The farm, the name of which has changed many times, has a unique history going back 300 years. At one stage it was the furthest outpost in the Cape of the Dutch East Indies Company and later became a vital staging post and replenishment station on the main wagon route to Swellendam.

For a period, it was part of the famous Vergelegen, built by the Governor of the Cape, Willem Adriaan van der Stel. Its original homestead was the birthplace to one of the Presidents of the early Boer Republics. The farm buildings are a most beautiful example of traditional and unspoilt Cape Dutch architecture.

The original and fully restored old homestead dates from 1750, while the later (1840’s) Manor House is one of the Cape’s architectural masterpieces. These buildings, together with The Cellars, the Old Fruit Barn and the various outbuildings, today provide accommodation of an exceptional standard to discerning visitors.

1750

Family Clopper (Kloppers)

1887

The Naudé Family

1917

The Hugo Family

1980

The Schmölke Family

2012

The Penny Family

2021

The Dhaene Family

Penhill has recently been purchased by Elo Dhaene, and his wife Judith Koekenbier, from the Netherlands. Together they plan on furthering the legacy of Penhill with the introduction of an on-site restaurant, wine and new accommodations on the property. Penhill will serve as a home-away-from-home for the Dhaene family during the Summer months.

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