Superb homes and family lifestyle

The Arabella Country Estate, located on the shores of the Bot River Lagoon just under one and a half hours’ drive from Cape Town, has long been renowned as a luxury destination with one of the top five golf courses in the country.  

But what many may not realise is that it’s also an ideal family getaway, with ample facilities for young and old to enjoy, and stylish, under-stated homes which blend harmoniously into the natural environment.  Pam Golding Properties reports that there is currently excellent value for money on offer in the estate, particularly in its middle price range from R3 million to R4 million.

PGP’s area manager Mike Bisset says the first phase of homes on the estate has now reached maturity, with just 17 stands still to be developed.  Launched in 1997, Phase One consists of 241 freehold properties, ranging in size from 600sqm to 1100sqm.  Owners have built within strict architectural guidelines which ensure the elegant uniformity of the estate, including slate roofs, sandstone-clad chimneys and neutral exterior colours.  Residents have access not only to the 18-hole Peter Matkovich golf course, but also to a range of other leisure facilities including two floodlit tennis courts, a children’s playground, putt-putt course and a network of walking paths.  Watersports and horse-riding are accessible from neighbouring properties, and residents are regularly offered discounts to utilise the facilities of the sophisticated Arabella Hotel, including a spa and several restaurants.  The area is a paradise for nature lovers, with ample bird-watching opportunities and the occasional sighting of the wild vlei horses in the neighbouring Rooisands Nature Reserve.  The entire Arabella estate falls within the Kogelberg Biosphere Nature Reserve, a world heritage site.

Entry-level pricing currently stands at between R2.5 million and R3 million, for which one can acquire a three-bedroomed home on one of the smaller stands.  Bisset says the mid-level price range of R3 million to R4 million currently has some excellent homes available for purchase at extremely competitive prices.  “Homes in this price range usually offer four bedrooms, a larger stand with good views, a swimming pool and top-quality finishes,” he says.  “There are also several top-end homes available from R4 million up to R8 million and beyond, offering prime locations, larger entertainment areas and other luxury features.”

PGP’s MD for the Boland and Overberg regions, Annien Borg, says around 20 percent of residents live on the estate full-time.  “The rest of the properties are divided between Capetonians who come through on weekends and holidays, and overseas ‘swallows’ who spend their summers here, particularly UK golf-lovers,” she says.  “The estate is ideal for those with young active families who can make the most of the facilities on offer, and is also a pleasant home for younger retirees. It has an atmosphere of rural peace – yet medical care, schools, shopping and beaches can all be accessed in Hermanus and surrounding towns, under 20 minutes’ drive from the estate.”

Borg says the Arabella Hotel and golf course were purchased in 2011 by the Hospitality Property Fund, which has tasked the Protea Hotels Group with running the hotel.  “This has resulted not only in an increase in occupancy rates,” she says, “but also a greater focus on value for money, with family-friendly entertainment and facilities that benefit residents as well as hotel guests.  On the back of this new approach, it’s no surprise that we have seen an increase in enquiries from potential buyers over the past three months – the excellent lifestyle on offer, combined with the good value proposition, makes this a very attractive purchase.”

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