Magnificent views of the valley
A boutique wine farm situated in Franschhoek has recently come onto the market. Michelle Swart finds out more
ABOUTIQUE wine farm which boasts a modern Cape Dutch manor house has come onto the market in Franschhoek. Situated at the foot of the Middagkrans Mountain, “La Providence” is located close to the Huguenot Memorial, a prime site highly sought after for its magnificent views of the valley as well as its proximity to the town centre. The 2,2ha property is on the market at R28,5m.
Pam Golding Properties’ area manager for Franschhoek and Paarl, Surina du Toit, says La Providence is really the quintessential iconic Franschhoek lifestyle farm. “This property offers the whole package,” she says, “from mountain views to its own vineyard, a manicured garden, and a modern manor house built in the traditional Cape Dutch style with thatched roof and gables. It has all the elements that make up that ‘wine farm feeling’, without being so big that it is a major effort to manage the property. The lifestyle buyer seeking a warm family home in a picturesque setting, perhaps with the hopes of making a little wine as a hobby, simply could not find a more suitable property.”
The main manor house offers ample accommodation for family and friends, including a master suite with two en-suite bathrooms and a dressing room, plus two additional en-suite bedrooms. The country-style eat-in kitchen is open-plan to a relaxed family living room, and has top-quality appliances including a free-standing Lacanche stove, as well as a separate scullery/laundry area.
A large entertainment and media room boasts a retractable movie screen, surround sound system, braai and bar area, while the property also has more formal reception areas in its elegant drawing room and dining room.
Other features of the home include an en-suite office, a study with built-in wooden shelving, a cellar and wine storage room, as well as staff accommodation.
Attached to the home but with its own separate entrance is the “Mews Flat”, a guest suite with an en-suite double bedroom and kitchenette.
The home’s climate is maintained all-year-round by underfloor heating and an air-conditioning system, while the gardens are watered by a computerised irrigation system. Garaging is provided for four vehicles, and there is an existing workshop plus an additional large studio space above the garage.
Another notable feature of the property is its extraordinary exercise and outdoor facilities. The manor house spills out onto a pool area with a 14m long solar-heated swimming pool. Slightly downhill from the pool area is a separate exercise centre with a fullyequipped gym, sauna, bar and change-room, leading out to a floodlit tennis court.
Completely separate from the main house is “La Petite Prov- idence”, a guest cottage currently rated as five-star accommodation by the Tourism Grading Council of SA, which overlooks a picturesque duck pond. The cottage offers two bedrooms and two bathrooms, and has its own open-plan lounge/dining/kitchen area. It opens onto its own private garden with a rock-feature swimming pool. The cottage’s furnishings, excluding paintings but including a unique leather sleigh bed, are included in the asking price.
Additional guest accommodation is offered in the “Annex”, another separate double-storey cottage with a bedroom, bathroom, and open plan kitchen/lounge.
This cottage would also be ideally suited as a manager’s home, should the new owners wish to employ a full-time manager for the vineyards, or develop the guesthouse business. Its furnishings are included in the sale.
Pam Golding Properties’ area manager for the Boland and Overberg regions, Annien Borg, says the property has some 1,9ha of vineyards planted to Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. “These produce about 500 cases of wine per year sold under the registered label of La Providence.
The most recent wine harvest was sold almost in its entirety to China, although some bottles were held back for sale to guests. In previous years, another local farmer has also bought up excess grapes to supplement his own extensive harvest. So while the vineyard remains of a small, manageable size, there is certainly the opportunity for the owner to produce a high-quality harvest of which he or she can be proud.”
The farm has ample water supply from a dam and two boreholes, and currently has four full-time staff to tend to all vineyard, garden, guest-house and maintenance needs. All farming and gardening equipment is included in the sale price.
Security is another key attribute of the property, which is fully enclosed with attractive electronic gates, and has an alarm system plus a network of 12 CCTV cameras. There is also a thatch drencher system to protect against fire damage. Price: R28,5m Contact: Pam Golding Properties Doug Gurr 072 610 7208 Shelly Schoeman 083 301 8833 Dionne Gurr 072 460 2586 Office 021 876 2100
The farm’s La Petite Providence guest cottage is currently registered as five-star accommodation, and offers two bedrooms and two bathrooms, plus a private garden with a rock-feature swimming pool.
The modern manor house built in the traditional Cape Dutch style which forms the heart of La Providence, a 2.2ha boutique wine-and guest-farm which has come onto the market in Franschhoek.