‘Sorry for the cliché, but there’s no other way of say­ing it: It’s a deep out-of-africa ex­pe­ri­ence’

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un­in­ter­rupted views (only one light is seen in the dis­tance at night), a reser­voir swim­ming pool (fre­quented dur­ing the day by a herd of nguni cat­tle and at dusk by bush­buck), the smell of fer­tile grass­land and the calls of owls, fish ea­gles, swal­lows and herons all con­spire to form a strongly rooted con­nec­tion with the con­ti­nent.

greg agrees with the owner’s de­scrip­tion: a‘ lthough the in­te­ri­ors are grounded in a tra­di­tional euro­pean aes­thetic, you get a strong “ro­man­tic africa” sense of place, es­pe­cially through the muted colour pal­ette that mir­rors the tones vis­i­ble in the land­scape.’ The khaki and greens of the suc­cu­lents and fyn­bos, the bleached yel­low of the grass, and the blue-grey of the dis­tant out­eni­qua Moun­tains and sur­round­ing eu­ca­lyp­tus leaves (al­though not indige­nous, these trees are so old, they no longer leech the soil) – all these hues are in­tro­duced to the in­te­rior, with sub­tle lay­er­ing ev­i­dent in tex­tures rather than a mul­ti­tude of ob­jets.

The fam­ily spends most time on the back stoep, another prodi­giously re­cessed out­door liv­ing area, which af­fords sight­ings of the ze­bras, gi­raffes and ele­phants roam­ing around the ad­ja­cent game re­serve. The owner’s nightly rit­ual of light­ing can­dles and set­ting the drinks tray (‘even if no one’s hav­ing a whisky, I just love the ro­man­tic magic of it,’ she smiles) lends it­self to snug­gling up on this stoep, co­cooned by the en­velop­ing still­ness, of­ten fall­ing asleep on the four­poster day bed to the sound of night­jars.

con­sid­ered bed de­signs and linen choices are paramount in this tran­quil scene. ‘sleep is very pre­cious to us,’ she ex­plains. ‘The farm is our place of re­treat and restora­tion.’ Blan­kets by gar­den route weaver Mungo pile on the cosi­ness, while co­ral & hive karakul rugs max­imise warmth. seagrass, sisal and jute mats fea­ture un­der­foot, too, their tex­ture echoed in the ex­ag­ger­ated weave of the din­ing chairs.

‘They’re al­most like arm­chairs,’ greg says of the seats he de­signed to fill the ex­pan­sive in­door din­ing area. ‘Be­cause they’re so big and com­fort­able, the din­ing room al­most acts as another sit­ting room, where you re­ally want to linger af­ter meals.’

and linger they do – be it af­ter a lunch pre­pared from the veg­etable-gar­den bounty, or while play­ing a game of scrab­ble in front of a fire­place. ‘We’ve dis­cov­ered an art of liv­ing,’ at­tests the owner, car­ry­ing a bas­ket­ful of spinach, let­tuce and fen­nel that il­lus­trate her point. ‘It’s pos­si­ble to live in a way that’s deeply nour­ish­ing for body, heart and soul.’ Bobbe­jaan­skloof is avail­able to rent. per­fec­thide­aways.co.za; Greg Mel­lor gre­go­rymel­lor.com

evenings are of­ten spent around the fire pit, ad­mir­ing the sur­rounds

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