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De Grendel, history of a farm

The farm De Grendel, which has been in the Graaff family for four generations, is a distinctive segment in the mosaic of a long tradition of farming at the Cape Peninsula.


March 06, 2015

A love story’s trail to De Grendel

Sir David Graaff, the first baronet who bought De Grendel, was a direct off-spring of one of the most beautiful love stories that came out of the Overberg. The romance of his parents is the tale of the farmhand who won the heart of the farmer’s pretty young daughter.

March 06, 2015

The baronet who bought De Grendel

The emergence of Sir David Graaff, Bt, from a poor family on a farm in Villiersdorp, where he was a herdboy with little schooling, is a story of exceptional drive and persistence, leading onto a versatile career in which he made his mark on the South African landscape in more than one respect.

March 06, 2015