Nestled in the shadow of the Simonsberg Mountain in the heart of Stellenbosch, adjacent to Welgevonden Estate, with its entrance off the R304, is the beautifully restored Weltevreden Estate – a heritage site transformed into a family-friendly destination.
History reveals that Weltevreden Estate was awarded by Simon Van der Stel, the governor of the Cape, to Hans Henke in 1692 and became the third farm outside Stellenbosch likely to have been settled at the time of founding the small settlement of Stellenbosch.
In 1812 the famous Voortrekker leader, Piet Retief, built the Manor House for his sister, Deborah. Legend has it that Retief cemented the blueprint for the Great Trek of 1837 while residing at Weltevreden – the reason being the wagon wheel insignia, the only one of its kind, added to the front gable of the Manor House. The Cape Dutch ‘werf’ located at the front of the Manor House has been expertly restored to its former glory, and dates back to 1804. In 1975 the buildings were proclaimed a National Monument followed by the entire property in 1998.
The historic Estate comprise of a Restaurant, a Carnival, The Apex Collection, a Guest House, and serve as a venue for Weddings and other Functions.
By the 1980’s buildings on the Estate had become quite dilapidated and the restoration project took 9 years to complete. The present owner purchased the Estate a few years ago and incorporated a social upliftment program by hiring people from Kyamandi and Cloetesville.
Weltevreden Estate was never a wine farm nor engaged in winemaking.
LekkerNeh Heroes Restaurant
LekkerNeh Heroes Restaurant & Bar, located in the Jonkerhuis provides homage to memorabilia from heroes such as Michael Schumacher, Ayrton Senna, Bob Marley, and Madonna. A large photograph and small statue of Mr Mandela reminds you that he is one of South Africa’s biggest heroes. A football jersey signed by both Lionel Messi and Nelson Mandela during the Soccer 2010 World Cup is also on display in the Restaurant.
LekkeNeh Heroes specializes in ‘Gourmet Comfort’ and reflects the combination of meals which date back to the days when food was prepared as only mothers and grandmothers could – dishes with enriched authentic Boland flavours.
LekkeNeh is not competing with fine dining venues, but claim to be a restaurant with comfort where families and friends can enjoy a good meal in the ambiance of a lovely estate.
Something else that sets the Estate apart from other child-friendly venues, is the Carnival area. This family area is a place where children are never separated from adults and parents. Family tables are spread throughout the playgrounds, where they can have some time together, while child minders keep an eye on all children.
The Carnival area consists of two humongous plastic jungle gyms surrounded by tar-tar rubber scooter tracks where kids can either ride their own scooters, or use those when available.
Apart from the trampoline, sandpit, kiddies table and chairs, a variety of other toys are to be found on the playground. The kids even have their own kiddies menu to choose from, while adults can order food and drinks while watching their children play.
All the buildings on the Estate have Heritage status, even the main Manor House, fitted with period furniture and representative of South African art with paintings by Christo Coetzee, and sculptures by Ruhan Janse van Vuuren.
The exquisitely refurbished Manor House offers guest accommodation of world-class standard.
There are four elevated bedchambers upstairs under a cosy thatched roof, while the executive suite on the ground floor includes access to a yellow wooded kitchen including a formal dining area and lounge.
The Apex Collection showcase 11 Porsche GT racing models between 1966 and 2008. The museum at Weltevreden is home to one of the largest Porsche collections in South Africa, displaying memorabilia and books.
The collection include 3 Vintage Porsche’s dating from 1966, 1968, and 1972. From 1995 – 2008 the exhibition focus more on the modern range of Porsche’s.
Most of the Porches are RS models. The owner of the collection is an avid racer and his real interest is the race aspect of Porsche.
The Apex Collection has a strong social responsibility programme in support of the Put Foot Foundation. The Put Foot Rally started at the estate during 2014 and travel around Africa to provide under privileged children the opportunity to wear shoes.
The collection is open to the public from 09h00 – 12h00 on Saturdays, and any other days by appointment. An entrance fee of R40 is levied of which a portion goes to the Put Food Foundation.
Weddings and Functions
Weltevreden Estate provides the most suitable platform which ultimately creates the perfect wedding day to suit personality, and style.
Its gardens personifies rich, historical features, lush green foliage, a charming river and many other unique historic features to set the perfect location for wedding photographs.
Having a wedding chapel on the estate makes it an all in one wedding venue with two different wedding ceremonies to choose from, as well as a selection of three different wedding packages.
The Maze is an ideal setting for a wedding ceremony and creates a favourite amongst couples in search of the ultimate wedding venue. The Apex collection as part of the wedding package can also be included.
After the ceremony while the bride and groom are posing for wedding photos, guests can have pre-drinks outside the Apex and afterwards view the museum, keeping guests occupied. The Waenshuis on the estate can also be utilised as a chapel, conference venue or private functions.