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Rose Cottage
Swellendam, Western Cape

Date:1840
Type:Homestead
Status:Extant
Street:245 Voortrek Street

A two-storeyed rectangular house with a stoep and end seats, and a strap-mould cornice without parapet. It dates from c1840, the upper storey possibly being a later addition, as is suggested by the narrow sashes beside the door and full sashes further out. The upper windows are smaller. At the back, there is only one small window in the upper storey. The kitchen is in a flat-roofed annexe at the back. This charming house is said to have been built by one of the Hopleys - presumably WM Hopley, before he built Hopley House. It is named after the famous rose garden that once lay between the house and the road. [Walton: Double-storeyed ... p71.]

[Fransen pp462/463.]

All truncated references not fully cited below are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.