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Bellingham Manor House & La Rive, Franschhoek

November 2008 - Bellingham Manor House, Franschhoek


Bellingham Manor House and Gardens are not normally open to the public, so we were greatly honoured for the club to have a chance to visit this old traditional Manor House and Garden.

The house is a living museum - now managed by the Podlashuk Bellinchamp National Heritage Foundation.

The house was bought in 1943 and extensively rennovated - and the decor is still from this period. Frescoes adorn the walls and it is plain to see that the owners were great animal lovers. Narrow passageways lead from one room to another, from one bedroom to another, with interesting architecture and furnishings highlighting the styles from this era.

The garden has a large pond with nice views across the surrounding countryside and large, interesting trees dotted around.

There are also guest cottages which can be rented out - please contact Chris for more details.

Contact details: Bellingham Manor House & Garden - Chris Mauerberger/Leon Coetzee. 021 874 1019

November 2008 - La Rive Garden, Franschhoek


La Rive - right slap bang in the middle of Franschoek!

But yet it is a haven of lilies, iris and cottage garden favourites - what a treat!

A private residence, this stunning garden on mainly blue and white is serenely gentle on the eye. The thatched house provides a wonderful backdrop to the creative planting and garden pathways.

Arches leading the way over intricately planted lobelia and allysum lead to shady seats and other surprises.

Roses jostle alongside delphiniums and arum lilies...

A few statues dotted around the garden watch the nodding aqueligias... as time slips by... simply irrisistible ...

This garden can not fail to impress those that love the informal and romantic ...

If you are in Franschhoek during the Open Gardens weekend (normally early November) - don't miss it!

29 Dierkie Uys St. (parallel to Main St=Huguenot), opposite Potter David Walters

Contact details: Gill Gage.

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