Def­i­ni­tion of elite ex­clu­siv­ity

The Pezula Pri­vate Cas­tle is search­ing for a new king

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The prop­erty was awarded the cov­eted CNBC Best Prop­erty in the World Award 2008

ATRULY unique prop­erty, the Pezula Pri­vate Cas­tle is lo­cated on Noet­zie Beach, ad­ja­cent to the in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed Pezula Pri­vate Es­tate in Knysna.

In the early thir­ties the first cas­tles were built. The old­est cas­tle, at the western end of the main beach, was built as a hol­i­day house by Her­bert Stephen Hen­der­son, who lived in what was then South­ern Rhode­sia. He built it in 1932 out of the nat­u­ral stone found at Noet­zie. The story goes that he had no in­ten­tion of build­ing a cas­tle, but had sim­ply used the lo­cal stone for prac­ti­cal rea­sons, when Rex Metel­erkamp who was watch­ing the build­ing process, jok­ingly said to him: "All you need to do is to add a few tur­rets and you’ll have a cas­tle”. And he did.

That set the trend and he built Pezula on the hill in the late 1930s which was used in the 1940s as a con­va­les­cent home for the RAF, and was later sold to Garfield Todd, Prime Min­is­ter of Rhode­sia (1953 – 1958). He bought it back in the 1960s af­ter his ban­ish­ment from SA. In 1942 he built what has be­come known sim­ply as The Cas­tle. Dur­ing the apartheid era Noet­zie, un­like other pub­lic places, re­mained non racial and was en­joyed by all.

Aware of Noet­zie’s nat­u­ral riches, res­i­dents ap­plied to the au­thor­i­ties to have it de­clared a con­ser­vancy to pro­tect and pre­serve its nat­u­ral bounty. In 1999, sym­bol­i­cally cel­e­brated as the last year of the mil­len­nium, Noet­zie of­fi­cially be­came a con­ser­vancy.

Sur­rounded by for­est on one side, built into a cliff face over­look­ing a re­mote un­spoilt beach and a river es­tu­ary on its left side gives this cas­tle a truly unique lo­ca­tion. The three stone cas­tles, all of which have been faith­fully re­stored to their orig­i­nal his­toric glory, are sep­a­rated by gar­dens and walk­ways.

Ju­lian Buck of Jawitz Prop­er­ties, who is mar­ket­ing The Cas­tle, says that as one would ex­pect, this home has all the lux­u­ri­ous ameni­ties and fin­ishes that a cas­tle would com­mand. The to­tal prop­erty mea­sures 4 975m² with the Main Cas­tle mea­sur­ing 656m². It con­sists of three large bed­rooms with two of the bed­rooms sep­a­rated by a sec­ond in­for­mal lounge on the first floor. All bed­rooms have full en-suite bath­rooms. The ground floor con­sists of one bed­room, the main for­mal lounge, din­ing room, guest cloak room, kitchen, large cov­ered pa­tio, heated pool and gazebo, sep­a­rate gym and staff ac­com­mo­da­tion.

The Hon­ey­moon Cas­tle which mea­sures 190m² has one spa­cious en-suite bed­room with a cov­ered pa­tio on the first floor. The lounge and kitchen on the ground floor lead out to a large cov­ered pa­tio over­look­ing the beach.

The Lit­tle Cas­tle, which is lo­cated high up on the prop­erty mea­sures 165m² and fea­tures a spa­cious en-suite bed­room, a lounge and kitch­enette. The views from this lo­ca­tion are spec­tac­u­lar and there is also staff ac­commo- da­tion and a dou­ble garage.

The Cas­tle is cur­rently owned by the cre­ator/owner of the fa­mous Pezula Pri­vate Es­tate, who ren­o­vated it three years ago. Mi­nor facelifts took place on the front façade but the main fo­cus was on the in­te­ri­ors. The pool and gazebo were also added and upon com­ple­tion of the ren­o­va­tions, which took two years, the prop­erty was awarded the cov­eted CNBC Best Prop­erty in the World Award 2008. Af­ter the ren­o­va­tions were com­plete The Cas­tle’s first guest was for­mer pres­i­dent Nel­son Man­dela.

Buck says that homes within the Pezula Pri­vate Es­tate start at around R9m, with mid-level homes sell­ing for ap­prox­i­mately R16m. The most ex­pen­sive home in the area cur­rently on the mar­ket for more than R50m. Here av­er­age stands mea­sure around 4ha and are not sub-di­vis­i­ble.

“Stand sizes within the Pezula Pri­vate Es­tate range from phase to phase, start­ing at 3 000m² up to 33 000m², while homes range from 800m² to more than1 500m² un­der roof.”

It goes with­out say­ing that The Cas­tle has spec­tac­u­lar views, which Buck notes can mean a price vari­ance of as much as 50% in the Knysna area, be­tween homes with views and those with­out. He says the Knysna area as a whole was not been spared from the eco­nomic re­ces­sion, and Pezula and other high end es­tates were no­tice­ably more af­fected.

““How­ever sales vol­umes in this area have never been high, due to it be­ing one of the most ex­pen­sive ar­eas in the coun­try.”

The Cas­tle is be­ing sold fully fur­nished and equipped. Price: Price on ap­pli­ca­tion Con­tact: Jawitz Prop­er­ties Ju­lian Buck 072 466 5664 Of­fice 044 382 0300

Michelle Swart

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