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CALEDON VILLA GUEST HOUSE, STELLENBOSCH

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We are situated in the historical heart of old Stellenbosch. However, if you are sitting in our garden not another building is to be seen – only the huge wild fig tree, the 'Apiesdoring' and the old pomegranate tree. The guest house is within safe walking distance of many famous restaurants.

Caledon Villa reflects the old days when villas were built to remain intact for more that a century. This is aptly illustrated by the wooden floors, original paintings and family portraits. A variety of cultural features such as the passage of musicians, a family museum, the Bowler Collection and a rare porcelain doll collection all contribute to the historical feel of the guest house. Modern luxuries in the rooms, lounges and breakfast room do however meaningfully integrate the historical with the modern. Visit our website at www.caledonvilla.co.za

Caledon Villa is set in two large erven and features various rockeries, a roof garden and shaded areas around the pool. Birders will appreciate the traditional 'leivore' (water channels) with 'leibeurte' (periods of usage) that have been operating since the formation of Stellenbosch. The lush garden has many water features and supports a wealth of birds for bird-watchers and those who just enjoy what nature has to offer. The garden is a birder's delight and most of the garden birds to be expected in the region are on offer. CAPE BATIS, CAPE ROBIN-CHAT, MALACHITE and SOUTHERN DOUBLE-COLLARED SUNBIRDS and OLIVE THRUSH feature regularly together with more common garden birds. Overhead it is not uncommon to find JACKAL BUZZARD, AFRICAN GOSHAWK, ROCK KESTREL and BLACK SPARROWHAWK drifting through the skies. Listen for the call of the SPOTTED EAGLE-OWL at night.

The guest house further serves as an ideal base from which to explore some of the top birding destinations in the region. In birding circles the Stellenbosch area is probably best known for the JONKERSHOEK and ASSEGAAIBOSCH NATURE RESERVES, managed by CapeNature. Both of these reserves offer breathtaking mountain landscapes and good examples of mountain fynbos. The reserves are 9 km outside Stellenbosch along the Jonkershoek Valley Road. Special bird species here include VERREAUX'S EAGLE and AFRICAN FISH-EAGLE, several kingfisher species and typical fynbos-associated endemic species such as PROTEA SEEDEATER, CAPE SUGARBIRD and ORANGE-BREASTED SUNBIRD.

In the town itself the JAN MARAIS PARK and the BOTANICAL GARDEN (only 150 yards away) can be explored for shorter birding outings. Birders visiting Stellenbosch should include a visit to Eagle Encounters at Spier Wine Estate in their itinerary. This birds of prey rehabilitation and awareness centre aims to rescue, rehabilitate and release birds of prey and raise community awareness on the plight of these birds. There are flying displays when birds can be studied, photographed and sometimes even handled. This is an experience not to be missed.

Further afield the ROOIELS site that hosts CAPE ROCK-JUMPER, CAPE SISKIN, VICTORIN'S WARBLER and GROUND WOODPECKER, the HELDERBERG NATURE RESERVE in Somerset West and the peak of SIR LOWRY’S PASS are all internationally renowned birding destinations.

Our basic passion is to illustrate to our international and local guests something of our local culture, together with the experience of nature in many of its beautiful facets. All of this is aptly supported by 'egte Bolandse gasvryheid' (true Cape hospitality). Caledon Villa serves as an ideal base from which to explore the top birding destinations of the region and further offers excellent garden birding. Further details of birding opportunities in the region are available on www.westerncapebirding.co.za