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Introduction


Being part of the Stellenbosch community is truly an honour. Over the past twelve years we have build a portfolio with 12 carefully chosen apartments to welcome our guests. Furniture and décor items were hand picked keeping our guests comfort in mind. As we love travelling we have been exposed to some of the most amazing and most terrible stays over the years, making notes of what we would like Avemore to offer our guests. Affordable, private, comfortable self catering apartments in the very heart of our much loved historic Stellenbosch was what we wanted to offer you. We often also travel with hand luggage and need to be comfortable in the place where we stay, therefore we added washing machine/ dryers in all our apartments. After sleeping in a historic guesthouse with a bed that left us sleeping on the floor we knew that extremely good quality comfortable beds is a must, you will find this in each and every one of our apartments
Experiencing the winter charm of Stellenbosch is unforgettable, after sampling amazing cuisine and some of the best wines in the world returning to your apartment should be a delight, we added electric blankets to make you want to snuggle in your lovely bed with crisp white linen. Those balmy summer evenings in Stellenbosch can be wonderful yet a bit sticky, to help you enjoy your stay we have Daikin airconditioners in our bedrooms, ensuring a good night sleep
Are you a coffee lover, to not despair, Nespresso machines were fitted in all our apartments to make that early cup of coffee special. Should you feel like a home cooked meal or breakfast before you start exploring the many world renown wine farms, you could do so as our apartments kitchens are fully equipped. Our brand new Blog will keep you up to date with tips on what the locals do in Stellenbosch and how to make the most of your stay
The Avemore team cant wait to welcome you and your family to Stellenbosch

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Want to spend quality time with your family? Make a trip to Sedgefield

by Cherice Torlage  -   26 August 2021


Stunning untouched beaches, pristine lakes and a paragliding hotspots, awaits your exploring. Sedgefield is food for the soul. Pretty as a picture and a delightfully unhurried tempo of life, one of the fantastic attractions is the wonderful Saturday markets, just a short walk from our Avemore Lakeside home in Sedgefield. Our holiday home is situated one street from the lake, offering lazy hot summer swims at your doorstep. The home is spacious, offering your family a relaxed space, just to enjoy nature again. The balcony will be your perfect spot for that long overdue cocktail to be enjoyed whilst soaking in the most beautiful views. Our street is for families, ideal for strolling with the kids and having fun, no noise, no rushed life, time to barbeque, to chat to rewind.
You must have heard about our legendary Wild Oats farmer’s market which is located on the outskirts of Sedgefield, next to the scenic Swartvlei Lake, only a stone throw away from our Avemore holiday home. Take your bike and your basket and buy the best home made food every Saturday. South African eats from the favourite shawarma, to samosas to vetkoek and more, all to be relished outdoors on wooden benches, creating the best vibe ever at the market.  
Sedgefield offers the best way of life, locals meet friends for coffee alfresco whilst doing their weekly shopping, this authentic producers’ market is brimming with the choicest locally-produced foods, both the take-home and breakfast variety. Including free-range meats, chicken, lamb, dairy and cheese, the market also specializes in fresh-from-the-field veg, freshly baked and bottled goods, as well as a wide variety of fresh-off-the-coals breakfasts .


After shopping at Wild Oats, stroll to the Mosaic Market and Scarab Village which is Sedgefield’s one-stop arts and craft destination. Great for gifts market offers original South African art, handmade clothing, metalwork, wooden products, hand-spun wool, ceramics and much more.
Other unmissable activities include taking long walks on Myoli beach followed with a lazy lunch or dinner at one of the many restaurants in Sedgefield. Want to expierence the sand in your toes whilst sampling the best home fire made pizzas? Visit pili pili at Myoli beach. Following the Sedgefield Mosaic Route admiring the mosaic marvels dotted around town. Sedgefield is well known for its myriad of mosaic sculptures, which can be found scattered throughout the little seaside town. It has been dubbed by many as the Mosaic Capital of South Africa and every year several beautiful new pieces are added to the town's collection: tortoises, guinea fowl, benches, hearts, a horse fence, a fish, a tree of life, a bus stop, a war memorial...the list goes on. Watch the sun set at Swartvlei river mouth or if you are adventurous, water-skiing on the lake or tandem paragliding with an experienced guide will be a highlight of your visit.


Sedgefield offers something for everyone and is the perfect lazy holiday to create new family memories. We hope to welcome you soon.


Oom Samie se winkel

by Cherice Torlage -  23 June 2020


Oom Samie se Winkel is a Victorian style shop that still operates in the same way it did in 1904. This popular attraction which is now a national monument offers all kinds of unique products ranging from boiled sweets and sticky toffee to authentic old-style butter churns and a wide range of unique knic-knacks. They also stock rare antiques, books, fruit and vegetables, hand crafted brooms and traditional South African Biltong.
Oom Samie se winkel is the oldest shop in Stellenbosch. Originally named XL Store, the General dealer is now named after its original owner whose parents bought the shop for him in 1904. Oom Samie was disabled and incapable of doing any physical work but was known for his kind-heartedness and for always including a little extra in the purchases of customers whom he knew were facing difficulties. He even raised and educated a family member whose parents were killed in an accident. Some describe the shop as entering a time-machine, it smells of tobacco and sugar, salted fish and herbs and spices and brings a nostalgic smile to all who visit.
One of Oom Samie’s great loves was baking and even today his nephew fondly speaks of his koeksisters, sago pudding and orange cake. In the backyard, oom samie kept chickens. Today this area is home to H-Homestyle Eatery which serves hearty traditional meals.
Oom Samie se Winkel is a working museum and a gem that is rarely found in our modern world of franchises and supermarkets and is truly a must-visit for both locals and tourists alike.
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Enjoying Stellenbosch to it’s fullest

by Sherize Francis  -   15 June 2020

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Being the second oldest town in South-Africa, Stellenbosch is loved by many from around the world, with tourist and local South-Africans visiting their favourite town year after year, never running out of things to do and places to explore.

