Definition of elite exclusivity
The Pezula Private Castle is searching for a new king
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