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NNestled quietly and enviably against the slopes of Table Mountain, and separated from its lower reaches by the world-famous Kirstenbosch Gardens, is one of Cape Town’s most prestigious suburbs, Bishopscourt – or if you will, a 4000sqm piece of heaven.
Steeped in history dating back to European settlement at the Cape of Good Hope, Bishopscourt started out as Van Riebeek’s farm, Boscheuvel (‘Bush Hill’) in the early years of his arrival. The farm, boasting imported grape vines and a variety of fruit and nut trees, was primarily used as victualing stop for the Dutch East India Company in 1652.
AA few years later, Van Riebeek planted a wild almond hedge along the borders of Boscheuvel to protect the cattle of the Cape colonists from the Khoikhoi. Together with a series of thorny shrubs they formed a defensive barrier from the mouth of the Salt River, along the Liesbeeck River, up Wynberg Hill to Kirstenbosch. Remnants of the hedge are still visible today.