Old Nectar Gardens

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Old Nectar Gardens
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228sally
Somerset West, South Africa17 contributions
Peace and Beauty
Jan 2019
These gardens were constructed, built, cared for by one lady for her whole life until she died, just short of her 100th birthday. You feel that she planted each plant with care, making sure it was in a happy place. There is no formal garden approach, just love and joy. It is on a mountain side and is fed by natural spring water. You can wander and ponder and sit and contemplate and feel at peace. I think it would be nice to visit several times a year and see what it was like at different seasons.
Written 19 December 2019
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Cathy
Table View, South Africa3 contributions
Intimate wedding ceremony
Sep 2019
We had our small intimate wedding ceremony at Old Nectar and we could not have chosen a better venue. Mari, Hazel and their team went to great lengths to make our ceremony so special. We booked out the entire estate and had our closest friends and family with us in the most beautiful place. Old Nectar is a true hidden gem. The villas are perfectly furnished, the gardens are to die for and the people are so warm and friendly. Truthfully, we could not believe our luck. Thank you Mari, Hazel and everyone at Old Nectar, you gave us the wedding day of our dreams 💛
Written 8 November 2019
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AZKwriter
1 contribution
Stunning Views & Amazing Accommodations
Oct 2019
Old Nectar Gardens is an amazing place to stay. Our hosts Mari and Hazel were incredible and always game to answer a question or help out with anything we needed. I have stayed here twice, both in the main house and in Villa Vittorio. The beds are super comfy and the rooms are beautiful. The bathrooms are luxurious, with lovely bathtubs and waterfall type showers. Walking out in the grounds is such a treat -- colorful flowers in bloom all around, with mountain views around every corner. Don't miss this gem if you ever have the chance to visit!
Written 13 October 2019
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Mandi H
Stellenbosch, South Africa30 contributions
Step back in time
Jul 2019
Old Nectar reminds me of a time long past. The gardens are well laid out and spark hope and creativity as you walk through the different parts of the much-loved garden. I fell in love with plants that I never knew before and would love to see it again in all seasons.
Written 5 September 2019
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Polly D
London, UK303 contributions
A trip to a garden
Feb 2019
A lovely garde, not very big but beautifully kept and with clearly work in progress for new additions too.
Written 26 February 2019
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Amanda B
Stanford, South Africa32 contributions
Beautiful
Nov 2017 • Couples
This is a beautiful property, a stunning house and wonderful garden, planted by Una van der Spuy, who died only a few years ago. You can take a guided tour or follow a plan of the garden. The gates may be closed when you arrive but you can telephone the number on the gate for access during opening hours. Definitely a hidden gem.
Written 13 December 2017
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d0nnie77
Hermanus, South Africa82 contributions
Charms all your senses
Apr 2017 • Couples
Old Nectar will charm all your senses
Situated close to the centre of historic Stellenbosch, Old Nectar is nestled in the beautiful Jonkershoek Valley. Surrounded by majestic mountains, the Cape Dutch Manor House (dating back to 1692) and spectacular gardens has to be on any tourists' list of 'must visit' places in the Western Cape. The gardens were lovingly laid out by floral doyenne Una van der Spuy over many years. Her many gardening books bear testimony to her expertise and floral knowledge. Today they are one of the most celebrated gardens in the country. The variety of plant species is stunning, as one walks along carefully constructed pathways, with a surprise around every corner! There is also accommodation in 5 newly renovated, fully furnished, self catering cottages, offering seclusion, tranquility and magnificent views. Old Nectar is only 5 minutes away from the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve and close to several popular restaurants. We were truly moved by the sheer magnificence of this well kept property.
Written 18 September 2017
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Nic C
Somerset West, South Africa8 contributions
Old Nectar, love of the soil and tenacity built this grand dame
Oct 2016 • Couples
The gardens and mountains give you reason to step back and reflect on natures beauty. Maybe one of the hidden secrets of Jonkershoek in Stellenbosch but well worth the visit.
Written 20 August 2017
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OneBigAdventure2016
Stellenbosch, South Africa27 contributions
Beautiful gardens
May 2017 • Friends
This place is special as it dates back to 1692 and the gardens are lovely with the Manor House and the Jonkershoek mountains in the background. However, here is not much to do and the gardens are very small, probably 10min worth of time. If you are a historian the R120 entry fee may be worth it, otherwise I would not recommend paying that amount for a really short stay.
Written 19 May 2017
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GoedeHoop
Cape Town90 contributions
One of South Africa's great gardens
Feb 2017 • Friends
Mrs Una van der Spuy lived in this beautiful Cape Dutch house for about 60 sixty years, during which time she created the garden completely from a bare, scrubby hillside. She opened it for charity or to friends and interested parties for almost all of her life, but now that her family have inherited it it is open to the public all the time. Entrance fee includes tea and cake, served on the terraces of the marvellous house.
The garden is divided into 'rooms' (as stated earlier), perfectly suited for gentle strolls around, with many benches to sit and enjoy the room you are in.
The family are restoring the gardens and have extended them, creating an indigenous walk up on the hillside behind. While restoring it all, new brick paths have been laid everywhere to make it more accessible, which look very new and bright now, but within one winter they will have aged and blended in, so don't be alarmed.
The entrance to the property has been cleared up and made more welcoming, and a new garden area near the gate seemed to be in progress. There are also seems to be a lot of work going on in the old cellar building, so perhaps that too will be part of the whole 'werf' again. Very much worth a visit, and it seems like the next generation are expanding on their wonderful heritage, not just preserving it.
Written 8 March 2017
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