Groot Constantia is the name of the farm of Simon Van der Stell who was the tenth commander of the Dutch East India Company of the settlement at the Cape. He commissioned the building of Stellenbosch and also instructed that houses in the Cape should be build according to the Cape-Dutch style (white walls, facade, reed roof) and brought thousands of oak trees to the Cape.
We visited the large farm in winter but the view towards the sea over the vineyards was still awesome. No entrance fee to visit the farm but fees are payable to enter the museums, which is a pity. There is also a restaurant, clearly popular with the locals also. Children were playing on the ground around the tables and it seems to be a very family friendly establishment.
The large oak trees are beautiful and so are the squirrels rushing up and down the trunks. Information boards help visitors to ensure that they do not miss any of the attractions.
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