The iconic homestead in the hart of Stilbaai was originally built in 1809 and after it burnt down, rebuilt by Andries de Jager in 1814. It was declared a national monument in 1985. The walls, 70cm thick, are constructed with sandstone and clay, while the beautiful old ceilings made from indigenous Yellowwood transports you back 200 years ago. After the house was in the de Jager family for 168 years, it was sold and purchased by Jan Jordaan in 1982. The property was subsequently resold and the property divided into 5 portions of which the part with the homestead was bought by Albie Basson. It preserves all the historical elements like the attic stairs, beam above the fireplace, oven and back door. Today it houses the Archaeological Museum and the Tourism Bureau.
travel tips and planning info
HOW TO GET THERE
Cross the bridge to Stilbaai West and follow the main road till you see the green info sign to turn left. Follow the signs to Langenhoven Street where the homestead is located right at the end.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Be sure to plan your visit that you are present at 11:00 for the daily feeding of the indigenous fresh-water eels in the pond right next to the homestead.
WHAT WILL IT COST
Free to enter the tourism office part of the homestead.
AROUND THE AREA
Visit the Archaeological Museum which is part of the homestead and the nearby Skulpiesbaai nature reserve for short hikes between the fynbos, bird watching, and to view the historical fish traps, also of great importance to the area’s historical heritage.
WHERE TO STAY
A wide range of accommodation establishments are available, from camping to five star guest houses.
The homestead packs a variety of gifts in the form of local arts and crafts, all made by crafters from the area.
WHAT TO EAT
You will see restaurants on your right in the main road as you drive to the homestead.