12 Louw Street, in the heart of Stellenbosch, used to be an old derelict house, with an overgrown garden and very little going for it.
That was until Matilda de Bod noticed the potential of this old house in April of 2003 and decided to renovate it into the beautiful building standing at the same address today.
Batavia Boutique Hotel is the brainchild of Fire and Glory Investments (pty) LTD - a company established by Matilda de Bod, Windred van Reenen and Joan Sonn. Perhaps "Fire and Glory" is a fitting description for what happened in the 8 months of starting and completing this purpose built Boutique Hotel.
The name "Batavia Boutique Hotel" was derived from Batavia, a Dutch Colony in South East Asia. Many of the senior officials at the Cape (established on 6 April 1652), including Jan van Riebeek, had previously served in the east. The Governer, Simon van der Stel, who established the small town of Stellenbosch in 1672, grew up in Batavia.
Batavia, as well as the Cape of Good Hope, was a place of rendezvous, a meeting place for ships and travellers, a place to gain access to fresh produce and lastly, a place of restoration.
May your stay at Batavia Boutique Hotel offer this, and so much more.
Experience the Batavia - reminiscent of the comfortable villas that hosted discerning travellers and lordly merchants in the bygone days of the Dutch East India Company. This boutique hotel is conveniently situated just off Dorp Street, the historic heart of Stellenbosch.
Besides convenient closeness to village life, the Batavia offers five en-suite bedrooms, a comfortable lounge, a dining room where sumptuous breakfasts are served, a meeting room for business travellers who wish to consult in comfort, and a swimming pool in a relaxed garden setting. Original antiques, eastern rugs, ostrich leather furniture, bright bay windows, local artworks, patio views and an excellent selection of wines evoke the richness of the town`s Dutch-African heritage. The Batavia also offers:
Spacious, air-conditioned en-suite rooms with modern convenienceSecure parking
Internet and business work space for corporate guests
Assistance with travel arrangements
Picnic baskets on request
Special packages to various tourism attractions/activities
Within a short walk along oak lined avenues, the Batavia`s guests can experience the best of Stellenbosch, the centre of South Africa`s premier wine region. Footloose and fancy free, visitors can appreciate splendid examples of Cape Dutch architecture while enjoying easy access to a fascinating collection of "living" museums, art galleries and craft centres.
Various wine boutiques, the university campus and the Eersterivier riverbank walkway offer further variety. Within a hundred meters or so, guests can also experience the town`s coffee-shop culture, visit a choice of taverns and enjoy the cuisine of highly rated restaurants. For the business traveller, the central business district and a range of related services are just minutes away.
Stellenbosch is just fifteen minutes from the N1 and N2 highways, twenty minutes from other historic towns, the sea and excellent beaches, and only half an hour from Cape Town international airport. It is also less than an hour from more world-class wine estates, further tourist attractions and Cape Town`s famous Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.