Wild about Wilder­ness

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ALONG the south­ern coast­line of the West­ern Cape, stretch­ing 150km from Mos­sel Bay to Plet­ten­berg Bay, is the Garden Route, a re­gion known for its beau­ti­ful nat­u­ral scenery, moun­tain back­drops and tem­per­ate cli­mate.

The re­gion’s name hon­ours the fact that the area has ver­dant and eco­log­i­cally di­verse veg­e­ta­tion.

One of the many charm­ing towns within this green belt is Wilder­ness, an idyl­lic hol­i­day vil­lage that of­fers long, golden beaches, ex­ten­sive wa­ter­ways and a lush, in­dige­nous for­est.

Sit­u­ated 15km east of Ge­orge and nes­tled be­tween the Outeni­qua Moun­tains and the warm wa­ters of the In­dian Ocean, Wilder­ness has a well-es­tab­lished rep­u­ta­tion as one of the coun­try’s ul­ti­mate hol­i­day des­ti­na­tions.

“It is the aes­thetic ap­peal of the area, along with the laid back life­style and mul­ti­tude of out­door leisure ac­tiv­i­ties, that has made this re­gion one of the most soughtafter among hol­i­day mak­ers and prop­erty in­vestors alike,” says Schalk van der Merwe, bro­ker/ owner of RE/MAX Eden, whose of­fice ser­vices Wilder­ness and the sur­round­ing ar­eas.

Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of South­ern Africa, says prop­er­ties within coastal ar­eas are at­trac­tive to buy­ers who place a high value on qual­ity life­styles, es­pe­cially those that of­fer pic­turesque set­tings and views.

Lo­cated 5km east of Wilder­ness and a 15-minute drive from Ge­orge, this fea­ture prop­erty, Villa Sen­tosa, is ide­ally placed with easy ac­cess to shop­ping cen­tres, qual­ity restau­rants, schools, hos­pi­tals and sports fa­cil­i­ties. The 6km-long Wilder­ness beach, as well as sev­eral other idyl­lic beaches, are within easy reach. Ge­orge Air­port, with reg­u­lar daily flights to Jo­han­nes­burg, Cape Town and Dur­ban, along with in­ter­na­tional flights, is a con­ve­nient 20-minute drive from the prop­erty

The nat­u­ral beauty of the area, along with the prox­im­ity of a num­ber of ameni­ties, are the main rea­sons why the orig­i­nal own­ers of Villa Sen­tosa chose this re­gion in which to build their dream home. It is sit­u­ated on a prop­erty en­com­pass­ing 32.4ha of land con­sist­ing mainly of pro­tected in­dige­nous for­est along with sev­eral hectares of open grass­land ideal for graz­ing. There is also a dam.

Van der Merwe says that this is an op­por­tu­nity for in­vestors to ac­quire one of the pre­mier prop­er­ties on the Garden Route.

“The prop­erty is pri­vately sit­u­ated on its own hill­top and is sur­rounded by for­est and panoramic views over Wilder­ness Na­tional Park, the Ser­pen­tine and the In­dian Ocean. The land above the prop­erty to the north is a pri­vate game re­serve, mean­ing that the prop­erty is well pro­tected from any po­ten­tial fu­ture devel­op­ment, en­sur­ing pri­vacy and the ul­ti­mate haven of tran­quil­lity.”

The house was de­signed by South African ar­chi­tect Peter Hat­tingh and was built in 1987. The home was re­cently re­fur­bished in a mod­ern, light tex­tured fin­ish and is pre­sented in its newly re­fur­bished state, fully in­clu­sive of fur­ni­ture and fit­tings. En­com­pass­ing about 1,200m2 un­der roof, the open-plan liv­ing ar­eas are ex­pan­sive and bright with an abun­dance of cov­ered and open ter­races de­signed to suit all sea­sons and weather con­di­tions.

The five dou­ble bed­rooms, most of which fea­ture out­door decks or di­rect ac­cess to the large gar­dens, are all en-suite. Other features in­clude four liv­ing rooms, a bar, study, rooftop deck and garden with din­ing area, gazebo and daybed, un­der­floor heat­ing in sev­eral rooms, gym with a Swedish sauna and shower room and 12m salt water swim­ming pool.

There is also an ad­join­ing flat and cot­tage on the premises.

“Villa Sen­tosa lends it­self to var­i­ous busi­ness or per­sonal uses. It has op­er­ated as a five-star guest house and the lay­out and views would make it suit­able for a bou­tique guest house, spa, eques­trian es­tate, restau­rant or re­cu­per­a­tion cen­tre,” says Van der Merwe. Price: R13.95m Con­tact: RE/MAX Eden Made­lyn Kohler 082 550 8945 Of­fice 044 877 0042

Michelle Funke

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