The cottage was, for many years, the property of the Stadler family, and is a typical example of the type of vernacular building found on the coastal areas of the Western Cape. It retains its original plain side gables and oven, although it has also undergone, over the years, a number of periodic additions. It was declared a National Monument under old NMC legislation on 31 August 1973.Ons Huisie, which directly translates to “Our Small Home”, is an internationally recognised Heritage Site in Bloubergstrand now accommodating a world renowned and recognised traditional Restaurant. Photographs of the historic owners stretching over more than 130 years can be seen in this wonderfully restored historic building which serves delicious West Coast cuisine. Ons Huisie stands silent witness to many historical events, including the Battle of Blaauwberg in 1806 overlooking Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 28 years. Ons Huisie is period decorated with many old photographs supplied by resident Blouberg families, showing the transformation of the area over the last 200 years.