Slice of gracious Victorian history for R4.7m
A HISTORICAL Malmesbury landmark is for sale for R4.7 million through Pam Golding Properties (PGP).
The Swartland town is renowned for its fine examples of Victorian architecture, and Von Ellg House – dating back over 100 years – is regarded as one of the best.
Throughout all those years, it has had just three owners and the home was declared a national monument in 1983.
Vo n E l l g H o u s e w a s b u i l t between 1890 and 1900, and was inspired by an unusual Y-shaped home the builder had seen overseas.
The first owner was a Swiss lawyer, Baron Frederik Wetmüller von Ellg, who lived and worked in Malmesbury from 1907 until his death in 1946.
The home then stood empty for seven years and was on the verge of being demolished when it was bought by Gerrit Thiart, who lived in it with his family for over 40 years.
A Dutch visitor became interested in the home while visiting South Africa to participate in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and bought it in 1997. He set about meticulously restoring the building, and has now put it up for sale.
The double-storey mansion has numerous classic Victorian features including sash and bay windows, wo o d e n s h u t t e r s a n d i n t r i c a t e wrought-iron work around its extensive balcony and veranda.
It has six original Victorian fireplaces, all in working order, and pressed ceilings in several rooms, which still have the original charm- ing coloured paintwork.
There are superb examples of stained glass windows in the spacious reception rooms. The home has four bedrooms and three bathrooms, and a large kitchen with its own sheltered patio for casual outdoor dining.
The extensive garden is watered via computerised irrigation using borehole water, and has several established trees. The property encompasses two erven, measuring in total over 1 700m
PGP’s area manager for Malmesbury, Gail Friedlander, says the property will appeal to lovers of Victorian architecture, but would also be suitable as corporate headquarters.
“This is one of the finest homes in Malmesbury, and it offers a cool, gracious retreat in the heart of this bustling agricultural community.”
Annien Borg, PGP managing director for the Boland and Overberg regions, says Malmesbury has a population of over 70 000, and has excellent private and government schools, as well as extensive amenities, including major shopping outlets, dental and medical practices, a country hospital and major banks. It is also home to the Bokomo head office and several other agricultural businesses.
“Malmesbury is 65km from Cape Town, so you can drive here from the city in under an hour, which makes it an ideal weekend retreat as well as an excellent permanent base for those involved in agriculture and associated businesses.”
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