wine and food tourism strat unveiled https://www.oudewerf.co.za/sas-wine-and-food-tourism-strat-unveiled/ Fri, 11 Nov 2016 08:52:45 +0000 http://www.oudewerfhotel.co.za/?p=5316 Stellenbosch is the highest ranked wine and food tourism region in the Western Cape. Karl Parkinson, Group Sales Manager for the Vineyard, Oude Werf and Townhouse hotels, reports

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Stellenbosch most highly ranked wine and food tourism region. Karl Parkinson, Group Sales Manager for the Vineyard, Oude Werf and Townhouse hotels, reports

According to Wesgro CEO Tim Harris, the South African wine and food destinations that highest with tourists are (in order) Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Constantia, and Paarl.

“We were thrilled to hear the results of the Wesgro survey. Of course, being in the heart of Stellenbosch, we were a bit biased!” said Nina Daniels, GM of the Oude Werf Hotel.

Sixty-four per cent of tours booked by visitors to Cape Town include wine tours. This is likely due to the fact that most tourists say wine is their top interest and rank food, wine-and-food tasting events and festivals highly too.

These were some of the findings of a Wesgro study that was shared at the Business of Wine and Food Tourism conference.  The conference was recently hosted by Spier Estate, where international and local experts shared trends and global best practices for wine and food tourism.

“It was also intriguing to learn more about our visitors,” said Daniels, “For example, the most frequent request received is for fine-dining destinations. Queries regarding wine-and-food tasting events also ranked highly. I was pleased to realise that at Oude Werf we help our guests satisfy their wine and food tourism needs every single day.”

“The cuisine we specialise in at Oude Werf is contemporary but rooted in our South African heritage.  Our tourists love to pair it with the local wines our trained sommeliers suggest. As partners with the top wine farms in the area, we can also offer well-informed advice to our guests planning their wine farm tours.”

Nina Daniels added: “I see that one of the other preferred wine and food areas is Constantia, which is just down the road from our sister hotel, the Vineyard Hotel in Newlands, Cape Town. Besides the excellent cuisine offered at the Square restaurant with its multi-award-winning wine list, the Vineyard Hotel offers monthly wine-paired dinners and weekly, complimentary wine tastings. So, as a group, we’re definitely catering to our foreign visitors’ wine and food tourism needs. But I want to point out that in our experience, South African tourists have similar preferences to those coming to us from other countries, and our fellow countrymen are very important to us too.”

 

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Milk tart, our favourite comfort food! Try this recipe. https://www.oudewerf.co.za/milk-tart-favourite-comfort-food-try-recipe/ Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:27:07 +0000 http://www.oudewerfhotel.co.za/?p=5229 Milk tart is one of our favourite afternoon treats, but our version is made with puff-pastry to create a delicious taste sensation. Come taste it at the restaurant and then try it at home with our recipe.

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This delicate milky treat has its roots in the Dutch and Javanese cultures. Did you know that the original milk tart pans were made of copper?  You can see it for yourself and learn more about our food heritage on this (delicious) Classic Cape Cuisine walk with Bites and Sites.

Milk tart is one of our favourite afternoon treats, but our version is made with puff-pastry instead of the traditional short-crust pastry. This creates an unusual but delicious taste sensation. Taste it at the restaurant and then try it at home with this recipe.

Ingredients (makes one tart)

500 ml milk
1 stick whole cinnamon
¼ cup of caster sugar
3 tbsp. cornflour
¼ tsp. salt
2 tbsp.  butter
3 eggs (separated)
1 tbsp. cake flour
1 roll puff pastry
Ground cinnamon and sugar for topping

Method

  1. Using a tart mould, roll out puff pastry and press into tart mould and cut edges to fit, pre-bake at 170C until puff pastry is cooked through and not browned. Remove from oven and allow to cool,
  2. In a saucepan add milk and whole cinnamon stick, and bring to the boil. Whisk to dissolve caster sugar,
  3. In a mixing bowl combine butter, egg yolks, cornflour and cake flour and mix,
  4. Add flour mix to the milk by whisking in over the heat to thicken the milk mixture,
  5. Remove from the heat and add stiffly whisked egg whites,
  6. Allow to cool for 5 minutes,
  7. Pour into pre-baked tart mould and allow to cool in the fridge,
  8. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and serve.

Enjoy with friends!

 

 

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Top tips for finding the perfect book-club venue https://www.oudewerf.co.za/top-tips-finding-perfect-book-club-venue/ Fri, 17 Jun 2016 11:39:27 +0000 http://www.oudewerfhotel.co.za/?p=4714   As a creative think tank Stellenbosch has a number of bespoke book clubs and similar groups looking for spaces with the perfect ambience for discussion and debate. “Oude Werf is in the unique position to offer small groups, like book clubs a quiet setting just off busy Church Street,” says general manager (and book […]

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As a creative think tank Stellenbosch has a number of bespoke book clubs and similar groups looking for spaces with the perfect ambience for discussion and debate.
“Oude Werf is in the unique position to offer small groups, like book clubs a quiet setting just off busy Church Street,” says general manager (and book club member) Elanie Fourie. “Our lounge/bar area is stylish and tranquil and we have the best baked cheesecake in town!”

Elanie, a long-time member of a book club, offers her top tips for finding the right spot:

  • Look for a regular location – Once you’ve found the right spot, stick with it as it will make planning easy.
  • Look for a venue that makes you feel special – As with Oude Werf hotel, you want a place that will go out of its way to accommodate you.
  • Keep it affordable – look for deals, or chat to the manager about creating one for your group.
  • Tell them any special requests upfront – don’t be afraid to ask for a round table or for couches or chairs to be arranged to your specifications.
  • Start at the bar – Catch up with a drink before sitting down for the serious conversations.

