Ex­cep­tional gem with royal trap­pings

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An el­e­gant Sand­hurst man­sion with sweep­ing colon­nades, open-air park­ing for two dozen ve­hi­cles, a re­gal porte-cochere cov­ered en­trance and sculpted dol­phins danc­ing at the far end of the sparkling swim­ming pool is to be sold by High Street Auc­tions (HSA) in Novem­ber.

Coro­na­tion Road’s Villa Royale, which has been run as an ul­tra-ex­clu­sive bou­tique ho­tel, is be­ing sold by an or­der of court at the fi­nal HSA auc­tion of 2018 at Sum­mer Place in Hyde Park on Novem­ber 29.

HSA lead auc­tion­eer and direc­tor Joff van Ree­nen says in a sub­urb where ex­tra­or­di­nary is the norm, Villa Royale stands out as an ex­cep­tional es­tate.

“The dou­ble-storey manor has mar­ble floor­ing through­out and the two lev­els are con­nected by el­e­gant stair­cases, but there’s also an el­e­va­tor if you don’t feel like walk­ing.

“The truly stag­ger­ing fea­tures on this prop­erty make an im­pos­si­bly long list, but step­ping from the re­cep­tion rooms onto the dou­ble vol­ume ter­race and see­ing the tall colon­nades fram­ing an in­cred­i­ble view of the grounds is fairly breath­tak­ing and it’s mem­o­rable,” he says.

The manor boasts five lux­ury suites, im­mac­u­late land­scaped grounds and lounge ar­eas for for­mal and in­for­mal din­ing. The pub­lic rooms in­clude a wine cel­lar, state-of-the-art gym, 13seater cin­ema with re­clin­ing leather arm­chairs, cigar lounge, a spa and a games room.

Van Ree­nen says open­ing bids from R25m will be ac­cepted for the 1,650m² man­sion set in ex­pan­sive 2,300m² grounds.

Ear­lier in 2018 a re­port by AfrAsia Bank and New World Wealth re­vealed that of the 2,200 mul­ti­dol­lar-mil­lion­aires in SA, 120 live in Sand­hurst, which is tied for third place with Clifton in Cape Town for the num­ber of “tro­phy homes” boasts.

“We are see­ing in­ter­est in this lot from SA as well as sev­eral coun­tries and we ex­pect it to do well when it goes on the block on Novem­ber 29,” says Van Ree­nen. it


Tro­phy home: This el­e­gant dou­ble-storey Sand­hurst man­sion, which has been run as an ul­tra-ex­clu­sive bou­tique ho­tel, will be sold by High Street Auc­tions on Novem­ber 29 at the Sum­mer Place in Hyde Park. Open­ing bids from R25m will be ac­cepted.

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