Cape Dutch charm for sale in De Doorns

A charming Cape Dutch homestead dating back over 150 years has come onto the market in the scenic town of De Doorns, located some 150km from Cape Town in the magnificent Hex River Valley.  

The property lies at the foot of the Matroosberg Mountains – sporting the highest peaks in the Western Cape, and often dusted with snow in the winter.  The home was built in 1859 for one Pieter Francois de Villiers, but has since been converted into a B&B and small conference venue.  It occupies 1.2ha of land just outside the town, with secure access via a remote-controlled gate.  Pam Golding Properties has the exclusive mandate to market the property, which is priced at R5.5 million.

PGP agent Ilona du Toit says the home bears many typical Cape Dutch trademarks, including a front gable, thatched roof, sash windows and a front veranda running the length of the homestead, shaded by a grapevine trellis.  Interior finishes include terracotta tiled floors, Oregon pine and yellow wood ceilings, as well as a feature double front door and window shutters also crafted from Oregon pine.

The main homestead offers three en-suite bedrooms and spacious living areas, including a restaurant, office and ladies’ bar (fully licensed) with a cosy fireplace.  The well-equipped farmhouse kitchen is finished in Oregon pine, and has an old-fashioned wood-burning oven as well as modern appliances and a breakfast nook.  There is easy flow from the interior to a lush garden with established trees, a sparkling pool and thatched lapa for outdoor entertaining.  Scattered throughout the garden are five guest cottages, each of them offering an en-suite bedroom.  The property also has two separate cottages for staff accommodation, as well as a single garage and three covered parking spaces.

Du Toit says the area is not only scenically beautiful, but has a proud cultural heritage. “De Doorns traces its history back to the early 1700’s,” she says, “when it grew around the farm ‘De Doorns boven aan de Hex Rivier’ – meaning ‘the thorns above Hex River’. This farm was purchased by the Cape government in the 1870’s with a view to expanding the railway network from Cape Town to Kimberley, and the town grew up around the railway station.  Today it lies at the very heart of the export grape market, and offers many opportunities for outdoor pursuits such as mountain-biking and hiking. While small shopping is available in town, larger amenities are available just 35km away in Worcester, while Cape Town and its international airport are also easily accessible via the N1 highway.”

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