This is what co-working looks like in a 221-year old Stellenbosch mansion
- Property company Atterbury has renovated a 221-year-old Stellenbosch mansion into a modern co-working space.
- The La Gratitude Manor House is the second oldest building in the town, which was the second established by European colonists in South Africa.
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Property company Atterbury is making its first foray into shared workspaces with its new Attspace co-working concept – in a building that is 221 years old.
The company recently launched the concept, targeted at startups in the cash-rich small town outside Cape Town, at the La Gratitude Manor House on Stellenbosch’s historic oak-lined Dorp Street.
"We are experimenting with the concept at our Stellenbosch property and, based on its success, intend to expand our unique vision for shared offices into other areas of South Africa,"says Attspace's leasing manager, Jackie Raubenheimer, about the renovation.
This is what co-working looks like when retrofitted into a 221-year-old building.
The La Gratitude Manor House was built in 1798 and is the second-oldest building in South Africa's second oldest European settlement after Cape Town.
The entire space is designed to be creative and facilitate networking between like-minded business people, says Raubenheimer.
"It combines modern business with old-world in a dramatic relaxed setting".
It offers all the usual modern conveniences in co-working spaces: high-speed uncapped fibre Internet, personal lockers, and network printing.
There are also boardrooms, free coffee, and shower facilities.
The 15-seater open-plan shared workspace promises a prestigious business address for entrepreneurs and start-ups.
Atterbury says it renovated La Gratitude "with meticulous care and gently re-purposed" the building, which also includes a restaurant.
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