#DoStellies – My lovely stay at Bonne Esperance Guest House

by Karisa

Our home for our #DoStellies weekend getaway was the oh-so-lovely Bonne Esperance Guest House which is situated in the heart of Stellenbosch town on the oak-lined Van Riebeeck St, just to the side of the main hustle & bustle to ensure that you’re located in a slightly quieter zone.

This Victorian-style guest house which was built back in 1901 was transformed into a luxurious 3 star guest house back in 2006.  The garden was later landscaped into the gorgeous sight it is today in 2008 while all the rooms also received a bit of an upgrade.  Since then they’ve won some prestigious awards like the booking.com Best 3 Star Hotel in Stellenbosch (as voted by guests).

This garden is gorgeous personified…

The wrap-around veranda is the perfect place to relax with a good book…

And breakfast is either enjoyed in their cosy breakfast room, or outside on the veranda (which is highly recommended on a sunny day)…

Bonne Esperance is has two accommodation sections:

  • The main guest house which offers 15 luxurious & comfy Victorian-style guest rooms
  • Studio/one bedroom/honeymoon apartment accommodation about 50m across the road, right opposite the University of Stellenbosch Botanical Gardens

The main guest house rooms are split into Classic Guest Rooms (from R660 pp per night), Loft Guest Rooms (from R572 pp per night) & Petite Guest Rooms (from R440 pp per night).

And then the Studio Apartments range from R720 pp per night, the Honeymoon Studio from R880 pp per night and the One Bedroom Apartment from R1080 pp per night.

We were lucky to be staying in the latter which comes with a fully equipped kitchen, a dining room table & chairs, a double sleeper couch, a cosy lounge area, air-conditioning, 2 LED TV’s (one in the room & the other in the lounge) and a plush bedroom with en-suite bathroom.

Oh and your front door opens up to this very sexy plunge pool area:

We felt that the decor felt way more luxurious than their modest 3 star rating, and we definitely felt right at home from the moment we plonked ourselves onto that big, comfy bed.  We slept like sloths & enjoyed a bit of a lazy lie in the next morning too. #AbsoluteBliss

But breakfast on that veranda the next morning, I have to say, was definitely the highlight.  Being able to enjoy that beautiful garden while digging into a farm-style breakfast (which was absolutely delicious by the way!) was just the ultimate treat…

Can I have breakfast here everyday? Pretty please!

Other notable mentions:  They have safe, off street parking, free Wifi, and a really lovely team at reception.  You can also keep an eye on their Special Offers page over here for monthly & last minute deals.

If you’re looking for a lovely, central spot in Stellenbosch where you can unwind, park your car & roam around at your own leisure, I can definitely highly recommend Bonne Esperance.

For booking enquiries, you can contact them on:

Tel: +27 (0) 21 887 0225
Email:  stay@bonneesperance.com

And then you’ll find them on the corner of Neethling and Van Riebeeck Streets in Stellenbosch.

PS.  For other posts in my #DoStellies series, hop on over here:


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