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OWN A PIECE OF HUGUENOT HISTORY

A boutique wine farm has come onto the market in the scenic Franschhoek valley, offering buyers the opportunity to live a peaceful rural lifestyle in a magnificent location.  The 3.59ha farm, known as “Le Vallon” (“the valley” in French), is located less than a kilometre away from the village’s famous Huguenot Memorial.  The farm was originally part of “La Motte” – one of the oldest and most famous wine estates in the valley.  Its boutique offspring is now on the market exclusively through Pam Golding Properties, priced at R15.9 million.
 
Le Vallon can trace its roots back to the very early days of Franschhoek, in the late 1600’s.  Originally known as “Olifantshoek”, the farm was granted to one Jean Jourdaan in the latter part of the century.  He changed the name to “La Motte”, but never lived to receive the title deeds.  Records show that the 72ha farm was then granted to the Huguenot Jarques Malan in 1684 by Cape governor Willem Adriaan van der Stel, with the proviso that he replaced any trees he felled and granted 10 percent of his annual crop to the Dutch East India Company.  The farm was planted to fruit including vines, pears and apples, but the valley remained wild, with elephants and leopards as regular visitors.  Despite this intimidating setting, by the early 1700’s Malan had turned the farm into a profitable business, and went on to buy an additional farm, the acclaimed Morgenster, for his retirement.  Although he handed La Motte to his step-son, it was later sold out of the family.  In the 1850s, the farm was subdivided between four brothers.  Some of these portions were later consolidated into a 47ha farm which came to be known as “Bo La Motte”.  This farm in turn was later subdivided into five portions – one of which came to be known as Le Vallon.
 
It is this magnificent portion of land which is now available for purchase through PGP.  The group’s area manager for Franschhoek, Surina du Toit, says it has a superb location, close enough to the village to be just a 10 minute walk from shops and restaurants, yet far enough away to offer a quiet country ambience.  “This is the ideal ‘lifestyle’ farm,” she says, “small enough to manage, yet large enough to have a real feel of rural peace; private, but not isolated.  It has lovely views and fertile soil, with ample water supply via its own borehole plus a supply agreement with the main Bo la Motte farm.  Whoever buys this property will acquire not just a beautiful, scenic farm and a wonderful place to raise a family, but also a piece of Cape history.”
 
PGP’s MD for the Boland and Overberg regions, Annien Borg, says the farm currently has 2.5ha planted to grapes, including Semillon, Merlot and Pinot Noir cultivars.  “A further 0.7ha is dedicated to plum orchards and a young olive grove,” she says.  “The plum crop is currently sold to a neighbouring farm, while there is potential to explore an agreement with a neighbouring winery to produce wine for Le Vallon under their own label.”
 
The farm’s Cape vernacular main residence has four bedrooms and three bathrooms, as well as spacious living areas with fireplaces to ensure a cozy winter, even when snow blankets the surrounding mountain peaks.  The country kitchen has a walk-in pantry and separate scullery, while the house makes ample use of French windows to maximise natural light and enjoyment of the spectacular views.  The north-facing home is air-conditioned and has a beautiful established garden with a swimming pool and a magnificent rose arbour.  There is also a loft upstairs, currently used as an artist’s studio, which could be easily converted into additional bedrooms.
 
In addition to this home, the farm also has a recently-converted guest cottage, offering three en-suite bedrooms, a kitchen, lounge and dining room.  Additional buildings include a one-bedroomed studio flatlet, a double stable and horse paddock, garaging for three vehicles and a large storage shed.
 
Released on behalf of Pam Golding Properties by Philippa Hudson


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