Stellenbosch is famous for it’s natural beauty and oak-lined street, Cape Dutch architecture, history and of course it’s wine routes.
Despite the towns heritage, ‘Stellies’ – as it’s locally known, is a university town with an amazing youthful vibe. Surrounded by wine farms, the town is abuzz with wine bars. Café’s, many of Western Capes top restaurants, boutiques, art galleries and museums. Stellenbosch is still quite small making it an idyllic setting to explore on foot.
The town also host regular festivals, among them the Woordfees, an Afrikaans – language event focusing on the written word, featuring SA’s leading writers, poets and vocalist’s.

Also worth mentioning is the famous Cheese Festival, that attracts a world wide audience, joining our local producers every year to celebrate their harvest with the best cheeses and wine SA has to offer, all locally produced.

The Stellenbosch wine routes- the largest and oldest in the country- encompass more than 200 wine and grape producers in the region. Make sure to explore all 5 sub-routes; Greater Simonsberg, Bottellary Hills, Stellenbosch valley, Stellenbosch Berg and Helderberg, each has it’s own unique wines, climate and charm.
A must see for any visitor coming our way is the Delaire Graff Estate, where the art, gardens and architecture will leave you breathless. The views from the top of the Hetshoogte pass are unsurpassed, the food is exquisite and the art collection impressive. It’s here that the original Tretchikoff’s ‘Chinese Girl’ resides, and our very own local Dylan Lewis’s towering cheetahs cast from solid bronze grace the estates landscape.

Whether you fancy a shopping spree, big 5 Safari, winelands escape, luxury cuisine or just want to break away from the City over the weekend, Stellenbosch has something for everyone to enjoy, so make sure not to miss out on this South-African gem.

Add a relaxing spa date to your next Stellenbosch Visit

by Cherice Toralge    -   28 April 2020

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Looking forward to your next stay in Stellenbosch? On your to do list add a treatment at Lanzerac spa in Stellenbosch. The drive to Lanzerac through Mosterd drift, is fantastic, you will see historic and trendy homes oozing style and elegance. Lush gardens with students jogging or cycling completes the picture. A few blocks away from the “new” Lanzerac homestead you will find the forgotten main gate of years gone past. Clearly the farm must have been sold partly to the town as the boundary shifted with large oak trees gently swaying in the wind, welcoming all its guests.

The friendly guard at the gate will ask you politely where you would like to go, you could opt for the Deli, wine tasting the main restaurant, of the Spa. The manicured gardens will delight you, with lots of shady trees to park your car. On entering the Spa building you will be welcomed by softly spoken highly trained therapists who will make you feel most welcome.

Unwind and rejuvenate with a choice of massages, skin care, and beauty treatments. Here you will find a world of serenity comfort and luxury to restore your health and beauty. Enjoy leisurely laps in the heated pool unwind in the jacuzzi. Spoil yourself at the Spa’s vitality corner enjoying wholesome dishes and freshly made juice. If you feel up to a more hearty breakfast or light lunch you could joint the Deli for freshly baked cuisine. Call 021 8871132 to make a reservation at the spa and Deli. We do hope you will enjoy your treatment as much as we did.

We cant wait to share our next Blog with you
All the best stay well the Avemore team

Visit their website: https://www.lanzerac.co.za/spa-services-and-facilities/

Our first restaurant we would like to introduce is ‘Jardine'

by Cherice Toralge    -   24 April 2020

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Relaxing on our Jan cats no 2 balcony with a glass of superb Lanzerac chenin blanc, much to our delight and surprise, painters, cleaners, decorators where arriving across the street! What was happening there? As foodies we hoped it would be another amazing restaurant. Slowly we could see the magic happening and “Jardine” was created. How exciting to know this neglected historic house was going to be loved again. Yes a wonderful warm and homely intimate space opened with a roaring fireplace making any winter meal a feast.

Aromas to make you want to dress and walk over and book a table, drifted towards our balcony. Guests in wonderful cars, the most amazing daring fashion styles arrived, filling chairs. We could see mouth watering carefully created dishes being served. Preparing amazing food paired with some of the best wines in Stellenbosch we soon found out was what George Jardine does best. Delighted that two of our apartments situated in the very central Jan cats building is only a stone throw away from Jardine. Whilst staying at Avemore on your next trip book at Jardine no 1 Andringa street Tel 021 8865020
Until we meet again, we’d love to keep in touch online. Follow us as we share tips on enjoying Stellenbosch to the max.

Visit their website: https://www.restaurantjardine.co.za/

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Enjoying Stellenbosch to it’s fullest

by Sherize Francis  -   15 June 2020