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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

Michelle Swart

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