Nat­u­rally just gor­geous

Michelle Swart finds out about a guest house in Pringle Bay that of­fers an ex­cep­tional life­style in­vest­ment op­por­tu­nity

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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

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