The Drakenstein Valley was inhabited by nomadic Khoisan communities for tens of centuries prior to colonisation of the Cape. Boschendal was first granted to the French Huguenot Jean le Long in 1685 by Simon van der Stel, the first governor of the Cape Colony. It was subsequently bought by Abraham de Villiers in 1715 and remained in that family for 164 years.
The De Villiers family developed Boschendal into a flourishing wine farm and built the manor house and outbuildings. In 1897 custodianship of Boschendal passed into the hands of the mining magnate Cecil John Rhodes who saw a lucrative opportunity in fruit farming. Rhodes Fruit Farms was established and began exporting deciduous fruit to Britain on a large scale. In 1976 the beautifully restored Boschendal farmstead and winery was opened to the public for the first time and began to emerge as the icon it is today of the Cape winelands.
As custodians of Boschendal we want to share our rich heritage and natural beauty to give guests the opportunity to savour the best of winelands farm living. We want to ensure our staff and local communities to prosper, and we want to ensure our natural environment thrives.