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SITUATED between the N1 and the N2 on the R43 in the Cape Overberg, Villiersdo­rp lies in a valley that can only be accessed by one of four spectacula­r mountain passes. The quaint farming town, apparently named after Field Cornet Pieter de Villiers, a local farmer who founded the area in 1843, lies just 90 minutes from Cape Town and 30 minutes from Franschhoe­k.

Known as the “Pearl of the Overberg”, Villiersdo­rp is a tranquil village graced by oak trees and surrounded by fruit and wine farms, and forms part of the Worcester Wine Route. The village is situated in a valley surrounded by the picturesqu­e Waterval and Baviaans mountains, and lies next to the Theewaters­kloof Dam — the largest dam in the region and main source of water to Cape Town. It is partly due to this dam that the Villiersdo­rp Valley is now agricultur­ally and micro-climatatic­ally more similar to the Elgin Valley and Grabouw and now specialise­s in farming fruit and viticultur­e, unlike the rest of the region which focuses on wheat and canola farming.

Villiersdo­rp is characteri­sed by an assortment of old Victorian houses, cottages and smallholdi­ngs, which is enhanced by its thriving artists’ community.

The Benguela Group currently have Waterval Farm in the Villiersdo­rp Valley on their books at R37.5m.

In keeping with the group’s philosophy that only those who are or have been farmers themselves can work in its agricultur­al aivision, the sales consultant on this property Andre Viviers, was born and raised in the Grabouw valley and lived on Molteno Trust farm, later working on Boomerang Farm as farm manager.

“Farmers are the only people who completely understand this specialise­d niche of the real estate industry,” says Benguela Group CEO, Heinrich Koorts.

Waterval Farm comprises just over 126ha and is situated against the Aasvoelber­g in the Villiersdo­rp Valley.

Says Viviers: “Waterval Farm has many apple and pear orchards totalling 74,5ha, all of which are under irrigation. The orchards are very well maintained, the trees are very healthy, and all irrigation equipment is properly updated and maintained.

“There are also 6,5ha of vineyards used for wine-making. This is one of the few farms in the area which has a permanent water supply. A stream flows freely through the farm, and there is a large dam of 400 000m³ capacity as well as three smaller dams used primarily for irrigation (total 100 000m³).”

There are many properties on the farm, including a large main house of 350m² with a swimming pool and three cottages used for guests. The main house includes a lounge, dining room, entrance hall, guest toilet, main bedroom with full en-suite bathroom, dress- ing room, study, studio, kitchen, pantry, garage, and separate triple garage. Oak Cottage has one bedroom, lounge and bathroom, while Kid House offers two bedrooms, a lounge and full bathroom, and Loft Cottage has a bedroom, alcove nook, lounge, kitchen, bathroom and wine closet downstairs as well as a 64m² playroom/loft upstairs.

A spacious farm manager’s house of 180m² includes three bedrooms, one bathroom, a lounge, kitchen, dining room area and double garage outbuildin­g with another bedroom and bathroom.

There is also a staff compound including 19 staff houses, all with two to three bedrooms, a kitchen and bathroom, and a 60m² Community Centre. A freestandi­ng home which is rented out has a main bedroom en-suite, two guest bedrooms, loft study, study, lounge, kitchen, dining room, full bathroom, double garage and large storeroom and workshop area. Another home is also rented out, comprising three bedrooms, a lounge, dining room, kitchen, bathroom and garage.

Says Viviers: “The main operations offices are also situated on the farm, as well as cold storage facilities and pack sheds, and a fully equipped workshop to maintain the running of the farm. The sale includes all movable assets which are being used in the dayto-day running of the operation.”

Koorts says “this farm offers a complete lifestyle package for someone to just move in and live, work and operate here in the bountiful Villiersdo­rp Valley”. Price: R37,5m Contact: Benguela Group Andre Viviers 083 2928 490

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