Magnificent views of the val­ley

A bou­tique wine farm sit­u­ated in Franschhoek has re­cently come onto the mar­ket. Michelle Swart finds out more

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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.

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