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    Living Up To Its Original Name: Sans Souci

Where it all began


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.


Life & Leisure Co-living is based in the Sans Souci (“carefree” in French) House, which is mentioned in several historical reference books about Stellenbosch.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.


  • Life & Leisure is superbly located, and the rooms are spacious and comfortable.

    We chose this establishment for its location, and we were not disappointed at all.Everything was perfect, and very well organized.

    Claudia, January 2024


  • Heartfelt care from Margie

    We stayed for 6 nights and enjoyed the wonderful atmosphere. Special mention to the owner Margie, for taking care of the customers with all her heart. The breakfast was excellent as she always prepared something surprising. Our room was spacious and clean. Good bed and quiet. The small terrace gave space. The location was good and only a few steps to the center. We are very satisfied with our... Read this review

    Timo, January 2024


  • 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.

  • Excellent

    Fantastic hospitality, service, beautiful bed linen, and cleanliness!