Old Nectar Gardens, Stellenbosch - Enjoy the Tranquility of our Serene Gardens
slide 1
slide 1
slide 1
slide 1
Image Slide 2
Image Slide 2
Image Slide 2
Image Slide 2

Enjoy the Tranquility

Old Nectar's 4 hectare gardens are open every day of the year, except Christmas Day & New Year’s Day. Opening hours from 9am to 5pm. Garden Visitors only pay R50 per Adult no cost to under 18's. Picnic Visitors pay an extra R50 (Adults R100, under 18’s cost R50). We accept Cash or EFT. No bookings required. Please contact us for further info.

Home to the van der Spuy family since 1941, the iconic Old Nectar Gardens combine Cape Dutch 18th and 19th-century atmosphere with 21st-century comfort, providing you with access to a beautiful, peaceful space where you can come and relax in the tranquility of a serene garden environment.

The Gardens are open to the public all year round. Group bookings are available on request only. ​​If you’re an artist you are more than welcome to exhibit your work for public showings or hold concerts at a nominal fee. Our heritage gardens can also be used for entertainment purposes, where residents can host their own private functions on the rolling manicured lawns.

Noteworthy to all visitors is the variety of trees in the Old Nectar gardens; other than the oak trees, every tree in these gardens was planted by Una van der Spuy over a period of more than 70 years; they include Redwood, Elm, Copper Beech, Chorisia, Lombardy poplar, Liquidambar, Magnolia, Cape chestnut, Maple, Flowering peach, Flowering plum, Camellia and Prunus trees.

The 120-metre driveway to Old Nectar lies below a hillside of oak trees and overlooks an ornamental dam with views of trees and the sandstone cliffs of the 1500-metre Jonkershoek Mountains. Visitors are encouraged to park cars at the entrance to Old Nectar and walk up the drive to get a feel for the beautiful environment surrounding Old Nectar.

If you’re looking to bring your family to savour peace and relaxation, or you prefer to work from here while being surrounded by nature, Old Nectar can accommodate you.

Lovely English style garden in a beautiful setting on the slopes of a hill outside Stellenbosch. The traditional and well preserved cape dutch house frames in the garden nicely and is also worth an inside look. Can really recommend a visit to this place!

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Torgil - Stockholm, Sweden

Stayed here and would not stay anywhere else when I come back to Stellenbosch. The gardens are beautiful and the people so helpful. Mari and Richard and Peter were always there to help during our stay. The apartment has everything you could need and was so clean.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Kristin - New Jersey, USA

We stayed in Plum Villa in the grounds of Old Nectar Manor for 10 days over Christmas. The accommodation was superb. It is very private, with its own garden and pool area. The villa itself is very spacious, has all amenities, very comfortable beds and is very clean. As guests on the Manor property you can stroll around the beautiful gardens. Mari was wonderful and went out of her way to make sure we were comfortable and had everything we needed. Even giving us excellent tips on places to visit and things to see during our stay.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Claire - Netherlands, Europe

LOCATION

Directions

From the R44 in Stellenbosch, take Merriman Avenue and at the traffic circle follow the directions to Jonkershoek Valley. The Old Nectar Gardens are 5.4km from the traffic circle.

Please note - the entrance to the gardens is 600m PAST the Stark Conde/Postcard Cafe/Oude Nektar entrance. GPS co-ordinates are 33 57.3S 18 54.9E.