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Old Nectar Gardens

  • 4.8

  • from 133 Google reviews

A large purple flower is in a garden
A large purple flower is in a garden

About the garden

Home to the van der Spuy family since 1941, the iconic Old Nectar manor house, located just 5km from the heart of Stellenbosch, combines Cape Dutch 18th and 19th-century atmosphere with 21st-century comfort. Nestled between the large 200-year-old oak trees, the Manor House is complemented by five newly renovated, fully furnished self-catering villas, ensuring a unique stay at Old Nectar.

The gardens at Old Nectar are something to behold. The highlights include some of the following: a round rose garden, a pergola garden, a waterfall garden and an indigenous garden.

The Front Garden extends from the manor house downslope to the pergola. Terraced lawns with flanking paths and borders of azaleas and other flowering shrubs lead to a rectangular Victorian-tiled ornamental pond overlooked by two sentinel Lombardy poplars (Populus sempervirens) and a Copper Beech (Fagus sylvatica) at one end and a mature camellia (Camellia japonica) at the other end. Self-catered picnics welcome

Opening times

October 1 - April 30: 09h00 to 19h00 | May 1 – September 30: 10h00 to 17h00 Weekends and Public Holidays by private arrangement.

Useful details

Cafe or restaurant

No cafe or restaurant on site



Cape Winelands, 7600

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Google reviews

  • 4.8

  • from 133 Google reviews

Eleonora Williams

4 months ago


Beautifully tended gardens and curated buildings. Adorable trio of Yorkies as a welcoming committee... The sight of a number of baboons was scary: Turned out they were more scared of us and moved away rather quickly.

Hannah Markham

a year ago


A real hidden gem in Stellenbosch! I’m so glad I saw an article where someone recommended this place! Take a picnic and a book and go enjoy an afternoon here! The gardens are beautiful- so so well kept and beautiful! Had a lovely afternoon here. It’s R50pp, I’d bring cash as there’s no cellphone signal and they don’t have a card machine, otherwise you’ll have to do an eft at home. If I’m ever in Stellenbosch again, this spot is on my list!!

Ludwig Otto

8 months ago


The most beautiful and peaceful gardens i have ever visited, so peaceful, we will be back for a picnic.

Steven Broekhuysen

a year ago


What a wonderful find this was for us. A beautiful, well maintained and varied garden to stroll through with many exquisite picnic spots to enjoy lazily. We really enjoyed the visit.

Karin Henri

3 months ago


Very very special experience!! What a privilege to meet the owner and hear interesting background history to Una vd Spuy family.

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+27 (0)21 866 1133

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