Things to do on site
Breakfast on the veranda
Library - read
Business & study
Attractions in the area
- More than 180 wine farms & 80 cellars and attractions such as: Spier, Skilpadvlei, Uva Mira
- Table Mountain and Robben Island 30 to 45 minutes away.
- A variety of restaurants within 5 to 15 minutes’ drive; some of South Africa’s best
- Jordan, Overture (Hidden Valley), and others Hoghouse at Spier, Cattle Baron at Zaxonburg, or Mulderbosch for best lunch pizzas. Hudsons at Vredenheim and Gin tasting at Vredenheim.
- Several golf courses within 15 to 50 minutes’ drive.
- Beaches 25 minutes away.
- The historical Stellenbosch town centre 10 minutes away. Walking tours, café culture, art and festivals, Bites & Sites walking tours.
- Hiking trails and Segway wine tours, bicycle wine tours. .
- A small aircraft flying club and landing strip at Stellenbosch.
- Cape Town’s restaurants, theatres and V&A Waterfront & Table Mountain 30 to 40 minutes away.
- Various well-known private and specialized medical facilities within 20 to 40 minutes’ drive, excellent private schools, Stellenbosch University.
- Strawberry picking – November till mid January at Polkadraai (1km away) or Mooiberge on R44
- Weekend markets R00t44, BLaauwklippen, Slow Foods
- Classical music in Endler Hall, art galleries, walking tours seeing the architecture of historical town
- Shopping - V&A Waterfront, Canal Walk, Somerset Mall and the many factory shops in Cape Town. Closest food 8 mins away Checker and Woolwoths Langeverwacht Rd
- The well-known Stellenbosch Wine Festival – to let visitors experience the buzz around the making of wine. Lots of events, food offerings and entertainment. An international attraction.
- Arts and culture: Woordfees held in March– With over 100 local productions and shows including poetry, writer’s talks, literature, music and performing arts there is something for everyone. There are also panel discussions on relevant topics of the day. Two of the popular venues are Neethlingshof and Spier – both 5 minutes from us. Although the festival has a lot of Afrikaans productions, the English market is also catered for. www.woordfees.co.za
- Argus Cycle Tour – March in Cape Town, Train and relax in Stellenbosch, only 40km from the Cape Town race. Lots of cycling groups in town.
- Sport – golf, cycling, hiking, running, rugby
- Trip to Franschhoek (+-45 mins drive there) to see the Car Museum, Solms Delta or Babylonstoren, Fairview (goats cheese), Crocodile farm. Butterfly world
Optimal Time to Visit
We enjoy sunny skies virtually throughout the year, although not perhaps on every day during winter. The year-round sunshine is one of the major attractions of visiting the Western Cape. The warm summer months are September through to April, when daily temperatures average between 11 and 30 degrees Celsius. This weather is relatively hot and suitable for beach visits, mountain hiking, golfing and other outdoor activities. Various extreme sports are available in the Cape Town and Stellenbosch districts as well. The peak local holiday season is in December and January, when local schools close for 6 weeks. Cape Town in the Western Cape is known for its sunshine and cultural diversity. The area has much to offer such as Robben Island, Table Mountain, the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, wine lands, golf courses, white sandy beaches, mountains, hiking, entertainment, and much more.
The colder months are from May to August, when average daily temperatures are between 8 and 18 degrees Celsius. The Western Cape is a winter rainfall region, and on average 3 out of every 7 days is sunny. This time of year is ideal for romantic times by the fireside, and enjoying good company and good wine. The natural beauty of the region with its lush green fields, bluish mountains and vineyards remains unsurpassed.
An eco-friendly environment that is close to nature
The guest house uses a unique, eco-friendly sanitation system that is gentle on the environment, and water conservation is encouraged to ensure responsible use of the available supply. Onze Rust farm is blessed with its own, natural water resources. The tap water supplied in the guest rooms is safe to drink.
Onze Rust is a haven for nature-lovers. Falcons, eagles, owls, Hadidah, various species of geese and wild duck form just a part of the abundance of birds and small wild life on the farm, with squirrels scurrying around the old oak trees.
This region is well known for its wine and for beautiful roses. Onze Rust’s unique setting provides views of the distant mountains, while the immediate environs of the garden with its natural and landscaped features presents white water lilies growing in abundance in winter and indigenous flora that can be seen in bloom at various times throughout the year.