House and Garden

House and Garden


Built in the late 1800s by descendants of the family Streicher, one of the earliest German settler farming families who arrived in the area in the late 1700s,  it served  as a “dorpshuis”,or townhouse, so that the family who lived a long way away would have a place at which to stay when coming to town. It was named BUKKENBURG after the town in Germany from where the original family came, almost a hundred years earlier.

Because of its significance as a fine example of Cape Victorian Architecture, and its location in the historic heart of Swellendam, the house was proclaimed a National Monument in the 1980s.

Shortly after our arrival here at the end of 1996, we embarked on an extensive programme of renovations. This work was undertaken under the guidance of Gawie Fagan, the eminent South African architect and his wife Gwen.  We built an extended living area at the back of the house with a view towards the mountains and overlooking the old barn that has become the studio and showroom.  The grounds are overlooked by the majestic Langeberg Mountains that tower over the town.

We have also developed the grounds, we are able to keep ourselves supplied with fresh vegetables and salads as well as supplying local restaurants, guest houses and residents.

House and Garden Front of the house - Bukkenburg

House and Garden The house from the studio 2

House and Garden The house from the studio
Front of the house. The house from the studio. The house from the studio.
House and Garden The-house-throught-e-vegeta (1) House and Garden The vegetable garden looking towards 12 oclock peak House and Garden Irrigation-in-the-early-mor
The house through vegetable. The vegetable garden looking towards 12 o’clock peak. Irrigation in the early morning.
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Corner of the front garden. Felicity in the artichokes. The house through vegetable.
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Sunset at Bukkenburg. David feeding the sheep. Summer garden at bukkenburg.
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The studio and showroom. Fresh home grown produce – roast tomatoes. Home grown pumpkins.
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Manie plowing. Artichoke. Jacob and his men plowing.

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