Our Story

“Stunning, serene getaway place. Mountain and valley views. Hidden gem surrounded by Paarl,
Franschhoek & Stellenbosch.”

– Graham via TripAdvisor.


Le Pommier meaning ‘The Apple Tree’ in French was an apple orchard once; it was a part of the 300-year-old Zorgvliet farm before. 


In 1692 Casper Wilders, Austrian mercenary soldier serving in the Dutch East India company was granted the Zorgvliet farm.

This is where the story started for Le Pommier.

PS. Today you will still find a couple of these apple trees – scattered on Le Pommier’s farm.

100 Years

The history of Le Pommier includes a lengthy list of owners since the 1600’s.



The restaurant was an animal shed in 1916, a type of storeroom for animal food and a chicken run



The guesthouse has 3 types of accommodation; 6 Suites on the edge of Le Pommier overlooking the dam, 1 Family Self-catering Unit also overlooking the dam, 7 Country Rooms situated close to the restaurant.


"Die Banhoek Kombuis"

Le Pommier Country Rooms consists of 7 country rooms the original farm’s homestead and the first business here was a coffee shop known as “Die Banhoek Kombuis” year’s after.



In 1986 André Grobler, the owner of Le Pommier and Glen Arum, built accommodation for the workers who worked on the farm from time to time, next to the dam.


"Drie Deur Huis" (Three Door House) & Yew Tree

Le Pommier’s family self-catering unit was home to about six families; it was known as the “drie deur huis”. The building was originally on the farm when André bought it from Dr Piet le Grange. While under the ownership of Dr Piet Le Grange it was a pig farm and known as Yew Tree.


1996 - 2022

Peter Rhymer was the owner from 1996 to 2002 when Mac van der Merwe bought the Zorgvliet, Le Pommier and Spring Grove Farms.


2005 guest suites

The workers' accommodation was revamped and converted into guest suites in 2005 (with a private splash pool and braai facilities overlooking the dam and mountains).



Le Pommier remained in the family when Mac van der Merwe’s eldest daughter and son-in-law, Johan van Schalkwyk, purchased the farm at the end of 2014.
 Since then Johan & Melanie have continued to build on the successes and good reputation earned by previous owners.



Le Pommier remained in the family when Mac van der Merwe’s eldest daughter and son-in-law, Johan van Schalkwyk, purchased the farm at the end of 2014.


The Country Rooms were refurbished along with other renovations. A wedding, conference and function venue was added and true to Le Pommier's style and brand, this was done to resemble a farmyard barn. The venue has 90 degrees glass panels and sliding doors maximising on the stunning view of the Simonsberg mountains. The Vineyard Barn venue can accommodate 150-180 guests


Envision 2 additional hectares of Malbec and Cabernet Franc vineyards to be planted in the surrounding areas of the new venue.

The Team at Le Pommier is well-known for their hospitality and friendly service, some of them have been part of the family for more than 30 years. We hope to meet you soon. 

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