“An invitation to visit, explore and picnic against the slopes of the Perdeberg”

Known as “Brouwerskloof” and granted in 1746 to Coetzee, there is a long history to this farm, tucked up against the slopes of the berg.
It is mentioned in Thunberg’s Travels at the Cape and the journals of Brink and Rhenius.

The current homestead has been renovated and extended. The farm has been divided up and the adjoining property has an imposing original gabled residence with views across to False Bay (we hope to have permission to walk across to see it). These buildings have all suffered degradation and fire and have been rebuilt.

We’ll be viewing an example of current vernacular building, constructed to impress on first sight with its gabled façade.
There will be time to analyze the “found” materials used in its construction.
The outbuilding has vestiges of old wine vats – unfortunately broken before the current owners arrived.
A small outbuilding, renovated as a bedroom, has signs of having been a stable or livery room. At its door, almost inhibiting entrance, stands an oak-tree said to be at least 150 years old. We can examine the overlay of history and hear about plans for future use of the property.
Our hosts, Judy and Mike Orpen, will welcome us onto their werf with refreshments.

Later in the day Judy (née Bain) has a fascinating tale to tell of her grandfather Donald’s encounter with indigenous people and how this story is peeping through into the present.
We are invited to shelter in their dining room with our picnic lunches to escape either weather or flies.

Meet at 10 am on the corner of R302 to Malmesbury and a specific road (there is more than one) to WELLINGTON with no road number on the sign. Here’s how you find it:
Take the N1 out of Cape Town (36 km) – exit at the Stellenbosch/Klipheuwel offramp (R304). Proceed towards Malmesbury/Klipheuwel and look for the 3 tall white Windmills, Escom turbines at the corner of Klipheuwel Road and Slent Road (18km). DO NOT TURN OFF.
Proceed straight on towards Malmesbury (now called R302) and travel 8.5 km further until you see WELLINGTON sign. Turn right at that sign and wait right there at the corner for fellow members …
(OR) take N7 to Malmesbury and turn right (36km) to Philadelphia (R304). Travel straight until you reach a T-junction (Durbanville/Klipheuwel). Turn left, pass Klipheuwel silos on your left. The three windmills will be in front of you (18km). Turn left at the stop sign – towards Malmesbury and travel about 8.5 kms. Now look for the WELLINGTON sign. And meet up with members. You will need at least an hour to reach the meeting point from Cape Town.
About 3 km along that Wellington road, we shall leave the tar and proceed up a very good farm road. No 4X4’s needed. Now it is an almost straight road up towards the Perdeberg.
Enquiries: Jeanne Bull Tel. 021 553 4364 or 079 076 8911

Outings are limited to members only