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When: Monday 19 January 2015
Time: All day
Venue: Boschendal Werf area
Price: No charge
Status: Passed


We are delighted to present our first Artist in Residence at Boschendal, Melanie du Toit. Melanie's work is vibrant and colourful, rich in the tones and influences of her travels; the onion domes of  the old Soviet Republic, the colonial churches of Brazil and the colours and accents of Madagascar, Indonesia and China. Somehow she manages to weave these all into bright, imaginative landscapes reminiscent of the Cape, with their low werf walls and Dutch gables.

Her work is an expression of the joy she feels for life, full of symbolism, humour and tell stories.  She considers 'your work makes me smile' or, 'your work spoke to me and touched my heart' the ultimate compliments.

She grew up in a small farming community in the Breederiver Valley, surrounded by vineyards and moutains. Her love for and connection with the Boland is often seen in her work.

Melanie is inspired by people and their stories, and artists who paints from the heart. She considers God her greatest inspiration as both Creator and friend.

Melanie will be painting in the Boschendal Werf area from Monday the 19th of January through to Wednesday the 21st of January. Visitors are invited to introduce themselves to Melanie and have a chat or simply observe her at work.

Explore The Boschendal Estate

Weddings & Functions

Boschendal provides an idyllic natural setting for large and small functions. The Boschendal Manor House, Rhone Homestead, The Olive Press, the Werf Restaurant and the beautiful gardens are available to host an array of celebrations or events in a relaxed and tranquil environment.

The Farm

Agriculture and a simple farm lifestyle is at the heart of Boschendal. One of the oldest farms in South Africa, founded 1685, the farm has grown with the passing centuries into a cherished source of wholesome produce, great wines and happy memories.


Guest accommodation is a recent addition to the farm with luxury accommodation ranging from the historical Herbert Baker designed Rhodes Cottage to beautifully restored farm labourer cottages. With emphasis on stylish simplicity the guest cottages are authentic, rural yet contemporary in character.