With the first title deed going back to March 1692, the magnificent Cape Dutch homestead on Weltevreden Estate, just outside Stellenbosch, was built in 1812 by Deborah Retief, sister of the Voortrekker leader Piet Retief. The property was declared a National Monument in 1975, and today, nearly a decade of painstaking labour and attention to detail by the current owners has culminated in a beautifully restored house and surrounding buildings, manageably situated on 3,74 hectares. The main homestead is west facing, and is built in orthodox "H" shape. Approaching the house along a gravelled, tree-lined driveway, one cannot fail to be impressed by the grand proportions that mark the zenith of the Cape's neo-classical period. The design of the six gables is typical of the kind imported to the Cape with the European classical revival. Inside, original quarry tiled floors and yellowwood floors combine with magnificent stinkwood doors inlaid with yellowwood banding, to give a most impressive array of comfortable and elegant rooms; cool central 'fore' and 'after' rooms with large stable doors, three beautiful rooms adaptable as either living rooms, bedrooms or library, an authentic kitchen with gigantic hearth and stairway accessing nearly 260 square metres of upstairs space , a large bathroom and guest cloakroom area, and outside the kitchen, a delightful outside dining area under vines. A cellar beside the house is dated 1804, and displays a gable of late 'holbol' style. This building is nearly 30 metres in length, and presents ideal accommodation for a restaurant, conference venue, office space, or even extra living accommodation. Across a large lawned area it faces a building of later vintage, which the owners have converted indoors into three en suite bedrooms, complete with entrance hall, meeting room as well as an office. Facing back to the main homestead is a delightful wagon shed, flanked by an intriguing hay or fodder tower. The wagon shed has also been converted to house a pair of charming two-bedroomed flatlets, each with their own bathroom. Other buildings on the property comprise discreet parking for four vehicles, and a further building which houses three stables, storage and tack room. Complimenting these wonderful historic buildings are lovely lawns, a small stream and a quite breathtaking formal garden, also the result of years of patient nurturing. About one-and- a-half hectares of land is still fallow, and can be put to vines or some other agricultural pursuit, if so desired! In all, a most unique property just over an hour away from Cape Town airport, and in not too isolated a position in lovely rural Stellenbosch environs. Weltevreden Estate can be acquired purely for residential purposes, but also lends itself to development in many other ways.