Zomerlusts story… The farm – The Zomerlust guesthouse is situated on a historical farm with the same name. Zomerlust was originally transferred from the Dutch East India Company to its first private owner Johan Meyer in 1792. This property was situated next to the “KaapseWagenpad” which was the main road from Paarl to Cape Town.
The property was sold several times until it eventually was bought in 1848 by Johannes Smuts a medical doctor who was a very prominent person within the Paarl community. In 1856 Abraham Pieter de Villiers started the “PaarlseWijn and BrandewijnMaatschappij”. His son, Jacob Isaac de Villiers, married one of the Smuts daughters in 1878. After Dr Smuts’s death, Jacob de Villiers bought Zomerlust from his mother-in-law. In 1927 Johannes Smuts de Villiers, in turn, bought Zomerlust from his mother’s estate.
In 1948 Zomerlust was registered in the name of the four children of Johannes Smuts de Villiers namely: Jacob Isaac, Allison Mary, Johannes Smuts and Anna Sibella Louw. After 113 years in the hands of the De Villiers family, Zomerlust became the property of Creata Investments (Pty limited). A business venture of the Du Toit Family Trust in 1991. In line with Creata Investment’s vision to develop the property in a way that would ensure the conservation of the rich history and natural environment, Zomerlust was re-developed in conjuncture with the four de Villiers heirs.
This re-development was planned and done in such a way that the rich history, traditions and heritage of the De Villiers family and the property could be protected for generations to come, yet be accessible to the public of Paarl and tourists to enjoy. After months of careful planning and building to retain as much of the original buildings and gardens as possible, Zomerlust re-opened its doors on 16 August of 1993 as a small hotel. In this way, the heritage of the De Villiers family could be honoured and at the same time, the property could be utilized as a business venture where this rich history could be shared with others.