20-home devel­op­ment plan for Fran­schhoek wine and polo es­tate

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AN EX­CLU­SIVE Provençal­style vil­lage is to be built within the Val de Vie Wine and Polo Es­tate in the Fran­schhoek Val­ley.

The Vines will con­sist of 20 free­stand­ing homes in a style that pays trib­ute to the val­ley’s F r e nch Huguenot her i t a g e, says Pam Gold­ing Prop­er­ties’ area man­ager for Paarl and Fran­schhoek, Su­rina du Toit.

The devel­op­ment will be set in a pri­vate sec­tion of vine­yards, and res­i­dents will have ac­cess to the larger es­tate’s com­mu­nal fa­cil­i­ties, she says.

PGP is mar­ket­ing the 20 homes on a plot-and-plan ba­sis, at prices rang­ing from R2.3 mil­lion to R2.92m.

Du Toit, says Val de Vie will in­clude over 530 homes once fully de­vel­oped, spread over a l arge area to en­sure pri­vacy and space for all res­i­dents.

“The es­tate in­cludes 1.8km of Berg River frontage, a mag­net for abun­dant birdlife, and of­fers a net­work of paths for res­i­dents to en­joy on foot, bi­cy­cle or horse­back. There are am­ple places for chil­dren to play, in­clud­ing jun­gle gyms.

“The es­tate’s Rhône-style vine­yards are al­ready pro­duc­ing award-win­ning wines, and res­i­dents can learn more about this craft un­der Val de Vie’s wine­maker, pro­duc­ing their own bou­tique wine or en­joy­ing guided wine-tast­ings and dis­counted pur­chases.”

Du Toit says fa­cil­i­ties in­clude a sports and leisure cent r e wi t h a g y m, t e n n i s a n d squash cour ts, sauna and steam rooms, and a 25-me­tre heated indoor pool.

O ly m p i c m e d a l l i s t Ry k Neethling runs a swim school on site, and res­i­dents can also ac­cess the ser­vices of a res­i­dent phys­io­ther­a­pist and per­sonal trainer. For horse-lovers, t here i s s t abli ng, pad­docks, 10km of bri­dle paths, an equest r i a n c e n t r e wi t h s a n d a n d g rass ex­er­cise are­nas and sev­eral lung­ing rings. Res­i­dents can book rid­ing lessons av a i l a b l e f o r b e g i n n e r s t o ad­vanced rid­ers.

PGP’s MD for the Boland and Over­berg re­gions, An­nien Borg, says Val de Vie is pre­par­ing to make its mark as a polo venue, and its two world-class (Hurling­ham stan­dard) polo fields have been booked for f o r t h c o mi n g i n t e r n a t i o n a l events.

“A huge amount of care has gone into the es­tab­lish­ment of the polo fa­cil­i­ties at Val de Vie,” she says, “in­clud­ing the con­struc­tion of a state-of-the-art drainage sys­tem and au­to­mated ir­ri­ga­tion, which en­sure the fields can be used all year round.

“Af­ter a game, play­ers can re­tire to the Polo Pavil­ion for a meal or drinks, and these fa­cil­i­ties will also be avail­able to buy­ers at The Vines, as will the es­tate’s four in­ter-link­ing lakes, fed by moun­tain springs.

“Other fa­cil­i­ties planned for the es­tate in­clude a five-star bou­tique ho­tel with a fine-din­ing res­tau­rant.”

The de­sign op­tions for h o m e s b u i l t a t T h e Vi n e s in­clude three lay­outs with con­fig­u­ra­tions of three or four bed­rooms, and sin­gle or dou­ble garages. The prop­er­ties range in size from 303m2 to 435m2. Con­struc­tion is due to start in Fe­bru­ary 2011.

Call Ronel Pien­aar on 082 556 2433 or 021 871 1480.

FRENCH FLAVOUR: The sports and leisure cen­tre at the heart of the devel­op­ment on the Va l d e V i e Wine a n d P o l o Es­tate in Fran­schhoek val­ley.

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