Lifestyle farms a smart choice for winelands buyers

As the urban areas expand and big city life stresses mount, there is an increase in people looking for property options that allow them to escape to a tranquil pastoral lifestyle, says Seeff Winelands Licensee, Pierre Germishuys.

Small commercial and lifestyle farms provide the best of both worlds for these buyers; a country lifestyle and affordability.

The stunning mountainous landscapes of the winelands regions of Franschhoek, Paarl, Tulbagh and Wolseley are popular choices for buyers. A little further inland, the beautiful Karoo landscape of areas such as Sutherland, he says is yet another popular option. The farms are generally quite close to the towns with good infrastructure. The winelands towns are within around an hour's drive of Cape Town and the airport, while Sutherland is around four hour's drive.

These small farms provide the ideal environment for families raising children to escape to. Many also choose to keep horses and other farm animals while the opportunity to grow their own vegetable produce or fruit and to even produce boutique wines is something that appeals to buyers. Many also have cottages that can earn rental income from weekend and holiday visitors and there is always the opportunity to develop a boutique winery or stunning Karoo lodge, adds agent, Nelia Retief.

Whether you are looking for a development opportunity, quiet weekend retreat or a retirement property, the options are endless. The affordability and development potential is well illustrated by two lifestyle farms that is on the market for R1,895 million and R2,75 million respectively, says Retief. The first is a 4,8ha farm surrounded by a Nature Reserve, State Forest and vineyards with stunning views near Wolseley. Two rivers run through the property and there are two dams and a borehole on the property as well as two cottages.

The second is a 4,066ha game farm situated in the beautiful Tankwa Karoo close to Sutherland. It includes a farmhouse, stone lapa and two cottages. Water sources include three natural springs and game on the farm includes oryx, springbuck, bles buck, duiker, steen buck and klipspringer. Sutherland, adds the agent, is where you will find the most powerful telescope in the Southern Hemisphere and the area is renowned for its breathtaking landscape, clear skies and stargazing.

Buyers looking for lifestyle farms in the winelands, can expect to pay R5,95 million for a 19ha property with three dams, a new five bedroomed homestead with an entertainment patio that overlooks the dam, four cottages, a large shed and a studio in the Tulbagh area. The property, adds Retief would appeal to horse lovers or even an artist looking for an inspiring environment. Yet another exceptional buy in the area is a 44ha wine and vegetable farm with a beautiful three bedroomed home that is situated on the Klip and Klein Berg Rivers that is on the market for R6,5 million. The property includes three cottages and there is an opportunity to increase the wine production and develop a boutique winery; simply unbeatable value in the winelands says the agent.
At the top end, buyers can expect to R17,5 million for a picturesque 73ha fruit farm with three dams and boreholes that is nestled amongst the Tulbagh Mountains. The property includes a four bedroomed homestead as well as an additional three bedroomed manager's cottage, various implements and equipment.

The beautiful Franschhoek Valley is yet another popular choice says agent, Jeanine Allen. Here, buyers can expect to pay R18 million excluding VAT for a beautiful 11ha boutique wine farm with excellent water sources and newly planted Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc vineyards and a small section of Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon. The large outbuildings are zoned for the installation of a 100 ton wine cellar. The main homestead offers modern finishes, four bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and large open-plan living rooms with a fireplace and an additional family room/library, also with a fireplace as well as a study. The kitchen has a separate scullery/laundry, a pantry and a walk-in fridge. The outdoor entertainment area offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape. The property includes a tasting room and demo kitchen, offices, storeroom and three cottages.

Yet another, is a 17,8ha boutique wine farm with a beautifully restored manor house nestled under mature Oak trees that is in the market for R21,5 million says agent, Dawie Pretorius. The home is set in a verdant garden with a swimming pool and stunning views of the vineyards running down to the river and a classic mountain backdrop. The property includes an office, studio, two bedroomed manager's house, garaging for six vehicles and a workshop. There are also four, 3-star rated cottages set amongst the vineyards; each with a fireplace, braai facilities and stunning views.

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