Living Up To Its Original Name: Sans Souci
Where it all began
THE WAGON ROAD TO JONKERSHOEK
Our street has quite a history. Around 1720 it was a wagon road winding through the valley to the Jonkershoek Mountains and was referred to as “de wagenweg naar Jonkershoek” (the wagon road to Jonkershoek). During the 1800s the thoroughfare was known as “Jonkershoekweg” (Jonkershoek Road). In 1906, it was renamed after Jan van Riebeeck, who established the first trading post in the Cape of Good Hope in 1652, as Cape Town was then known. Today, the historical route is still called Van Riebeeck Street.
FROM TENNIS COURT TO CAREFREE LIVING SPACE
Life & Leisure Co-living is based in the Sans Souci (“carefree” in French) House, which is mentioned in several historical reference books about Stellenbosch. The house was built on the tennis court of Aan ’t Molenwater, commissioned in 1937 by the owner, Margaret de Wet, and designed by the architects Parker and Forsyth. As a historically significant building, any renovation work on the property is strictly monitored by the Stellenbosch Historical Aesthetics Committee.
In 2002, Sans Souci was bought by Margie Potgieter and Marthinus Brink, who appreciated the significance of the estate. With the help of architect Ernest Haper, they renovated the building before opening it as a guesthouse. Today it is an art deco dream in a purist luxury style, and is operated as Life & Leisure Co-living.
In addition to its historical significance and co-living function, the house is an art lover’s dream, with magnificent works by artists like Gregoire Boonzaier, Dion Cupido, Leon de Bliquy, Lynn Smuts, Marius Rademan, Zakkie Eloff, Fawa Conradie, sculptor Nanette Ranger and potter Esias Bosch.
Heerlike naweek in Stellenbosch en omgewing
Life & Leisure Guesthouse & Co-Living is sentraal geleë naby die botaniese tuine en is dus stapafstand van alles af, baie naby aan die Fat Butcher. Ons het 'n kar gehad, maar het hom nooit gebruik nie. Margie is so gasvry en behulpsaam en daar is heerlike koffie en beskuit en ander Suid-Afrikaanse treats altyd beskikbaar. Sal verseker weer daar gaan bly.
Fantastic hospitality, service, beautiful bed linen, and cleanliness!
Baie lekker gekuier.
Gasvrou Margie is behulpsaam en gasvry. Ligging is ideaal, loopafstand van kuier en gewilde restaurante. Kamers is netjies en goed toegerus. Sal vir seker weer daar gaan oorlê. Veilge parkering vir ons huurvoertuig het ook gesorg vir gemoedsrus.
The perfect accommodation in Stellenbosch
Spacious and very well-equipped rooms. Very comfortable beds with electronic thermal blankets. Outstanding breakfast. Perfect care by landlady. Very good location close to restaurants and botanical gardens. Feel-good factor: 100%