Wild about Wilderness
ALONG the southern coastline of the Western Cape, stretching 150km from Mossel Bay to Plettenberg Bay, is the Garden Route, a region known for its beautiful natural scenery, mountain backdrops and temperate climate.
The region’s name honours the fact that the area has verdant and ecologically diverse vegetation.
One of the many charming towns within this green belt is Wilderness, an idyllic holiday village that offers long, golden beaches, extensive waterways and a lush, indigenous forest.
Situated 15km east of George and nestled between the Outeniqua Mountains and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, Wilderness has a well-established reputation as one of the country’s ultimate holiday destinations.
“It is the aesthetic appeal of the area, along with the laid back lifestyle and multitude of outdoor leisure activities, that has made this region one of the most soughtafter among holiday makers and property investors alike,” says Schalk van der Merwe, broker/ owner of RE/MAX Eden, whose office services Wilderness and the surrounding areas.
Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, says properties within coastal areas are attractive to buyers who place a high value on quality lifestyles, especially those that offer picturesque settings and views.
Located 5km east of Wilderness and a 15-minute drive from George, this feature property, Villa Sentosa, is ideally placed with easy access to shopping centres, quality restaurants, schools, hospitals and sports facilities. The 6km-long Wilderness beach, as well as several other idyllic beaches, are within easy reach. George Airport, with regular daily flights to Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, along with international flights, is a convenient 20-minute drive from the property
The natural beauty of the area, along with the proximity of a number of amenities, are the main reasons why the original owners of Villa Sentosa chose this region in which to build their dream home. It is situated on a property encompassing 32.4ha of land consisting mainly of protected indigenous forest along with several hectares of open grassland ideal for grazing. There is also a dam.
Van der Merwe says that this is an opportunity for investors to acquire one of the premier properties on the Garden Route.
“The property is privately situated on its own hilltop and is surrounded by forest and panoramic views over Wilderness National Park, the Serpentine and the Indian Ocean. The land above the property to the north is a private game reserve, meaning that the property is well protected from any potential future development, ensuring privacy and the ultimate haven of tranquillity.”
The house was designed by South African architect Peter Hattingh and was built in 1987. The home was recently refurbished in a modern, light textured finish and is presented in its newly refurbished state, fully inclusive of furniture and fittings. Encompassing about 1,200m2 under roof, the open-plan living areas are expansive and bright with an abundance of covered and open terraces designed to suit all seasons and weather conditions.
The five double bedrooms, most of which feature outdoor decks or direct access to the large gardens, are all en-suite. Other features include four living rooms, a bar, study, rooftop deck and garden with dining area, gazebo and daybed, underfloor heating in several rooms, gym with a Swedish sauna and shower room and 12m salt water swimming pool.
There is also an adjoining flat and cottage on the premises.
“Villa Sentosa lends itself to various business or personal uses. It has operated as a five-star guest house and the layout and views would make it suitable for a boutique guest house, spa, equestrian estate, restaurant or recuperation centre,” says Van der Merwe. Price: R13.95m Contact: RE/MAX Eden Madelyn Kohler 082 550 8945 Office 044 877 0042