CityPress - - Front Page - BIÉNNE HUIS­MAN bi­enne.huis­man@city­press.co.za

Enigma House – one of the coun­try’s most op­u­lent prop­er­ties, which comes with a man­i­cured “French meadow” – has fi­nally been sold in a nearR100 mil­lion pri­vate trans­ac­tion.

Af­ter be­ing on the mar­ket for al­most four years, the ex­clu­sive deal was sealed last month.

Two well-placed sources told City Press the pala­tial three-storey home was snapped up by Swiss ty­coon and phi­lan­thropist Rolf Theiler and his South African wife, Glo­ria, the sis­ter of lo­cal fash­ion de­signer Er­rol Arendz.

The jet-set­ting cou­ple, who wed in Fran­schhoek in 2005 and whose guests in­cluded for­mer pres­i­dent FW de Klerk and his wife, Elita, are based in Zurich, Switzer­land. Their in­ter­na­tional prop­erty port­fo­lio in­cludes Chalet Euge­nia in the Alpine town of Klosters, fre­quented by the Bri­tish Royal fam­ily. They also have a villa in the Cape Town sub­urb of Fres­naye that was re­cently fea­tured on Top Billing.

“They’ve been hop­ping be­tween Cape Town and Zurich,” a source told City Press. “They will prob­a­bly sell the Fres­naye place now.”

Theiler is the pres­i­dent of the Lau­reus Foun­da­tion Switzer­land, which runs 140 char­i­ties in 46 coun­tries.

Glo­ria helped her fa­mous brother, Er­rol, build his fash­ion em­pire. They had a nasty fall­out in 2007 that ended in the Western Cape High Court.

Enigma House sprawls over 7 000m² of pine for­est over­look­ing Camps Bay on the foothills of Ta­ble Moun­tain. Four houses were de­mol­ished to make way for the es­tate built by its for­mer owner, the Ger­man busi­ness­man Fran­cis Sch­net­zler.

Sch­net­zler’s Czech wife, Veronika Sch­net­zlerova, is a for­mer porn star and the house was a shrine to her past, with sev­eral naked por­traits and mu­rals in the lobby, the main bed­room and around the pool.

Sch­net­zler took City Press on a tour of the house last year, and showed off the “cin­ema room” decked out in bur­gundy vel­vet wall­pa­per and adorned with fres­coes of women in var­i­ous stages of un­dress.

An ad­join­ing mas­sage room had three light set­tings: “ro­mance, sexy and nightlife”.

Enigma House was com­pleted in 2011 and put on the mar­ket for R300 mil­lion, af­ter which the price dropped to R179 mil­lion, then R99 mil­lion.

The Sch­net­zlers and their twin baby girls have moved to the Span­ish Is­land of Ibiza.

Bren­dan Miller, CEO of Lew Gef­fen Sotheby’s on the At­lantic seaboard, says the prop­erty’s price tag was re­al­is­tic, say­ing it was a “unique and ex­cep­tional prop­erty, and will be an in­cred­i­ble home for a dis­cern­ing owner”.

It is not clear to what ex­tent the new own­ers will al­ter the man­sion.

VIVE LA FRANCE! Out­side quar­ters, near a trop­i­cal pond and a stretch of grass man­i­cured to re­sem­ble a ‘French meadow’

BOUDOIR The cin­ema room is de­scribed as sen­sual with ‘heavy erotic per­fumes’

A SMALL VER­SAILLES The li­brary of­fers views of the trop­i­cal pond out­side

TRÈS JOLIE The house is filled with art and has 36 se­cu­rity cam­eras

THRONE ROOM There are two main bath­rooms, for him and her

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