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Constantia, Western Cape

Style:Cape Dutch


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34°00'44.23" S 18°27'06.74" E

The Alphen property was granted to Theunis van Schalkwyk in 1714. Alphen is a square double-storey manor house with a beautiful pediment and exceptional front door. It seems certain that Kirsten built the house in 1765 or a few years later as a double-storey. The remodeling of the house is ascribed to Pieter de Waal c1793.

Alphen is now a restaurant and boutique hotel.

Books that reference Alphen

Dane, Philippa & Wallace, Sydney-Anne. 1981. The Great houses of Constantia. Cape Town: Don Nelson. pg 75-81; 82-88
Fairbridge, Dorothea. 1924. Gardens of South Africa : with some chapters on practical gardening under South African conditions and some notes on the cultivation of South African wild flowers. Cape Town: Maskew Millar . pg opp. 112
Fransen, Hans. 2004. The old buildings of the Cape. A survey of extant architecture from before c1910 in the area of Cape Town - Calvinia - Colesberg - Uitenhage. Johannesburg & Cape Town: Jonathan Ball Publishers. pg 140
Hartdegen, Paddy. 1988. Our building heritage : an illustrated history. South Africa: Ryll's Pub. Co. on behalf of the National Development Fund for the Building Industry. pg 40
Hoefsloot, Ted (illustrations) & Pama, Cor (text). 1980. Cape Wine Homesteads. Johannesburg: AD Donker. pg 28 & 29 (ill)
Pearse, Geoffrey Eastcott. 1957. Eighteenth century architecture in South Africa. London: Batsford. pg 25, 26, 43, Plate 37,
Richardson, Deirdré. 2001. Historic Sites of South Africa. Cape Town: Struik Publishers. pg 81
Trotter, Alys Fane. 1928. Old Cape Colony. A chronicle of her men and houses from 1652 to 1806. London: Selwyn & Blount. pg 278
Trotter, Alys Fane. 1900. Old colonial houses of the Cape of Good Hope : illustrated and described. London: B. T. Batsford. pg 14-15, Plate XXV