 

She also lists some non-negotiables, when looking for a venue:

  • Reasonable prices
  • Upmarket food
  • Extensive wine list
  • Vibrant atmosphere
  • Round tables or smallish tables that are easy to converse around
  • Lounge area
  • Convenient location
  • Accommodating, efficient staff

For bespoke meeting spaces for small groups such as book clubs, kitchen teas or baby showers, Oude Werf is the ideal location. Plush, contemporary and intimate, you are guaranteed star treatment.

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South Africa’s wine tourism strategy to be unveiled https://www.oudewerf.co.za/south-africas-wine-tourism-strategy-unveiled/ Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:56:40 +0000 http://www.oudewerfhotel.co.za/?p=5075 The first ever Business of Wine and Food Tourism to be held at Spier Estate, near Stellenbosch and our own Karl Parkinson, Group Sales Manager will be participating.

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The Minister of Tourism, the honourable Derek Hanekom, will launch the first ever South African wine tourism strategy at The Business of Wine and Food Tourism to be held at Spier Estate, near Stellenbosch, on 1 and 2 November 2016. Tim Harris, CEO of Wesgro will discuss its implementation in the Western Cape. International and local experts will deliver presentations on wine tourism trends and global best practices for wine and food tourism.

Oude Werf and our sister hotel, the Vineyard Hotel, will be hosting a number of key delegates attending the conference and our own Karl Parkinson, Group Sales Manager and Roy Davies, Vineyard GM, will be participating.

“We are delighted to be participating in and hosting some key attendees of The Business of Wine & Food Tourism Conference,” said Karl. “The Vineyard and Oude Werf Hotels are perfectly located in two of South Africa’s best producing wine regions. At both venues, we offer wine enthusiasts and oenophiles an opportunity to combine a luxurious stay with an insightful wine and culinary experience. The Vineyard has a long history of cultivating deep-rooted partnerships with local wine farms. This conference indicates official recognition of wine-and-food tourism as a force driving tourism to the Western Cape.”

To see a list of the speakers at the conference, visit the website: http://wineandfood.co.za/speakers/

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Oude Werf’s gardening tips for spring https://www.oudewerf.co.za/oude-werfs-gardening-tips-spring/ Wed, 14 Sep 2016 18:28:50 +0000 http://www.oudewerfhotel.co.za/?p=5047 Don’t worry if you left preparing for spring a little late – there’s still a lot you can do to ensure your garden is a blooming success. Here are seven gardening tips from our group environmental manager, Chris van Zyl, on what to focus on in spring.

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As the days get warmer and longer, the team at Oude Werf Hotel is watching our garden waking up from winter and celebrating the first blooms. Don’t worry if you left preparing for spring a little late – there’s still a lot you can do to ensure your garden is a blooming success. Here are seven gardening tips from our group environmental manager, Chris van Zyl, on what to focus on in spring.

  1. If you haven’t yet tidied up your garden after winter you can still do it now. Remove untidy plant material, those plants that should have been pruned in winter can mostly still be pruned now.
  2. Prepare areas that you want to replant with a good dose of organic compost and fertilizer.
  3. If you have a sunny kikuyu lawn this can be cut shorter than normal, top-dressed with lawn dressing and fertilized with slow release organic fertilizer. If your lawn is in the shade or you have buffalo grass, start fertilizing now with slow release organic fertilizer.
  4. Much of the country is experiencing water shortages, and certainly in our beautiful valley, it looks like we will still have water restrictions this summer. Keep the moisture retained in the beds and reduce weed growth by applying mulch to your garden beds with partially decomposed organic material.
  5. This is an ideal time to plant; it is warm enough to give the plants a boost.
  6. Some herbs like thyme, marjoram and mint are ready to be planted out, as are as some of the vegetable seedlings like lettuce, chilli and tomatoes.
  7. Some of your summer annuals like petunias are already available but, considering the drought, I would recommend rather planting hardy indigenous ground cover like Felicia, which flowers almost all year.

Happy gardening!

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Meet our new GM https://www.oudewerf.co.za/meet-new-gm/ Wed, 31 Aug 2016 09:47:24 +0000 http://www.oudewerfhotel.co.za/?p=4975 Learn more about Nina Daniels, our dynamic new General Manager.

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“I am thrilled to join the Oude Werf family,” says Nina Daniels, “and I’m looking forward to interacting with the guests and the staff. I love the intimacy of the property, its character and the people who work here.  You can see that staff members genuinely enjoy working at the hotel.”

Nina is also looking forward to the flexibility of being able to engage with people in her mother-tongue, Afrikaans.

A Kuils River local, Nina grew up in Elsie’s River.  Her parents are pastors of a community church and work very closely with the homeless. This could have influenced Nina’s desire to work with people, and her first career in HR ­– she was HR manager at Townhouse for six years, followed by a stint at the Vineyard Hotel.  Now she finds herself at Oude Werf, drawing on the skills she learnt as right-hand woman to the general managers at the other Petousis hotels.

“I enjoy working for the Petousis family,” Nina says. “Through my role as HR manager I witnessed first-hand how they treat their staff: always with genuine concern.”

In her down time Nina loves spending quality time with her family, hiking and enjoying long walks on the beach.

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