Slice of gra­cious Vic­to­rian his­tory for R4.7m

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROPERTY -

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.”

Cal l Gai l F r i e d l a n d e r o n 0 2 2 487 1366 or 082 699 6146, or e-mail gail.fried­lan­der@pam­gold­

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