A unique Roman-style villa, set amidst 15 acres of indigenous gardens, and surrounded by magnificent fynbos, has come onto the market in Noordhoek on the Cape South Peninsula.  “Noordhoek Villa” occupies one of three adjacent, consolidated erven at the top of the acclaimed De Goede Hoop Estate, located on Noordhoek’s forested mountain slopes.  Pam Golding Properties has the exclusive mandate to market the three erven, which include a number of other buildings in addition to the main homestead.  The property, totalling over 12 000sqm, is priced at R55 million, with an option to buy its bespoke furnishings and extensive gardening equipment at additional cost.

De Goede Hoop Estate occupies a magnificent mountain amphitheatre on the back reaches of Chapman’s Peak, and is regarded as one of the finest secure residential estates in the Cape.  Its extensive security offering includes 24-hour security patrols, electrified perimeter fencing and a 24-hour manned guardhouse.  The discreet entrance is located just outside the Noordhoek Farm Village, with its acclaimed restaurants, tackle shops and boutique hotel.  The estate is particularly popular with equestrians, and each of its 43 five-acre erven is allocated permission for a stable or other outbuilding.  There is an extensive bridle path for residents to enjoy, as well as an access path for beach riding on nearby Long Beach.  The estate enjoys glorious views over False Bay, and is surrounded by a 300ha private Fynbos Reserve.  All residents have access to the extensive network of footpaths running through this reserve, while further magnificent hiking is available on nearby Chapman’s Peak, Noordhoek Ridge and Silvermine.

Noordhoek Villa is in pristine condition, having only been built over the past decade.  The current owner initially purchased two adjacent erven in 1999, cleared the site of extensive trees and vegetation, and designed both the main villa and a separate manager’s house.  The garden was then laid out using exclusively indigenous plants, under the guidance of experts associated with the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.  In 2005, the owner purchased a third adjacent erf, so as to secure the privacy of the villa and its grounds.  The result is a spacious, private and tranquil residence set among a rambling natural garden which is fully irrigated by automatic sprinklers.  Butterflies and wildflowers compete with abundant birdlife in this unspoiled environment, which blends seamlessly into the neighbouring fynbos reserve.  The garden contains a 10m x 30m swimming pool and a natural pond, while the Goede Hoop River runs down the mountain through part of the property. 

The main villa is built in a neo-Roman style with a flat roof, pillared front veranda and open-air central courtyard.  Many of the architectural details have been copied from the original Noordhoek Manor House, located on the next door property, which was designed by Sir Herbert Baker.  The home offers four double-bedrooms, all of them en suite, with their own dressing rooms.  Spacious entertainment areas include a large drawing room with an open fireplace, as well as a dining room with barrel ceiling, connecting to the kitchen.  All floors throughout the home are made of solid oak, except for the marble bathrooms.  A deep veranda surrounds the house, paved in sandstone, and enclosed by classical double columns.  A staircase from the kitchen leads to an extensive basement area, including a laundry room, additional catering space, and accommodation for three staff or guests.  All of the home’s furnishings and fittings were designed and commissioned by the owner, and made bespoke by local craftsmen.

Also on the property is a manager’s house, a long cottage-style building with a large reception room, kitchen and double en suite bedroom, as well as an additional bedsit room with its own small kitchenette and separate bathroom.  The building also includes a garage/workshop and has plenty of loft space for storage.  PGP’s area manager for the South Peninsula, Sandi Gildenhuys, says this structure could easily be converted into a second major home, by adding on residential wings to provide more accommodation.  “In fact, drawings have already been compiled with this in mind,” she says, “and in addition to this, there is space for a further two additional buildings to be built on this erf.”

Other buildings on the property include two gatehouse cottages, built in the Cape Dutch style.  One contains a double en suite bedroom, a large living room with open plan kitchen, and a charming courtyard with pergola covering.  The second mirrors the layout of the first, and is currently fitted as a workshop and propagating nursery.  “Again, this could easily be converted into a guest cottage,” says Gildenhuys.

In fact, potential for further development is one of the major selling points of the property, says PGP’s MD for the Western Cape metro region, Laurie Wener.  “Besides the possible additions to or refurbishment of the manager’s house and gatehouse cottages, there is also potential to expand the main residence substantially.  Plans have already been drawn up to increase the accommodation, either by enclosing the stoep (veranda) area and/or adding on extra wings to create a further two en suite bedrooms.  There is also a superb site to the north of one of the erven where there is a perfect location for an additional major residence to be built – in fact, outline drawings have already been approved by the estate for a Cape Dutch style home to be built here.  Alternatively, this erf could be developed as an equestrian centre, as it has access to the Estate’s bridle paths via a private fire servitude.  This is an absolutely prime site in the Noordhoek Valley, so the potential for adding further elements to the property, without over-capitalising, is huge.”

The property is linked to the municipal water supply, but only for back-up purposes, as it contains two boreholes which easily service both domestic and gardening needs.  A standby generator provides the villa and manager’s house with backup electricity, and could also be linked to additional buildings on the property. 

Released on behalf of Pam Golding Properties

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