Picturesque Barrydale growing in popularity with out of towners

At the foot of the Langeberg Mountains in the heart of the Tradouw Valley on the R62, lies the quaint village of Barrydale, a rare gem on the Cape countryside, says Seeff Country managing director, Ian Badenhorst.

Only about a two and a half hour drive from the city, it offers a wonderful weekend or holiday escape with stunning restored Cape Dutch and Victorian-style country cottages priced from as low as R875,000.

Any time of the year in this valley is beautiful says agent Johan van Eeden. Aside from fruit orchards scattered as far as the eye can see, it is also a wine producing region of origin known for outstanding brandies and wines. The village is rapidly developing into a tourist hotspot with trendy eateries, art stores and boutiques that serve the growing mix of residents including artists and retired professionals and those looking to escape big city life and relocate to a beautiful country town with warm hospitality.

It is also growing in popularity with out-of-town buyers and while prices are still very affordable compared to other country hotspots, these are likely to spike as demand grows. This is borne by growth in both sales and prices say the agent. While around 18 properties sell here annually, 12 properties had already sold by mid-year at an average price of R764,000, 80% up on the year before when homes sold for an average price of around R450,000. Sales range from a three bedroomed timber-framed cottage that was sold by Seeff for R625,000 to R950,000 for a beautiful old cottage with wooden floors, doors and windows. An art gallery also sold for R770,000.

Buyers who want to get into the market here before prices spike could look at a beautifully preserved two bedroomed Cape Dutch cottage with white-washed walls, a thatched roof, sash windows, old hearth in the kitchen, vine-covered braai area and a splash-pool that is on offer for R950,000. This home has also been recognised by the Swellendam Heritage Association.

Those looking for a bigger plot could look at yet another traditional Cape Dutch cottage that has been restored and extended on a large plot of 2980sqm that is on the market for R2,5 million. The stunning floral garden includes water features, two reservoirs, a small orchard, a vine-covered pergola and a swimming pool. The home has two bedrooms and bathrooms and a large country kitchen with a walk-in pantry.

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