The adage is “step back in time ” and this is the absolute truth. My visit out to the beautiful Bellingham estate was just that. As you drive through the gates and approach the manor house the feeling of history is palpable, you almost expect a vintage car to be parked in the driveway. On greeting Kim we walked into the manor house to put the kettle on for coffee before doing a tour , the entire manor house now a national monument and museum, owned and managed by the Podlashuk Bellinchamp National Heritage Foundation. The Podlashuk’s originally bought the property in 1943, and then ventured into wine making. The original cellar been built in 1693 and the manor house in 1797.
The interior has been kept exactly as Mrs Podlashuck had lived in it. The furnishings alone push you back into a bygone era of “grandness” the days of black tie dinner parties and luncheons where you would arrive in suite unlike today where casual is the norm.
Bellingham as a venue offers one of the most picturesque venues Ive visited. The gardens offer a photographer endless opportunities with nooks and crannies everywhere, plus mountain backdrops. The ample gardens offer a serene location for corporates or weddings alike, with smaller functions having the availability of the original cellar, bigger functions a marquee can be set up on the ample lawns.
Bellingham also offers 2 self catering suites for accomodation.
They are 11km out of Franschoek and about 55min out of Cape Town. For weddings and corporate functions a shuttle service can be arranged on request .
Proceeds from events are distributed to various charities so you are also contributing to good causes. For more info an the charities see contact details below.
Kim and Chris are able to chat to you about all the details in full.
Please contact them on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 021 874 1019 or 072 612 7127 for details and enquiries re Functions and Accommodation stays.
I can’t wait for the next visit to this special place for more images and another history lesson 🙂
Picture this setting below for your ceremony .
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