Stanford landmark on the market

The village of Stanford in the Cape Overberg is known for its magnificent setting amid the Kleine River and Akkedisberg mountains, and its liberal sprinkling of well-preserved historic homes.

The entire village was declared a conservation area in 1995, and one of its most popular attractions is an historic walk, enabling visitors to view landmark properties on foot.  One of the properties featured on this trail, The Old Parsonage, has now come onto the market exclusively through Pam Golding Properties, and is available for purchase at R5.2 million.

The rambling Victorian-style home dates back to circa 1910, when it was built as a parsonage for the Dutch Reformed Church, its first inhabitant being the minister S Marais.  PGP agent Jill Smith notes that before the construction of a funeral parlour, the property once housed the elaborate local hearse in its garages.  “In the mid-1990’s, a new, more modern parsonage was built for the church in Queen Victoria Street,” she adds, “and the Old Parsonage came onto the market for the first time.  It was sold in 1995 to owners who then carried out an extensive renovation, restoring the home to its former glory and preserving features such as the 3.3m high ceilings, gleaming wooden floors and original fireplace.  Additional bathrooms were added on, as well as a wine cellar, swimming pool and changing rooms, plus a guest cottage.”

The home occupies an erf of 1734sqm, and enjoys magnificent view of the mountains and river, especially from its deep covered veranda.  There are five en-suite bedrooms and spacious open-plan living areas, including a dining area large enough to accommodate a 20-seater table, plus a modern kitchen with separate scullery.  French doors lead from the living areas onto the veranda and pool, creating excellent indoor/outdoor flow.  The original coach house has been converted into a guest cottage with a bedroom, bathroom and kitchenette.  The split-level garden is fully irrigated and includes a rainwater storage tank and storage shed.

Smith says the home would be extremely suitable for conversion to a guest house or B&B, subject to planning approval.  “Only minimal conversion would be required to equip the home for hospitality use,” she says, “and its central location and inclusion in the historic walking trail would make it easily identifiable to tourists and visitors. Alternatively, it would make an ideal weekend home for those living in Cape Town, which is under an hour-and-a-half’s drive away.  There is even sufficient accommodation for the home to be shared (as a holiday home) by two families.”

Smith adds that an increasing number of families are relocating to villages like Stanford in search of a slower and more wholesome way of life, with lower crime levels and more emphasis on healthy outdoor activities.  She says The Old Parsonage would be particularly well-suited for such buyers, offering ample accommodation for family and friends, plus a pool and garden for children to enjoy.  “And there is so much to explore and enjoy around the village,” she says, “from the local cheesery and micro-brewery to birding, hiking, kayaking and horse-riding, not to mention the many quaint shops and art galleries.  It is a wonderful place to raise a family or spend a holiday, any time of year.”

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