These beautiful gardens were first estabished in the 1700s by Willem Adriaan Van de Stel, who was a botanist and horticulturist as well as a farmer.
The gardens which have been restored contain the oldest oak trees in South Africa, an ancient Mulberry tree and five wonderful old camphor trees at the front of the homestead.
The core of the gardens covers approx 60 hectares and includes :-
* the Octagonal Garden
* the surrounding gardens and lawns
* oak parklands and oak plantation
* camphor forest
* and open pastures.
Author: Bob Saunders.