STIAS MANOR HOUSE, a venue of heritage and grandeur, provides a unique setting for business and entertaining and is the ideal venue for conferences, seminars, board meetings, workshops, book launches, presentations and business cocktails. Conveniently located on the Mostertsdrift farm in the historical and exclusive Mostertsdrift area, the heart of Stellenbosch, walking distance to the centre of town and Stellenbosch University, the house dates from 1820, the wine cellar from 1848, and lovingly restored antique furniture and old buildings on the site are protected by the South African Council for National Heritage.
Alongside the old Cape Victorian farmhouse stands the modern WALLENBERG RESEARCH AND CONFERENCE CENTRE – old and new in dialogue with each other.
Formally opened on 15 November 2007, the WALLENBERG RESEARCH CENTRE at STIAS provides modern facilities for Fellows, as well as multipurpose CONFERENCE VENUES that bring scholars, researchers, decision-makers and members of civil society together in a great variety of ways. The Centre provides venues and state-of-the art equipment for up to 300 conference guests at a time as well as breakaway rooms. The building’s sound proof Auditorium 1 offer optimal situation for concentrated and undisturbed work, while its communal areas encourage optimal interaction for exchanging viewpoints and perspectives and to stimulate new thought. Air conditioning helps to make the building comfortable during all seasons, especially in the hot summer months, but the emphasis is on low energy-consumption and low maintenance, with liberal use of double-glazing and solar heating.
The water-wise garden is filled with hardy plants, indigenous to the Western Cape. Wherever you are in the Centre, those who work and visit there are constantly aware of the Jonkershoek Valley and the natural beauty surrounding them. The spacious south terrace overlooks the vineyard and the mountains beyond, and if you take a walk to the old Cape Victorian farmhouse, you experience views of the magnificent gardens with The Pieke in the distance.