Photo Caption: @bosjes_farm is home to this award-winning chapel. The serene sculptural form emulates the silhouette of surrounding mountain ranges, paying tribute to the historic Cape Dutch gables dotting the rural landscapes of the Western Cape.

Follow @secretcapetown for more and tag us or use #secretcapetown to be featured.

Photo by @kobusinworcester

View in Instagram ⇒

Just an hour’s drive from Cape Town is a splendid farm called Bosjes.

It is located in the beautiful Breede Valley at the foot of the Waaihoek Mountain with breathtaking views of the steep mountain ranges on both sides and the Breede River that winds through the valley.

Bosjes means “small bushes” in Dutch. The farm was formerly called Bosjesman’s Valley Farm with a rich and remarkable heritage dating back to 1790. Bosjes is known to produce grapes, olives, and similar crops.

The Bosjes Chapel

The Bosjes Chapel, Cape Town

Bosjes is not only popular for its rich history and natural splendour but also for its award-winning architectural masterpiece, its iconic chapel. The Chapel, inspired by Psalm 36:7 which says “people take refuge in the shadow of your wings” was designed by Steyn Studio of London.

The chapel’s central feature is its undulating white roof. Floor-to-ceiling glass wall panels holds it in place, which seems to float in mid air. A moat-like water feature surrounds the chapel. With its strikingly white curves reflecting on the water, the chapel looks like a stunning swan gliding across the water from a distance.

Mesmerizing Beauty

The Bosjes chapel makes for a serene and tranquil place for quiet contemplation. It also features a delicately furnished interior and offers spectacular views of the surrounding Waaihoek and Slanghoek mountain ranges from the inside.

Because of its modern and beautiful design, this awe-inspiring chapel is not only a favourite tourist destination but a sought-after wedding venue too. The chapel seats 120 guests. It is not a very big venue but it sure makes for a unique setting for your wedding.

The chapel is perfectly situated in a beautiful garden. It features a wide variety of indigenous plants, from dry desert shrubs to lush tropical plants. The impressive landscapes surrounding the chapel are visible through plenty of open spaces.

Tea Garden

Tea Garden, BOSJES Farm

Nestled in the chapel gardens is the Tea Garden which takes the form of an amphitheatre, wherein guests can enjoy sweet and savoury refreshments. The open-air tea garden serves drinks and light meals such as sandwiches. It is the perfect spot to rest after a stroll on the farm. The Tea Garden is open between 10h00 and 16h00, from Wednesday to Sunday.

Bosjes Kombuis

Bosjes Kombuis, BOSJES Farm

Bosjes Kombuis is a bistro-style restaurant offering a menu filled with country-style cuisine prepared by chef Pete Goffe-Wood. Coetzee Steyn also designed the restaurant. Its high ceiling and glass walls give a light and open-air feel, which makes it an ideal place for lunch.

The children’s playground is within viewing distance from the restaurant, so parents can relax and savour their meals while keeping a watchful eye over the kids. The restaurant is only open for lunch from Wednesday to Sunday. Booking in advance is crucial.

Other Things to Do

Bosjes farm also offers hiking, game watching, and bird watching. This family-friendly working farm is really an ideal place for nature lovers.


Accommodation, BOSJES Farm

The farm also features a charming guesthouse that exudes an earthy, natural but contemporary feel that blends into the stark surroundings. The guesthouse used to be a barn house and now has 5 luxury suites with a gorgeous swimming pool in the middle. All rooms have a kettle, fridge and free WiFi.

A beautiful setting, rich history, iconic chapel, delicious country-style cuisines, and charming accommodation makes Bosjes Farm truly the place where old meets new.

Visit for more information.