From the Havinga Family

Enjoy your visit to The Purple Windmill!

Nestled in the picturesque vineyards and rolling hills just a short drive from Stellenbosch, The Purple Windmill offers a delightful escape for everyone. Whether you are looking to just relax with a sumptuous meal, live entertainment, events, functions, weddings, or to keep the kids busy at the play park, we have something to suit every taste and preference.



Founding members

The Purple Windmill was founded by Hanno & Marisa Havinga, a husband and wife team who shared a love for the outdoors, good food, and hospitality. Their vision was to create a space where families and friends could come together to just relax, enjoy the beauty of the farm, the taste of local produce, and the joy of shared experiences.

Hanno brings a passion for landscaping and a wealth of expertise through his business, Exquisite Gardens & Nursery, which focuses on corporate gardens and irrigation systems. He is responsible for the layout and upkeep of these systems at The Purple Windmill, ensuring our grounds are always beautifully maintained.

Marisa, a qualified chef, is the driving force behind our hospitality operations. She is hands-on with the day-to-day management of all activities, including organizing private functions and kids' parties. Her culinary skills and organisational talents ensure that every event at The Purple Windmill is a memorable one.


Transforming into a haven of hospitality

The journey began years ago when the founders acquired Uitspan Farm. They saw the potential in the scenic landscape and the old structures, transforming them into vibrant venues. The first two projects were The Reservoir Restaurant, which made use of an old cement dam, and The Cellar, a wedding venue that combines vintage charm with a modern twist. Over the years, the farm has grown to include a Kids Play Park, the Plaasmol Market, and a Plant Nursery, all complemented by live entertainment and diverse activities.


Join us this weekend for a relaxed and enjoyable dining experience.


Activities & Amenities

  • Bar & Eatery: Enjoy a casual lunch with a variety of craft drinks in the open air or in our massive shed.
  • Reservoir Restaurant: Delight in a delicious breakfast or a full meal while taking in stunning views for a more elevated experience.
  • Play Park: A large area for kids to enjoy trampolines, slides, jungle gyms, tunnels, and more.
  • Temporary vendors at our bard during events: Vendor space available at our barn, adjacent to our restaurant during events.
  • Aqua-Golf : Challenge your friends to this exciting activity.
  • Picnic Areas: Enjoy a romantic or family picnic on the spacious lawns with live music events.
  • Private Events & Functions: Host corporate breakaways, team-building days, year-end functions, birthday parties, and weddings at our old cellar venue, at the Reservoir restaurant or at the barn adjacent to our eatery.
  • Public Events & Entertainment: The Purple Windmill regularly hosts live music, family-friendly events, and special functions.