Ex­clu­siv­ity in the vines

Michelle Funke finds out why Winelands Es­tate is an ap­peal­ing op­tion for lux­ury life­style buy­ers

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NES­TLED in the scenic Paarl/Fran­schhoek Val­ley with views of the Si­mons­berg Moun­tains, the Winelands Es­tate is one of the most sought-af­ter wine and olive es­tates in the Cape Winelands pri­mar­ily for its set­ting and gen­er­ous prop­erty sizes, says Seeff Fran­schhoek agent, Adell Fer­reira.

Aside from ap­peal­ing to res­i­den­tial buy­ers from within the area and nearby com­mer­cial cen­tres such as Stel­len­bosch, it is also within the catch­ment area for Cape Town buy­ers and up­coun­try buy­ers look­ing for a coun­try es­cape in a sought-af­ter set­ting.

The 20ha es­tate is home to just 32 ex­clu­sive free­hold prop­er­ties scat­tered amid vine­yards and olive groves. Ac­cord­ing to Fer­reira, it is se­cure and of­fers a real respite from the hus­tle and bus­tle of big city life. “It of­fers the best coun­try life­style that buy­ers could want and is es­pe­cially suited to fam­i­lies,” she says.

“Here, you can en­joy the out­doors, walk and cy­cle within a se­cure set­ting and en­joy the ul­ti­mate vine­yard life­style with­out hav­ing the bur­den of ac­tu­ally own­ing a wine farm.”

Al­though ru­ral, there is top class in­fra­struc­ture and ameni­ties close by in­clud­ing Bridge House, a pri­vate school that of­fers from playschool to grade 12 with board­ing fa­cil­i­ties. Aside from the ob­vi­ous ac­cess to the many wine es­tates in the area, there are high class restau­rants, re­tail and med­i­cal care as well as leisure fa­cil­i­ties such as top golf cour­ses nearby.

Fer­reira says land sizes in the es­tate vary from about 4,000m2 to about 1,1ha that would in­clude a vine­yard or olive grove. Prices for prop­erty here, she notes, range up­wards of R1.8m.

The es­tate has a dis­tinct char­ac­ter with in­di­vid­u­ally de­signed and crafted homes in vari­a­tions of the Tus­can build­ing style. Earthy tones and nat­u­ral fin­ishes such as stone, wood and ter­ra­cotta lend not only aes­thetic ap­peal to the homes, but also seam­lessly blend with the nat­u­ral sur­round­ings.

“Al­though it is still a fairly new es­tate and homes do not of­ten change hands, com­plete homes typ­i­cally sell for up­wards of R6m to about the R14.5m mark. For this kind of price tag, buy­ers would get an 850m2lux­ury villa on a plot of just over 4,000m2.”

This beau­ti­ful Winelands Es­tate home, which Fer­reira is cur­rently mar­ket­ing, is built in a U-shape and is fronted by columned ter­races and out­door liv­ing ar­eas around a fea­ture swim­ming pool.

Fin­ishes in­clude arched wooden win­dows and doors, open­rafter ceil­ings, chan­de­liers, stone cladding, porce­lain tiles. There is also un­der­floor heat­ing and air­con­di­tion­ing through­out.

The home opens to a spa­cious, dou­ble-vol­ume en­trance hall that over­looks the swim­ming pool ter­race with the liv­ing rooms lead­ing off on ei­ther side. Th­ese in­clude an open-plan lounge and din­ing room with a fire­place, and a fam­ily room — also with a fire­place — a bar, large study and an un­der­ground wine cel­lar. The open-plan kitchen comes with cus­tom-built cab­i­netry and a sep­a­rate scullery.

There are three spa­cious bed­room suites on the up­per level and a guest suite on the lower level. The prop­erty also in­cludes garag­ing for three ve­hi­cles.

Price: R14.5m Con­tact: Seeff Prop­er­ties Adell Fer­reira 083 964 1155 Of­fice 021 876 4592

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