Adding to the charm of the village
A renovated 1907 Napier school is now a luxury retirement retreat, writes Michelle Swart
IN THE charming Overberg village of Napier, a late Victorian school building, with wooden floors, high ceilings and a rich history, has been restored as The Clubhouse in the heart of a luxury retirement village which will open this month.
Tucked into a green valley beneath the Soetmuisberg mountain range lies the village of Napier, less than a two hour scenic drive from Cape Town.
Nic Border, architect and spokesman for the scheme, says: “Napier has become a haven for retirees seeking tranquillity far from the crime and grime of city life. The Napier Retirement Village is in an idyllic setting on top of a hill, with breathtaking views of undulating farmlands and hills.
Built in 1907, the Ou Skool once accommodated over 300 children from neighbouring farms and towns. Now its historic buildings are preserved as a retirement village offering a variety of options ranging from independent living in new cape vernacular cottages to assisted living in ground floor apartments, and frail care in the main School Hall. Prices start from below R442 000.
The units in the Retirement Village are sold on a Life Rights system of ownership and uniquely structured in such a way as to allow investors, or those not ready to move in now, to buy or let. Potential owners have the advantage of buying now and letting the property out until they wish to occupy it or may rent a property from one of the owners. This is often not possible with some retirement schemes.
On sale and ready for occupation are 25 assisted living units and a further seven terraced houses. A professionally managed healthcare centre offers a full range of nursing services in four wards, each designed as self-contained living units, with a common dining and television area. Because it is being run on a not for profit basis, the frail care has been priced at R6 900 a month.
For residents with more independence, the terraced houses are priced from R599 000, and cottages from R745 000. The range of different retirement options means that owners can progress from living completely indepen- dently in one of the cottages with all the home comforts, including pets, into higher levels of care as time goes by.
Four levels of health care are on offer. Basic availability has oncall nurses 24-hours a day. low care offers on-call nurses, as well as the administration of medicines and general monitoring of health. medium care offers these services and daily care assistance with daily visits by nursing personnel.
In frail care, residents will be accommodated in the healthcare centre where they will receive all the services mentioned above, as well as a higher level of general monitoring.
Napier is full of old-world charm and has many restaurants, galleries and other interesting collectors’ shops, such as the Toy Museum in the main street. Both Heritage Western Cape and Cape Agulhas Municipality have supported the project, as the historic buildings have been restored to preserve their original character and add to the charm of the village. Contact: Linda Souter 082 536 8170 Eksteen Odendal 082 872 4754