Our History started more than 300 years ago

WELGEMEEND – A FARMHOUSE IN THE CITY

Cape Town today is a vast city, stretching about thirty kilometers either way. But for two centuries it fitted snugly into “Table Valley”, the amphitheater formed by Table Mountain, Lion’s Head and Devil’s Peak. In fact, there was enough land left, “above” the small city, at the foot of the mountain, for the establishment of a number of small farms. “Gardens”, they were called, but they were well watered and fertile and were highly desirable properties. They have since become engulfed by the Table Valley suburbs: Gardens, Oranjezicht and Tamboerskloof. But several of their old homesteads still survive. Perhaps the best known of them is Leeuwenhof, still doing good service as the official residence of the Premier of the Western Cape. Welgemeend is another of these surviving Table Valley farmsteads. It is also the only one that is generally open for inspection by the public. For it is now in the grounds of the Jan van Riebeeck Hoërskool and houses the Boerneef Collection of South African art, which is discussed elsewhere in this brochure. As a property, it has been there for over three hundred years, from the time it was granted to Andries de Man in 1693, over four “morgen” (about four hectares) in extent. The name that it was given means “well-intentioned”. This could mean that it turned out less of an asset than it was meant to be. But this is unlikely, for the “garden”, though not large, had a natural spring on it (which is still there today) and was to prove an exceedingly successful farmlet.

More history of Welgemeend by Dr Hans Fransen – Read here

 

Historic image of Welgemeend
Historic wedding
Welgemeend garden 1927
Historic Welgemeend

Welgemeend says

“THANK YOU!”

to all our Guests and Clients of 2017

We wish you a peaceful and relaxing festive season with your family and friends. 

Christmas

It was an eventful and exciting year for us and we truly appreciate all your support.
Welcoming you at Welgemeend was an honor and a pleasure.

A huge THANK YOU as well to all our staff, suppliers and business partners.

We are closed from the 18th of December until the 5th of January 2018.