THE LAND OF PLENTY
Designer Greg Mellor uses tone and texture to create seamless indooroutdoor living at a family getaway
Adoormat customarily suffices as the entry point to a front door, but there are particular homes that warrant additional pomp. nowhere is a stoep more ceremonious than at Bobbejaanskloof, a farmhouse perched pastorally atop a plateau just 20 minutes from Plettenberg Bay. here, the deeply recessed front stoep plays the part of outdoor entrance hall, receiving guests with seasonal blooms picked from the abundant land as their jackets are whisked off to the coat cupboard and visitors sink into armchairs, removing hiking boots while being greeted by a zealous dog. ‘That’s when you arrive at the house,’ announces interior designer greg Mellor, detailing the home’s hospitably warm reception, undeniably evident before you even set foot through the door.
‘The owners wanted the interior to be seamless with the exterior,’ he explains, pointing to the garden’s en-masse plantings of agapanthus, euphorbias, aloes and vygies that are echoed in indoor vases and pots, and murals painted by artist sarah Pratt that reference the prolific birdlife. Botanical specimens plucked from the garden and dried are framed as artworks that allow the home to hold the floral enchantment found beyond its walls.
It’s no wonder the nature-loving owners were drawn to the property. he, the pro bono chairman of a conservation ngo and businessman, and she, a psychologist, were both thrilled at the opportunity to be stewards of these 151 hectares previously owned, restored and nurtured by an african-design doyenne.
‘she was revolutionary at the time,’ says the owner of her predecessor, who purchased Bobbejaanskloof 25 years
before. ‘she had such an extraordinary vision to bring it back to its natural beauty by restoring the fynbos. We need to do all we can to look after it,’ she insists, passionately affirming their commitment to continue the clearing of alien vegetation.
By establishing cycling tracks around the perimeter and hiking trails through the gorge, the new owners have maximised their enjoyment of the surroundings. Yet it’s at the house that they wallow in it most.
‘sorry for the cliché, but there’s no other way of saying it,’ warns the owner. ‘It’s a deep out-of-africa experience.’
At BOBBEJAANSKLOOF much time is SPENT ON the BACK STOEP, BASKING in the TRANQUIL ATMOSPHERE AND ADMIRING the WILDLIFE ROAMING in the ADJACENT GAME RESERVE
a large fireplace and an unpretentious approach to furnishings make this corner of the lounge area a homely comfort zone Clockwise, from top left greg mellor designed the Woven dining chairs; there are flowers and plants all about the house; sarah pratt’s murals Were inspired by the local birdlife