New es­tate in the moun­tains

Michelle Funke finds out more about a new Drak­ens­berg es­tate

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VULINTABA, a Zulu word mean­ing “Open the moun­tain”, is the name of a new coun­try es­tate be­ing de­vel­oped in KwaZu­luNatal’s far north­ern Drak­ens­berg re­gion near New­cas­tle. For those wish­ing to re­tire, those who wish to raise chil­dren in a safe en­vi­ron­ment or those who just need a tran­quil home away from home, Vulintaba Coun­try Es­tate is well worth in­vest­ment con­sid­er­a­tion.

Snug­gled in a small am­phithe­atre in the foothills of the Drak­ens­berg range, the es­tate spans over 4,000ha of pris­tine moun­tain and val­ley land.

The ar­chi­tects and de­sign­ers of the Vulintaba Coun­try Es­tate have en­sured that each res­i­dence has its own spe­cial view. The va­ri­ety of sites are de­signed to max­imise the views of the moun­tains, trout fish­ing streams or the golf course.

Land pur­chase op­tions are di­vided into var­i­ous phases. Smaller prop­er­ties are lo­cated at the main en­trance where just 40 stands are avail­able rang­ing 300m² to 500m². There are 38 avail­able stands lo­cated above the old Club House which gen­er­ally mea­sure around 1,000m² or more and en­joy lovely views over the golf course. A fur­ther 38 stands are avail­able on the western slopes of the moun­tain which of­fer views over large parts of the moun­tain and the golf course. Sizes range from 900m² to 1,100m². On the north­ern slopes of the moun­tain, the 42 avail­able stands, which range in size from 1,000m² to 1,400m², af­ford long views over the whole es­tate and the course.

The ar­chi­tec­tural style for Vulintaba Coun­try Es­tate de­rives its el­e­ments and fea­tures from early homestead ar­chi­tec­ture, which was very prom­i­nent in the Cape Colo­nial and the Natal Vic­to­rian Veranda ar­chi­tec­ture. Whether in­vest­ing in just the land or a to­tal home pack­age, in­vestors need to bear in mind that the house de­signs are to be ap­proached by us­ing th­ese pro­por­tions as a base to work from. A num­ber of plot and home-plan pack­ages have been specif­i­cally de­signed for Vulintaba by the lead ar­chi­tect, Solli Ven­ter, from The Edge Ar­chi­tects.

Th­ese de­signs are avail­able in two ar­chi­tec­tural styles — Tra­di­tional Farm House Style for a charm­ing coun­try feel, or the Con­tem­po­rary Farm House Style with more mod­ern el­e­ments — both in two and three bed­rooms with the op­tion of adding a loft.

Home sizes range from ap­prox­i­mately 190m² to 260m².

At Vulintaba there is a great em­pha­sis on out­door ac­tiv­i­ties, from the hik­ing and walk­ing trails and the 9-hole golf course and driv­ing range to the moun­tain bike trails, fly fish­ing, horse rid­ing, bird watch­ing and more.

The es­tate is also set to in­clude a ho­tel, spa and re­sort com­po­nent which will be built around the main en­trance. It will be made up of a ho­tel com­plex of 80 rooms, 40 of which will form part of the main build­ing with the bal­ance con­sist­ing of time-share lodges. An in­door spa and well­ness cen­tre will be housed in the main build­ing along with a con­fer­ence cen­tre. The ho­tel will cater to the wed­ding mar­ket and an in­ti­mate chapel will be built. The ho­tel will also have bou­tique shop­ping fa­cil­i­ties and a restau­rant and will link into the var­i­ous sport and re­cre­ational fa­cil­i­ties avail­able on the es­tate.

Con­tact: Vulintaba Coun­try Es­tate Sandy 087 232 6723

Top left: The club­house at Vulintaba. Top: A view of the pic­turesque set­ting at Vulintaba. Above: The sev­enth hole on the course.

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