Lekkerwijn Cape Country Home

Lekkerwijn (pronounced ‘lekkervain’) is a classic and historical Cape Dutch Country House, offering comfortable and private accommodation in the heart of South Africa’s winelands. Its whitewashed gables and walls, original timber, doors and windows are some of the elements which are the hallmarks of what is known as the Cape Dutch style of architecture.

Lekkerwijn is one of the historic homesteads in the Groot Drakenstein valley, and is close to Boschendal, Bien Donné, Meerrust, Delta and L’Ormarins. Over the years, according to the vicissitudes of fortune and political economy, there have been many changes in ownership of the old farms. Lekkerwijn, however, has been the home of the Pickstone family since Wendy’s grandfather arrived in the valley in 1895.

The name ‘lekkerwijn’ means ‘good wine’ in Dutch and the story of the farm is an interesting one – best told by Wendy herself. Her grandfather – an industrious and pioneering young Englishman who had seen the profitable west-east fruit export industry in the USA – declared his intention of building a south-north fruit export industry from the Cape to Europe. He came to South Africa with his vision and garnered the support of the Dutch farmers, financial backing from Cecil John Rhodes and the friendship of architect Herbert Baker. By 1898 the plantings were in and the industry was on its way.

Today, Wendy says, it is a pleasure to glance back at those days from a home of which her grandfather was very proud. He, she says, loved to share the valley with visitors and she takes the greatest pleasure in continuing his traditions.

Accommodation on Lekkerwijn is either bed and breakfast in the homestead itself or a small self-catering cottage. Wine tastings and luncheons can be arranged. Lekkerwijn Cape Country Home is also ideal for small private functions. Fully hosted and guided 2-3 day stays can also be arranged.

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