The property, which dates back to the 1920s, had always been intended as a handelshuis for the Groot Drakenstein and Simondium community.

Die Handelshuis is made up of two distinctive buildings, each with its own, unique character…

To the left lies the Sophie Beyers Hall, known as the Barn, built in 1931. It’s a long, gently lit building that houses Barn & Werf Décor, Smith’s Interiors and the office of garden designer Franchesca Watson. (It’s also home to Rupert the Greyhound and Max the Ridgeback, who particularly enjoy the sunny spots on the stoep.)

Across the Werf from it lies the House, which was built in three years earlier, in 1928. Here, Ou Meul Bakkery fills the air with the smell of fresh bread and coffee, while Die Gieter provides botanical beauty… Upstairs you’ll find the offices of landscapers DDS Projects and Gass Architecture Studios.