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April 12, 2013

Life & Leisure Properties


Stellenbosch is a hundred intriguing places and spaces entwined to create a medley of people and attractions. From soulful art galleries and world class restaurants to bohemian cafes and picturesque farmlands, the options to explore are endless. Home to the University of Stellenbosch, the Rupert Museum, modern street art and century old wine farms, Stellenbosch is the perfect fusion of heritage and contemporary trends.

The picturesque town represents a vision of artful diversity and, just like many of the world’s most interesting places including New York; Stellenbosch was founded by the Dutch. The colonists left their mark in fascinating architecture and charming landscapes – among them and certainly the most famous are the characteristic oak trees that adorn the sprightly streets. The Dutch ideal ‘invigoration through adventure and freedom of expression’ merged with local culture to produce a truly authentic experience.

Located in the bustling heart of Stellenbosch, Life & Leisure offers unique boutique-style accommodation options to discerning business and leisure travellers. Every apartment is furnished with extraordinary attention to detail that subtly distinguishes one room from the next. Each upmarket executive apartment offers something exceptional be it the view, the location or specially selected luxuries, and we have a variety of options to choose from.

Our luxury self-catering en-suite studio and one bedroom apartments are equipped with:
• Secure basement parking
• Air-conditioning
• Under floor heating
• Satellite television
• Heated towel rails
• Shower
• Balcony
• Elevator service
• Fully equipped kitchen
• Electronic laptop safe

We also offer en-suite two bedroom apartments with fully equipped kitchens, air-conditioning, washing machine and tumble dryer combo, and satellite television. These units are a short distance away from the world class Coetzenburg Stadium, the Botanical Gardens, various museums and the quaint shops that line the streets of Stellenbosch town.
Celebrated for the elegant New York chic decor and refined local hospitality, our focus is first and foremost on the guest experience whose every need is attended to by our dedicated team. Breakfast is always available on request and other extras like cleaning, laundry, airport transfers, car rentals and sight-seeing tours can be arranged. Whether you are an individual on business or with a group on holiday, we will make sure that your stay with us is a memorable one!
The stylish comfort, charisma and distinguished character of each room and apartment make Life & Leisure the perfect choice when exploring the leafy streets and arty attractions of Stellenbosch and the beautiful surrounds.


In 1720 the wagon road winding through the valley to the Jonkershoek Mountains was called “De Wagenweg naar Jonkershoek”. During the 1800’s the thoroughfare was known as “Jonkershoekweg” until it was renamed after Jan van Reibeeck, the founder of Cape Town, in 1906. Today, more than 100 years later, the historical route is still called van Riebeeck Street is home to the Life & Leisure Guesthouse named Sans Souci.
Sans Souci in French means “without troubles” and appears in many historical reference books about Stellenbosch, to which van Riebeek paved the way. The property was originally part of Aan’t Molenwater whose owner Margaret De Wet, briefed renowned Cape Town architects, Parker and Forsyth, to build a house on the original tennis court area in 1937. During the recent restoration activities that were strictly monitored by the Stellenbosch Historical Aesthetics Committee, visible layers of strata showing the remains of the tennis court could be seen in some places.
Stellenbosch is one of the most important historical towns in South Africa hence the care with which such a valuable property located in the heart of the historical centre of town, is handled. The Aesthetics Committee has continuously emphasized the importance of the property, considering not only its noteworthy architecture, but also its exceptional location.
Sans Souci was bought by Margie Potgieter and Marthinus Brink who appreciated the significance of estate and, together with the help of architect Ernest Harper, renovated the building before opening it as a guesthouse in 2005.

Today Sans Souci is the flagship Life & Leisure guesthouse. It is an art deco dream with purist luxury style: renowned for its sleek design and elegant functionality it’s no wonder that one in five guests stay for longer than four weeks. Practical details are discretely integrated into each room’s design where luxury space is the main feature, meeting the needs of both business and leisure travellers.

The Life & Leisure guesthouse offer six luxury en-suite rooms equipped with:
• Off-street parking
• Air-conditioning
• Satellite television
• Communal lounge
• Communal swimming pool
• Electronic safe
• Daily servicing

Breakfast and internet is available at an additional cost.

The trendy art deco guesthouse is known for its stylish allure. Parallel to its inventive vision is Life & Leisure’s distinctive design which signifies our guesthouse. Every detail, from carefully selected pieces of furniture to luxury, handpicked linen, is a reflection of the passion instilled into the making of this establishment. This dedication to excellence spills over in our pursuit of the perfect guest experience. Our team is always on standby to attend to every guest’s need and extra’s like cleaning, laundry, airport transfer, car rent and sight-seeing tours can easily be arranged. Whether you are an individual on business or with a group on holiday, we will make sure that your stay with us is a memorable one!

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