Naturally just gorgeous
Michelle Swart finds out about a guest house in Pringle Bay that offers an exceptional lifestyle investment opportunity
PRINGLE Bay is a coastal hamlet just one hour’s drive from Cape Town, with a permanent population of between 450 and 600 residents. The village is situated between Gordon’s Bay and Hermanus on the Whale Coast Route, renowned for superb land-based whale watching. Pringle Bay was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the early 1990s and nestles between the Klein and Groot Hangklip mountains.
Seeff Pringle Bay is marketing this property, which is run as a 4star luxury rated guesthouse, trading in its seventh summer season. However, this property also lends itself to being purchased as a permanent or holiday home to a family, or a syndicated holiday home to two or three families.
Says John du Toit, MD of Seeff Pringle Bay: “Moonstruck on Pringle Bay, a contemporary beach house, retreat offers private and luxurious ocean-frontage accommodation with panoramic vistas. The house is an idyllic getaway for enjoying a coastal vacation, or a marvellous holiday or permanent residence with its views of the beach and surrounds. The sandy main swimming beach is under a three minute stroll through an in- digenous fynbos greenbelt in front of the house.”
The guesthouse enjoys a 4-star accreditation with the Grading Council of South Africa and a luxury rating with Portfolio of Places. All rooms have their own shaded private patios, and three of the bedrooms have their own log fireplaces. All the bathrooms are ensuite with travertine marble tiles, sumptuous baths, separate show- ers, under-floor heating and heated towel rails. A large open-plan lounge with fireplace and dining room lead out onto a deck and rim-flow swimming pool, along with a small library.
Accommodation currently consists of six very spacious bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, two lounges, an office and staff quarters. Four of the six bedrooms offer views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Hangklip mountains; on a clear day you can see Table Mountain and the entire peninsula across False Bay. The other two offer views of Hangklip Mountain. The current bedroom configuration is four bedrooms en-suite, linked to the main lounge, dining room and pool area, plus a spacious upstairs apartment with two bedrooms en-suite, a lounge with views of the beach, False Bay and mountains, and a very large kitchen/ dining room. The apartment can easily and cost-effectively be converted to link to the other accommodation. Staff accommodation is a generously sized bedroom and bathroom. The property also has a large double garage, with direct access to the guest office/library.
Five rooms offer private patios overlooking the ocean and mountains, and five rooms have their own log fireplaces. The rim-flow pool and sundeck also overlook Pringle Bay beach and the Hangklip Mountains. The property has its own path through the fynbos to the beach just 300m away, and is built on an erf measuring 1 980m². The property faces due north and is bordered by an indigenous fynbos greenbelt, a wetland sanctu- ary which guarantees that the views are protected.
Says Du Toit: “North frontage is very important for properties in the southern hemisphere, and Pringle Bay is one of the few bays in SA that enjoys northern frontage. Moonstruck has been featured in publications for its architectural excellence and has been designed specifically to offer luxury and privacy to residents.
“The furnishings are eclectic. Creating a sophisticated ambience and attention to detail ensures that guests’ comfort is foremost. Most of the furnishings and fittings are for sale.”
The Cape Floral Kingdom is one of the six officially designated floral kingdoms of the world. Pringle Bay forms a “buffer zone” to the Kogelberg Biosphere Re- serve, a natural World Heritage Site. It has a defined township boundary which guarantees the village not succumbing to urban sprawl. No form of commercial or industrial enterprise is allowed, bar the few designated commercial properties, which consist of a handful of existing restaurants and low-density industries such as estate agents, a deli, and a few country stores. No rezoning of erven from residential to commercial status can be entertained. The surrounding smallholdings are also vigilantly protected by the World Heritage Site ruling with no subdivision allowed on them.
The village also enjoys conservatory status, with many dirt roads and no street lights to ensure that residents can enjoy the magnificent night stars.
“The practical implication as a resident is that there is no low cost housing, or mass employment opportunities, and no public transport infrastructure, which consequently equates to an extremely low level of crime in the area. This property is perfectly positioned for excursions to wine routes, golf courses, Cape Town, Hermanus, shopping malls, the botanical gardens and the penguin colony. It is a superb lifestyle investment for someone who wants to live and work here — whether keeping it as a guest house or otherwise,” Du Toit says. Price: R7,9m Contact: Seeff Properties John du Toit 084 460 6070 Office 028 273 8808