I spent three days exploring the artsy side of Stellenbosch with Eendracht Hotel. And it was glorious! If you’re looking for the perfect getaway filled with exciting activities, art, history, and delicious food, the award-winning Eendracht Hotel & Apartments has got you covered. You’ll find the elegant and luxurious 4-star accommodation in the heart of Stellenbosch and within walking distance from every kind of coffee shop, museum, restaurant and the many more fun activities that Stellies has to offer.
I am what you call an explorer. Sightseeing, activities, restaurants, museums, wine tasting you name it, and I’m there. Cape Country Routes member, Eendracht, is perfect for individuals like me, who like to explore new places but realise that planning these kinds of trips can often be too time-consuming. The hotel has carefully curated some of the best packages that allow for its visitors to dip into the best of Stellenbosch and its wonders. Lucky for me, I got to experience the 3-day artsy excursion with some extra treats in between.
I was warmly greeted by the friendly and welcoming staff of Eendracht and had a delicious Sunday lunch at Senobia’s after check-in. The hotel’s restaurant, which is named after the owner’s mother, serves traditional wholesome South African dishes and daily specials. After lunch, we got ready for a walk through town and explored the Loud Idea (Pty) Ltd Art Walking tour of Stellenbosch with the lovely Stellenbosch on foot. Here we explored the many artefacts and historical art landmarks of Stellenbosch, the sculpture gallery of Stephen Rautenbach, and the gem that is the Gaven Collins Art Gallery.
Was a day filled with adrenalin as we embarked on a journey with Adventure shop, and boy was it an adventure! We explored the beautiful Stellenbosch landscapes and vineyards and embarked on a 25km guided E-bike ride through hills and wetlands, and small townships where we were greeted by friendly locals. Our destination, or what felt like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, was the beautiful Boschendal Farm. We enjoyed a wine tasting and a delicious 3- course lunch at The Werf and ended off our day with a yummy dinner and wine tasting at Brampton’s Stellenbosch.
The Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden on day three…
Here we explored the history of the artists and went on a journey of his work through the gardens paths of fynbos and many other indigenous plants. The garden that Dylan created himself is influenced by Japanese gardens and the Japanese wabi-sabi aesthetic. I could see this perfectly through the minimalism and sculptural design of the garden. This beautifully landscaped serene garden is a perfect place to unwind, meditate and appreciate the art and the views on Stellenbosch mountains. If you’re a little parched or peckish you can grab a coffee at The Old Storeroom which serves a delicious variety of coffees, teas and sweet treats.
I thoroughly enjoyed the entire Artsy experience that Eendracht curated for a ‘Dora The Explorer’ like me. I put together a video of the entire experience below, enjoy!
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