20-home development plan for Franschhoek wine and polo estate
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.